TOP 10 Things to consider when shopping for clothing for your curves…

A carefully edited wardrobe will simplify your life and help you create a look all of your own! But before you hit the shops, it’s important to consider these points:

  1. WHAT TO BUY: It’s a good idea to shop in your own wardrobe BEFORE you hit the shops. Many women wear 20% of their clothes 80% of the time! So the balance of clothing that is in your wardrobe you’ve probably forgotten about or haven’t considered for a while. Once you’ve shopped in your own wardrobe, you can establish a list of “Must Haves” and you’ve got a plan on what you need and how much it may cost. Need some help?
  2. WHERE TO BUY: Always remember that there ARE lots of options for plus-size clothing. Do not be duped into thinking that what you see at your local Westfield is all that is on offer, it’s not true! My Curvy Girl’s Shopping Guide is a great resource.
  3. GOOD FOUNDATIONS: Nothing is going to look good on your figure if you don’t have the right undergarments. A correctly fitted bra is crucial as is an appropriate pair of underwear that allows the garments you choose to shine (without seeing your panty line or creating a muffin top). I recommend a bra fitting at least once a year. Every woman’s body changes as we mature. Invest in correctly fitted foundations and you’re half way to a wonderful silhouette.
  4. THE FIT: Is crucial. Don’t be tricked into buying a garment that is ill fitting because it is the only one of what you want that you can find in your size. The fit of a garment makes it or breaks it. Look for garments that flatter your curves without tugging or pulling, and that allows your body to breath comfortably.
  5. LONGEVITY OF THE GARMENT: Always consider the quality of the fabric and the construction of the garments you are buying. There’s no point buying the “perfect” dress if it is made of a fabric which makes you sweat and feel sticky and hot.
  6. WHO YOU SHOP WITH: is crucial! If you’re in a hurry or you’re with someone who is impatient or not invested in giving you honest and real advice, you a more likely to make poor purchase decisions. Set aside time to shop for your wardrobe in a structured and calm timeframe, this will reap positive results. Need a shopping buddy?
  7. HOW MUCH TO SPEND: It’s easy to be blinded by a bargain – but seemingly cheap garments are not always a good investment. I’ve been caught out too many times buying a great fitting t-shirt for $6 only to find that it is ruined after one wash! Invest in quality and you will enjoy your garments for years to come.
  8. ESTABLISH YOUR OWN STYLE: Don’t be overwhelmed by current trends, it’s easy to feel like we’re not “trendy” if we’re not wearing the latest and greatest, but let’s face it, not everyone looks great in bright yellow and black! (I certainly don’t). It’s important to establish your own style, make it unique and let it reflect your personality. Choose garments that add value to your image and flatter your body shape, whilst staying true to what you love. For me it’s vests, jeans and lots of accessories with a bit of a boho feel. Don’t be afraid to experiment, but don’t be fooled into thinking that you must be wearing the latest trends to look great. This is simply not true.
  9. IGNORE THE MYTHS: Curvy girls shouldn’t wear stripes! NOT! This is a myth. I encourage you to ignore the myths, like everything else in life, each individual has something different that works for them. The same applies to bodies, we are all unique, and different things look good on different people. I dispell the myths of plus-size fashion here.
  10. THE SECRET INGREDIENT: Of course you can have the most amazing outfit, perfectly fitted, great quality but if you don’t have the body confidence to go with it you’re missing the secret ingredient. How we feel about ourselves is mirrored in our eyes and in our body language. Always check your self-talk, you are beautiful, love and appreciate your unique body, there is no other like you and love your shape!

Personal Shopping with Janine Mison

And one last thing, don’t underestimate a garment – sometimes a garment doesn’t have “hanger appeal” but looks great on your curves!

Love your shape!

Janine x

Curvy Couture comes to Perth…

Great news for curvy ladies of Western Australia!

Kate Millett of Bombshell Vintage offers a plus sized day of entertainment for Perth’s curvy connoisseurs of couture.

September 15th, 2013 will see the first ever Curvy Couture Roadshow, a one-day plus size fashion festival organised by Perth-born Kate Millett. Galvanised by her personal motto “Dress for your style, not your size”, Millett has been splashing plus size style all over eager audiences for years behind Australia’s own exclusively plus size vintage label, Bombshell Vintage, which is now expanding to offer its own reproduction range.

Curvy Couture

The roadshow, taking place at Deville’s Pad in Perth, will showcase select Australian indie designers that specialise in sizes 12 and up, in a day of catwalks, capsule markets, and stellar entertainment; including a photo booth, nail art salon, best-dressed competitions, and a contortionist.

Kate was inspired to create the Curvy Couture Roadshow as she was looking through the different fashion festivals in Australia and kept seeing a total lack of plus size designers over and over again. A few times, chain stores got a catwalk, but that was it.

“I am such a fan of interesting and exciting fashion and I especially love it when I can get it locally! So I decided that while the mainstream fashion world is ignoring us, we can do our own thing and celebrate some of the amazing plus size designers from all over Australia”.

Through her work with Bombshell Vintage, Kate had met a few Australian plus size designers. She began talking to a few of them, asked them to talk to whoever they knew and they formed a small Facebook group. Once the preparations had begun to create the event and word spread, a few new designers came out of the woodwork and have joined the team.

Kate says “The Roadshow is an opportunity to have fun, shop and see the clothes on the catwalk. All our models are volunteers ranging from size 12 to size 24. There should be something for every taste, from simple day wear to bikinis to full length beaded ballgowns! (I am a huge fan of sparkles!) There will be a capsule market with limited styles and sizes so people can try things on and then order online. With five catwalks in as many hours, there shouldn’t be much time for other entertainment, but we squeezed in a set by the Odette Mercy trio. There will also be a photo booth and a pop-up nail salon”.

“There will be competitions running throughout the day for best hair, best dressed and best overall! We want to celebrate curvy ladies who work their fashion and look extra special!”

Kate is originally from Perth and remembers how isolated it felt not to see any stores other than the giant chains that stocked her size. Perth is often overlooked because of the expense to fly designers and stock over for events, so Perth was a natural option for her 1st event.

Curvy Couture Logo

Among the designers on display are beloved Perth designer Seraphim, who is known for creating styles that are unique and sexy and cater to the bold, loud and fierce women; and treasured Melbourne designers Harlow, and Fox Parse. Harlow produce fashion-forward edgy designs with a rock ‘n’ roll influence, and each design reflects its belief that fashion should be accessible to all women. Fox Parse is heavily influenced by mod fashion and comic books, mixing bright dresses with fabulous custom made collars. Beyond the Sea Swimwear from Sydney is inspired by the glamour of 1940’s and 50’s; this flattering and fun range of Australian Made swimwear with a vintage twist is designed for the average Australian woman.

The event is being crowdfunded through iPledg, leaving room for rapid expansion, so get on board and support this fantastic initiative.

Tickets for the event are $30 and available at curvycoutureroadshow.eventbrite.com. The crowdfunding campaign is available for contribution (with rewards relating to free entry and giveaways) at iPledg at http://ipledg.com/l/curvy-couture-roadshow.

Event Details:

Sunday 15th September, 2013

12 noon – 5pm

Curvy Couture Roadshow

Devilles Pad

1/3 Aberdeen Street, PERTH, WA

 

Ladies, I urge you to support Australian Designers. Please tell them I sent you. I’d love your feedback on the event.

Love your shape!

Janine x