This is the final in the series of posts I've collaborated on with Jess from Aida Maeby and in addition to introducing the final of our wonderful real life models, it's also the post where I go on a flight of fancy and tell you (a) what I want from the collection and (b) how I'd wear it. Orange pants and references to glam duchesses abound!
It’s all go in Julia’s household, with a husband, three year old daughter (wearing a brand new dress that swirls when you twirl around! It was an exciting fashion day in this household), a new baby and a delightfully frisky wee dog running about, a new deck being built and friends arriving for the evening. She explains “the great thing about Aida Maeby is that it’s well made and great quality, so you can wear it and feel nice without it being too fussy”. The top she’s wearing is a superb example, because while it’s a sensible style without any “bits” to annoy or for babies to grab, the smooth, high-quality fabric and details like a gathered sleeve give it far more oomph than a basic navy top.
In fact, Julia loves Aida Maeby so much that she’s turned two girls from work into converts, and laughs when I tell her that Jess is waiting impatiently for the day she can see someone “in the wild” wearing her designs. (This is a common theme in my chats with the women who wear Aida Maeby – they all love the clothes so much, and look so comfortable and happy in them, that other women are keen to know where they’re from and to get in on the goodness!)
When I asked Julia where she knew Jess from, and her reply was “high school”, my excitement was palpable. I don’t know about you, but high school was a time of inadvertent awkwardness and questionable style choices for me, so this seemed like a potential goldmine. I’m pleased (and yet, disappointed) to report that Julia is a stand up friend and merely told me that while Jess wasn’t into fashion as such, she was creative and so it was no surprise when she headed to Wanganui to do her degree. That creativity is reflected in the different seasons of Aida Maeby, with Jess creating a beautiful story to support each collection, and Julia observes that Jess always manages to create something new each time, which means it always feels fresh and fun for her to buy.
I think together Julia, Sarah and Matariki prove that Jess has designed a collection that works across lifestyles, body shapes, and fashion preferences – but just in case you want a touch more inspiration, here’s how I’d style up my fave bits of the collection (in true “go big or go home” expressive Megan style)!
This is my Mum’s favourite – to say she covets this is probably the greatest understatement of my life. Right now, I’d buy it for myself in the ink/moss colour way (you know I love that orangey flash) and wear it over my orange silk pants from Julian Danger (an adventurous thrifting find) to play up the colours and swishy-ness. When the weather cools, I’m feeling it with a black skivvy, very opaque black tights and some clompy boots, preferably ankle boots (and maybe a belt? I’d need to see that in person). Go bad girl or go home. I am closer to the ground than the sky, so I would possibly have to throw myself on Jess’s mercy and get her to shorten this for me so it wasn’t floor length, but that’s an easy fix in this dress.
I am buying this piece. I’m emotionally and financially committed to owning it forever. Look at that cut! I’d buy it in the blue and black option – which looks like a deconstructed plaid and is a richer blue in real life – and wear it either with jewel coloured trou or in a full sixties mini skirt look. For the former, I have some great dark pink pants, and I’d bust out my velvet platform wedges, a dark red shirt and some serious statement jewellery to complete the moody jewel box look. For a look that emphasises the volume of the coat, I’d wear semi-opaque black tights with a black woollen miniskirt, and my black skivvy (gotta love that thing in winter!) to let the coat be the focus.
When I saw this dress in the look book, I emailed Jess and told her it had satisfied all my “Grecian warrior princess dreams”. This. Dress. Is. Bad. Ass. The sash detail is obviously the Most Important, and if this dress was mine I would immediately fasten that thing across my body on the diagonal with my Muse brooch from Kate Sylvester, get my feet into some really high heels (they make me feel tall and therefore powerful, okay?! I’m almost at eye level in heels and it’s empowering to not have to tilt your head up like a child) and get ready to take some names. Day two of dress ownership would see me let the sash fall from the shoulder (gotta love those elongating vertical lines) and capturing it under the belt, which I would then belt over again with an embellished belt; either my vintage studded belt or my weird belt that looks like it’s made of scales. I’d also experiment with tying that sash into a massive shoulder bow scenario, with some pinning no doubt required, because any time you get wear a massive bow on your shoulder, obviously you should. Barbie taught me this in 1989 and I have been loyal to the concept ever since.
What do you guys think of my proposed outfits? If you’re thinking about buying something fab times, but you’re not sure how to wear it, let’s talk it out in the comments, below. Making up outfits is my favourite!