Friday, 20 June 2014

Pink Clove Tropical Print Wrap Dress 16

I have reviewed a few of affordable plus size fashion brand Pink Clove's dress offerings here on the blog since they first burst onto the scene in 2013, including their wrap dresses. For spring 2014 they brought the dress out in a new print: tropical!


Image courtesy of Pink Clove

This print is so bright and lively and I absolutely love it. I was really excited when a few weeks ago Pink Clove's PR rep invited me to review something from their current range, and of course my only choice could be this dress. I requested the Tropical Print Wrap Dress in a size 16, which is the smallest size available (Pink Clove's sizing range goes from UK 16 up to a 30/32).

When the dress arrived I wasn't disappointed with the print - it's amazing! An array of beautiful tropically-inspired colours feature in the floral print on a charcoal black background.





The fabric is soft and stretchy and so easy to wear. It's not thick, heavy jersey so it's ideal for spring and autumn and could even be worn on a cooler summer day. The fabric does go a little 'silvery' when stretched, but I didn't find this to be a problem as if anything the dress is a fraction too big for me. It's made from 96% polyester and 4% elastane, and is easy to wash and wear with no ironing required.

The dress is similarly shaped to previous iterations but I am pleased to report a couple of improvements to the cut. 

First of all, there seems to be quite a bit more room in the bust. My other two PC wrap dresses are lovely but I do find I have to wear a vest underneath them to avoid accidental bra show. This version definitely has more boob room and as you can see from my photos I am able to comfortably wear it without a vest. For reference, I am wearing my Ewa Michalak S Tęczowe Kfiaty bra 32KK/70KK in these photos (review coming soon!).

Secondly, in my original PC wrap dress review I complained about the fact that the folded over fabric on the neckline kept unfolding and that I had to use Wundaweb to stick it down so that it would stay folded; this dress has the neckline foldover stitched in place. My Wundaweb can remain in the cupboard, huzzah!

I do wish the wrap skirt had more fabric so the 'upside down v' shape at the bottom of the dress was less pronounced. I prefer to keep my knees covered so if there was more fabric in the wrap that would help to keep them hidden. As a side note, I really wish these dresses had pockets!

The sleeves are great - elbow-length is perfect for this time of year, especially if you want a bit of arm coverage. This length is also good for the workplace, where sometimes bare arms are frowned upon.

As I mentioned earlier in this review, I do feel that the size 16 is a smidgeon too big for me and my curves seem to get a little lost in the busy and baggy fabric despite the elasticated waist - which ends up a bit high on me as my boobs take up a lot of length in the top half of the dress - doing its best to show my shape. Not to be deterred, I added my faithful Forever 21 belt, and hey presto my curves reappeared in all their glory:





This dress is perfect for all sorts of occasions and can be dressed up or down. Here I've gone for a middle of the road look with black Maidenform leggings and black Primark killer heels, which would be appropriate for a day at work or drinks with the girls. I'd wear it with black tights for a more glamorous look if I was going on a big night out.

The Pink Clove Tropical Print Wrap Dress is unfortunately now out of stock on Pink Clove's own website but do keep an eye out on eBay and Amazon as you never know where one might turn up! You can read a fab review of this dress over at iCurvy here - I particularly love how Jo styled this dress with a sweater over the top so that it looked like a skirt.

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Image courtesy of www.icurvyworld.com

The print is also available in a skater skirt, a peg leg jumpsuit, and a peplum top (on Amazon here).

17 comments:

  1. What a pretty print! Such a shame it's sold out but now I've been to Pink Clove's website somehow half a dozen items have found their way into my basket, whoops!!! ;-) Thanks for introducing me to this plus-size brand. Their items are so cheap!

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    1. I love Pink Clove! Hope you were pleased with your purchases.

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  2. OMG this is soooooo wonderful! I simply must have it but it's sold out waaaaaaaaaahhhhh

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    1. I know, it's such a shame! But check out their website as they have lots of other lovely items, and there's a new print for the wrap dress on ASOS.

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  3. Your review is one of the most detailed I have read by a blogger. I am not plus-size but appreciate the challenge of finding stylish clothing. This dress really looks good on you with the belt.

    Sharon
    http://www.afashioncrowd.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Sharon - I try to give full reviews of the items I feature on my blog and I'm always honest with my feedback.

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  4. That is a lovely pattern and I have missed your reviews while you have been away :) I love the style of the dress and looks great on you x

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  5. This is a great dress in a beautiful print. I own a few Pink Clove items and wish I'd snapped this one up when it was still in stock. I love what they are doing for plus sized women as they give us great options. Love your blog reviews! Ruth x

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    1. One thing you can be sure of with Pink Clove is that they will regularly bring out more lovely items to tempt us! x

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  6. Love the print but I agree it looks better with the belt. I have the same problem with a couple of wrap dresses about the front V shape - it can get a bit draughty when you sit down and crossed legs can result in knicker flashing! Xx

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    1. I've wondered about unstitching the waist and reattaching it with more of a closed wrap...but I haven't yet been brave enough to do it! I am only an amateur sewer so I worry I'd mess it up.

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  7. This dress is totally transformed with the belt. It's a shame Pink Clove don't do a size 14 as I think that would be the perfect fit for you. Great review, it convinced me to buy this dress for myself but I am GUTTED its sold out x

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    1. Such a shame it's sold out. But check out ASOS as they have a new print available x

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  8. Love everything about this dress! The cut is great (yes the minimal wrap over is not ideal) and the print is amazing <3 Suits your hourglass figure so well xxx

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    1. Yaaaaaaaaaaaay I just managed to nab one of these on ebay so I am over the moon!

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