THE LEOPARD: A Feminine Animal That Wears a Cloak of Roses?

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What do you think when you see clothing with leopard motifs? Are you interested or displeased? If you’re interested, what is the reason, and if not, why?

Just a year ago I still had never considered wearing anything with a leopard motif. I thought this kind of print was too striking and controversial. Like Indonesia’s Durian fruit. There are some who like it a great deal, and there are some who are made queasy by its pungent smell.

However, this last year, I have become very interested in this kind of motif. In the beginning, I did not understand what made me change my mind.

I started by buying and trying on a leopard dress from Collectif Clothing. When I looked in the mirror, I think I fell in love with this motif. I then started to look for more information about the profile of this animal, which has been for some time one of the fashion world’s strongest inspirations.

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Revisiting Heritage Buildings in Harlequin Dresses

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Last weekend, my husband and I enjoyed a short holiday in Brisbane. It’s not a new place for us, but because we presently live in a small town, a visit to a big city is always refreshing.

For me, the most thrilling aspect of visiting a big city like Brisbane is the majestic and artistic old buildings. We revisited some of these buildings and captured them in some images.

Of course I prepared some dresses that I thought might be suitable for the atmosphere of the big city and its majestic architecture. My choice fell to dresses with harlequin motifs that were produced by Pinup Couture.

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Are You a Wiggle or a Swing Voter? (Trying Out Elsie Dresses)

Today I threw out a question to my friends on the Facebook group ‘Wear All the Dresses’: “Are you a ‘wiggle’ or a ‘swing’ voter?” Of course what I was referring to was the ‘wiggle’ dress style, like the style in the photo to the right, and the ‘swing’ dress style, like in the photo to the left.

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The results? I was not too surprised by them because they were similar to my predictions. However, I was interested in the reasons that followed.

From some friends who declared their position, 70% chose ‘swing’ and 30% declared a vote for both. This means there was not a single one who chose just the wiggle style. Why?

One of my friends said: “I love wiggles on other people but I don’t think they suit me. I feel more comfortable in a swing.” And others said: “I prefer swing, as I think it suits my body shape better.”

What was said by my friends on the Facebook group is actually the same with what I have felt all this while.

Nearly 100% of my collection of dresses are in the ‘swing’ or ‘fit and flare’ style. I always feel a little unconfident trying out ‘wiggle’ dresses because I have a rectangular body shape. Meanwhile, I always think that the wiggle style is very suitable for women who have an hour-glass body shape. Is this so?

These last few months I have seen a dress in the wiggle style worn by lots of women with various and different body shapes. And I felt that this dress looked good on them. For quite a while I had restrained myself from buying a wiggle dress, but I felt at last that this was the dress to start with.

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‘Ladies in Black’ and an Imaginative Black Dress From Unique Vintage

Last Tuesday was a day I had looked forward to for some time because a film I wanted to see was playing at the cinema in our small town. The film is entitled ‘Ladies in Black’. I was very enthusiastic to watch the movie because I had heard that this film is set in the 1950s, my favourite era for creativity in fashion. I hope this note will not give away too many spoilers to those of you who haven’t yet seen it.

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My husband and I leave for the cinema in the late afternoon, as dinner time approaches. I’m wearing a special black dress just for the film. This dress is in the style of the 1950s, in keeping with the setting of the film. I will discuss the dress in more detail later on in this post.

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An Adventure in the Outback With the Audrey Hepburn Collection

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Last weekend, my husband and I drove four hours to an isolated area called ‘The Outback’ in Queensland, Australia. On the way there, we stopped off in a town called Barcaldine to see ‘The Tree of Knowledge’, where the history of the Australian Labour Party began. One hour from there, we arrived at our destination, Longreach. It’s called ‘The Capital of the Outback’. I was immediately impressed by the first views of the old buildings there.

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This town is indeed very isolated. You cannot find fast-food outlets from America there, nor Australia’s largest supermarket. There are less than 3000 residents in the town. However, because of its interesting history, and the care taken for its historical buildings, this isolated town has an artistic and charming aesthetic.

My husband and I didn’t scurry about doing lots of activities, even though we ended up spending three nights there. However, we enjoyed two interesting activities to refresh ourselves over the long weekend.

The weather in Longreach is very hot at Midday. Because of this, I choose to wear dresses with designs that are very simple, so that they are comfortable, but also attractive. I decide to wear one of the dresses from Lady V London’s Audrey Hepburn Dress collection. If you’re familiar with retro outfits, you’re sure to know that the unique thing about Lady V London clothes is that they are neatly made in England.

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The Enchantment of a Darlene Dress at Sunset

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In the twilight I see the light of a falling sun that is truly magnificent from behind the window. The spring air in the small Queensland town is welcoming. I look to my husband, who’s holding a camera while smiling. He knows what I’m thinking. I directly open my closet and choose a dress that goes with the atmosphere of my heart and the sunset! The Darlene Dress!

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