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Melody van Niekerk (call her Mel) wants you to flaunt your fabulosity, mama! We are head over [designer] heels for her fashion brand, Melbelle, which “caters for curves” with beautiful clothes tweaked for fuller figures. Mel struggled with the issue of not finding clothes that fit her upon arriving here in Singapore in 2011 despite being a perfectly average UK size 10!

MelBelle focuses on size Medium up to the 3XL Western market, with two distinct lines in its first collection (lovingly coined “iHEARTasia”): ‘Resort Living’ is all about your everyday Singapore staples with a stylish twist, including kaftans, cover-ups, funky tops, and easy-to-wear dresses and rompers. To borrow Mel’s phrase, we totally HEART these looks, which’ll easily take you from beach buckets to barbecues, with coffee dates and school pickups thrown in for good measure. The day-to-night wardrobe, ‘Social Societe’ is effortlessly stylish, with pretty dresses and jumpsuits that work equally well at the office or lunch with the ladies, or can be dressed up for evening dinner or cocktails with heels, the right bag and a bit of bling.

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