Heart to heart

Frocks and Frou FrouFrocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou FrouDress: Scarlett and Jo

Belt: Closet confessions

Shoes: Rockport

I bought this dress a month or so ago, but it’s only just starting to get warm enough to wear it (almost – you can see that I’m still employing my trusty cardigans). I spotted it on Allyasphyxia on Instagram and knew immediately that I had to add it to my wardrobe: midi-length, elasticised waist, dropped shoulders, and a heart print fabric? Swoon.

I ordered it from Yours Clothing, and threw in some great chinos for extra measure – the shipping was just $12AUD from the UK, and it was dispatched and delivered quick smart. Sadly it seems to be essentially out of stock at Yours Clothing, but Scarlett and Jo have it currently available in all sizes… and in other colours, too (purple and floral, though it looks like you’ll have to try your luck at Yours to find it in black.)

I followed the size chart, and bought the size 18, which is fairly roomy in both bust and hip; with all the stretch at the waist I probably could have comfortably gone down a size, but I don’t mind the blousy draped effect of the larger size. The shoulders are bulked up a little with floppy little shoulder pads that I probably could have done without, and after wearing it today I’m thinking I might add some bra-strap keepers because the deep v back (which I love)  does mean it slips around little.

Frocks and Frou FrouYours Clothing calls the colour of the version I bought “pink”, Scarlett and Jo is probably a bit closer to the mark with “burgundy” – it’s a gorgeously rich, deep red. A pinky red, but definitely what I’d call red (especially with a red cardigan on top).

It’s an incredibly flattering dress on all shapes and sizes, as you can see from the photos I’ve poached from Scarlett and Jo’s instagram feed, below:

DRESSThat’s What Laura Loves in the top left and Lolly Likes Fatshion in the top middle. Please accept my apologies if I’ve missed any other bloggers, and feel free to leave a comment with the details if you recognise the other models and I’ll update the post!

Yours Truly

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Dress: Yours Clothing

Cardigan: Yours Clothing

Tights: Sonsee

Shoes: Chie Mihara

Yours Clothing is a store that’s been on my radar for years. When I first started blogging in 2008 it sat alongside “Next” and “Simply Be” as one of a small number of UK-based online stores that offered on-trend plus size fashion at an affordable price. Starting at a size 14, and going up to a 32 in most items, they cater to a broader range of sizes than almost every other brand I can think of and the range is extensive. They do street wear, party dresses, lingerie, accessories, and even wide-fit shoes and boots.

The site is easy to navigate; you can filter items according to type, size, colour and price. If you’re looking for something specific it’s easy to search, or you can just browse and see what takes your fancy. A lot of the items have catwalk videos (so you can see what the item looks like worn) and the fact that buyers can leave reviews is something that I wish every online store would offer (*coughAsoscough*).

When I was offered the opportunity to try a couple of items for myself I had a tough time making a choice, but finally I narrowed it down to this beautiful floral print skater dress.

The dress is available in eight different fabric: polkadots, butterfly print, dragonflies, red roses. I particularly liked the black and beige – it reminded me of the ultra-elegant “Posh At The Party” dress from Modcloth, except more appropriate for daywear.

I also ordered a long, drapey cocoon cardigan because it looked like the natural successor to my beloved blush draped cardigan, long-surrendered to the big glad rag bag in the sky.

Neither dress nor cardie was much to look like on the hanger They’re both made of a thinnish jersey with plenty of stretch (but fortunately not the kind that creases if you look at it sideways) and just looked a bit limp and sad. Then I tried them on, and *POW*, love ’em. Sometimes you just have to put a body in things to really make them sing, don’t you?

I had to stamp an extra hole or two in the belt to get it to fit, but apart from that the size UK16 fit perfectly according to the size chart (if you’re between measurements my advice would be to size down)

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Fortunately for me, the weather in Melbourne’s taken a late season turn to the balmy, so I’ve been wearing the hell out of the dress. It’s super comfortable to wear – I had to go up to Brisbane for work last week, and this was an essential for the trip. It got smooshed up in my carry-on suitcase but emerged the next day completely wrinkle free. Was professional enough for me to look Grown-Up and Proper and Like A Real Boss Type Person, but at the same time it was comfortable enough to wear on the flight home too.

Because the print is so bold it doesn’t need accessories, so it’s a great number to have in the wardrobe for when you’re feeling a) uninspired or b) ridiculously late for work.

The cardigan’s a lovely piece too – the draped fabric, and batwing sleeves add a bit of drama and volume, but because the fabric it so thin it doesn’t add bulk. It’s perfectly warm enough to layer on inbetweenie days, and looks just as good teamed with cigarette pants, jeans, or a pretty frock.

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I’m starting to suspect I need the dress in another of the prints on offer. The dragonfly print is singing my name, and it’s even on sale at the moment.

Have you ever ordered from Yours Clothing? What was your experiece like?