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Tuesday, September 24, 2013


Have you discovered Harlow yet? They are an Australian based plus size retailer who are dressing curvy girls all over the world. I featured their amazing Scuba skirt in my last Sourpuss post and now I want to share with you, my readers, a selection of their rocking pencil skirts!

Harlow specialize in size 14 to 24 and make a large variety of styles for the modern curvy woman. Being that my taste is more retro than modern (then mixed in with a little punk rock on my casual days) I thought pencil skirts would be the perfect items to feature and review.

Now I'm wearing all of these skirts in a size Small which works out to be a plus size 16. I tend not to be able to fit into plus sizes because of the waist measurements, which seems to be the issue with most of these styles. The 16 has a waist measurement of 36 inches as listed on the Harlow size chart and I currently have a waist measurement of 33 inches (refer to my stats at the top of the page for specific measurements). 

I found that some of the styles differed in size and fit and, due to the elastic waist, can fit both my size waist (might need a little tailoring on most) and even up to a size or two larger than me. That is in no way a design issue - I just seem to have this issue with most plus sizes. If they were in a smaller size, like a 14, I think they would all be perfect!

Snake Charmer Skirt - $69.95 (SOLD OUT) 

This was the tightest fit of all the skirts and my stand-out favourite. The faint and funky snake skin print on black is fantastic. 

The perfect go-to skirt for any occasion; be it dressing up or dressing down, paired with heels for the evening or flats for a more casual look. As you can see, this skirt is much looser than the previous one. I found that it was more loose on the waist and high hip than the lower half of the skirt. 

The same style as the black skirt above and a very loose fit. I adore this colour so much but I will need to get this taken in a whole size smaller. In this shot and the one for the black skirt, I actually needed to hold both in at the back. But these are simple issues that a tailor can fix and most of the time I have to get items altered. 

These pencil skirts are PERFECT for work and will be worn all year round. Paired with shirts, tees, cardigans and funky blazers these skirts are a great addition to your work wardrobe and can take you from day to night. 

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