I have been friends with Jarra from Jamjar since primary school. We even went to high school together for a while (I left the school after year 7) We didn't stay in contact after that, but then we bumped into each other at RMIT University one day in 2004 and our friendship returned. At the time she was beginning studies at the Fashion course at RMIT and I was still at VCA studying fine art photography. I was at RMIT that day as Henry had just started his 1st year of his interior design course and I was visiting for lunch. He is the only one who continued with his studies, but for him it was his 2nd degree so he knew he wanted to do it.
Anyway Jarra has kinda lost her fashion mojo and we were talking to her mum today about giving her a makeover. I knew what shapes I thought would suit her and we were going to go shopping soon but then I remembered I have all these old skirts and tops that I don't want anymore and they would totally suit Jarra. So this is the 1st step in Jarra's makeover, we still need to buy her some new shoes (mine are too small for her), new tights or leggings and more tops, but she walked away from my house with 7 new skirts and 3 new tops. I was so happy to have the space in my wardrobe back!
Before:Would you believe Jarra is skinnier than me? You can't tell when she wears this boxy jacket and unflattering pants. The scarf was a nice hint of colour but the whole look was a bit haphazard and boring. Jarra never wears skirts or dresses.
This is a casual look, something she can wear to the local store or for a walk in the park. The top was from Savers and the skirt was from Hunter Gatherer if I remember correctly. I don't think I've worn either for 3 or more years so I was happy to give them away. The a-line skirt is very flattering on us larger women and the mis matched polka dot patterns are very cool, this is a modern 1950's look. The shoes were borrowed just for the shoot, but she is thinking of buying her own.
This is maybe my favourite look, so frenchy chic. I don't remember where I got the top but the skirt is from a shop in the Australia on Collins mall. The shoes were borrowed for the shoot. I think horizontal stripes are very flattering on larger women, and they make big breasts look amazing. This look really shows of Jarra's amazing figure that she always hides away under layers and layers of bulky clothes. I also gave her my old Chanel New York Red lipstick as I no longer wear it. It really works with this look. The neck tie which I also gave her pulls the whole look together. Amazing transformation isn't it?
Chic and sophisticated in black. The skirt is one I bought at Portmans bargain basement years and years ago. The tops is Jarra's own and the belt is one I bought at Portmans which I gave to her (I also gave her my old black one too). Pulling your waist in with a belt is one of my tips for larger women, it really works wonders.
What do you think? The colour red seems to really work with Jarra's skin tone and a-line skirts look amazing on her. I think she just needed a push into the right direction because she is just so shy, she needed a confidence boost. I can't wait till her mum sees her, she will be stunned! Oh and her brother...lol
Oh and check out MelbourneStreetFashion.com for some new shots, there will be more tomorrow too. Yay!