Style Focus – Adele

I don’t mind admitting that I’m a little obsessed with Adele at the moment. Hello is an absolute belter of a song, one I keep singing in my kitchen. (Well, at least attempting to sing, I’m more Oh! hell than Adele.) She’s breaking records left, right and centre, and seems to be totally comfortable in her own skin. And, she does all that and looks totally incredible, a complete icon of beauty and style. As I said, I’m obsessed.

I honestly believe that if Adele wasn’t plus size, all those titles and comments about being the most beautiful woman in the world would be directed in her direction. As it is, she is a total poster girl for the fact that beauty does not have to mean size eight and skinny, but can be a completely different package altogether. And her style, shining in the likes of British designers like Jenny Packham (as she did on the Graham Norton show) is impeccable. She has taken all the best bits of retro 1960s glamour and beauty, the big hair a la Nancy Sinatra, the thick lashes a la Claudia Cardinale, and have turned this into 21st style.

I love the fact she, like an early Angelina Jolie, favours black above all other colours. You get the feeling that this has nothing to do with it being ‘flattering’, and everything to do with the fact that it is dramatic, and looks amazing against her glorious red hair. Off duty, she is effortlessy chic, making choices that combine the practical with the drop dead gorgeous. She is, quite simply, a goddess, and literally makes all the other ‘pop’ poppets look a little bit obvious and trying too hard. If you need any further evidence, just check out the gallery of photographs below. She is utter perfection and a super talent too.

The Gorgeous Adele in all her (Hometown) Glory

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Plus size glamour

 Adeline Dress £120.00 click to visit Studio 8


Adeline Dress
£120.00 click to visit Studio 8

 Fiamma Fringe Dress £93.75 Click to visit Studio 8


Fiamma Fringe Dress
£93.75 Click to visit Studio 8

 Bernice Bodycon Dress £74.25 Click to visit Studio 8


Bernice Bodycon Dress
£74.25 Click to visit Studio 8

 Laura Printed Wrap Dress £112.50 Click to visit Studio 8


Laura Printed Wrap Dress
£112.50 Click to visit Studio 8

Live Unlimited Black Glitter Maxi Dress     Price: £95.00 click to visit Evans

Live Unlimited Black Glitter Maxi Dress
Price: £95.00 click to visit Evans

Black Lace Panel Dress     Price: £50.00 Click to visit Evans

Black Lace Panel Dress
Price: £50.00 Click to visit Evans

Little Mistress Red Embellished Maxi Dress     Price: £70.00 Click to visit Evans

Little Mistress Red Embellished Maxi Dress
Price: £70.00 Click to visit Evans

Scarlett and Jo Blue Glitter Jersey Dress     Price: £55.00 click to visit Evans

Scarlett and Jo Blue Glitter Jersey Dress
Price: £55.00 click to visit Evans

Scarlett and Jo Spot Mesh Dress     Price: £60.00 Click to visit Evans

Scarlett and Jo Spot Mesh Dress
Price: £60.00 Click to visit Evans

Melissa McCarthy Black Reversible Kimono     Was £95.00 Now £66.50 Click to visit Evans

Melissa McCarthy Black Reversible Kimono
Was £95.00 Now £66.50 Click to visit Evans

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Stepping back to the 1940s with Scarlett and Jo

Every wardrobe needs a tea dress. This most versatile and feminine of dresses first made it’s mark in the 1940s, when it’s shorter skirt and sleeves fitted in perfectly with the utility ethos. Step forward to the 1970s and it appeared once again, teamed with platform heels that harked back to the stack heels of the 40s. Today it is as relevant as ever, and is a vital part of any capsule wardrobe. Vintage tea dress style

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Scarlett and Jo, sold exclusively through Evans, always feature tea dresses in their collections, producing wonderful, vintage inspired pieces that are just perfect for girls with curves. In soft jersey fabrics, and with pretty details like keyhole necklines, tie belts and gorgeous chintzy prints, the Scarlett and Jo tea dresses have a timeless elegance that flatter and enhance the figure in equal measure. I was recently sent one of my favourite pieces from the current range, the red floral jersey dress and it has fast become a wardrobe favourite, something I can wear for any occasion. Team with a pair of Mary Jane shoes and your outfit is complete.  Add a red lip and nails, and a faux fur coat, and you get a very glamorous look indeed.

Scarlett & Jo Red Floral Jersey Dress     Price: £45.00 click to visit Evans

Scarlett & Jo Red Floral Jersey Dress
Price: £45.00 click to visit Evans

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This dress has a lovely shape and is very comfortable to wear due to the stretchy nature of the fabric. I loved the very pretty flounced sleeves, which again were comfortable due to being loose fitting. The tie back belt helps to add to the shape, and I truly think that this dress could be transitional, working well come Spring by adding a thin knit cardigan.

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More tea dresses from Scarlett and Jo.

Scarlett & Jo Black Floral Print Midi Dress     Price: £45.00 click to visit Evans

Scarlett & Jo Black Floral Print Midi Dress
Price: £45.00 click to visit Evans

Scarlett & Jo Purple Feather Print Jersey Dress     Price: £45.00 click to visit Evans

Scarlett & Jo Purple Feather Print Jersey Dress
Price: £45.00 click to visit Evans

Scarlett & Jo Black Floral Jersey Dress     Price: £45.00 click to visit Evans

Scarlett & Jo Black Floral Jersey Dress
Price: £45.00 click to visit Evans

Scarlett & Jo Black Spot and Floral Jersey Dress     Was £45.00     Now £30.00 click to visit Evans

Scarlett & Jo Black Spot and Floral Jersey Dress
Was £45.00
Now £30.00 click to visit Evans

Scarlett & Jo Blue Jersey Knee Length Dress     Was £45.00     Now £30.00 click to visit Evans

Scarlett & Jo Blue Jersey Knee Length Dress
Was £45.00
Now £30.00 click to visit Evans

To view all Scarlett and Jo, click here.

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Evans New season – My Key Picks

After the loveliest weather you could wish for this early in the year, it really does seem like Spring has sprung. So it seems like the perfect time to start to look at all the new season drops that are hitting stores and websites right now. First up I’m going to turn my attention to Evans, which has launched its new catalogue this weekend.

This newest collection is full of lovely colours, spring-like prints and some really stylish accessories that are sure to please Evans fans and new customers alike. There are still lots of the over-the-top bright pieces from the ‘Cut for Evans’ collection that has certainly divided opinion this season (with many of the younger ‘fatshionista’s loving it, and older Evans fans not so sure), whilst the Scarlett and Jo range continues to go from strength to strength with its fashionable and feminine range of dresses. (You can read my last Scarlett and Jo review here.)

So what are my key pieces? Well, for starters, I love the long length sleeveless shirts in bright jewel shades. These have a slight ‘tails’ feel to them and i love the idea of wearing them with a tuxedo style jacket, with those tails hanging out. Another fave is the anchor print. I always love nautical styles in Spring, and this is a really subtle print that really appeals to me. There are some fantastic ballerina pumps, some with stripes, some with snake-skin, and, of course, lots of different colour ways.

All in all, a really great new collection. What do you think?

Evans Turquoise Sleeveless Shirt     Price: £27.00 Click to visit Evans

Evans Turquoise Sleeveless Shirt
Price: £27.00 Click to visit Evans

Evans JODI Black Snake Microfibre Platform     Price: £35.00 click to visit Evans

Evans JODI Black Snake Microfibre Platform
Price: £35.00 click to visit Evans

Evans Black And White Spot Print Tube Skirt     Price: £29.50 click to visit Evans

Evans Black And White Spot Print Tube Skirt
Price: £29.50 click to visit Evans

Evans Blue Bird Print Cover Up     Price: £25.00 click to visit Evans

Evans Blue Bird Print Cover Up
Price: £25.00 click to visit Evans

Evans Blue Shadow Floral Print Shell Top     Price: £29.50 click to visit Evans

Evans Blue Shadow Floral Print Shell Top
Price: £29.50 click to visit Evans

The Cut for Evans Yellow Scuba Cut Out Shift Dress     Price: £45.00 click to visit Evans

The Cut for Evans Yellow Scuba Cut Out Shift Dress
Price: £45.00 click to visit Evans

Evans Stripe Panel Maxi Dress     Price: £49.50 click to visit Evans

Evans Stripe Panel Maxi Dress
Price: £49.50 click to visit Evans

Evans Anchor Print Shell Top     Price: £37.00 click to visit Evans

Evans Anchor Print Shell Top
Price: £37.00 click to visit Evans

Evans Beige Snake Print Ballerinas     Price: £22.00 click to visit Evans

Evans Beige Snake Print Ballerinas
Price: £22.00 click to visit Evans

Scarlett & Jo Feather Print Tunic Dress     Price: £40.00 click to visit Evans

Scarlett & Jo Feather Print Tunic Dress
Price: £40.00 click to visit Evans

Collection Black Jewel Embellished Top     Price: £60.00 click to visit Evans

Collection Black Jewel Embellished Top
Price: £60.00 click to visit Evans

Collection Black Embellished Top     Price: £50.00 click to visit Evans

Collection Black Embellished Top
Price: £50.00 click to visit Evans

Scarlett & Jo Blue Layered Print Maxi Dress     Price: £60.00 click to visit Evans

Scarlett & Jo Blue Layered Print Maxi Dress
Price: £60.00 click to visit Evans

Evans Navy Chevron Stripe Maxi Jersey Skirt     Price: £29.50 click to visit Evans

Evans Navy Chevron Stripe Maxi Jersey Skirt
Price: £29.50 click to visit Evans

Evans Ivory Ladybird Top     Price: £23.00 click to visit Evans

Evans Ivory Ladybird Top
Price: £23.00 click to visit Evans

To view all Evans new in, click here.