When you have an *unconventional, or *troublesome figure (*I find all of these terms problematic), it’s very seldom that you put on a dress and think, ‘HOT DAMN that looks good on me!’. Yet, somehow, every outfit from designer Anna Geldenhuys’s brand Jacoba Clothing fit like it was made for me.
The sizes were easy and comfortable, the fabric both luxurious and flattering, and the cuts a variety of classic, sexy, stylish and fun.
And when something doesn’t fit like a glove, Anna is quick to say that she’ll alter it to fit you. Of course, the approach that you make clothes to fit your body, and not change your body to fit clothes, is one that resonates with me deeply.
Traditionally dealing in bridal party-wear, Jacoba Clothing is now expanding to all occasion-wear. You can see one of my favourite of her frocks below, with more to come in the next few weeks.
I can tell you here and now, never in a million years did I ever think I’d rock a cat suit.
When uber-talented designer Isabel de Villiers first showed it to me, I was skeptical. Surely it was going to cling in all the wrong places, and, and, and… it was pants! But then I tried it on. Like a dress (did you know I love dresses?) it just slips on, and you don’t have to worry about coordinating tops and bottoms. And Isabel’s designs bear our curves in mind, so it’s forgiving in the places it needs to be.
Now I’m sold, and wear mine often.
She has several new variations of this design on her website – check it out here: isabeldevilliers.co.za.
“Like a sprite, she rose from the water.”
But really, I just splashed around in the duck-poo-infested pond at the castle.
The dress is really lovely though. Flowing and graceful, it has a grecian quality to it. Looking at it now, I wonder if I shouldn’t have worn it with a gold rope belt.
Earrings: Resin flowers by Chasteau de Balyon at Kin
Rings: Sterling silver and enamel rings by the Story of Long Jean Silver at Kin
Nails: ‘Spot on! Pink’ from Gosh at Edgars
Lips: Mango Lip Butter by Korres
Make-up: Qaanita Abrahams from Onq Makeup Photographer: Alison Westwood
I’m sorry for not posting anything last week. Hoping to make it up to you with a whole bunch of awesome new outfits, from a brand-spanking-new shoot. We shot at the Cape Town Castle, which is filled with lots of beautiful, romantic nooks and crannies and secret corners. I might have even got to straddle a cannon…
Since the long ago days of school uniforms, I’ve had barely any interactions with button-up shirts. Due to the often unforgiving stiffness of the fabric, it’s been near impossible to find ones that fit over my buxom breasts and bulging biceps. (Yes, let’s go with that description).
Thus, my joy at finding this over-sized guy, who hides all the bumpy bits I don’t love showing off, and looks pretty badass with a belt round my smallest part.
After the excitement of being featured on both Women24 and Becoming You this week, I felt like I’d better post something good. (Yes, I’m hoping to win your hearts with the picture of me squeezed into a tub, to follow).
This dress was another winner from my little spree at Mr Price. It’s from the ‘regular’ section (non-plus-size), but is thankfully stretchy and flattering, thanks to the seam taking me at my smallest part under my bust. I’m particularly self-conscious about my legs, and this dress is on the shorter side, so I opted to wear it with leggings underneath.
Of course, I SO love the quirky print. (SUCH a sucker for fun prints).
What do you think?
Dress: Mr Price
Nails: ‘Leather Look’ by Nails Inc
Photographer: Rachel Robinson
I am all about the high-waisted skirts at the moment. I just can’t get enough of them.
I think they work well for plus-size girls as they take you at your smallest part – either your waist or under your bust – which has a really slimming effect.
I do often find them a bit too short for my liking though. So, if you find anywhere that does have a nice range, please do let me know.
The one I found below is from local-designer superstar Michelle Ludek, who just happened to make the skirt in my absolute favourite colour 🙂
I know this might be strange for some, but I’ve recently rediscovered Mr Price.
Historically I’ve battled with their cuts and sizes, but of late I’ve found a number of things that fit really nicely. Not to mention that they’re the undeniable Kings of Quirk with their adorable funky patterns and prints! One of my favourite finds below:
It’s no secret that I have a great fondness for the vintage look. ‘Great fondness’? Let’s not beat around any bushes. It’s more like a mild obsession.
One of the things I like about the ’50s look in particular is the flattering femininity of it. Vintage-look clothing is not always easy to find, which is why, when I saw this swing coat, I was positively frothing at the mouth in excitement.
The cut tapers in at the waist, and then ‘swings’ out with a lovely flair – incredibly flattering for an hour-glass shape like mine. The luxuriousness of the cottony fabric only helped to seal the deal. Can I have one in every colour, please?
Swing coat: Weiss Design Lips: Velvet Touch in ‘Lambada’ by Gosh Cosmetics Nails: ‘Leather Look’ by Nails Inc Necklace: Penelope Frog
Photographer: Rachel Robinson