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Tried & Tested: The Pepperberry Summer Clothing Challenge - (archived)

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Yep, I’ve been back to Pepperberry, purveyors of clothes for ladies with boobs. This time I was invited to take part in their Bloggers’ Summer Clothing Challenge. Basically, I got to choose an event and Pepperberry would dress me for it! I was sent down to the Oxford Circus store in June, where a set of frocks had been picked out for me to try on. I then picked my favourite and styled it up for the event in question. I chose a picnic with friends for my birthday, though I ended up swapping that for an afternoon in the pub (I didn’t trust the weather). I had planned to wear the dress on the day, but it ended up being a bit too restrictive. The moral of the story? Don’t pick a super-fitted dress with a synthetic lining, then put on 5lbs and expect it to still fit on one of the hottest days of the year…

The service at Pepperberry was, as always, great. I can’t really fault the Bravissimo / Pepperberry team. They’re friendly, knowledgeable and really love what they do. They also fitted me for a new bra while I was trying my dresses and I, of course, ended up buying it. I love the friendly atmosphere in store and the fact that if something isn’t in stock in your size, you can order it there and then and get it delivered to your home for free. As there are only a few stores around the country, it takes the stress out of going all the way there only to find your size is not in stock.

I just want to show you the pics from the day I tried the dress, to confirm that that they don’t allow women to walk out in dresses that are clearly a bit on the tight side! In fact there was a lot of attention paid to getting exactly the right fit. On the day the frock was the perfect fit, but it’s amazing what only a few pounds will do to my hips and tum, and now it doesn’t look half as nice as it did back then and has a bit of a tendency to ride up and crinkle. This realisation has forced me back onto the exercise regime that’s been sorely lacking in the last month, and I’m just beginning the hilarious ‘Bootcamp for Tummies’ challenge via work, so hopefully that’ll help too. I really would like to be able to wear this dress properly before the Summer is out!

I tried three dresses in total. The black one above (the ‘hepburn’ £59) I really liked but it’s very similar to other 50s dresses I own, and this was a Summer challenge and I felt the black was a bit dark and safe. The other dress I tried was a purple jewelled shift (£69). It was very pretty and fit me well, but the dress was just not my style at all. My boho days are over and I wore so many similar dresses as a teenager that now they just seem a bit outdated to me!

So I went a bit mad and picked the dress I wouldn’t normally go for, featuring colour I never wear – yellow. You can see from the pics how pale my legs are, and I always think of yellow as a colour that goes with a tan, but I think I can just about get away with this. It’s a close call, but with this challenge I wanted to come out of my comfort zone a bit and try something new. I know the print won’t be to everyone’s tastes, but if there’s one thing I love it’s a mad, mad print!

The good news for you lot is that this review’s taken me so long to do, that the dress is now in the sale, for £39. I will warn you though, it is quite a shiny fabric that will ride up, so if in doubt, go a dress size up. There’s quite a lot of detail across the front, with contrast seams that can pull if it gets tight (as you can see!) so beware your sizing and get the right cup size too. The cups come up relatively small on this (I’m wearing a ‘curvy’ but I tried the ‘really curvy’ too and very nearly got that one. It was a close call).

Oh, and I know you noticed the shoes. Aren’t they amazing? They’re the ASOS Powertrip heels, now down to ridonkulous £18. I insist you buy them! They’re surprisingly comfy for such high heels.

Disclosure: Pepperberry let me keep the dress as a gift. However, I was not paid to write this post and all opinions are my own.

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  • Reply Kat August 16, 2011 at 10:44 am

    Phwroar that dress is gorgeous! I’d be tempted to buy it myself, if it weren’t for the fact we’d inevitably end up wearing it on the same day together, oops. Love the heels too!

  • Reply Amy August 16, 2011 at 10:49 am

    I never wear yellow either but I love you in this – so good with your hair! And damn, now I want to go buy those shoes, haha.


  • Reply Lysswood March 13, 2012 at 11:11 am

    Hi there! Just wondering if you know any good places to find plus size a-framed spring dresses? I’ve been searching for a while and I’m not seeing anything

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