Simply Be Plise Ruffle Midi Dress Reviewed

I am a huge fan of Simply Be. They offer great quality clothing that comes in a really good range of sizes, with the sizing actually being true to size (one of my main bugbears of fashion is when a size large is a size 12!). I also love that the website is a one stop shop, you can get everything from holiday fashion to formal wear, you can find a dress for a wedding, a prom, for sightseeing, or to wear for work. The range is vast and varied and I would defy anyone to not find something they liked, whatever their taste.

My current favourite is the Simply Be Plise ruffle midi dress that seems to be my go-to party dress at the moment. As someone who is pretty obsessed with the 1970s, particularly the Studio 54 era, this is a dress that I can well imagine Bianca Jagger or Jerry Hall wearing as they danced the night away with Andy Warhol. The rich emerald green colour is just vibrant and stunning, and yet, for a dress that can only be described as super glamorous, it is also decidedly comfortable to wear – with no zips or fastenings, and in a super stretchy plise fabric.

Simply Be Plisse Ruffle Midi Dress now £22.50 Click to visit Simply Be

Simply Be Plisse Ruffle Midi Dress now £22.50 Click to visit Simply Be

This dress is perfect for holidays, you can easily team it with a glittery sandal and clutch bag, and the easy pull on style and non crease fabric makes it great to throw into the suitcase. That said, the deep green colour and luxurious plise style pleats also give this a very glamorous feel, and I can easily see this dress being a hit at Christmas parties. I wore this recently to a birthday party, teamed with a heeled sandal and it was a dress that I had lots of positive comments.

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I keep mentioning that this dress is really easy to wear because it truly is. The elastication around the bust means that the dress is secure and will not lead to any embarrassing situations, it stays in place. But the elastic is not tight under the arms and does not leave marks – something I have experienced with other elasticated ‘boob tubes’.

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For the ultimate in party dresses, I can’t recommend this one highly enough, just add a pair of chandelier earrings and some mermaid hair and your set to go, Jerry Hall style circa 1975.

Do you have a go to party dress? Have you tried Simply Be?

Christmas Glamour from Phase Eight & Studio 8

When it comes to glamorous occasion dressing, Phase Eight can always be relied upon. And now, Sister brand Studio 8 is also continuing the good work, with beautiful pieces that go up to size 24. With Christmas less than 40 days away, this post is dedicated to pieces that can be worn over the Christmas period, from Christmas day celebrations, to partying the night away on New Year’s Eve.

But this post does come with a difference. Regular readers of this blog will know that I am obsessed with dresses, and that when it comes to evening wear, I always step towards the dress rail. This post, however, does not contain a single dress. There are beautiful skirts that can be teamed with sparkly tops of soft knit jumpers, tops of the sheer, glittering and fringed kind, and faux fur jackets that you can wear just about everywhere.

And then there are jumpsuits. It seems hard now to remember when these items were just bad fashion relics from  Sheena Easton, Kelly Marie and the year 1980. These days you be hard pushed to find a party where at least three women aren’t wearing one. I get this totally, they’re comfortable, sexier than a maxi skirt and yet cover the legs for those who hate this part of their body. Going to the toilet is still a hassle, but it’s a small part to play, especially when the jumpsuits are as amazing as Studio 8’s Helen design.

 Studio 8

Nasia Sequin Skirt £89 click to visit Phase Eight

Nasia Sequin Skirt £89 click to visit Phase Eight

 Nasia Sequin Top £79.00 click to visit Phase Eight


Nasia Sequin Top
£79.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Shimmer Scuba Skirt £79 click to visit Phase Eight

Shimmer Scuba Skirt £79 click to visit Phase Eight

Antonella Sequin Double Layer Knit Top £85 click to visit Phase Eight

Antonella Sequin Double Layer Knit Top £85 click to visit Phase Eight

 Janessa Jumpsuit £120.00 click to visit Phase Eight


Janessa Jumpsuit
£120.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Ena Beaded Pencil Skirt now £44.50 click to visit Phase Eight

Ena Beaded Pencil Skirt now £44.50 click to visit Phase Eight

 Clara Tabard Tunic £59.00 click to visit Phase Eight


Clara Tabard Tunic
£59.00 click to visit Phase Eight

 Cici Fringe Top Sale £45.00 click to visit Phase Eight


Cici Fringe Top
Sale
£45.00 click to visit Phase Eight

 Zola Faux Fur Jacket £140.00 click to visit Phase Eight


Zola Faux Fur Jacket
£140.00 click to visit Phase Eight

 Viola Jumpsuit Sale £65.00 Click to visit Phase Eight


Viola Jumpsuit
Sale
£65.00 Click to visit Phase Eight

Studio 8

 Tyra Sequin Top £75.00 Click to visit Studio 8


Tyra Sequin Top
£75.00 Click to visit Studio 8

Sophia Top £65 Click to visit Studio 8

Sophia Top £65 Click to visit Studio 8

 Helen Jumpsuit £120.00 click to visit Studio 8


Helen Jumpsuit
£120.00 click to visit Studio 8

 Jennifer Jumper £79.00 click to visit Phase Eight


Jennifer Jumper
£79.00 click to visit Phase Eight

 Leona Lace Cardigan Sale £39.00 click to visit Studio 8


Leona Lace Cardigan
Sale
£39.00 click to visit Studio 8

 

Reviewed – Yellow Crepe Jacket from House of Fraser

Last year saw House of Fraser launch it’s very first plus size offering, with a range that pulled from collections like Scarlett and Jo, Evans, Chesca and Marina Rinaldi. This is great news for those who are a size 14+, who, in the past, would’ve found House of Fraser a tough call for finding clothing in plus sizes. House of Fraser is now a definite destination in the plus size market, with lots of really stylish and wearable pieces that don’t end at a size 16.

I was recently asked if I wanted to review something from  the plus size coats and jackets section. With Spring finally arriving the weather has improved somewhat, but that doesn’t mean we are ditching the outerwear just yet. But we can now opt for a jacket rather than a heavy coat, so I decided to chose something that would carry me from Spring to early Summer with ease. I chose a yellow crepe jacket from the Evans offering, mainly because I loved the bright and beautiful colour.

 Evans Plus Size Yellow Crepe Jacket £30 click to visit House of Fraser


Evans Plus Size Yellow Crepe Jacket
£30

This jacket is a slightly longer length, dropping lower than the waist, and it has 3/4 sleeves. The crepe fabric is lightweight and crease proof, which makes it an ideal choice for packing for a weekend away. The yellow is a lovely shade, not to acidic, but instead a sot buttery shade that makes it very easy to wear, even for those who tend to avoid colour. The lack of buttons on this jacket means I was able to size down to a 16 and still wear this.

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Dress £15 F&F

I think this jacket would be great with jeans or peg trousers for a work or daytime look, but I tend to wear dresses more often than not, and so I was really pleased that this jacket also looks wonderful with a range of dresses that suit a whole host of occasions. I wore the jacket with the grey dress above for a beauty event at Harvey Nichols – a more formal event where I wanted to look smart, and I think the grey and yellow is a lovely combination. I love the way the jacket is cut to be open at the front, and that the lapel effect can be as narrow or wide as you like it.

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I also wore the jacket teamed with a stretchy, black and white printed t-shirt dress from Gudrun Sjoden for a shopping trip. Again the colours worked well together, and the jacket proved to be a cool choice for the over-heated shops. I think this jacket is going to be a very versatile and wearable part of my wardrobe.

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