Local Talent: Our Faves from NZ Plus Size Labels

With New Zealand Fashion Week starting tonight, we wanted to take a moment to check out what’s happening in fashion for size 14+. Some people might think that plus size fashion is boring, but these Kiwi labels are proving that it’s anything but.

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Obi Kings Cross Origami Dress, $347 from Zebrano (left) and Obi Iowa Military Jacket, $377 from Zebrano (right).

We love the versatility of this striped dress from Obi – the side panels can be tied in a number of ways that change how the dress looks, meaning that you can style it different ways depending on your mood. Another Obi favourite is this military jacket (also available in black and paloma) – it’s a beautifully tailored piece that would be the perfect finishing touch to an outfit, especially as a smart jacket to wear to the office.

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Lost and Led Astray Frill Me Dress, RRP $395 (in store at The Carpenter’s Daughter and Papillon September 20th) (left) and Lost and Led Astray Tails Top, RRP $365 (in store at Zebrano September 1st) (right).

When you wear a lot of black, thinking about texture is important. The ruffles on the bottom of this dress make it fun and whimsical while adding an element of interest. It’s not all about black though – this tunic is the colour of a gorgeous ocean (it’s called “moody blue”) and it’s perfect for layering. Lost and Led Astray is showing at NZFW and we can’t wait to see what else they’ve got coming up.

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Euphoria Grace Dress, $467 from Zebrano (left) and Euphoria Spiral Dress, $457 from Zebrano (right).

Blush is a gorgeous colour for the warmer months and we’re loving these beautiful dresses from Euphoria. Drapey fabric is great for a fresh cool look, and the ruffled sleeve detail on the Spiral Dress is just darling.

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Code Happy Times Dress, $293 from Zebrano (left) and Code Heavy Petal Dress, $323 from Zebrano (right).

Monochrome is a favourite all year round, but lately we’ve been loving floral detailing like on the Heavy Petal dress from Code. The sheer fabric is perfect for layering over your favourite outfits for a fun fresh look.

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Jason Lingard Circle Tee, $293 from Zebrano (left) and Jason Lingard Spectre Cardigan, $503 from Zebrano (right).

If there’s anyone who knows how to do black on black, it’s Jason Lingard. He’s showing at NZFW and rather than the traditional models we usually see on the catwalk, rumour has it that the show will involve local contemporary dancers! Two favourites we’ve already spotted are the Circle Tee and the Spectre Cardigan, pieces that will easily mix and match with your existing wardrobe, and we can’t wait to see more.

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TCD Luna Cardigan, $399 from The Carpenters Daughter (left) and TCD Leianda Tunic, $225 from The Carpenters Daughter (right).

We’re seeing some beautiful blue and green tones cropping up, from the duck egg blue of this Luna cardigan to the forest jewel tones of the versatile Leianda tunic. Versatility is extremely important, you want to be able to wear pieces in more than one way, so think about how they’ll mix and match with what’s currently in your wardrobe.

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Chocolat Xita Sundress, $397 from Zebrano (left) and Chocolat Daydreamer Dress, RRP $449 (in store September) (right).

We are officially on the countdown for summer, and both of these dresses would be perfect for those warm sunny days. We love the embroidered floral print of the Xita Sundress and the bold yellow of the Daydreamer Dress.

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K&K Embroidered Denim Jacket, $139.90 from K&K (left) and K&K Short Square Kaftan, $129.90 from K&K (right).

Embellishments and details are always a great way to brighten up an outfit, whether it’s an addition to a classic denim jacket or dressing up a kaftan. K&K has some stunning pieces that are perfect for making a statement.

New Zealand Fashion Week kicks off tonight, stay tuned to FashioNZ for coverage of the shows and to see what looks are coming down the runway.

Meagan Kerr also writes at This is Meagan Kerr.

Images supplied.

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