The next review in my series celebrating life beginning at 40 is from Tu, the range of clothes that are stocked in Sainsburys. I’ve been a fan of Tu for years, I believe they offer exceptionally good quality for a supermarket brand, with style very similar to Boden, but at a great budget price range.
I really enjoyed looking at the current collection, which offered something a little different to the summer brights I have been wearing. Natural and neutral shades, with more than a nod towards the ‘Out of Africa’ and safari styles that always work so well in summer, make up an important part of this collection, with animal prints also featuring heavily. Brown, black, orange, khaki and natural are the star colours, and shapes range from buttoned safari dresses, loose stretchy sun frocks and even a variation on a prom style, with a 1950s silhouette.
The dress I chose to review is the ‘zebra print dress’. This is a 1950s style dress in a linen/viscose mix. Fully lined, with a full skirt and a thin belt on the waistband, this is another dressy dress that would be suitable for a number of formal occasions this summer. But add sandals and it would also make a lovely summer dress, with the linen fabric making it a cool, comfortable option.
This is a lovely dress which has a very glamorous feel. The mixture of linen and viscose means that the fabric of the skirt has a stiff feel that enables it to keep that 1950s shape, and the lining works in the similar way to the net skirts of the 1950s, adding a little volume to the skirt. The dress fastens with a zip up the back, and I must admit that the material is not stretchy, which makes it a little tight on my bust. However, as someone who hates having a large bust, this almost made the top of the dress work like a minimiser – I felt elegant in this dress which is something I rarely feel. If you happen to love your bust, and like a super curvy look, this isn’t the dress for you!
The little belt is a great way of pulling in the waist, again adding to the overall femininity of the dress. You could also add a much thicker belt for a more dramatic look – one in red would be a great contrast to the zebra print.
I teamed this dress with red ultra wedged shoes that I picked up in a charity shop, and some gold accents were added through the earrings and bracelet, both of which came from Peacocks. I would also love to see this teamed with yellow or orange for a citrus summer splash.
This dress makes me very excited for the launch of the Tu online offering which I believe will be happening this August.
Watch this space for more from Tu.