Remember my excited post of a couple of weeks ago about the new fashion range from Autograph Fashion? Well, they sent me a whole swathe of stock from the collection to review! I am a lucky, lucky fatty.
Unfortunately, my camera has died. I have a couple of not so great quality photos for you all, but it will give you a general idea. I hope to get a new camera in a couple of weeks, and I’ll take new OOTD shots then. But I want to tell you about these new clothes!
So let’s start with the first piece I wore, which was the midnight spot print smock dress.
The first thing I noticed about this whole collection is the vast improvement in quality. Not only in the fabrics, but in the construction of each garment. This dress is made of a lovely heavy jersey-style stretch fabric that feels great on, and drapes really well. I love how comfortable and easy-to-wear this dress is, and it’s nice and warm in this winter weather too. I kept it simple with a pair of leggings and denim ballet flats, but I also tried it with a wide belt and tights that looked really cute too.
The next dress I wore was the flutter sleeve dress.
What can I say? I love this dress. It’s made of a light, fluttery polyester, has pockets (oh how I love pockets!) and the detail is just gorgeous. From the ruffle cap sleeves, to the ruched belt with gold buckle, to the gold exposed zipper down the back. I love this dress because it has shape and style and isn’t the usual guff for plus-sizes. It’s light enough to be summery, but I added tights (We Love Colors in orchid pink) and a jacket (see next pic) and it works for winter too.
This dress also comes in midnight blue, and I want it!
The same day, I wore this jacket:
It just wasn’t me. It’s a lovely crepe fabric, and is well made, but I just didn’t feel right in it. I felt like I’d stolen it out of my mother’s closet circa 1987. Several people told me they liked it on me, but I just couldn’t warm to it at all. The colour and style are just not my cup of tea, you know? This one is dry clean only too, which I’m not a fan of.
But then, the following day, I wore this one – the animal print drape dress:
I love this dress so much too! Now y’all know I love leopard print like only a fat lady can right? So the fabric alone won me from the first picture I saw. But when I got it, the style of the dress is so cute I fell heartily in love. It has a kind of wrap/draping across the skirt that just gives it a really lovely fall, and of course, pockets win brownie points in any garment for me. I also love that this dress doesn’t have the usual surplice neckline (in fact, none of this collection does!) and has darts to give shape to the bust. It’s made of a soft, stretch fabric that has enough weight to hang just right, without being clingy or pulling at all. I got so many compliments for this dress the day that I wore it.
They also sent me some other garments, but sadly my camera died and I didn’t get to photograph them on me. But just to tell you about them, I have:
This one was a winner when I wore it to work. Everyone liked it. I teamed it with some plain black dress pants and a black cardigan, and black pointy-toed shoes. It’s a kind of swing-top style and is lined, so it hangs beautifully. Comfy and cute.
I liked the look of this one in the catalogue, but was disappointed to find that the lace and ruffles were only on the front. The back is just black tank top. That said, it is well made and the ruffles and lace are really cute. I wore it with a black long sleeve top underneath (it’s winter here) and black leggings.
Black jeans (no photo sorry)
These jeans have changed my opinion on jeans. I stopped being a jeans wearer when I found some self esteem, because the only jeans I could find before were baggy and shapeless and didn’t fit my body properly. I tried these on and was instantly converted. They fit. Perfectly. They fit my belly, my butt, my waist, my thighs, my legs. And when I say fit, I don’t mean they go on over those parts of my body, but they actually FIT my body. I can sit, kneel, squat and bend in them without them scooching down, or riding up, or pinching. They are really good jeans people!
I wore this one with the jeans. I love a bit of sparkle. Another one that is well made, the sequins stitched really well. It’s just a plain sleeveless tunic, but worn with all black just gives a bit of glamour to simple garment. This one also comes in black too. I took the tie belt off it though, it just didn’t sit right on me with it.
I’ve also got a very cute white denim jacket on lay-by that I should pick up in a week or so. It’s just a plain, classic cut white denim jacket, but of a good quality denim and made really well.
All in all I still think Autograph are doing great things with their current ranges – they’ve also got a new corporate collection, and plenty of casual things for weekend wear or anyone who works at home or in a casual environment.
Keep up the good work Autograph, bring us MORE please!