Reviewed – AX Paris Chiffon Embellished Maxi Dress

When you think of occasion dressing, AX Paris isn’t necessarily the first brand that springs to mind. But if you wear plus size clothing, you could be making a big mistake if you forget about AX Paris when planning a special outfit for a wedding, ball or Ladies Day event. This year, the website is just full of totally beautiful gowns that would suit any occasion – they are simply that special.

On Thursday I was a guest at the Aegon Ladies Day event, held during the Aegon Classic tennis event at Birmingham’s Edgbaston Priory Club. This is a very special occasion with a host of gorgeously attired ladies and special guest. Michelle Heaton was the ambassador for the day and looked stunning in coral lace, so the fashion stakes were raised high. My choice of dress was the Chiffon Embellished Maxi dress in navy, below is the same dress in the ivory version, as I believe AX Paris are awaiting stock in navy at present.

 

Chiffon Embellished Maxi Dress Price: £40.00 click to visit AX Paris

First of all I need to tell you how beautiful this dress is. The chiffon is very floaty, but with a thicker under layer that helps the skirt avoid being static, or see-thru (both big problems with summer dresses). The armholes are cut really generously, so there is no digging into your flesh, but they are equally not gaping – they fitted perfectly. And then there was the beautiful bead-work, not over embellished and ostentatious, but really subtle, especially being in the same colour as the dress.

The dress is true to size, but if you have a larger bust you may need to size up as it fastens with a zip, therefore is not as stretchy as some of the AX Curve dresses. In terms of length, this was also perfect for me. I’m 5ft 7 and could wear this with a flat shoe without it dragging along the floor, if you were a little shorter in height, a small heel should suffice. I didn’t add much in the way of jewellery as I think the dress speaks for itself, but it would probably look gorgeous with a blingy broach added to the bodice.

The dress was lovely to wear, and it did make me feel very glamorous. I was ‘papped’ by reporters from the local press for the fashion sections which was highly amusing, and just a bit embarrassing ( I never feel natural on photographs), but was also affirmation that this was a great dress. I think the ivory version is actually lovely enough to get married in, and for £40 I think the quality is just superb.

The dress at the tennis

Hair was a little damp at this point. With Terry from Terry Terry Jewellery

With ITV weathergirl and presenter Lucy Kite.

With Xenia from Exclusive Entourage

 

 

AX Paris for a night at the Dinosaurs

You may have noticed that each month I bring you a review of an item from the great plus size range from AX Paris, AX Curve. When I was first approached by AX Paris I was a little unsure about reviewing items from the range, I loved the collection, but wondered whether it would prove to be a little too young for me. I couldn’t have been further from the truth. AX Curve has proved to be gorgeous quality, totally wearable, and something that is versatile enough to span across the age groups. I have become a huge fan.

The item I chose to review this month was the long sleeve diamante cuff smock in the nude shade. I thought that this would be the perfect thing to wear over jeans, adding a spring like feel with the pretty colour and diamante detail, but still with sleeves for this unsettled weather we are currently calling Spring.

Long Sleeve Diamante Cuff Neck Smock Price: £40.00 click to visit AX Paris

The first thing to say about this item is that I would definitely size down. I had already gone down one dress size in this brand, but could’ve ordered a size smaller still, Ax Curve is very generous with it’s sizing. I did try the smock with jeans, but unless the jeans are super skinny  I think this item is best worn with leggings, or even with bare legs come the warmer weather. It has a lovely 1960s, luxe hippy/boho feel to it and  doesn’t really need any real jewellery accessories, with both the collar and cuffs are really prettily beaded.

I went to watch the Walking with Dinosaurs show at the Birmingham NIA on Thursday night and wore the smock for this event. I teamed it with brown leggings, and suede ultra- wedges and I was really pleased with this look. The only accessory I added was a very old animal print and shimmer scarf that I think was a nice contrast to the delicate nude shade.

Gorgeous Cuff detail

 This is a really lovely item that would be a great addition to any wardrobe. The delicate floatiness and pretty detailing make this a great item for a night out, but it could be dressed down by adding super skinny jeans, a look I’m definitely going to try soon.  This smock is also available in black, for an equally gorgeous, and dramatically gothic look.

Long Sleeve Diamante Cuff Neck Smock Price: £40.00 click to visit AX Paris

 

Reviewed – AX Paris Laser Cut PU Scallop Skirt

I must confess, I haven’t worn a leather, or leather look skirt since I was 20. The last one I wore was a black leather pencil skirt that I got from Camden Market, wore a few times, and then retired, thinking I looked like a watered down version of a Midlands Joan Jett – so not a good look.

But earlier this month, whilst browsing the AX Paris curve collection choosing a piece to review, I spotted the Laser Cut PU scallop skirt. This was a leather look skirt with a difference. Forget thigh skimming pelmets, or ultra tight tubes, this skirt was demure and modest, almost 1950s in shape. And it was super pretty – with a laser style pattern that reminded me of Giles silver leather from last year. So I decided against all the pretty dresses on the site and opted for the skirt – slightly out of my comfort zone.

Laser Cut PU Scallop Skirt Price: £30.00 click to visit AX Paris

I’ve been waiting for a special occasion to wear the skirt and last night one came along. I was invited to the Harvey Nichols Birmingham fashion show which was taking place in the cool confines of the Old Post Office in the Cities Mailbox complex. All the leading lights of the Midlands fashion scene were going to be there, and the invitation said dress to impress. This skirt was perfect.

With Emily Jayne - check out that gorgeous skirt!

This skirt is gorgeous to wear, and extremely versatile. I teamed it with a simple t-shirt and a statement necklace, adding a touch of red in my Sonia Rykiel bag. The skirt has a thick waistband that I added a belt to, but it looks just as good left bare. I couldn’t believe how many positive comments I had about this skirt, people seemed to want to touch it as it feels so soft, and not at all stiff in the way leather can be.

Front row with Justice Williams from City and Style and Lisa

I am so looking forward to styling this in different ways. As the weather has not got the memo that it is Spring yet, I’m going to be adding a baby pink cashmere jumper with this for a more daytime look, whilst wearing it with a crisp white shirt could give this a very Alexa Chung feel. This is just a fabulous skirt and a welcome addition to my wardrobe.