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!

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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

Breast Foot Forward…

As you know, my beautiful mum battled breast cancer last year. I’m so pleased to say that she is a survivor and we’re enjoying watching her recover and go from strength to strength.

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The journey of watching someone you love so dearly battle such a horrible disease is to put it mildly – traumatising. The disease itself is horrible, but the treatment is almost worse than the disease. It’s crazy that you have to almost kill someone to get them better again, and those are the lucky ones.

Cancer has touched my life in so many ways, I myself was diagnosed with early stage cervical cancer at the age of 29. I had many operations to remove the disease, and was one of the lucky ones who found it in it’s early stages and did not require chemotherapy or radiation.  My paternal grandmother (who is now 91) also had breast cancer many years ago and I remember as a teenager,  after her mastectomy when she came home with her prosthesis -the hilarity that she preferred to carry her prosthetic breast in a bag rather than wear it! “It’s just too heavy & annoying” she’d say.  Those were the days when prosthesis were cumbersome and heavy, these days technology has made it possible to wear incredible prosthesis that are comfortable, light and more realistic.

Presently I have three gorgeous women around me who are battling cancer. One of my dearest friends in Holland has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. The shock of this news is still ringing in my ears. Roelien and I met when I was an exchange student in The Netherlands in 1987-1988. She was my best friend during my school exchange year and we had lots of fun times together. I’ve visited Holland many times over the past 26 years since, and each time we spend time together, sometimes going away for a few days and visiting other cities in Europe. She is so much a part of my other “Home” and the news that I likely won’t see her again is simply devastating. She is very brave and is fighting hard, and I’m so grateful that technology now allows us to “see” each other via Skype.  Two other friends are battling breast cancer, both have had their surgeries and are about to embark on their chemotherapy treatment journey.

All of these women are beautiful, gorgeous, positive, independent women who live full lives, they are all under 50 – how can this be?

Of course, I am grateful that we have amazing medical treatment and multi-discipline teams to help them through their battle. But I find myself sitting feeling so helpless and wanting to do something to help.

What can I do to help?

    • I can raise awareness by getting the message to as many women as possible
    • I can raise funds to support research into cancer
    • I can be there to support my friends to the best of my ability

A few weeks ago I opened my local newspaper and saw a photo and editorial about one of my customers, Lisa. Lisa’s mum Corinne had a battle with cancer. I was very happy to hear that Corinne has been given the all clear! Lisa and her mum Corinne, together with some friends Kath, Sharon, Tasha & Mark, have created a team working together to raise funds for the Peter McCallum Cancer Institute.

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Their challenge is to compete in The Weekend to End Women’s Cancers which is a 2-day, 60 kilometre walk through the neighbourhoods of Melbourne – what a challenge!

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Lisa says “My commitment is based on love for my fellow sisters, mothers, grandmas,
daughters, nieces, and friends everywhere. It’s based on the realisation that we each need to do our part in this fight. I can walk. I can raise  funds to benefit Peter Mac and their efforts to end women’s cancers. I can and choose to be a part of this movement to take down women’s cancers! I ask you to take a stance with me and join this life-saving adventure for all women. Be a part of my very personal journey – by giving, by walking with me, or simply by sharing my story with your circle of influence. Don’t stand back and think about what you could have done – take that first step today! Take a chance with me – we have the opportunity to change thousands of lives, beginning with our own. This isn’t just my journey – it’s yours, too”.

Lisa, I support you, your mum Corinne and the rest of the team wholeheartedly! Please dig deep and donate to this worthy cause. You can donate by clicking this link.

My knee injury won’t allow me to walk so far in two days. Lisa lives locally to me so I have pledged to support her by walking with her during her training, and helping her spread the word.

I’ve also pledged to donate $1 from every copy of my Curvy Girl’s Guide to Shopping to the Cancer Council of Australia.

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Ladies, remember prevention is the best weapon we have.

BOOK NOW for your Breastscreen – it’s free! And don’t forget to regularly check your breasts. If you’re not sure here’s a great illustration of how to do it yourself.

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REGISTER NOW for Cervical Screening Register. Your doctor can also sign you up to the register. It’s a fantastic service that ensures you receive a reminder and keeps a record of your results. Remember, this regular test could save your life.

Look after you, and those around you.

Love your shape!

Janine x

An invaluable resource for plus-size women of Australia

Over the past five years I’ve invested my energy and passion into providing styling advice, education & empowerment tools, a safe social media environment for discussion and I’ve been a loud voice for plus-size women.

I receive hundreds of emails and social media messages per month requesting assistance with sourcing garments or styling advice from women curvy women Australia wide. You are constantly wondering where to shop for clothes and how to put it all together. I’ve spent wonderful hours working with you one-on-one and in groups, but I thought it was timely to put together a resource that you could have at your fingertips, a one-stop guide to shopping!

Welcome to the Curvy Girls Shopping Guide to Melbourne, Australia. This guide is exclusively designed to provide you with resources for curvy girls in our gorgeous city.  This Guide contains information that has been compiled from my own research and personal experiences. It will be updated on an annual basis to ensure its relevance as stores and labels appear, evolve and change. Everything you need in one place!

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“Hey Janine got my copy and even though I’m in Brisbane like you said GREAT resources that are Australia wide!  Being American it has been difficult navigating beyond the ‘usual suspects’ for a more boutique shopping experience.  LOVE IT!  (Encourage any AU based people to get it!) I’ve read cover to cover & browsed every shop already! (Online that is)” ~  Kenyeal

The guide features detailed listings with all relevant contact details and clickable links directly to retailers and service providers. Fully printable or viewable in PDF.

Topics include:

  • Curvy styling options
  • An overview of plus-size fashion in Australia
  • Sizing Guide
  • Australian plus-size designers
  • Factory Outlets
  • Department Stores
  • Second hand markets and online resources
  • Bridal
  • Corporate Wear
  • Activewear, Lingerie & Sleepwear
  • Maternity
  • Specialty Boutiques specialising in Size 14+
  • Big Brands
  • and so much more…

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Remember, if you need styling assistance or have a special event coming up, I offer lots of options for shopping & styling.

Love your shape!

Janine x