It wasn’t intentional, but all of these outfits have the tones and feel of an Autumn wardrobe, so let’s call it an Autumn Wardrobe Refresh. Really I’m just showing you all the latest clothes I’ve picked up and telling you if I love them or not, because let’s face it my reviews are rarely ever 100% positive.
Let’s start with a new brand to me, Emmy. It’s always good to start a wardrobe refresh with a new brand. This is a Swedish brand who showcased their beautiful vintage designed clothes at Curve Fashion Festival, I was constantly staring at their stand so I was super excited when they asked if I wanted to review some pieces. They are indeed as beautiful as they looked, with incredible quality and very beautiful designs, it was love at first sight. The Drop Dead Gorgeous Dress in petroleum is definitely my favourite and not only because I look super cute in it. But also because I couldn’t actually get the second dress, the navy lace to fit or stay zipped up properly, hence the off shoulder look. I asked for both of them in the largest size which is a 52 and I’d definitely say that it translates more to a 22 rather than a 24. They’re both very expensive dresses at over £200 each but I do think that the quality, design and fit of the design is definitely of a very high quality.
Everyone knows how much I love Gatsbylady by now. They’re a fully inclusive brand that runs from a size 6 – 32, show models from different ends of the spectrum and now they even sponsor She Might Be, my magazine, so I have mega, uber love for them. The latest dress I’ve tried from them was one that I had my eye on for quite some time as I really wanted something grey and sparkly. The Daisy Vintage Inspired Flapper Dress in Black Silver at £85 is definitely one of my favourites. I always wear a size 22 as I want the dresses to fit how they’re meant to which is the straight up and down flapper look rather than hug my curves too much, obviously there’s some hugging with my curves anyway but I love it. Gatsbylady dresses are handmade are beyond beautiful. This particular style did highlight my VBO in some poses, slightly here, so depending on what you’re most confident with showing off, definitely look for a style that features embellishments in other areas if you wouldn’t want that.
A very special mention to Evans and what would have been my I AM ME Awards dress, if my body actually loved me. I was so disappointed to not be able to go but a trip to London in the state I was in would have been the worst thing for me to do. When I eventually picked back up I got myself glammed up and headed off to do a woodland shoot as this Little Mistress dress truly is stunning. I felt like a grecian goddess. The 22 was a tad too tight but it would have looked amazing for a glamorous awards ceremony regardless. I’m lusting over so much on Evans right now, they’re really on point with their own collection and brand choices.
Simply Be really let me down this round. I already own a 2-in-1 styled skater dress, which has mysteriously disappeared from the website, but for some reason despite them being the same size, this one fit MUCH smaller. At least one or two sizes smaller. I’m pretty sure it was around £50 too so maybe that’s why they’ve been removed? The second dress is this very odd mesh insert skater dress, I say odd as I found it a really terrible fit and style on me. I picked both of these from the party dresses section but both of them ended up going back into store and swapped for the gorgeous sequin bomber below.
River Island’s new plus collection didn’t really impress me at first, but I now know that it’s totally because of the clothes I got, rather than the brand itself. I’m basically changing my entire opinions on them based on this absolutely smoking hot skirt, the khaki pleated lace panel skirt is basically my favourite item right now. It’s so stylish, perfect sizing in a 20 and I just love everything about it. I never normally get to keep up with trends or want to, but if River Island keep it up, I might just be ‘trendy’ from time to time!
I love lace, as you all know, and I so wanted the Navy Lace Midi Dress to be my dream dress but it wasn’t meant to be at all. Even though I sized up to a 22, it was way too tight and therefore the underskirt was SO short. I think sizing up would totally ruin this dress on me as my shoulders aren’t a 24 but I love the style. It looks amazing on everyone but it’s not meant to be for me.
I love Navabi. I cannot wait for it to get colder so I can wear my gorgeous lace Manon Baptiste coat but for now, VELVET. If you follow my magazine, She Might Be, you’ll have already seen this beautiful velvet off-shoulder dress be classed as one of our favourites and it really is. It’s screams Christmas to me, the perfect party dress. I like to dress up whenever though so I might even be all cute wearing this at a Christmas Market. Just looking at this dress is making me want Christmas to hurry up and nothing makes me want that usually! I always size up to a 22 in anything at Navabi and it always works out a great fit, just like this Sequin Skirt from Navabi’s own collection. I actually bought this with a voucher from the previous awesome Navabi event and I’m so glad I did as it’s so much fun.