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From Beth Ditto to Big Girl – trying the Evans range on for size!

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At the blogger’s preview of Beth Ditto for Evans I got the chance to see the pieces from the collection up close and there were loads that caught my eye. However, I decided if I was going to give this collection a go, I may as well go for one of the stand-out, ‘famous’ pieces. The body-con domino print dress was the item Beth herself chose to wear to the launch party, and I loved that the super-fitted shape and bold print were so unusual for a plus size range. Beth’s known for sticking two fingers up to convention so I decided to do the same. Keeping away from the pieces that were more ‘me’ (like the strapless stained glass dress) I put in an order for the domino dress. And I must say, it was a novelty to be ordering the smallest size for once!

It takes a brave Big Girl to pull off a fitted dress like this, but I was really impressed to see that Evans have done a lot to help you on your way. The dress is far heavier and of a better quality than I expected, lined throughout with another layer of quite heavy stretch fabric. This saved me whipping out the spanx slip I usually wear under anything fitted, though I did put on my trusty magic knickers – a body hugging style leaves little to the imagination around the tum and bum.

Shape wise I had my usual problem of excess fabric at the waist (I’m resigned to always being a size smaller on the waist than I am on the hips and bust!) which is good news for apple shapes…though this probably isn’t your ideal dress shape. But the whole point of Beth’s collection is about giving larger women the chance to try things that aren’t normally available to them – fitted shapes, bold prints, interesting shapes and sequins galore.

Speaking of those Beth signature elements, the domino print takes a bit of getting used to, and I have to admit I usually tend to stay away from anything with too much white in with my pale, flabby skin. I’d probably throw something over the top and put on a pair of killer heels to help streamline the look a bit.

Overall, I’m surprised to say I think this dress is a success. Obviously, I’m at the smaller end of the sizing scale when it comes to this collection, but I can definitely see this working on brave larger women.

As for me, I’ll probably only wear it on days when I’m feeling brave, and I’ll be ready for a lot of standing up straight and breathing in! I’m afraid I’m just not as confident as Beth in terms of ‘letting it all hang out’ but I’m definitely working on it!

The Beth Ditto at Evans range can be purchased here. The Domino dress is £40.

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22 Comments

  • Reply Anonymous July 31, 2009 at 9:08 am

    I think you look *amazing*

  • Reply Darika July 31, 2009 at 9:08 am

    I think you look *amazing*

  • Reply rachael July 31, 2009 at 9:11 am

    you look AWESOME! I love that dress, wish I hadn’t been away when the range dropped…

  • Reply rachael July 31, 2009 at 9:11 am

    you look AWESOME! I love that dress, wish I hadn’t been away when the range dropped…

  • Reply Caroline July 31, 2009 at 9:33 am

    LOVE this dress – looks fantastic on you! I’m not sure I’d have the guts for it, even with my big knickers underneath!

  • Reply Caroline July 31, 2009 at 9:33 am

    LOVE this dress – looks fantastic on you! I’m not sure I’d have the guts for it, even with my big knickers underneath!

  • Reply FabSugarUK July 31, 2009 at 9:37 am

    You look awesome! It really suits you and is super flattering.

  • Reply FabSugarUK July 31, 2009 at 9:37 am

    You look awesome! It really suits you and is super flattering.

  • Reply Kat July 31, 2009 at 9:40 am

    You look stunning Gemsy – it’s a really flattering dress. Love the pose too!

  • Reply Kat July 31, 2009 at 9:40 am

    You look stunning Gemsy – it’s a really flattering dress. Love the pose too!

  • Reply Jenni July 31, 2009 at 10:24 am

    You look fab! I was very unsure about this dress when I saw the picture of it, but you make it look brilliant.

  • Reply Jenni July 31, 2009 at 10:24 am

    You look fab! I was very unsure about this dress when I saw the picture of it, but you make it look brilliant.

  • Reply Siany July 31, 2009 at 11:22 am

    Wow! You look fab! I’m not a fan of the print, but you make it work.

  • Reply Siany July 31, 2009 at 11:22 am

    Wow! You look fab! I’m not a fan of the print, but you make it work.

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  • Reply corinne August 7, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    Have to agree. You look FAB !!!

  • Reply corinne August 7, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    Have to agree. You look FAB !!!

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  • Reply Katie Lee September 10, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    You look lovely. x

  • Reply Katie Lee September 10, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    You look lovely. x

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