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LEONA’S GOT YOU COVERED

GUY THING

MAKE IT A MANHATTAN We’re setting our sights on New York City as the fifth annual Full Figured Fashion Week kicks off on June 17, featuring runway shows, panel discussions, and wall-to-wall parties. The official blog, Curvy and City ChicNess, covers all the major trends for the upcoming season, plus tips for looking front-row ready (hint: they’re all about embellished flats). Check it out at fffweek.com.

JACKET, $100, (14-26), Autograph, autographfashion. com.au. SHIRT, $39.95 (8-22) and SKIRT, $60 (8-22), Crossroads, crossroads.com.au. SHOES, $189, Dr. Martens, 1800 655 154. CLUTCH, $79.95, Verali, veralishoes.com.au.

MEGAN MOIR PARDY

W E B WA N T S 9-5

FIVE OF THE BEST

CURVE-LOVING PENCIL SKIRTS

UNDER $50

$229 (16-26), Lala Belle, lalabelle.com.au.

$139.95 (16-26), NONI+ by NONI B, nonib.com.au.

$29 (18-26), Asos, asos.com/au.

$99 (16-26), Sara from ezibuy.com.au.

Pair with crisp white and prepare to get noticed.

Keep it on standby for nothing-to-wear days.

Balance the busy pattern with a solid hue up top.

The lacy trim makes it perfect for fine-dining.

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$186.95 (42/44-54/56), Manon Baptiste from navabi-australia.com. Trick the eye with draping.

CHEAP & CHIC

ADDITIONAL TEXT: LAURA COLLINS; KATE FITZPATRICK. STYLING: TANYA LEVAK. PHOTOGRAPHY: SEVAK BABAKHANI. HAIR AND MAKE-UP: AMELIA AXTON/RELOAD AGENCY. MODEL: MERCY/BELLA MODEL MANAGEMENT. STILL-LIFE STYLING: LAURA COLLINS; TARA MORRIS. STILL-LIFE PHOTOGRAPHY: JULIE CRESPEL; DEAN WILMOT.

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’m somewhat ashamed to admit I was around for the first incarnation of grunge. Think Nirvana, MTV, and Courtney Love rocking out in Doc Martens. The ’90s was a mash-up of ’70s free love and the smell of teen spirit and, although it was cool, it certainly wasn’t feminine. Enter today’s neo-grunge – where florals and softer colours are as much a part of the trend as plaid and chunky boots. Heavy flannel has given way to fabrics like cotton and chiffon, but the foundations are the same: oversized knits, a touch of denim or khaki, and a plaid shirt tied carelessly around the waist (even if it takes you five minutes to get it totally perfect). The new grunge has a thrown-together “what, this old thing?” feel that’s easily achievable in plus sizes. Team a girlie plaid shirt with a mannish jacket and a floaty skirt. Remember, a careless attitude is key, so stick with a base of muted colours (stay far away from anything bright) and you can’t go wrong. Dress, $76 (20-26), Asos, asos.com/au. Next stop, Seattle…

PLUS SIDE

Major fashion brands have gained a bad rep over the years for ignoring the plus-size market. That’s why we’re fans of Leona Edmiston: selected styles of the designer’s signature jersey frocks go up to size 20. There’s also her Leona + By Leona label (sold exclusively through Myer), with deliciously silky fabrics and pretty prints to rival the main line.  Sizes range Dress, $395 (8-20), Leona Edmiston, from 16-24 and leonaedmiston.com. start at $150.

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