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I’ve not done a review of a plus range for a little while, because let’s be frank, who wants to see a size 14 modelling plus stuff when you can see that in the advertising and catalogues anyway? I think my high street reviews are probably a lot more useful (because they might make it in a 14, but that doesn’t mean it was made with a 14 in mind…), so I tend to leave the bulk of the reviews to the amazing community of size 16+ bloggers.
But, sometimes I just can’t turn an opportunity down and when that opportunity is to try something designed in collaboration with one of the aforementioned bloggers, I am powerless to refuse! So this is how I, oddly, came to find myself in a’straight’ sized version of an item from a plus size collection…
The range in question is Big Beauty for Taillissime, which is stocked in the UK at One Stop Plus (www.onestopplus.co.uk/). Big Beauty is a French blogger with amazing style (and fabulous hair). The range puts a lot of emphasis on draped, easy-wear shapes that can be adjusted for various body shapes. We’re not talking boring plus sized tents though, more items that come to life with the addition of the right accessories or a bit of layering.
I tried the Liberty Print Dress (£49) which is totally up my street. Pretty, feminine, but not too short or too frilly and ridiculous. It’s a very basic shape, a-line from the shoulders down, with puff sleeves, a button placket and gathered neckline, and a hem that hits a few inches below the knee.
I asked One Stop Plus to send my usual size 14. However, when it arrived it came with a note saying they’d ordered me the 12 as the range runs big and they thought it would be a better fit. I’m grateful for this insider knowledge as the 12 is a really good fit, so I would definitely recommend ordering a size down if you buy this.
The styling on the website teams the dress with a tan belt, which was a no-brainer for me. Depending on your body shape, you can easily adjust where the belt sits – waist, hips or even below the bust to make it empire line. Worn loose, the dress might be a bit shapeless, but it depends entirely on your taste. The length is a really clever design choice. Calf-length dresses often verge on the frumpy, but adding this extra length allows plenty of room to ruche or gather the fabric above a belt without the skirt getting too short. The way I wear the dress, the hem hits just below the knee. I should also point out it has pockets! I can’t even begin to explain how much I love dresses with pockets!
I finished my daytime look with clear sequin covered floral shoes for a weak attempt at the double floral trend. The shoes are another Shoeper Challenge save – I’m powering through my collection as best I can. I also added a couple of tarnished pendant necklaces (from Mark One and Camden Market).
This is definitely a Summer dress – it feels very light though it is viscose, not cotton. The sleeves have plenty of room in them (I often find puffball sleeves are really tight – but no problems here) and the whole feel is light and airy. That said, it’s not see-through, and can easily be layered for different looks if you want to wear it through to Autumn.
Overall, I think how much you’ll love this dress comes down to whether or not you like the length. I’m 5’7 so it’s a nice change from all the super-short stuff on the high street. If I were 5’1 though, it’d pretty much be a maxi dress, and anywhere in the middle it might end at an odd place. Definitely check it out if you’re fed up of having to wear leggings under everything though – those extra inches definitely come in handy!
Disclosure: The dress was provided free of charge for review purposes. However, all thoughts are my own and I was not paid to publish them.