Aussie Curves {Retro}

20130916-092639.jpg Oh Hello – watch me do a little magic cheat here. I’m combining my fashion challenges. That’s right – This is both my Aussie Curves: Retro post, and Style me Friday: Plaid post. I am a keen multi-tasker – and this week – it has resulted, quite unintentionally, in a combined fashion challenge post!

It was unintentional. I did not set out to be wearing a retro outfit – but there are so many retro elements to this outfit that I HAD to use it for my AC outfit! But more on that later.

Let’s start – where I did – searching for inspiration for my Style Me Friday post. For those who haven’t heard of Style Me Friday before – It’s run by one of my style icons – Eboni over at The Fashionista Next Door. Each week she picks an inspiration item or look – you search for an image to inspire you, then post up the pictures. Find out more about the challenges by clicking the button. Its open to all shapes and sizes from all over the world.

There were so many cosy Plaid inspiration outfits, and as I sweltered in the Australian heat – I couldn’t think of anything worse than thick tartan skirts, fuzzy sweaters and colourful tights. I knew I was in for a challenge – you wouldn’t normally associate plaid with spring and summer – but I was going to give it a red-hot go.

So I came across this inspiration picture of Devon from Devon Rachel. Stunning. A slight preppy edge – I loved everything about this outfit. I had recently picked up a plaid style dress from Dorothy Perkins and knew I could use it as a skirt to recreate a similar look. I found a short sleeve cable knit sweater (also Dorothy Perkins). It looked a little baggy, so I threw on a belt to cinch my waist, and colour block wedges to match (umm, both Dorothy Perkins – those people really need to start sponsoring me :)!)

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In keeping with the preppy look, I decided on a pinky-lilac lip and a side braid.

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So, clearly the outfit was inspired by the Style Me Friday item and the picture of Devon, but there are so many retro touches – I can’t put my finger on anything specific, but it just has that retro feel…

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Skirt (Dress): Dorothy Perkins – Similarย dress or midi skirt
Sweater: Dorothy Perkins
Belt: Dorothy Perkins – Get it here
Shoes: Dorothy Perkins – Get them here

Maybe it’s the preppyness of the plaid and cable knit giving it a 50s vibe? Maybe it’s the 80s drop waisted silhouette created by the jumper and skirt? Maybe it’s the 90s colour block wedges? Of you can put your finger on it – let me know!

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Just in case you want to see the dress on its own – here it is. If I had my time over, I would have ordered this dress from their Tall collection (they do petite, and tall in addition to their 8-22 range) as I wouldn’t have minded the waist a little lower, and the skirt a little longer. I’m not overly tall (169cms) but I think – for the sake of versatility (being able to wear it to work) I would have preferred a little more length.

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So, that’s it for me for both Style Me Friday {Plaid} and Aussie Curves {Retro}. Do you participate in fashion challenges?

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Speaking of fashion challenges – are you getting ready for my Shop What You Got – November Challenge? 30 items to style and restyle for the 30 days of November. Read more about it here! Fashion Challenges are a lot of fun, and are a great way of pushing your own style and meeting like minded online fashionistas! You don’t have to have a blog – I’d love to have you play along!

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