Image courtesy of Simply Be
Image courtesy of Simply Be
My fabulous friend Hanna at The Wardrobe Challenge sent me a sneak peek photo of herself wearing this dress and as soon as I saw it I knew I had to try it for myself! I must admit I've always thought that skater dresses wouldn't work on me but this one was just SO pretty that I couldn't resist.
Hanna was brilliant at giving advice as to what sizes to try (being an awkward 46-30-47 I knew it would be worth ordering a few sizes in order to get best fit), and in the end I went for 14, 16 and 18. She mentioned that I might find it short in length and possibly tight on the bust.
As usual, the delivery service from Simply Be was fantastic and the dresses arrived at my house super quickly, especially considering I placed my order at a busy time of year (one week before Christmas!).
I started off by trying on the size 14.
Yes, I had my usual issue of the dress being too big for me in the waist. This was the case with all three dresses but I only took pics like this of the 14 - you can imagine how roomy the 16 and 18 came up on me!
Not to be defeated, I added my favourite black patent wide belt to give the dress some definition. Here are the results.
First up, the size 14:
Next, the size 16:
And, to finish, the size 18:
The fabric of the Flock Baroque Print Skater Dress is just divine. It's lovely and thick - perfect for cooler months - and the flock pattern feels soft and velvety. There is a little stretch to it but where the fabric is thick and heavy it limits the amount the dress can expand. The quality is absolutely lovely and probably the best I have found from Simply Be.
The sapphire blue base colour is magnificent and soooooo pretty. I can imagine it would suit any complexion and colouring. It looks gorgeous on Hanna with her pale skin and dark hair, but equally suits my blonde hair, blue eyes and hint of fake tan!
I found all three dresses to be very tight on the lower arms. This isn't something I usually find with Simply Be dresses so it must be particular to this dress. The upper arms were fine - and actually too roomy in the 16 and 18 - so the sleeves must be particularly tapered as part of the design.
The length of the Flock Baroque Print Skater Dress was short, very short, just as Hanna had warned. I am only 5'4 and the dress barely reached mid-thigh on me.
I loved how the skirt flared as it gives a dress such a feminine look but can be so useful to hide one's lumps and bumps! The size 14 worked best in terms of the skirt as it was flared and lovely, whereas the 16 and 18 had too much spare fabric, and in fact the 18 added unnecessary bulk where it was far too big for me.
With regard to boob room, the 16 was the best fit. The 14 felt a little snug and the 18 had too much extra fabric so the 16 was a good middle ground.
Some of you might think the dress looked good on me and wonder why I sent all three sizes back. Well, although there were lots of good points about the dress, the fit was just too off for me. I don't like to be forced to wear a belt with any of my outfits, but instead to have the choice to do so if I want. With this dress, I would have to wear a belt, and this was a strong factor in my decision.
In the end it was with heavy heart that I decided to send all three dresses back. None of them fitted well enough overall for me to justify the £48 price tag, which would have been an excellent value for money price if the dress had been spot on. The combination of the dress being far too short for me, the oversized waist and the compromise on fit in the bust meant that the Flock Baroque Print Skater Dress wasn't right for me. I wish SO much that it had worked as the fabric is really stunning but instead I will have to make do with admiring it on others, such as Hanna, who looked wonderful when I met up with her in London recently.
So, this has given me proof that skater dresses are not the best style for me. That doesn't mean that I'll never try another in the future but for now my wardrobe will continue to comprise the bodycon and swing dresses I have been filling it with over the past year or so.
Do you wear skater dresses? What do you like best about them? Are there other styles of dresses that also work for you?