Introducing: Christine Kardashian

30 Jan

What I’m about to say may sound like a humblebrag, but I assure you it is not! At my current size (usually a UK18) I am something of an ‘inbetweenie’. I straddle the high end high street sizes and low end plus sizes, which can sometimes be fabulous, and sometimes frustrating! I find that a lot of high street pieces are cut for girls who can wear strapless bras and show their legs off, and plus sizes can often feel a tad ‘frumpy’. And so when Christine Kardashian contacted me to tell me about her ‘Inbetweenie clothing line’ I was super excited!

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Christine Kardashian an eponymous clothing line last year catering to “in-between” women, that is, Australian sizes 12 to 18 (UK sizes 12 to 18).

Christine says: “I am so excited to unveil this collection! Featuring tailored, high quality pieces, the new range is chic with a little edge, elements of fashion that can be hard to find especially past straight size clothing. Instead of overwhelming customers with too many options, I have released another capsule collection with interchangeable pieces that can be coordinated together or with existing pieces in a woman’s wardrobe.”

The new range includes jackets, tops, pants, a skirt and a dress – “hero” pieces this season are the Shawl Collar Blazer in Zebra and the Cape Sleeve Blouse. Keeping it local, the range is designed and made in Australia, with free shipping within Australia and selected international destinations (including the United Kingdom) and flat fee shipping to other countries.

Prices start from AU$145 (approximately UK£80)

I was of course dying to try a piece from the collection, and so Christine asked for my measurements, took a note of my style and sent me the Christine Kardashian cutaway pencil skirt in a size 2/AU14.
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As soon as I took it out of the box I could tell that the skirt would be perfect for me. The fabric felt like a thick ponte material with a little stretch, and I loved the dipped hem detail. However, when it came to styling the skirt to do it justice in this post I did struggle a little. It took a few wardrobe changes before I settled on this look…

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I teamed the skirt with a BiuBiu top, a belt from eBay and some heels from New Look (similar here).

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As you can see, this combination gives the skirt a rather elegant business like look, which I think does it justice. The dipped hem is just perfect for me – someone who dislikes the back of her knees to be on show and often finds that skirts and dresses ride up due to The Arse Of Doom. The skirt was a great fit on me, however, it was slightly large at the waist. However, the belt soon sorted that out as it always does!

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The skirt does not crease easily at all, which is amazing for someone like me who has a phobia of irons! It will be a great staple piece that could be worn throughout the year on many occasions.

The Christine Kardashian line is a very sleek elegant capsule collection. I do think it settles itself perfectly into the ‘inbetweenie’ market, providing sophisticated options for a variety of women. But what are your thoughts? Do you think that this collections ticks the inbetweenie box? Let me know in the comments!

22 Responses to “Introducing: Christine Kardashian”

  1. Jeanette Cordova January 30, 2014 at 12.53 #

    I looked at some of the items on the site. One style of top was appealing but the others were round neck. Round neck is a terrible style for my chest size! A nice start but needs work. Unfortunately for me as a single mom and student her prices are to high for my pocket.

    • Christine Kardashian February 1, 2014 at 12.53 #

      Thank you for your comments Jeanette!

      Agree, round neck is not for all women… boat neck on the other hand works well on many. The Split Peplum Top is also quite versatile – though the neckline may be round, the V split opens it up so that it does not sit right up against the chest.

      Sorry if the prices seem high… they are in Australian Dollars so it might be a pleasant surprise when converted to Pounds?

  2. Dando La Talla January 30, 2014 at 12.53 #

    Wow! I love the cut of that skirt!!! It’s so beautiful!

  3. linzjk January 30, 2014 at 12.53 #

    Stunning skirt indeed. I would definitely consider buying this. It would be great in a pinstripe too. Love the length and the cut is very flattering. Love the look you’ve created around it. I’m in the in between size range too. And find that the plus size and high street shops often sell out of of my size (18 ish) very quickly which just shows how many of us ‘in betweeners’ there really are!

    • Christine Kardashian February 1, 2014 at 12.53 #

      Thank you for your kind words and support linzjk!

      You’re right, there are a lot women (including myself) who are ‘in-betweeners’ ;) Unfortunately there are not a lot of quality options available… ill-fitting clothes that are cheap and nasty with straight size being too small and plus size being too big.

      You’ll like this too… shipping is FREE to the UK!

  4. kerry magee January 30, 2014 at 12.53 #

    It looks great on you, especially the top as it wraps and makes your bust look sexy and not frumpy. However I’ve just looked at the Inbetweenie range and there isn’t anything that would suit my shape. I’m a uk size 18, 38G bust, I have broad shoulders, not much of a bum or hips and slim legs. Oh and forgot to mention my big bellie which can be tamed with shape wear. I suppose I’m square shape. Xxxx

    • Christine Kardashian February 1, 2014 at 12.53 #

      Thank you for your comments Kerry!

      I am sorry that you feel there aren’t any pieces that would suit your shape :(

      If I may make some suggestions… going by your description of your body shape, the Tapered Harem Pant would look great with your legs, fill out your bum / hips, plus it has a comfortable elastic waist.

      Also, if you’re square-shaped, you will find my blazers create curves as they are nipped in at the right position on the waist. I have seen women of many different shapes try on my blazers and all love the fit!

      • kerry magee February 1, 2014 at 12.53 #

        Thanks I’ll check them out, keep you updated xxxx

  5. doubledigitbeauty January 30, 2014 at 12.53 #

    Wow the skirt looks amazing on you . I consider myself a inbetweenie also. Love this post

  6. Alana January 31, 2014 at 12.53 #

    As an American “inbetweenie,” I was really excited about this until I read that it isn’t for Americans in-between sizes. American standard sizes go up to a size 18 which is as far as the Christine Kardashian’s “Inbetweenie” line goes. It is a shame that American sizing wasn’t considered in the sizing of her line, because I’m sure it would increase her market considerably.

    • Christine Kardashian February 1, 2014 at 12.53 #

      Thank you for your comments Alana!

      I have to disagree with your comments that American sizing was not considered… I put in a lot of time researching and sizes from around the world were actually considered when creating my line.

      Catering to ‘in-betweens’ is not so much about the number on the size pip, this is just a guide. It is for women (myself included) who are too big for straight size and too small for plus size.

      Sizes on the website are Australian sizes – roughly 12 to 18, which are US sizes 8 to 14. A US size 18 is significantly larger than an Australian size 18 and would be considered plus size. I think it would be fair to say that ‘straight’ size and ‘standard’ size could be considered two different things.

      If I may ask, please check out the measurement guide on the website – I think you might be pleasantly surprised! Going by the photos on your blog – you are totally an ‘in-between’ in my range… oh and shipping is FREE to the US ;)

      • Alana February 2, 2014 at 12.53 #

        Thanks for the reply Christine! I understood that the sizes were 8 to 14 in US sizing, what I was saying is that in the US, “normal” (non-plus) clothing size lines go up to a size 18. So, since your clothing sizes are listed as only going up to 14 US, that would not help American “inbetweenies”; as American inbetween sizes in the US would be in the 16-20 range.

        I checked out your size guide as you suggested, and it seems the problem may just be with the US size numbers you listed, rather than the size of clothing. According to your size chart, my bust is a size “2″ in your sizing, and my waist and hips is a size “1″ in your sizing. That is listed as being a size 8-10 in US sizing which is pretty far off from my actual clothing size.

        I usually wear a size 16 in dresses and a size 18 in pants. In plus size clothing lines here, the sizes run a bit larger, so, I usually wear a US size 14 dress in plus size clothing lines.

        I usually wear a size 1X or 2X in tops (it is rare to see a number size like “16″ in tops here); a lot of brands in the US only go up to an XL in shirts, so, they are too small for me, and the smallest size in plus size shirts is usually too big on me.

        As I explained above though, it seems like your clothes would fit inbetween sizes here, it is just that your size chart does not correspond accurately to the US size equivalent. I would love to help you with your line (with no expectations in return). Maybe I could send you some specific measurements off the US clothing I own, and tell you what clothing size they are listed as on the tags?

        At any rate, I am pretty excited to discover I CAN fit your clothing, and that you offer free shipping to the US!

  7. Helen January 31, 2014 at 12.53 #

    I don’t understand why clothing aimed at the plus-size or “inbetweenie” has to be so much more expensive than clothing aimed at regular sized women?!

    • fullerfigurefullerbust February 1, 2014 at 12.53 #

      This is a luxury brand.

      • Christine Kardashian February 1, 2014 at 12.53 #

        Thank you Georgina for your support!

      • Helen February 2, 2014 at 12.53 #

        I wasn’t being rude merely having an opinion, obviously you’re going to back something up that’s just been handed to you on a plate. The regular average people don’t get such luxuries in life, lucky you eh.

      • fullerfigurefullerbust February 4, 2014 at 12.53 #

        I wasn’t being rude either? I was just trying to clarify what the brand are about.
        And these things are not ‘just handed’ to me, I worked hard to make this blog successful and popular and this is a happy side effect :)

    • Christine Kardashian February 1, 2014 at 12.53 #

      Hi Helen,

      As Georgina has clarified, it is more of a luxury brand rather than what you would see on the high street and it has nothing to do with being aimed at the plus-size or “inbetweenie” or regular sized women.

      The fabrics sourced are high end yet durable, there is more attention to detail with regard to fit, and production is done locally rather than outsourced to the third world. Small quantities are produced which also gives the brand exclusivity. I hope this makes sense :)

  8. Christine Kardashian February 1, 2014 at 12.53 #

    Love the post Georgina… you look amazing as always! The fit looks good and of course you were able to improvise and style it to make it your own. Thank you again for your support :)

  9. Hailes February 6, 2014 at 12.53 #

    Love this outfit on you :) I have to say, I’ve not thought too much of those in the inbetween sizes until a few days. I guess you get the best and worst of both straight and plus sizes!

    Hailes<3

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