However, I was recently in my local Matalan and very much enjoyed browsing the aisles and being able to touch and feel the clothes and compare sizes side by side to see what might work best for me.
Whilst in store, I tried on this Jersey V-Neck Dress in a size 12 (was £16.00, now £10.00):
Image courtesy of Matalan
It didn't look particularly special on the hanger but once I tried it on I was really pleased with the fit.
And I was super excited to find that it comes in a navy blue polka dot colourway, too!
The Matalan Jersey V-Neck Dress is 97% viscose and 3% elastane so it stretches to fit your curves beautifully. It has a part-elasticated waist so the dress is pulled in at the middle at the front but not at the back. This helps highlight a natural hourglass shape or to create more shape on those who curves are less pronounced.
The length of the dress is good for me as it is roughly knee length, although I would have preferred it if it was a few inches longer as I find it sort of gathers in the middle a little when I walk or go upstairs.
And I absolutely adore the fact this dress has pockets! Honestly, I think all dresses should have them as they are invaluable.
The boob room is absolutely great. I highly recommend this dress for anyone with big boobs as there is heaps of space for your bust and I have even been able to size down to get a better fit on the waist and still fit my girls in. That's no mean feat, believe me!
One downside about this dress is that the neckline sort of comes undone. That probably doesn't make a lot of sense, so I will try to clarify what I mean. The neckline is double-lined and the extra fabric is inside the opening, but it is not secured sufficiently, so as the day goes on the extra fabric tries to find its way back out into the daylight! I think I will add a couple of stitches or use some Wundaweb to ensure this does not happen but it's a shame as either of these options will be apparent.
As the double-lined neckline adds a bit of extra warmth, the short sleeves are ideal to avoid overheating. I wore the floral dress with a shrug yesterday and was warm enough on several occasions to remove the shrug, so this dress will do me well as the weather continues to cool down as we head towards winter.
I happily wear this dress without a belt but I took a few pics to show you how it works really well with one.
I do love how the belt changes the fit of the dress by defining my waist that bit more. I am very pleased that I can wear the dress without a belt for work or for more casual occasions but when I want that extra shaping I can add a belt and my outfit is transformed.
I find that this dress is perfect to wear casually with my Maidenform Flexees leggings and flat shoes/boots, but it's also easy to dress up with tights and high heels, as I am wearing in these photos.
These dresses are sold out in most sizes on the Matalan website but you might be able to nab one in store from the sale section. I really hope that Matalan bring this cut of dress out in more colours and patterns (and in a longer length) as it's such an easy to wear option that would suit most women very well indeed.