Marcel Marceau-and-so

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Top: Country Road

Jumpsuit: Missguided (remixed)

Tights: Sonsee

Shoes: Hushpuppies

This preppy little ensemble is a great go-to outfit for the end of winter. There’s a lot of layers going on (tights + pants + top + bodice) to keep you warm, but the whole effect is quite streamlined and minimalist.

It’s actually a bit French-chic, or maybe just a bit French-MIME-chic, if you’re going to be really specific about things. All I need is the beret.

It’s theĀ culottes jumpsuit from Missguided, which I bought last summer and remixed by adding straps to the bandeau bodice. To be totally honest, I’m a little surprised that I’m still wearing it, since it was such a flash-in-the-pan trend item (Jumpsuit! Culottes!) and I’m thrilled to discover that it works more than one way, and even manages to look kind of timeless.

The stripy shirt creates a visual interest that counterbalances the wide-legs of the culottes, but because of the height of the black bodice the stripes don’t have a chance to draw attention to my bust. Skipping a belt also serves to elongate my frame, and the addition of opaque tights made it look fairly elegant.

The tights (Sonsee, naturally) help to keep a smooth line at the hips and tummy – I’ve actually tucked the shirt into the waistband, which help keep it from riding up and making the close-fit bodice lumpy.

I kept the rest of the look simple and comfortable with black flats and pearl drop earrings

Frocks and Frou FrouAll up, I’m really happy with this look and I expect I’ll be repeating it a few more times before summer comes knocking!

Remix: Sunspots dress-to-skirt

Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou FrouTop: Princess Highway

Skirt: Remixed from 17 Sundays dress

Shoes: Seychelles

You may remember this dress, which I bought from 17 Sundays back at the start of the year. I wasn’t particularly happy with the fit of the bodice – it was short-waisted and baggy with armholes cut too deep, and it didn’t suit my figure at all. Belted and worn with a cardigan it was okay, but it was definitely one of those one-hit-wonder style outfits, which meant it spent most of its time languishing in my wardrobe.

Last week I finally mustered up the energy to remix it from a dress into a skirt, using the same process I did all those years ago when I altered a too-small Gorman dress I’d splurged on (you can find the tutorial here).

Frocks and Frou FrouIt was a fairly easy remix – the bodice had enough fabric in it for me to cut two waistband strips, which I interfaced for stability as the fabric itself is a soft and stretchy jersey. Because the skirt already fit well around the waist I was able to salvage the pleats by basting them in place before I removed the bodice to Frankenstein it into a waistband.

Frocks and Frou FrouI’m really happy with the result, and I’m getting a lot more use out of the dress as a mix-and-match separate that I can wear with a variety of different tops including this pretty rose-pink sweater from Princess Highway.

Screen Shot 2016-08-15 at 11.00.45 PMMEANWHILE!

I’m hilariously excited about Melbourne Fashion Week Plus, which is taking place 22-28 August. There’s a slew of events taking place, including four – count them, FOUR – runway shows, and a variety of panels on everything from feminism, to the state of the plus-size industry.

The organisers are keen to ensure that it’s an event that promotes everything about plus size culture: design, discourse and body positivity.

The runway shows include several new designers that are new to me, as well as some of my long-time favourites, and I’ll definitely be attending all four, so hopefully I can bring you news of some brilliant new local and international names to add to your lust-lists – If you’re in Melbourne I’d thoroughly recommend you check the event out yourself (and if you need another excuse to visit Melbourne and would like to make a weekend of it A+ Markets have scheduled their next market for the 28th, too)

You can find tickets for MFWPlus here.