The Print Dress

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Dress Portmans (for similar click here), Heels Banana Republic, Clutch Comme des Garçons (for similar click here), Bracelet Marni (for similar click here), and Earrings Anton Heunis (for similar click here).

A lot of people are afraid of prints (especially when you favour black because it’s “slimming”) but I adore them. I am always on the lookout for a top or dress in a great print. This dress was an unexpected find just before I went on a trip to Hawaii.

I wore it to celebrate a friend’s birthday on that trip. I paired it with these kitten slingback heels, which I picked up on the same trip, and happened to match the blue in the print.

To accessorise I wore my favourite statement earrings – yellow crystal chandeliers. The yellow provides a nice contrast to all the blue and stops the look from being too matchy-matchy. The gold bracelet blends with the yellow earrings and is bold enough to stand out against the long sleeve. The simple clutch picks out the black in the print.

If a print dress is too much for you, start by pairing a print top with a plain black skirt. Let me know how you get on.

xx Michelle

A Matter of Size

In my post on this blog’s new direction I noted that my clothing size varies depending on the label and style. I’m sure you have had the experience of not knowing which size will fit you best, particularly when shopping online.

Here’s my first piece of advice – don’t worry about the size you wear because it’s how it fits that matters. I will buy a size 16, 18, 20 or 22 if that’s what I think will fit (and therefore look) better.

If you are physically trying clothes on then take the size you think you are, plus one size up and one size down. That way you can compare them and see what looks best.

Online shopping is a bit trickier. First, you need to know your measurements. Yes, it’s a hassle but get out that tape measure and measure your bust, waist and hips in both cms and inches. Write your measurements down and keep them handy.

Second, check the size guide on the website to see which size is closest to your measurements. If you are like me and between sizes, you’ll need to check the product description. This is often overlooked as people tend to focus on the pictures but I always make my buying decisions based on both.

If it says slim fit, skinny fit, cut close to the body or similar then you need to go with the size up. If it says regular fit I would also go with the size up unless there is stretch in the fabric (more on this in an upcoming post) and you like to wear your clothes more fitted.

If however, it says relaxed fit then you can probably get away with the size down. A relaxed fit is what I look for when shopping online because fit matters less and you don’t need to get the size exactly right.

Last weekend I was in Sydney, shopping at Myer department store which has a range of different labels. I walked past a label that I stopped wearing several years ago when the largest size got too small for me. On display on a table was a knit top. The print caught my eye and when I picked it up I saw that although it was a size small it was quite big. I searched through the pile and found a size large. I held it up and was sure it would fit. I tried it on and sure enough it did. I was thrilled and went to the counter to buy it. While waiting in line I spotted a cardigan by the same label, and again the size large looked like it would fit. I quickly tried it on and it did. So I ended up with two pieces by a label I haven’t worn in years all because of a relaxed fit.

Let me know what you think of this post by leaving a comment.

xx Michelle

 

 

The Pajama Style Shirt

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Shirt Banana Republic, Skirt New Look (for similar click here), Flats Diana Ferrari, Tote Mansur Gavriel, Watch Nixon, and Earrings Noir Jewelry (for similar click here).

The key to not looking like you actually walked out of the house in your pajamas, is to keep the look polished.

To get the proportions right, I paired my shirt which has a relaxed fit and is quite long on me, with a mini skirt. Related to proportion is balance. In this case, wearing the mini skirt with flats, because I prefer a look that is subtly, rather than overtly, sexy.

To complement the “busy” stripes of the shirt, I limited my accessories to black and gold, and added a pop of red on my lips and nails. Simple but effective.

Let me know what you think of this look by leaving a comment.

xx Michelle

A New Direction

Nearly three and a half years since I started THE LUXE EDIT blog, I am ready to take it in a new direction. In recent times I had let the blog slip on my list of priorities. When I’m not working I’m writing and the blog had been coming a distant third. After chatting with some new friends over a few glasses of wine, I realised that I needed to dig deeper. If I made the blog more personal I could keep myself motivated and connect with a wider audience.

So here goes…

I was a tiny baby and a skinny kid but since adolescence I have struggled with my weight. It hasn’t fluctuated up and down so much as steadily increased year on year (apart from a brief period when I lost a bunch of weight on a fad diet and then proceeded to gain it all back and more). My weight plateaued about three years ago and I now wear a NZ/AU/UK size 18 or 20 depending on the label and style (more on this in an upcoming post).

And you know what?

I am more body confident now than I ever was at my slimmest. That’s because it’s not actually about your body but your mind. You have the right to feel good in your own skin. How your body looks has no bearing on your worth. We are all people with thinking minds and feeling hearts and that is what really makes us who we are.

But we do get judged on our appearance, and you know, fashion is fun! So I want to help you feel comfortable in the body you have, and confident in the style and image you are projecting to the world. This will enable your inner beauty, your true beauty, to shine through.

When I started THE LUXE EDIT I wanted to share my style advice but being a naturally private person, I didn’t feel comfortable photographing myself for the blog. But styling is a visual medium and I realised that the best way to help you, would be to show you. So going forward I will be sharing my outfits with you and breaking down how I’ve styled them. I will also be creating other original content intended to inspire you.

I called my blog THE LUXE EDIT because along with style advice I wanted to express my personal taste, which is unabashedly luxe. But luxury doesn’t have to be expensive. While I have some higher-end pieces, the building blocks of my outfits are affordable. I will show you how to create a look that is polished and luxurious.

So THE LUXE EDIT is aspirational but it is also inclusive

You don’t need to look like me to get a lot out of this blog. Whatever your body shape, size, ethnicity or gender identity – there is a place for you here. A place that I hope will help move you closer to self-acceptance and ultimately, self-love.

xx Michelle

P.S. I’d love to hear your thoughts on THE LUXE EDIT’s new direction so please leave a comment.