Stars in her Eyes

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Dress: Vintage, via Style & Salvage 

Shoes: Shoebuy

I discovered this dress on Etsy months ago. Vintage, in my size, and in the most perfect star-print fabric that I’ve seen. It didn’t take me long to talk myself into buying it. I had to have it altered when it arrived, but since then it’s become a favourite part of my wardrobe.

Vintage dresses are nigh impossible to find in larger sizes. Possibly it’s because in thriftier times they’d be cut down for younger siblings or children, or because we’re simply larger these days, or possibly it’s because of all the unscrupulous scavengers who buy them up, lop the hems off, whack in an elasticised waist and add a zero to the price-tag before selling them on to knobble-kneed teenagers at hipster craft-markets.

None of the vintage clothing stores in Australia seem to have much on offer for larger sizes, apart from the specialist stores Bombshell Vintage, Hey Fatty, and the occasional lucky find at the A+ Markets.

Online I’ve found the best place to look for plus-size vintage is actually Etsy. Size is Just a Number is a good place to start, or Re/Dress Vintage.

If you see something you like you should snap it up straight away, because I can almost guarantee you won’t find it again anywhere. I’ve missed out on a few pieces because I hesitated, which is why I jumped on this dress almost immediately.

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It has a cunning speckled star print, mother of pearl buttons and a sailor-style collar.

I’ve been wearing it with the beautiful Andromeda Earrings that Sian Giplis, founder of The Jewel Collective sent to me in November, and which I’ve been wearing pretty much non-stop since then.

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Andromeda Earrings: The Jewel Collective

 These lovely earrings are made from rose gold and pink sapphires and are named for the Greek maiden who was transformed into a constellation of stars by Athena.

Sian told me that she left her PR this year to pursue her life-long passion for jewels and pearls and launch The Jewel Collective. She explained that “It was important to me that the jewellery we designed was high quality and beautiful yet still affordable for customers. I wanted to provide stylish women with another option for their accessories collection, other than just costume jewellery or expensive, unaffordable pieces.”

They arrived stunningly packaged in a felt pouch and keepsake box. This was also a deliberate choice from Sian, who understands that running an online business it’s incredibly important to create a good relationship with customers. She says “First impressions speak volumes about a company and we want people to say “WOW” when they open a package from us.”

I certainly did! The box sits on my dressing table, and I’ve taken the pouch with me on my last few interstate trips as it’s the perfect size to tuck a few pieces safely away in my suitcase for wearing later.

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 I’ve got my eye on the gorgeous Charis necklace now, and I think I’ll have to treat myself once my bank account has recovered from Christmas!

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LBD with Igigi

I’ve just arrived back from my last interstate trip of the year; this time to Perth to visit my WA sales team, and spend some time with my beautiful little sister.

Waiting for me when I got home were two lovely new dresses from Igigi’s range of party frocks: a glam, sequinned version of their classic “Francesca” dress, and a chiffon polkadot adaptation of the “Adelle”.

We’re deep into Party Season now, and it’s great to have a couple of pretty new LBDs up my sleeve for the celebrations.

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The Francesca’s a lovely cut that I’ve had my eye on for a while, so when this sparkly version hit the store I leapt at the chance to try it. It’s heavily embroidered with a swirly sequinned pattern that’s also available in the super glamorous, floor length Angelica gown. With elbow length sleeves this fully lined frock is perfect for cooler climes, and the striking fabric can play up the elegance factor without needing accessories.

I teamed it with black pumps and basic jewellery, and just let the fabric sing. The sweetheart neckline and crossover bodice can be worn wide on the shoulders bardot-style, or pulled up to frame collar bones.

The sequinned version is definitely a nighttime dress, but it also comes in a range of other colours and patterns including an absolutely killer red, and a smashing leopard-print which is no-doubt on the wish list of more than a few fashionistas out there.

If you’re looking for something a little less OTT (or if your Christmas Party season is shaping up to be a hot one!) you might like to check out the Adelle Dress.

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Adelle Dress – Igigi

The Adelle dress has the same crossover bodice as the Francesca, but with cunning little cap sleeves, and a little elastic inserted into the edges of the neckline, so that it follows the contours of your bust without revealing more than you want it to. It’s a really clever design feature, and something I’d love to see in more wrap/crossover bodices.

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The effect is good-golly-miss-molly excellent cleavage that didn’t need to be pinned or double-sided sticky taped into place.

The dress is a lot lighter than the Francesca, the bodice a double-lined jersey, and the skirt featuring a polkadot chiffon overlay.

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The empire cut elongates my legs and works with my short-waisted figure. It’s fun and flirty, and ultra comfortable to wear.

I played up the vintage-retro vibe, and teamed it with pearls and nude shoes, but it’s one of those dresses that could go classic or contemporary, depending on the accessories you teamed it with.

The fit was a little smaller too, which was good. Often the Igigi dresses are just a smidgen too big for me, but this one was perfect, so if you’re an inbetweenie who’s never been able to wear Igigi before this could be the style for you. There’s a gorgeously decadent version heavily embroidered in gold, and the floral and sheer geometric versions are currently included in the 40% off sale.