Reviewed – The Becky Dress from Studio 8

A new fashion collection was launched in the Summer that had all plus size fashionistas clapping their hands with glee. Studio 8 is derived from Phase Eight, one of the most stylish brands on the High Street (and certainly one of my favourites) and it offers the same high quality design, stunning prints and fabrics, but now in sizes that go up to a size 24. The first collection offers everything from smart work wear, casual weekend pieces, and stunning evening wear and is just full of beautiful, wearable clothes.

Studio 8 contacted me about reviewing the Becky dress. This is a beautiful piece, a slightly over the knee style, with a v neckline and soft digital floral print. It also comes in one of my favourite fabrics, the scuba style that seems to put everything in place and hold it there. Studio 8 describes the dress as:-

“…A modern way to wear florals. Colourful digital print flowers decorate this vibrant scuba dress, with a soft v-shaped neckline, wide pleats at the skirt and a concealed centre back zip. In a contemporary cut, with the hem designed to fall below the knee…”

 Becky Scuba Dress £130.00 click to visit Studio 8


Becky Scuba Dress
£130.00 click to visit Studio 8

I loved this dress on first view, the print is stunning – actually far more beautiful in the flesh than the picture suggests. The colours including pinks and blues suggest Monet art, and it is quite easy to team with a range of different colours. The fit is perfect – I wore a size 18 and can get this on without pulling down the zip (useful if there is no-one to do it back up again), whilst the fabric is not too heavy, even with the lining. The dress fits so beautifully – it nips in at the waist and then flares out retro 1950s style. You just feel so feminine wearing it.

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I have already worn this dress twice for two special occasions. The first was when we were guests of the Blackpool Tower Circus in the Royal Box. It was a lovely night, but a little breezy on the sea front, so I added tights and Mary Jane style shoes that I think added to the vintage feel of the dress.

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This weekend saw Style Birmingham Live, one of the biggest events on Birmingham’s fashion calender. I wore the dress again, but as it was a beautiful Autumn day, I opted for kitten heel sling backs in cobalt and a silver Joanna Hope bag from Marisota. The dress received lots of lovely comments and was really comfortable to wear due to the stretch of the fabric.

I know this dress will work straight into the festive season, I have already tried it with a black jacket as a cover-up for cooler nights, and started Stye Birmingham by adding a faded denim jacket which dressed the outfit down slightly.

To check out Studio 8 and all the amazing styles, click here.

 

A little more from High Street Outlet

Yesterday I blogged about a fabulous beauty event I had attended in Birmingham before Easter, and today I’m blogging about the pretty gorgeous dress that I wore to the event. It is another piece from High Street Outlet, which means it is another dress that is both lovely and an absolute bargain.

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High Street Outlet, as I mentioned in a previous post, is an online company that sells clothing from a range of High Street brands at discounted prices. Many of the pieces are overstock or previous season, and once they have been detagged, they are sold onto the lucky customers with savings that can total 70%. I previously reviewed a stunning dress from White Stuff (you can read that review here), this time the dress I am loving is the ex Dorothy Perkins scuba floral black/pink dress.

Ex Dorothy Perkins Ladies Scuba Floral Black Pink Dress £17.99 click to visit High Street Outlet

Ex Dorothy Perkins Ladies Scuba Floral Black Pink Dress £17.99 click to visit High Street Outlet

11091486_741473369284100_3550408669688000804_nI am a huge fan of dresses in scuba material, I think the fit is always great as the material cinches you in, but is always super comfortable to wear. Now, I know fashion bloggers should never mention comfort as a clincher when making style choices, but it really is important if you are wearing dresses for a long period of time (i.e a wedding) or if you are going to an important occasion where you want to look and feel your best. This dress is a pull on design and basically fits like a glove – what’s not to love?

DSCN6572[1]This dress is my Desperate Housewives/Carrie Bradshaw dress. It has a retro style to it, a sort of prom queen feel, as the scuba material makes the dress have a 50s style skirt. The print is just so pretty and means you can add accessories of many different colours. It was still cold when I wore the dress so I added tights, but I can’t wait to wear this with baby pink heels to pull out the colour of the flowers. In the meantime, I did add my fave yellow coat which I think contrasted quite well with all the blues in the dress.

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The dress is true to size so I would recommend your own size, no need to size up despite the fabric. I think this is a great buy for £17.99, I have since worn this to a trip to the theatre so it is already earning its place in my wardrobe.

High Street Outlet have added to their fabulous range of dresses, so check out the rest of the range here.

 

Boohoo Plus launch the Nadia Collection

New York based blogger Nadia Aboulhosn is a true icon for the plus size fatshionista. A gorgeous fashion savvy lady, with natural style in abundance, Nadia is witty and down-to-earth, and now counts Lena Dunham amongst her celebrity fans. All this makes her the perfect person to collaborate with Boohoo’s plus size range on their first celebrity/brand fusion.

Nadia is well known for the statement pieces she wears in her Instagram #OOTD posts, and this is what she has created with Boohoo. High fashion pieces for  plus size young women who want to follow and embrace fashion are still a hard thing to find on the UK High Street, so Nadia has looked at fabrics like scuba and styles like sports luxe and 1980s style jumpsuits in order to create a sexy collection with edges of tomboy style. The colour palette is sparse, classic black and white teamed with accents of cobalt blue , and styles are unashamedly form fitting – a total celebration of the body.

The collection launches today, and I think it will polarise opinion. You are either going to love it with a passion, or hate it. For me, I think the collection has some stunning pieces in it – I wouldn’t wear them personally, but this is because I feel they are a little young for me as a forty-something, take off 15 years and I would definitely be investing in lots of the pieces. The jumpsuits are my personal favourite, and I am tempted by the bodysuits, which I think would be fabulous under the pencil skirts I am rather addicted to.

What are your thoughts on the collection – are there any pieces that tempt you?

My hero piece – I absolutely love this jumpsuit, and think Nadia looks just stunning in it.

Nadia Plunge Neck Jumpsuit With PU Detail Product code: pzz98162 £30.00 click to visit Boohoo

Nadia Plunge Neck Jumpsuit With PU Detail
Product code: pzz98162
£30.00
click to visit Boohoo

 

Nadia Asymmetric Maxi Dress Product code: pzz98166 £20.00 click to visit Boohoo

Nadia Asymmetric Maxi Dress
Product code: pzz98166
£20.00
click to visit Boohoo

Nadia Embossed Sleeve Dress Product code: pzz98165 £20.00 click to visit Boohoo

Nadia Embossed Sleeve Dress
Product code: pzz98165
£20.00
click to visit Boohoo

Nadia Mesh Detail Jumpsuit Product code: pzz98163 £25.00 click to visit Boohoo

Nadia Mesh Detail Jumpsuit
Product code: pzz98163
£25.00
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Nadia Tuxedo Dress Product code: pzz98132 £25.00 click to visit Boohoo

Nadia Tuxedo Dress
Product code: pzz98132
£25.00
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Diana Off The Shoulder Zip Front Dress Product code: pzz98369 £20.00 click to visit Boohoo

Diana Off The Shoulder Zip Front Dress
Product code: pzz98369
£20.00
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Nadia Zip Front Jumpsuit Product code: pzz98027 £28.00 click to visit Boohoo

Nadia Zip Front Jumpsuit
Product code: pzz98027
£28.00
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Nadia Mesh Sleeve Zip Bodysuit Product code: pzz98094 £18.00 click to visit Boohoo

Nadia Mesh Sleeve Zip Bodysuit
Product code: pzz98094
£18.00
click to visit Boohoo

To view the complete Nadia range, click here.