Frocks and Frou Frou Starstruck Frocks and Frou Frou Starstruck Frocks and Frou Frou StarstruckDay After Day Dress: Modcloth

Shoes: Naturaliser

I tried not to buy this dress. I really, really did.

I have enough dresses. I even probably have enough STAR PRINT dresses, and just because Modcloth – that wonderful repository of whimsical printed frocks, that brilliant online store that allows me to ask for true measurements for every item in every size, that body-positive, indie-designer-supporting, community-orientated fashion company – was doing a star print dress didn’t mean I had to buy it.

So I linked it up on Facebook, I pinned it on Pinterest, and I sat back and waited for it to sell out.

Unfortunately (fortunately?) my self-control lasted less time than Modcloth’s stock reserves, so here it is: proof that you can never have too many star-print frocks, and that Modcloth’s “Day After Day” dresses are a bit amazing, and you should buy one in every colour and print they do forever and ever amen.

Actually the “Day After Day” dresses have been designed by the British company “Emily and Fin” who – despite being available through a variety of avenues including their own webstore, and Asos – seem only to do plus-sizes with Modcloth.

I’m going to hazard a guess that Modcloth themselves have commissioned the extended size range to fit with their #styleforall philosophy of inclusion and body positivity as well as their awareness that an appreciation for cute frocks in endearing prints doesn’t end at a size 16.

Whatever the reason, they’ve got a new fan, and I definitely won’t be hesitating next time they bring out more Emily & Fin dresses in prints that make my heart sing. For one thing, the fabric’s a lovely tactile viscose that drapes well, and the dress is full lined with 100% cotton. The waist is in the perfect position for me, and the bust is full enough to encompass The Ladies. The arm-scyth isn’t so giant that I’m flashing my bra as soon as I lift my arms above my waist, and the little puffed cap-sleeves are flattering on my slopey shoulders.

There’s pockets…

Frocks and Frou Frou Starstruck… and a feature back

Frocks and Frou Frou Starstruck…and really, what more could you want from a dress?

Madame Tay

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Skirt: Madame Tay

Shoes: Chie Mihara

So, I think I mentioned that I went to the A+ Market a month or so ago, and despite supposedly just going along for a looksee I managed to walk away with a couple of awesome pieces, including this fabulous wax-print pencil skirt.

Madame Tay is a hobby clothing project from four women in Vietnam, Senegal, Canada, and right here in Melbourne Australia. They produce handmade, artisan clothing from small business tailors and craftspeople in Vietnam and Senegal. They’re keen to expand their range into plus-sizes, and their stall at A+ was a first foray in what I hope will become an integral part of their business.

I made a bee-line for their stand as soon as I spotted it (Prints! Colours!) and they had a wonderful variety of skirts, tops and dresses on offer in a variety of sizes. And because they do their own tailoring each of the pieces is highly adjustable. The side seams on my skirt have a good two inches of spare fabric, meaning that it could be very easily taken out for wider hips or a bigger bottom.

Frocks and Frou FrouThe fabric’s quite muted for a wax print, with deep plums, mustards and a jewel-like blue, but the thing that made this piece the one (among many!) that I decided I HAD to have was the glittery gold elements into the geometric print.

Frocks and Frou FrouThat, and the fact that when I put it on I realised that the team at Madame Tay had even included my favourite thing: a feature back! Frocks and Frou FrouI wore it with the wool blend batwing top that I bought at The Cause Melbourne, and this dainty little necklace from Totally Jewel. The colour of the stone picks up the colours in the skirt, and the geometric casing perfectly fits with the triangular  print on the skirt.

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