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
The return of the leather-look jacket. Just can’t get enough of this one.
I really think the off-centre zip and biker-style collar works wonders for us larger-busted ladies. Plus, it makes me feel badass.
Was also totally over the moon to find some boots that actually fit over my calves. Major challenge for me!
Jacket: Penny C at Edgars
Skirt: Isabelle de Villiers
Necklace: Hand-made silver fishbowl by OffBeatMelody from Kin Shop on Kloof
Lips: Velvet Touch in ‘Lambada’ by Gosh Cosmetics
Nails: ‘Purple Heart’ by Gosh Cosmetics
Photographer: Stephen Geldenhuys
It’s a lot more ‘RAWR’ than I ever would have considered before, but a great deal of fun to wear. The black ‘body-con’ panels down the sides (my first time wearing those too) do wonders for the confidence.
This outfit combines three of my absolute favourite finds since starting this blog.
In no particular order:
1). The biker jacket – edgy but sharp – is designed with fabric panels that give it stretch. As a result it just fits perfectly, and is incredibly comfortable – even over chubby arms and a large breast. It also goes with just about EVERYTHING.
2). The long tank is just cut to perfection. It’s one of those things you should probably own five of, and would end up wearing almost every day. It’s comfortable, flattering, and goes under just about everything.
3). Jeans made with booty in mind! Pants that fit over a generously proportioned derrière AND fit in a small waist (a la my hourglass shape) are a rare find. Hello, ‘Curve’ range from Levi’s. I went in store and they measured me for the best cut (Supreme Curve, thank you very much), and I was pretty surprised to find that they actually fit. Now to get used to wearing pants…
If it were up to me to name this sweater, I would call it ‘El Dorado’ (because it’s sparkly. Did you get that?).
This was also from my very first shoot, and I still can’t get over the associations of extreme awkwardness I felt that first time in front of the camera. Thank goodness for stylist extraordinaire Candice Lee Robinson, and her calm coaching and instruction.
If only we had stylists to follow us around and make us look and feel fabulous in day-to-day life…
They’ll probably write on my tombstone something like ‘She sure loved her frocks’. Because it’s true. I would have All the Dresses if I could. And with my penchant for vintage style, when I saw this lacy number from plus-size friendly local designer Isabel de Villiers, it was love at first sight.
Tie it together with a pattern clutch and a bit of bling, and I felt quite ready for a little tea party!
This outfit was from my very first shoot ever for Mind the Curves.
It was in a freezing parking garage, with a photographer who patiently waited for me to stop pulling faces and playing the fool, while my stylist sweetly instructed me on how to pose, and ensured that I had a neck in the pictures and that they weren’t all just up-the-nostril shots, on top of doing all of the important stylisty things.
I learned a tremendous amount that day.
When I think back on it, I’m met with a strong wave of insecurity, and recall the mortification of having a camera pointed at me and how uncomfortable I was being the centre of attention for such a long period of time.
But when I look at the pictures, I see other things too. That dress is completely outside my comfort zone, but I dared to wear it. I got over myself, and my fears to take the first step towards a project I really believed in. If I can do that on day 1, what else can I accomplish on this journey?
I picture this outfit for a kinda ‘work smart’ vibe. You know, in an alternate reality where the people of Cape Town don’t go to work in the pajamas. 🙂
I absolutely love how the delicate necklace (from Kin on Kloof, my favourite little shop of wonders!) picked up the colours in the blouse perfectly.
I was a little bit nervous about how short the skirt was – the adjectives that I use to describe my legs are not very nice ones. But challenging myself is what this journey is about, innit? And it was stretchy and comfortable, and I like that.