I’ve written on this blog before about how difficult it is for me, as a curvy woman, to find dresses that offer a good fit. It’s often the case that those accommodating my bust are often are way too big for my hips or are too long in the arms so it looks like I’m drowning in fabric!
Many designers assume if a woman is generously proportioned in the hips and bust then we’re obese or freakishly long-limbed. It’s ridiculous and demoralising for us curvies but it means there’s a lucrative gap in the market for canny designers!
However, this week I was delighted to receive some dresses from SimplyBe. Their strapline ‘fashion without limits’ strikes a chord with me. I love dresses, preferring them over separates, but have my choice limited because of my body shape. Frustrating!
Simply Be sent me three dresses…
The first one – a red jersey dress – was from their Glamorosa range. Specially designed for those with a fuller bosom, Glamorosa clothes come in three sizes – standard, voluptuous (l love that word) and very voluptuous – my size!
I’ve only recently got into wearing red and have become addicted if I’m being honest. Old clichés about bright colours making one look larger couldn’t be more wrong; it’s only recently I have realised this and pulled myself out of wearing just black, black and yet more black. Embracing my love of colour has been one of the best things I’ve ever done.
The fabric for the jersey dress is stretchy but it would fit comfortably enough without. The other thing I adore about this dress is that you really can dress it up or down – it’s so adaptable. The first time I wore it properly I went to a meeting during the day to discuss a new project I’m working on. To give a good impression I needed something quite formal but not frumpy. That evening I attended an author friend’s book signing (see picture below), still wearing the same dress.
I just put on some evening make up and jewellery and I was ready to go.
The second item is also from the Glamorosa range, this time a denim dress. I’m normally a little anxious with denim as it tends to have little give in it. If not generously cut around the bust then buttons gape and it looks just awful. I love the blue of denim but sadly I’ve often had to put something back in a shop due to this problem. I didn’t have to worry with this in the Very Voluptuous size, though. I can see this being my gig going outfit of choice this year; I attend a lot of live music events as well as book launches and signings so this is definitely a winner.
I’m a big fan of wrap around dresses and tops. They flatter the fuller figure so well, defining the waist and giving an hourglass shape along with a V neck which shows a subtle cleavage. The third Simply Be dress is a wrap over and therefore very ‘me’ but rather different from my usual choice. Why? Because I love leopard print and own a couple of wrap overs in the pattern but in understated browns and greys – this is a glorious pink, red and black creation! Something of a departure for me, it really is a dress for when you want to get noticed. It’s called the Bespoke Maximum Statement dress for a reason. I’m going out for a meal with my husband this weekend so I’ll definitely be wearing it for that!
Thanks to Simply Be for letting me try out these lovely dresses which have expanded my wardrobe beautifully.