Style : Did you hear the one about the dress that suits everyone from a size 8-22?
We talk a lot here on Justb. about being inclusive. About not judging. About celebrating everyone for who they are. About acknowledging that we are all wonderfully different.
And I got to thinking today that maybe you haven’t seen what’s been going on over at my personal blog, Styling You, over the past two weeks?
There’s been somewhat of a fashion revolution going on. I talked about it a bit in last night’s inaugural Justb Chat Club Spreecast but I’ll quickly put you in the picture if you’re not up to speed.
It all started with a phone call from my blogging friend, Mrs Woog. Now, Mrs Woog and I share a love of white wine, statement necklaces and retail therapy. From memory, her first Tweet to me a couple of years ago was about a pair of shoes. It was love at first Tweet.
Now she just picks up the phone to get a bit of free styling advice from me. I’m ok with that as she gives me free board when I go to Sydney for work. It’s an arrangement we’re both very comfortable with.
So, on this day, she’s called, a little breathless with the buzz that comes from finding something amazeballs (I have two teenagers and wherever possible I use words like amazeballs and awkies – short for awkward – so as to embarrass them more than what I already successfully do) for your wardrobe, the type of amazeballs that you didn’t know you actually needed till you try it on, take it home and realise that you actually need one for every day of the week.
That type of amazeballs.
Anyhoo, the dress in question was a black maxi tube dress from Seed. It was the kind of dress you’d look at on a hanger and go, no way, Jose. No way is that going anywhere near this bod.
But then you say to yourself, I’m here, I’m in the changeroom, why not give yourself a bit of a laugh?
So, this is what Mrs Woog did. And she fell big time for this dress, flashed Mr Woog’s plastic, and
demanded gently suggested I blog some suggestions for what she could wear with it.
Fearing I’d be forced to stay in a hotel next time in Sydney town, I came to the maxi tube dress party and came up with these suggestions for three different occasions. This is just one of them:
When that post published – as well as the one on Mrs Woog’s blog where she may or may not have likened the dress to a male contraception product – the Seed site melted. By the end of the day the black version of this dress had sold out and been restocked online. Women were also heading into their nearest stores asking for the dress.
As people Tweeted and left comments to say they’d bought it, we realised that there was something big brewing here. That there was a chance to really show our readers – and beyond – just how inclusive and wonderful fashion can be.
We asked those who wanted to, to send us a photo of themselves in their new dress. To date there have been more than 35 different style variations received from women ranging from their 20s to their 50s and in sizes from 8 to 22. Women with kids; women without; women with kids on the way.
Viva la (fashion) difference!
What do you think? Is this the type of fashion spread you’d like to see more of? Does it help you to visualise what the garment might look like on you?