Thursday, 2 January 2014

Pink Clove Teal Tartan Skater Dress 16

Just over a month ago, I reviewed the Pink Clove Red Tartan Skater Dress. It's been a big hit with bloggers everywhere and it was an instant favourite of mine. When I saw that Pink Clove had released it in a teal colourway I knew that sooner or later the beauty would be mine.


Image courtesy of Pink Clove

I had originally ordered the red dress in an 18 (as seen in the photos in my blog post) but after noticing a fault on the dress I returned it to Pink Clove, who were absolute brilliant and super helpful, and swapped it for a 16. I found the fit much better on the waist, although it is a little snug on the bust and the length slightly shorter. 

With this in mind, I recently ordered both the 16 and the 18 in Pink Clove's winter sale (still on - click here!) so I could be sure to get the best possible fit. When my parcel arrived I tried on the 16 first and haven't even bothered with the 18 as the 16 was just right!





The size 16 fits me so well that there's no way I'd consider sizing up. It feels like the cut has been adjusted slightly from the original Red Tartan Skater Dress, as the waist is better (if still roomy on me) and the bust area is more spacious.

The colour and pattern of this dress is much more muted than the red version. It has a block teal background and there is a tartan print overlaid in black. It's far less bright than the red dress but I like it for a plainer option as it makes it fun to brighten up with colourful accessories.

The Teal Tartan Skater Dress is made from a different material to its red predecessor. It's more of a woven teal fabric, rather than being printed onto a plain base, as I suspect was the case with the red dress, which leads to its white-ish appearance when overstretched. Instead, this gorgeous teal option does not have this effect at all and comfortably fits my bust without stretching or the fabric distorting. It's machine washable and being 96% polyester and 4% elastane it is easy to care for and does not crease easily.

This dress has 'wet look' sleeves and edging along the neckline. When I saw this on the Pink Clove website I imagined it might feel like one of those awful quality fake leather jackets that were all the rage in the 1990s and early 2000s. Fortunately, it is nothing like that and in fact simply feels like regular material. It has a slight sheen to it so the leather look is there but it definitely does not feel odd or uncomfortable.

Bust-wise the fit is wonderful. For reference, I am wearing my Ewa Michalak S Szykuś Bra 32KK/70KK in these photos. As mentioned above, thanks to the new fabric there is no chance of the dreaded white-ish overstretched appearance and instead you can see the side seams of the dress run more or less vertically so my bust is not taking up any more room than intended from the design. This is a fantastic option for us bustier ladies!

The neckline of this dress is really good. It has a scoop at the front and also at the back (as you can see from my photo from behind below) and although with the red dress I am always nervous that the shoulders will slip off I don't get this sensation with the teal one at all. The scoop is less wide on this dress than on the red so it feels much more comfortable and secure. The neckline is not too low and only shows the slightest hint of my cleavage.

The length of this size 16 is around 93cm, which is a crucial 2cm shorter than the red version of this dress. It doesn't sound like much but for someone like me who'd prefer to keep her thighs covered it's very good news indeed.

The classic skater skirt flares out from the waist without any kind of underskirt so it's great for anyone looking for a skirt that hides lumps and bumps. There is a patent skinny belt supplied with the dress that fits the belt loops perfectly and works well with the overall look. However, I am more of a fan of wider belts so I teamed the dress with my current favourite elasticated waist belt from Primark.




The wide belt works really well and gives the dress a different look. I've chosen a black belt here but I think the dress could be brought to life with a red one, or even a bright blue or green belt.

I am wearing the dress here with black tights and patent black heels but it would also look great dressed down with leggings and flat pumps or boots. Skater dresses are a great wardrobe staple and although I wasn't previously a fan I am thrilled that Pink Clove have won me over with their fab designs.

If you like the look of the Teal Tartan Skater Dress then click here to buy it in the sale! It's currently on offer at just £18.00, when usually it is £30.00. It comes in UK sizes 16-32.

As part of the same order I also bought the Navy Blue Velvet Shrug (see here for my review of the black one) and the Scallop Edge Lace Shrug, both in a size 16. They are lovely and no doubt will crop up in future blog posts as they are ideal for covering arms or providing a layer of warmth in the evenings or on cooler days.

11 comments:

  1. Thank you for posting this - a very detailed description of your experiences x

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    1. Thanks - I always try to write detailled reviews so I hope you found it useful.

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  2. I never ordered the red one because its not my colour but wow now I have seen this one I will defiantly be ordering it! I think its a good length on you and its nice to have different types of dresses for diffrent occasions. I love Pink Clove as they have really opened the door for plus size women and given us a ton of new clothing choices :o)

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    1. Hi Kerry, thanks for your comment. I agree that Pink Clove have offered plus size women some really great options in their collections and at very reasonable prices. Long may it continue!

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  3. Thanx for reviewing these dresses, I love them. Thing is though, I'd like a long sleeved one- have you seen any? And would you say they go with jeans at all? Or just leggins and tights? Oh, just one thing- I still have one of those 'awful fake leather jackets'.. Wanna fight?? ;D Mandy x

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    1. Hi Mandy, thanks for commenting. I haven't seen any long sleeved skater dresses as I think part of the design is that they have short sleeves like this one. However it might be worth googling it to double check. And I hope you aren't offended by my comment about the fake leather jackets - I had one in the 90s and it was dreadful and felt soooo nasty!

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  4. I have just purchased this and several other items in the Pink Clove sale, thanks for letting me know about it! xx

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    1. Hi there, glad you liked the post! I hope you are delighted with your Pink Clove purchases x

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  5. ive seen this brand on a few other plus size blogs lately and they look well good. love the review.

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  6. I just bought this thank's to your review. I bought the red one after seeing it on your blog so you are doing a great job of promoting these product's to us ;0) But seriously Pink Clove are doing some great fashion's for plus size ladies and i hope they bring out a new collection soon x

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  7. These tartans are very good for emphasising curves, I think the eye is expecting straight lines and gets bends instead. Go for the brighter colourway if you want more emphasising. Not convinced by the dark belt: perhaps a contrasting colour would be better or else do without?

    Otherwise quite splendid :-)

    Puffin

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