For those of you who don't know, BHS, which stands for British Home Stores, is a reasonably small scale department store but it mainly concentrates on clothing for women, men and children.
It's been quite a while since I set foot in one of their stores as I have sometimes found them to be somewhat of a jumble sale with an array of reduced items and a disorganised layout.
I was therefore pleasantly surprised when I visited BHS last weekend and found it to be well laid out, airy, spacious and highly conducive to lengthy browsing. Oops.
As I entered the store I was met by a section of one of BHS's concessions: Wallis. Wallis is a well-established high street store so it's interesting to see that they are now featuring in BHS. I think it's a good move as it means a wider range and style of clothing is available under one roof.
I ended up buying four similarly-shaped tulip dresses (all with pockets - such a novelty for a girl who normally wears maxi dresses and skirts without a pocket in sight!!) from the Wallis concession. The dresses had 20% off and when I got to the till I was told by the lovely cashier that there was a further 25% off everything. I love it when that happens! So dresses that cost around £35 came in at just over half price - an absolute steal.
I tried some of these dresses on at home with a chunky black suede belt, just to see if this look would work:
The animal print dress is available here and the floral dress here. Unfortunately I could not find the plain coloured dresses online.
These dresses are simply wonderful. They are so easy to wear and feel amazing on. They are made from a viscose/elastane mix so there is lots of stretch and they wash beautifully. I hung mine on hangers to dry indoors and in the summer they will dry in no time on the line in the garden.
I love the shape of these dresses. They nip in at the waist and are rounded on the lower half - just like me! I almost feel like they were handmade for me. Due to this fab shape I was able to go for a size 14 and I wonder if I might have been better in the 12 in the waist but I definitely need the boob room of the larger size.
Please note that I am wearing a vest under these dresses - unfortunately I cannot wear them modestly without. I could always stitch the neckline closed and thus do away with the need for a vest but personally I like the neckline to sit wider as it's more flattering on me and also it's fun to have the option of brightening up the dresses with matching or contrasting colours.
I like the fact I can wear these dresses with or without a belt, depending on how I feel and what I am dressing for. The belt obviously brings the waist in more and highlights my shape so I would perhaps not add it if I was dressing for work.
I highly recommend these dresses to everyone, but particularly to those with an hourglass shape. There is 25% off everything at BHS with the online code BONUS2012 until Friday 3rd Feb 2012 and with a promotional leaflet in store. If you don't have a leaflet I am sure the lovely staff at the sales desk will be able to help you :-)