It may be the height of summer, but clothes stores are already releasing their autumn/winter collections, and most plus size fashion fans know that you have to get in quick to get the best of the bunch! That said, the best pieces are the kind that you can wear across more than one season – by mixing and matching – while still looking on-trend.
Here are my favourite 5 dresses I’ve spotted so far. These are dresses that are fun, easy to wear and should take you through from September to March with a bit of luck and imagination!
As usual, I’ve picked dresses that go up to at least a size 26 and at the time of posting, all were in stock and available in the UK.
Folk is a big trend this season, both in patterns and shapes, so first of all let’s have a look at this folk-print dress from Simply Be:
At £40, this mid-priced dress comes in an up to date print, but keeps the classic skater shape we’ve been wearing all year. The Russian-influenced pattern is set off by a wide lace band around the waist and over the shoulders, bringing in a manageable hint of the summer lace trend. This dress would work well for a late summer festival look but will also look great as weekend daywear.
At the other end of the price spectrum, this dirndl dress from Manon Baptiste, sold through Navabi is £136.90. Don’t be put off by the cost though…
I’ve tried european designer labels before, and although the prices are pretty eye watering, they generally wear really well and keep their shape noticeably better than cheaper brands. I have a Yoek tunic dress that I’ve worn for work week in – week out since January 2010 and it still looks like new without any bobbling or stretching!
Getting back to the dirndl dress – this is a toned down version of some very Bavarian dirndl looks I’ve seen recently – some look like costumes taken straight from a fancy dress shop minus the tankards and fake braids! In contrast, I think this is a very wearable take on the peasant look, and you could also make it look a bit more 40s/50s vintage with careful use of accessories (I’m thinking black patent heels and little dinky handbags maybe?) The dress also comes in black and hot pink, and you could easily layer a long sleeved top underneath in cooler weather.
She’s a lady… (woah oh oh!)
If the peasant look is a bit rustic for your tastes, there are also less rural options around. Following on from the vintage trend for tea dresses (like skater dresses, pretty much everyone looks good in them) Simply Be have brought out a variation on the polka dot dresses that sold out so quickly last year.
This time just in black, the butterfly print is demure but interesting and makes this £35 dress an affordable and versatile option for work and play. If you can only choose one dress this season, I’d recommend you pick this one – super flattering shape, perfect length and easy care (just wash and hang up when damp to get rid of any creases) this dress will soon pay for itself – you’ll need to get in quick though as it’s already low stock in some sizes.
Going again to the higher end of the price scale, this dress from IGIGI, sold in the UK by Curvety, is a real head turner!
I’m a big fan of IGIGI – they really know how to design in a way that works with your curves rather than just disguising them. This dress is currently on sale at £88.50 – a 25% discount. It has the all-important colour blocking, 3/4 length sleeves and is fully lined so no problems with the skirt sticking to your tights/leggings. This would make a great alternative to the usual boring black suit for the office, but be aware that delivery on these US label dresses is 2-4 weeks.
Sometimes you just want a nice, versatile dress that you can throw on and know you look good at the same time as feeling comfy and snug. I think this £45 Spirit and Sands dress from Simply Be fits the bill.
It has long arms to keep you warm in cooler weather and is made of lovely soft stretch jersey, but the wide waistband will also give you a bit of shape and femininity, so you don’t feel like you’re going out in your pyjamas. It gets an extra thumbs up from me because it shows that you can do florals without having to give in to the inevitable ditsy print! Wear with thick tights (it looks like it sits just above the knee), leggings, jeans, whatever you like.
What do you think? Would you wear these dresses? Have you spotted something even better? Leave a comment and let me know!