It is a rare thing that plus-size fashion promos make me really excited. Don’t get me wrong, I love clothes, and every now and then I find something that I really love, but it’s not very often that I see a whole story and just go “I love it!”
But I got a sneak peek earlier this week at the lookbook of the newly released July range from Autograph Fashion and almost all of the collection was something that I would wear, and several pieces were really appealing. I asked the crew at Autograph to send me some images so that I can share them with you all, because I think we’re seeing something quite significant with this collection.
So let’s take a look!
My favourite piece from the whole collection is this animal print dress:
Now I love me some animal print like only a fat lady can, but there are a lot of things I love about this dress. Firstly… pockets! Darting at the bustline, pleating and draping along the skirt (a bit hard to see in this photo). I love the black, white and silvery grey too – I can see it with a jewel colour cardigan and tights, or fishnets and heels. I can’t wait to get my hands on this one.
Then there is this midnight spot dress:
I love a lot of things about this one too. The smocking, the indigo colour and the generous gathering. I think it will look amazing over black leggings or tights, and I am going to find a black belt so I can wear it like this too. And the people who feel they need sleeves are catered to with this one too. I love that it’s a different take on spots as well.
How about this snake print skirt:
More animal print (yay!) and I love tulip wrap skirts, they hang so well on many different shaped bodies. Not too long either – I find they look frumpy on me if they go past the knee. I am really loving the black, white, indigo and silver of this range too. I can keep it as is for a wintry look, or jazz it up with more colour.
Another favourite of this range for me is this shoulder top:
Love the cutouts, love the studs, love the drape over the bodice! I’d wear this one with the snake print skirt. This is a style that you NEVER see in plus-size fashion, it’s so refreshing to have something that’s different.
Ok, I know that a lot of you love sequins, so check out this tunic:
I confess, I love some sequins myself. I’d love to see this one in red too, but the black is lovely. I like the length too.
For another black dress, we have this one:
I love the ruffles on this. I do love ruffles. The ruched belt with this one is really cute too, and it’s a great length. Another one I would wear with bright accessories (but you could leave it monochrome if that’s more your style).
Now this one is listed as a block print tunic:
But you know what? It’s the white jacket I’m in love with in this shot. I bought their denim jacket a couple of months ago and wear the hell out of it, and this one is even cuter. The tunic is nice too, but that jacket… love it!
Next is the satin placket top:
There’s that indigo colour again that is really hot this season, and I love that this one is another new style that I’ve not seen repeated everywhere in plus sizes. It looks like a spring and summer top, but with one of the jackets, leggings or a long sleeved top underneath, it works for winter too. I’m a big fan of sheer fabrics as well.
And then we have the lace print tunic and drape cardi:
These two are a bit more traditional of plus-size clothes, and I have something similar to both already. I still like the silvery-grey with black and white though.
So there you have the bulk of the collection. You know what I love about this collection? There are none of the usual fat-lady tropes that show up in SO much of the plus-size clothing we see. No surplice necklines. No shark-bite/handkerchief hems. No “embellished” pants or bustlines. Not even a baby-doll/empire waist! Now I happen to personally like surplice necklines and empire waists, but I don’t want EVERY garment I own to have them.
It’s great to see a collection that is modern and fashionable, that is aimed at women with careers and adult social lives. That’s been the biggest gap in the plus-size market in Australia (though the whole market is a gap in itself still) – clothes that women can wear to work, and to the kind of social life that is outside of nightclubs.
Now I know this collection is not going to be to everyone’s taste (no collection is – we’d all be boring if we liked the exact same things), but I do think it shows that Autograph Fashion are trying to bring in something more fashionable and on-trend, while still providing clothing that will fit a plus-size body with practicality (every garment here will cover my giant ugly “rack of doom” bras that I have no other option but wear!) In the face of other brands completely ignoring their customers (I am looking at you City Chic, you can keep ignoring us but it’s only going to do you damage in the long run) or cutting the larger sizes out altogether (I’m still here City Chic, and I’ve still got money to spend on clothes, at size 26.)
I’m really looking forward to seeing these garments “in the flesh” so to speak, and I hope that Autograph continue to work towards fashion forward ranges that cover the entire size range (14-26).
To see the collection and prices – click here.