Wednesday

Introducing Studio 8 - The Kelly Dress


One of my absolute favourite things is when a brand you've always loved from afar as their sizing stops below yours brings out a plus size range! Phase Eight is one of those brands, I've picked out their dresses so many times over the years because I loved the style but then had to sadly put it back, but thankfully their new plus size sister brand Studio 8 is available I can shop to my heart's content!

Studio 8 brings us the signature chic formal wear and elegant occasion wear of Phase Eight but in sizes 16 to 24. I personally am thrilled about this not only because I love an awful lot of the pieces but also because a lot of them fit a gap in the plus size market that only a few other brands offer, that of premium dresses and separates that are perfect for work. Don't get me wrong the beautiful occasion wear is right up my street too, but work wear is something I feel we get a bit of a raw deal on usually having to make do with the old trousers and long tops or trying to make casual dresses more work appropriate with blazers and soft jackets (my usual trick). I'm thrilled that I can now buy beautiful, stylish, extremely well made and luxurious feeling pieces to add to my work wardrobe because I really believe in the importance of first impressions and your appearance makes up a big part of that whether we like it or not!

The piece I'm wearing here is The Kelly Check Dress (£99.00*). It's a beautiful design, fully lined and with a wonderful cut that features a trapeze hem - something I usually avoid like the plague but it works just perfectly on this dress. The print is a lovely blue and pink modern rough check on a black background which makes it wonderfully versatile as you can team it with blues or pinks to bring out the stripes, pick contrasting colours for more interest or just go for timeless and simple and throw on black accessories as I've done here.

The cut of this dress really is a delight, like I always say things that are designed perfectly don't always look great on the hanger but as soon as you've slipped them on they just hang perfectly from your frame and look breathtaking with no effort from you at all! It also helps that the fabrics used in this style are just dreamy, the lining is so soft and has some stretch whereas the top layer is semi sheer and so relatively thing meaning it drapes and moves so elegantly. More major points were scored as it came with a belt that was sized correctly - it happens so often, you buy a lovely new frock in your size and the belt it comes with would only fit a fly, so frustrating! Not the case here thought, in fact I could have done with another hole to get it as fitted as I like.



Here are a few other Studio 8 pieces that I love to bits!
There are even more gorgeous styles on the Studio 8 website which you can find right here...


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Monday

Be the sun in a sky full of clouds - The Seychelles Dress by Gemma Collins


So something I've often said about my sense of style is that it can be so contradictory. Most of the time these days I like to stick to a mostly black palette as I think it's so chic, but when I see something as bright and beautiful as this dress I just can't help but get swept back to the part of me that loves fun, bold, trashy-cute fashion. I often say that one of my life goals is to look like a dessert as often as possible and I definitely think this gorgeous dress helps me on my way - it makes me think of the beautiful pink meringues my Gran used to make!

Genuinely, I haven't been this excited about a plus size dress design in a really long time - the Seychelles Dress by Gemma Collins (£60.00*) is really a dream come true for me. The cut is marvellous - so classic with the ruching and wrap front but brought right up to date with the length and ombre colour effect. And talking of that colour, oh my gosh - it makes me think of Cinderella's dress when the fairy godmother's are fighting over whether it should be blue or pink and they keep changing it behind each other's backs! The dress itself is made of a really soft and silky fabric with lots of stretch so it hugs your figure while still being really flattering because of the ruched fabric. It's also fully lined which always wins extra points with me and I love that it kicks the whole 'fat chicks shouldn't wear bright colours' junk right to the kerb!

I knew that I really wanted to wear my glittery chunky sandals with this baby and that I didn't want to wear a cardigan or jacket that would hide some of the beauty of the dress; so I decided that a gold stole or wrap would be the perfect accessory. Unfortunately I just couldn't find anything that was glitzy enough to fit the image I had in my mind and so I got my sewing machine out and made one for myself! I'm really lucky that I have a wonderful Saturday market right on my doorstep which has a few fabric stalls and an excellent haberdashery stall where you can buy all manner of ribbons, buttons, lace, feathers and other craft supplies. I grabbed the shiniest gold fabric I could find and then hustled over to Boons where I found pom pom edging and felt hearts in the perfect shades of pink - what can I say it must have been my day! It was an easy make but I love the results, it's one of those rare times when the vision in your head works and the results are just as you'd pictured.





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Friday

Viviana by Dynasty - The Milly's Ruby Evening Dress


Oh lordy lordy do I love this dress! This is a style that you see different versions of quite often, but never have I found one so beautifully made and with such a wonderful fit. This delightful little number is the Milly's Ruby Evening Dress (£359.00*) and is the second of two stunning pieces that I've shared from the Viviana plus size collection by Dynasty London (you can see the first one here).

Everything abut this dress is a dream - the colour, the length and fullness of the skirt, the beautiful lace sleeves and the cute belt to the waist. As soon as you feel the fabric you know this is something special and when you look closer you notice all of the individual embroidered flowers dotted over the bust and neckline and around the belt which add a magical almost three dimensional feel.

As mentioned in my previous post the Viviana pieces are cut wonderfully and don't run small. This dress is a size 22 but it fits me perfectly and I often wear a size 24 in styles with fitted tops. This really is an exceptional piece and I just can't wait to wear it to the next formal do I get invited to!

If you're on the look out for some beautiful occasion wear I honestly can't recommend the Viviana collection enough - in fact I'm hoping someone gives me the excuse to try some more of their gowns some time soon!





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