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

 

 

Reviewed – A special Dress from AX Paris

A special evening requires a special dress, and the premiere of a brand new ballet is most definitely a special event. I was a guest at the premiere of Aladdin by the Birmingham Royal Ballet on Friday evening, and was very lucky to be wearing a beautiful dress provided by AX Paris, from their fabulous ‘curve’ range.

As a mother of a young child, opportunities for really dressing up are few and far between, so if I was going to the ballet, I was going to be wearing an evening dress! And here it is, the Jewel chiffon Jewel maxi dress in raspberry by Sienna Couture.

Now, I have to be honest about this gown, this was truly me outside of my comfort zone. Originally I wanted this dress in black or navy, sophisticated colours for formal evening wear. But I’ve recently lost weight, and the black version literally fell off me – not the best of looks as you can imagine, so I had to size down, two sizes in fact, in order to ensure the dress fitted well. This dress is generously sized, and as the back is elasticated, it offers a great, comfortable fit. And so, because I loved the design, and the other colours were out of stock, I took the plunge and opted for the raspberry.

Jewel Chiffon Jewel Maxi Dress 

I was so glad I opted for this colour option, as it was very flattering against my skin tone and hair colour. The dress itself is beautiful, the chiffon is just so elegant and the beading on the bust gives the dress a beautiful, evening feel. I also think the dress is very versatile, it would be perfect for a summer wedding, or could even be worn as a bridesmaid dress.

It was rather a cool evening, so I teamed my dress with a silk tuxedo style jacket from the Coleen range at Littlewoods, and a bargain silver clutch bag picked up from Select for just £4. I felt super glam, if only for an evening! The dress is now available in the sale, making it a real bargain buy.

More colour options

Jewel Chiffon Jewel Maxi Dress 

Jewel Chiffon Jewel Maxi Dress Price: £55.00 

 

Ted Baker’s latest collection – My Favourite piece

I’ve fallen in love with a dress, a dream of a dress that has a divine, mystical feel to it. The sort of dress that Mila Kunis or Carey Mulligan would look just amazing in, standing out on the red carpet full of cookie cutter pretty dresses. This dress is the perfect, standout Christmas party piece – it would stand out in a room fall of sequins with the sheer beauty of the design and the originality of the print. The dress is the Peera dress, and it is part of the latest range, the Langley Collection, from Ted Baker.

Peera dress – coming soon – click to visit Ted Baker

The Peera dress combines a traditional bustier style bodice that resembles a traditional formal evening gown. With the tie bow detail on the waistband, you could be forgiven for expecting a black taffeta skirt to complete the look. Instead what you get is a mystical fairy tale, complete with a beautiful unicorn and botanical prints in muted shades of pink and yellow. The full, flowing skirt is almost floor sweeping, giving the whole look a majestic presence. This dress is just so beautiful, you can’t help but fall in love with it, and I think it will be the total standout look of the new collection.

This dress doe not look the sort of piece you would buy from a High Street Brand, instead imagine what would happen if Peter Pilotto’s digital, celestial prints were merged with those famous and now iconic Stella McCartney Horse prints from a few seasons ago.  But there is more to this dress than just an exquisite print. The bodice would both help to create and enhance curves, whilst the maxi skirt means that this is perfect for those who want to embrace the full length and fabulous, and also for those who prefer longer skirts due to not liking their knees, ankles etc.

The Peera dress will be hitting stores very soon – I expect to see Katherine Jenkins first in the queue!