During the day, we were lucky enough to spend quite some time at the lovely Anna Scholz's HQ. We got to try on items from the latest collection and generally had heaps of fun.
Left to right: Me, Mhairi and Liz modelling one of Anna's amazing creations
The dress I wore on the day was one of my Wallis Blue Tulip Dresses. It was much admired by other bloggers but also by Anna Scholz herself and her colleague, Liz (pictured above right).
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Roll forward just over a year later, and I spotted this cute little number on the Simply Be website: the Anna Scholz for Simply Be Mock Wrap Dress in Blue (£55, sizes 14-32).
Image courtesy of Simply Be
The dress is very similar to my Wallis dress in many ways, but also very different. When the lovely people at Simply Be offered me the dress of my choice to review, I knew this was the one I had to request!
My goodness, this dress is almost identical in colour in real life to my Wallis dress. It's a gorgeous cobalt blue that is complementary to most skintones and particularly suits my blonde hair and blue eyes (and recent suntan that has long since faded!).
I went for a size 14 and it fitted pretty well overall. The length (104cm/41") was perfect on my 5'5 frame as it just about covered my knees so it would be a modest enough length to wear for work but also could easily be dressed up for a night out.
The sleeves are three-quarter length and are quite loose, but there is elastication on the cuffs so they stay in place quite well.
The straight shape of the skirt is good as it is not overly tight but something I do not like so much was the excess fabric on the tummy area. It kind of puffs out a little from the waistband and makes it look as though my stomach is larger than it actually is. This would be great for anyone wanting to hide their lumps and bumps but usually my tum is fairly flat so any excess fabric just adds inches where they don't actually exist.
In addition to this, the waistband is too big for me (but not by much!)
I added a belt to see if it could resolve these issues...
I think the belt works well with the dress, even if it doesn't completely solve the excess fabric on the tummy issue. What's more interesting for me is that looking at these pictures all together I can see that the dress is actually fine without one. So I can wear it with or without a belt, depending on the occasion.
Another issue is that the dress is a little small for me in the boob area. It is less noticeable when I'm not wearing a belt but even so I definitely need to wear a vest underneath in order to preserve my modesty, just as I do with my Wallis dress!
However, in contrast to my Wallis dress, there are no pockets on this one. I don't miss them too much and in fact I like the fact I now have two similar dresses - one with pockets and one without.
The Anna Scholz for Simply Be Mock Wrap Dress is 96% polyester and 4% elastane so it has some stretch to the fabric. It's really easy to care for as it's machine washable and dries really quickly. Perfect for everyday wear or even taking on holiday as the fabric does not crease easily.
Although this dress is not perfect on me it's definitely already become a wardrobe staple in the weeks I've owned it, mainly because of its gorgeous colour.
This shape of dress is also available in an on-trend clashing pattern version (£65, sizes 14-32):
Image courtesy of Simply Be