It’s time to do another garment review post for Autograph Fashion!
As I mentioned a few weeks ago, they sent me some more product to review. I can’t tell you how lucky I am that they do this for me, because they are the store I shop in the most (being close to my work and generally in the right price range for me). After my post on how much I had fallen in love with their tall riding boots, I counted 13 pairs of boots that were sold because of either that post, or the one I did on Tumblr. That’s just the ones I know about. So they’re getting good advertising out of me at least!
In this latest post, they sent me the brown buckle boots, pink buckle ballet flats, sleeveless sequins tank, 3/4 sleeve knit paisley print dress, short sleeve plait neck lace print top, animal print top (no longer listed online but worn with this leather jacket) and another paisley print top with a cami (also not longer listed online). I have worn all except the paisley print top so far (which I hope to wear this coming week) and have had most of them photographed to share with you here.
Let’s start with the animal print top and brown buckle boots shall we? Take a look of my OOTD:
I have to admit, I fell in love with this animal print top back when Autograph first posted a pic of it on their Facebook page as “coming soon”. There was a lot of “fat ladies shouldn’t” around the bold print, but I was like “GIMME!!” I particularly love the sweetheart neckline (I’ll tolerate surplice necklines a whole lot more if I can have a bit more variety in them) and empire waistline. Both are styles that particularly suit me. But what I really love about this top is the fabric. It is a lovely weighty knit that is super soft and just drapes beautifully. The bodice actually has a kind of cami lining, so it makes the top fall even better than just with the fabric. Some months ago Autograph had a run of this very thin, clingy knit that had great colours, but it just sagged and looked sloppy no matter who was wearing it. It even clung to the lace of my bra and made my boobs all lumpy. To be fair, I saw that fabric everywhere for awhile there, most retail chains seemed to give it a run. I’m really glad it has disappeared, because it was a crap fabric. This top is made of a knit that is everything that the cheap knit wasn’t. I’m not sure what this one retailed at, I think $49.99 or $59.99. It is still in store though if you like it.
I’m also wearing the brown buckle boots in this photo. When I bought the tall riding boots, I saw these and thought they were nice, but didn’t really think I’d bother with them, even after seeing a friend of mine with them in black looking fab in them. But now that I have a pair, and I’ve worn them a few times, I am SO glad I have them! They are really cute, super comfy (I ran around one really busy day last week all over the shop all day, for a 9.5 hour work day, and was still standing when I finally got home, having had them on for about 12 hours!) and they fit my 19″ calves with room to spare. I love the lighter, warmer brown of them too. These are $89.99 and I would honestly spend that on them.
The boots are still available online, but sadly the top is not. I think it may have sold like hotcakes. You might find it in the actual stores though if you’re lucky.
The next garment I wore was the sleeveless sequins tank:
I’ve been longing to wear sequins to the office for some time. I’ve been inspired by Bloomie, Nicole and Anna all wearing sequins, so when this one arrived I was rather thrilled to be able to fulfill that longing. It’s a sleeveless top, and only sequinned on the front, but I think they’re probably wasted on the back anyway. The sequins are sewn on well, and though there was a tag attached saying to expect some to fall off on laundering, only a few did. This one retails at $59.99, which is quite a bit more than I would spend on it. It also now comes in red which I am lusting after so much! Both the silver and red are available on the website.
Then I wore the 3/4 sleeve paisley print dress (it’s finally getting cool enough to do so in Brisbane!):
OMG I LOVE THIS DRESS! Again – good quality knit fabric, drapes so beautifully, breathes and is deliciously soft. I adore the print, it has that 70′s feel. The length is perfect with my tall riding boots, and yes, I’ll even forgive that surplice neckline (I really am getting sick of them though. It retails at $79.99 and is still available on the website. I will be wearing the shit out of this dress through winter.
The other two items I have worn, but sadly didn’t get OOTD photographs for are these two:
This is a cute top, a little more sedate than I would normally wear, but I got a lot of compliments on it. It’s really nice to have something other than a surplice neckline, that’s for sure. The fabric isn’t as nice on this one as the other garments, it’s a more synthetic feeling fabric, and doesn’t breathe as well. But I’ll get a lot of wear out of this for work through winter. This one sells for $49.99 and is still available on the website.
And these that retail for $59.99:
I’m not sure I would buy ballet flats from a plus-size store. Don’t get me wrong, these are as cute as hell, and fit really well (the only negative is they get this weird camel-toe crease in the toe that I am trying to stretch back out with newspaper), but we fat girls can get ballet flats anywhere. The boots I understand – we need wide calf boots for fat legs. But ballet flats are pretty universal. They’re not specialist wide fit ones either, but then thin people have wide feet (my tall, super slim boss has the same size feet as I do, only mine aren’t as wide as hers so I often inherit shoes that don’t fit her – the only thing I COULD inherit from her – I’m easily 4 of her!) so those should be in regular shoe stores.
What I think I’m getting at is that I really want my plus-size retailer to focus on plus-size clothing and accessories. Wide calf boots. Plus-size belts, tights, sleepwear, swimwear, underwear (PLEASE AUTOGRAPH, START GOING ALL LANE BRYANT WITH BRAS FOR US!!) Rings, bangles/bracelets and necklaces to fit our fatter bodies. Don’t worry about the stuff that is universal – they only take up valuable plus-size real estate.
All in all, happy with all of the stuff Autograph sent me (though a few tweaks would be welcome), and VERY, VERY impressed with the buckle boots, paisley dress and animal print top. I am very pleased to see the quality of fabrics improving, the addition of wide-calf boots, and some cute, funky, fashionable things coming through. Keep it up folks!