Olympic Spirit

Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou FrouTee-shirt: Gorman

Trousers: Love Your Wardrobe

Shoes: Seychelles

Right. So. Before I kick off, I just wanted to say that I’ve been really, really disappointed by Gorman this year. In April they basically flunked the World Aid Australian 2016 Fashion Report; I gave then the benefit of the doubt because they claimed that their ‘F’ rating was ‘a failure to reply, not a failure to comply’, and that they’d made the decision not to disclose information about their production practices to Baptist World Aid Australia. I thought their bungled response – a belated instagram post jumping on board the #WhoMadeMyClothes awareness campaign – was misguided, but not inherently evidence that their well-known social and ethical policy was baloney (and FYI, they recently published the results of an internal and external survey of working conditions, and it looks mostly OK).

More recently they have found themselves in hot water over claims that they’ve been willfully and knowingly ripping off indie artists including Emily Green, Kirra Jamison, and Eloise Rapp. This came hot on the heels of the release of their enormously popular collaboration with Australian artist Mirka Mora and it’s one of my pet hates.

Gorman does great prints. I’ve been singing their praises for years, and hoping and wishing that they’d expand their size range (they haven’t). But I think maybe the love affair is over. I don’t think I’ll be buying from Gorman again.

This top is part of a current range at Gorman, and I’m hoping they haven’t been ‘influenced’ by someone for it. I loved it enough to spend nearly $100 on it (for a t-shirt for God’s sake) so I’m planning to wear the hell out of it.

Frocks and Frou FrouThe print’s called ‘synchronised’, and it features a bunch of ladies wearing sensible knickers and doing gymnastic poses. It’s very Olympic in spirit, and it’s a great statement piece to pair with plain skirts and pants.

Speaking of pants; the trousers are from Love Your Wardrobe, who are a new-to-me Australian online plus-size brand that I have somehow totally missed up til now.

I took advantage of their recent sale to try their cuffed-pull on pants, and I’m so glad I did. They fit beautifully – I went by the size chart, which was spot on – and are in a lovely light fabric that will be wonderful in summer. They don’t crush, fit my thighs (and giant calves!), have fully functional pockets, and feature a proper waistband at the front, meaning I can wear tops tucked in without feeling like too much of a dag.

I don’t usually like to buy trousers online because the fit is much more iffy, but Love Your Wardrobe ships free, and being Australian return shipping wasn’t going to be a major problem if the pants ended up being a trainwreck. The $25 voucher you get for signing up doesn’t hurt, either.

The range is fairly limited at the moment, but it’s nice to have another local store I can support.

On that topic – don’t forget that this weekend is Melbourne Fashion Week Plus, and tickets are still available to see some of the exciting new players in the plus-size fashion world at one of the weekend’s four runway shows. I’ll be there, front and centre, so say hi if you see me! I’m also planning to visit the A+ Markets on the Sunday – its sure to be a huge one!

Linen let live

Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou FrouTop: Trenery

Trousers: Sportscraft

Shoes: Airflex

I’ve never “done” linen before. I’ve always thought it was a bit rough, a bit unforgiving, and ridiculously easy to crush. But there was something really… inviting about this linen-blend shirt from Trenery. It’s made with viscose (which I’ve recently discovered is actually made from tree cellulose) which gives it a lovely softness, a smidge of stretch, a leeeetle bit of a shine, and less of a propensity for creasing.

It’s a collarless shirt – which works better on my full bust than those with collars – and the breast pockets are positioned nice and high, so they don’t create extra volume where I definitely don’t need it. The button placket only extends half-way down the shirt which I actually prefer (it’ll be a really nice piece layered under sweaters come the cooler months) and while the stretch meant that the gaping was fairly minimal I sewed it up, just in case.

The sleeves are designed to be rolled with little tabs to keep them at elbow-length, but they can be unrolled and buttoned at the wrist, too.

Frocks and Frou FrouI teamed it with some amazingly comfortable trousers from Sportscraft. The dove grey is a great colour for the warmer months, and it’s virtually impossible to find (especially above a size 14) so even though these were a bit dear I snapped them up as soon as spotted them. They’re on sale now, and don’t be put off by the bad review on the website – I suspect she’s talking about something else, because these aren’t cotton: they’re a linen/rayon/elastane fabric that has the textural effect of a linen, but the stretch and weight of a ponti. Also, she says “shirt”.

My shoes are from Airflex, and I was thrilled to find a pair of pointed d’orsay pumps that fit my wide foot. I bought them half a size too big, because the store I visited didn’t have any in my size left, and I’m kind of regretting it, because you can get all sizes online now (also on sale, le sigh)

My necklace is, obviously, from Made By Emily Green, and it lends the whole outfit a bit of softness and femininity.