Blue Lace definitely seems to be my calling lately, I’m completely drawn to it. It is also why I thought this Ann Harvey Lace Shift Dress in Midnight blue would look amazing on me. You can imagine how disappointed I was when realising that’s not the case at all. Bonmarche is somewhere that my Nan would shop, and I’ve always associated it as a shop for old women. However, through blogging I have seen bits and pieces on fellow plus size bloggers which have all looked amazing, but it appears I have drawn the short straw on this one. The Ann Harvey collection is indeed sophisticated and it has a price tag to match, however, in my opinion, it lacks thought in the designs for Plus Size Women.
I was shocked by how this Lace Shift Dress is incredibly unshapely for a plus size range. I’m a large hourglass, my Mum’s an apple and the dress looks horrendous on both of us (don’t worry, her words not mine). I could only imagine it suiting someone who is tall with minimal curves, and then I’m still doubtful. On both photos I am wearing incredible shapewear from Debenhams, however, in the shift dress my stomach appears so much larger and the high neckline also makes my bust appear rather frumpy. At the time of picking this dress to review, I did struggle as the designs all seem to be made of patterns or fabric that I knew wouldn’t suit my curvy body, so I really thought I was playing it safe with this one.
I thought adding a belt might show off my hourglass curves a little more, and it did indeed make the dress look a tiny bit better, but nowhere near to what I would want to look like. The material was quite a good quality and for the now price of £35 (and of course, if the dress suits your shape) I’d say go for it, but the original price of £70 is a tad too much for the design cut, and quality.
The Ann Harvey range to me definitely has an older feel to it, being 20, I can’t see myself reaching for another one of their dresses any time soon. Since picking this dress, there have been a couple more things added to the site, including a beautiful red coat, and a gorgeous fur coat that I got to see in person on Faith
. However, those two coats. a sparkly jacket and plain black dress are about the only things I could see myself in. At first I thought it was because I’m just not used to a shift dress, but a review on the website confirmed everything I had thought, including the ‘unflattering neck line’.
Have you tried Ann Harvey before? I’d love to know what you think!
*As stated this is a PR sample, and as always, I am completely honest.