Laurinda's Long Weekend Style Tips

The Designer's Wardrobe is a new bi-weekly blog that provides insight into the style evolutions, fashion philosophies and business tips of the women behind the brand. Today, Collective Closets Co-Founder Laurinda Ndenzako will be leading a conversation about her experiences in fashion as a plus-sized woman.

Hey friend,
As a full-figured woman, buying clothing isn't always easy. Over the years, I've learnt so much about myself and my personal style; how to dress for the person I'm looking to become. For me, clothing is all about feeling. With every piece I put on, I always ask myself "how does this make me feel?" The answer isn't always the same – and I wouldn't want it to be!
Sometimes, I want to feel effortlessly stylish. Other times – like when I'm running errands and looking after my son – I just want to feel comfortable and relaxed. For a night out, dinner date or cocktails with the girls, I want to feel like THAT girl (confident and beautiful). My design philosophy is all about creating clothing for women I can see myself in – friends, family and people in the community around me.
As a family, we love getting together over the long weekend with some great food and even better music. Whether you celebrate the Easter holiday or not, this is a time to honour your traditions – a roast dinner, drinks with friends, church or a leisurely walk around the park. Whatever your plans, I've got an outfit for you! Here are some of the looks I'll be wearing this weekend.
Laurinda wears the Jua Shirt Dress in size XXXL ($250)
This look is for the girl who wants to feel a little more modest, but still stylish. This beautiful brown dress acts as the perfect skirt under my half-buttoned Jua shirt dress. Wear this to church, Easter lunch or a family day out – the sneakers make it super comfortable.
Laurinda wears the Jua Shirt Dress in size XXXL ($250)
Laurinda wears the Jua Shirt Dress in size XXXL ($250)
Laurinda the Hoja Slip Dress and the Jua Shirt Dress in size XXL (worn underneath) ($232).

Getting the maximum out of your wardrobe means finding new and inventive ways to style your already-existing pieces – like our vibrant Hoja slip dress from last season.

 For this first look, I went for some fun, clashing colours. Easter hues of pink, blue and green are pared back with my classic Jua shirt dress in oatmeal linen (worn underneath).

Laurinda wears the Ikoni Blazer in size XXL ($250)


This is my more elevated, formal Easter look. Our Ikoni blazer is the perfect lightweight coverup over this dress (plus covers the arms for those who aren't comfortable showing them). I kept some fun colour with pink heels – you could also add a statement bag.