Wilson Trollope is the fashion label of Wellington designer, Annabelle Wilson. Launched winter 2013, the label is named after both her grandmothers, stylish and talented dressmakers who taught Annabelle their craft.

The label is feminine, and focuses on creating classic, uncomplicated silhouettes that enhance the female form.  

The look is understated and has a polished-casual elegance. The labels ready-to-wear garments are timeless, with dresses being the mainstay of every collection. Fabric is paramount and the refined designs allow it to speak for itself.Each garment is carefully thought out to ensure it can effortlessly take the wearer from day to night, and fulfil all needs of the contemporary woman’s lifestyle.  

Annabelle had her first foray into fashion design as a four-year-old, creating her first dress by cellotaping roses from the garden to pink knit tubing. She has refined her sewing and design skills over two decades of trial and error. Continued guidance from her grandmothers and mother has nurtured her attention to detail and drive for perfection that is reflected in her immaculate creations. Annabelle studied clothing textile sciences and gained a history degree at the University of Otago. As well as attending courses at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London, and Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design, Auckland, to further develop her skill and knowledge base.

Annabelle's love of history and study of fabric is reflected in the inspiration for her collections and her passion for high quality fabrics. Wilson Trollope prides itself on designing structured feminine garments to enhance the female silhouette. 

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Body measurements of Wilson Trollope sizes*
   Size    Bust (cm) Waist (cm) Hips (cm)
6 78 65 92
8 83 70 97
10 88 75 102
12 93 80 107
14 98 85 112
*To take your measurements, please see our instructions below
Comparison of Wilson Trollope sizes with international sizes
Wilson Trollope     6          8         10       12      14  
Australia/UK 6 8 10 12 14
USA 2 4 6 8 10
EU 32 34 36 38 40
Japan 9 11 13 

There are three body measurement points that you need to know to ensure a great fit – bust, waist, and hips.

When taking your body measurements, wear the undergarments you normally wear for the most accurate results. Use a flexible tape measure, or a piece of string and ruler, and hold it around each body point so it is comfortably snug.  If the tape is cutting into your flesh, it is too tight.

To ensure an accurate measurement around your body, keep the measuring tape as level as possible from front to back. We recommend measuring yourself in front of a mirror so you can check this from a side view. If you can, get a friend to help you to ensure the most accurate measurements.

Bust: Wrap the measuring tape around your back and where the tape meets across the fullest point of your bust is your bust measurement.  

Waist: Wrap the measuring tape around your natural waist, the slimmest part of your torso, pulling the ends to the front. Where they meet is your waist measurement.

Hips: Wrap the measuring tape around the widest part of your bottom – this is usually low down towards your thighs. As with your bust and waist measurements, where the tape meets is your hip measurement.

Length: To measure the length of individual garments against your body it is best to measure down the centre of your back. To do this, start the measuring tape at either the base of your neck for dresses and tops, or at your waist for skirts. Measure down your body to the measurement listed in the garment description. This will show you where the garment comes to on you. When you are measuring for length, remember to make sure you are standing completely upright – it is best to have someone help you with this. Alternatively, compare the measurement with the length of a garment you already have.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Annabelle – annabelle@wilsontrollope.com, she is here to help.