Thursday, 22 January 2015

Yours Clothing Glitter Flocked Skater Dress 18

In late November, plus size retailer Yours Clothing had a huge sale. I ordered quite a number of items to try on but ultimately only kept two: the Glitter Flocked Skater Dress in blue (sizes 14-32; was £35, now on sale in limited sizes at £18.40) and in purple (sizes 14-32; was £35, now sold out online but may be available in some stores).

 Image courtesy of Yours Clothing

Image courtesy of Yours Clothing


I originally tried the dresses in a size 16, but found them very snug on the boobs so I sized up to 18 and they were much more comfortable.

For reference, in these photos I am wearing my Ewa Michalak PL Jagodzianki Bra 34KK/75KK and Briefs 16/44, some plain black tights from The Big Tights Company, and black stiletto heels from Primark.









These dresses are made from a stretchy fabric (95% polyester, 5% elastane) that is soft and comfortable to wear. The material is embellished with black flocking and glitter, which I am afraid goes absolutely everywhere on the first couple of wears, but after that it settles down and shedding is minimal. I wore these dresses over the Christmas period when there seems to be sparkle and glitter all around, so no-one realised any rogue spots of glitter on sofas or tables were from my dress! The fabric is quite thick so this dress would not be suitable for wearing in warmer weather, but of course this is not a concern at this chilly time of year. It is perfect for the festive season, however, thanks to its glitteriness and the wintry colours of the dresses.

The Glitter Flocked Skater Dress has a scooped neck that is not especially low cut but does allow for just a hint of cleavage to be seen. I think it is perfect as the dress could look frumpy were it cut any higher on the neckline, and thanks to its glitteriness the dress isn't really suitable for work so there's no need to think about modesty in the workplace with this one.

The flared skirt is typical of the skater dress design and I love how wide and flared this one is. Length-wise it stops an inch or two above my knees, which is shorter than I'd like, so I will definitely always wear tights or leggings with this dress. Again, as this is definitely a party dress or one for a special occasion, this is not a problem.

Yours Clothing make a number of skater dresses and in fact I bought a few from there myself in the summer. They are not all identical in cut and style, but generally they are very good. One aspect of the fit that particularly impresses me is the armholes. So many sleeveless dresses have armholes that are far too big (I'm looking at you, Forever 21 and Simply Be, to name but two...) and so one's bra straps and sometimes the bra itself are on display, which is not a look I go for. It's so disappointing to have to decide not to purchase a dress because of oversized armholes, especially when the fit everywhere else is pretty much spot on, but I have found this is far too often the case. It's not an issue that's limited to plus size retailers, either, as I have had to turn down purchases from Wallis and Dorothy Perkins in the past for this very reason. Thankfully, the vast majority of Yours Clothing's skater dresses seem to have armholes that are perfectly cut - large enough to allow for chubby biceps and bingo wings, but small enough to keep one's undergarments properly covered. In a few of my photos above, you may see just a hint of my bra, but most of the time I am covered very decently by this dress, both at the armholes and also on the back of the dress at the shoulder blades.

The size 18 was a great fit on my bust, but it was very roomy on the waist. These dresses each come with a thin patent belt, but I preferred using a plain black belt from one of my Pinup Girl Clothing Heidi dresses instead. The belt pulls the dress in at the waist perfectly, helping to show my hourglass figure in all its glory.

Sleeveless dresses are great, but of course there are times when a girl needs an extra layer for warmth, so of course I went for a shrug. This one is a simple black jersey shrug from online plus size retailer Pink Clove.






The plain black shrug works well with the dresses and provides some much-needed arm coverage on colder days. I also have a black velvet shrug (again from Pink Clove) that looks very good as an alternative option.

There is also a red version of the dress available here (sizes 14-32; was £35, now on sale in limited sizes at £18.40); I did try it on but found this particular hue of red was not right on me so I didn't keep it.

I really love my Glitter Flocked Skater Dresses and every time I wear one of them I get compliments from strangers, so they must be special! I have actually worn them to work a few times in December and January, so although I said the glitteriness makes them not suitable for work I have disproved this theory already! 

Are you a fan of skater dresses? Have you ever tried any from Yours Clothing?

30 comments:

  1. The blue looks phenomenal but the purple looks a little dull ... is it brighter in person? Looking fantastic again btw.

    C xx
    http://curvygirlthin.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thanks Charli - the purple is certainly less bright than the blue but it's still a lovely colour in real life.

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  2. My friend Cary's bought the blue dress for a night out recently. Such a lovely fit and I love the colour! You look lush.

    Amy x www.anotherinnocent.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you for commenting, Amy. This is a fab dress and so perfect for parties and nights out :-)

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  3. Very lovely. I find the same issue with armholes, usually too big on me (think it's the thin arms/big boobs thing that usually causes it). The promo shot looks like there's hardly any length to that skirt, so I'm pleasantly surprised to see it's not indecent on you at all.

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    1. Yes - large armholes and skirts that are too short are the bane of my life! Thankfully these two dresses have neither of these issues :-)

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  4. Hi Caroline! I like the blue one but I think I actually like the purple one even better, but then, purples my fave colour. As for glitter, as long as it's fairly subtle I think frosty glitter on a winter's day really works! You look a dream! :-)
    Belle X

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    1. Aww thank you, Belle. It's fun to think of the glitter as frost on a winter's day...what a great analogy.

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  5. Oh just one more thing... I like your poses showing off the outfits... but I've noticed you never do the fashionblog squat! You know, when there's always one pic in a shoot where the model crouches down? Might sound off the wall but I'd love to see you squat for us! :-D
    Belle X

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    1. I have never, ever seen a blogger doing the 'fashion blog squat' - I must say that it sounds rather peculiar. Why on earth would it be necessary to squat? I just don't see how that would show the dress off in a different way to all my photos here.

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  6. They are both lovely, but I prefer the purple as it's one of my favourite colours. :) Ugh, not that I buy clothes from New Look any more but their arm holes are huge. I hate that on any dress. xxx

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    1. Oh, that's interesting to know. I don't often buy clothes from New Look but what a shame about their armholes. It's as if these brands don't quality check their items when the armholes are so big - how on earth can they think that anyone would want that? So odd.

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  7. You look great and these dresses are really cute. Well done to Yours for making pretty clothes for plus size women. I have a Yours store in my town and the staff in there are always so friendly and helpful. One thing I would say though is that the store always looks like a jumble sale as its so overfilled with clothes. I've noticed this is the case at all Yours shops I've been to - kind of crazy because us fuller figured ladies take up more room so why do they make it so difficult for us to move between the racks in a crammed store? Lol x

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    1. You've got a good point - I too always find Yours stores to be choc full of clothing. I always miss things because there is just too much to look at in such a small space. I do wish they would rent larger retail units.

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  8. This looks so lovely on your - I haven't worn Skater dresses for ages. I especially like the blue colour. So nice for this time of year. x

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    1. Thank you, Leah. I didn't wear skater dresses for years but in the end it was Pink Clove's red tartan skater dress that got me to give them a whirl. Since then I've bought more and more as they are a great wardrobe option and so widely available.

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  9. I wish I'd bought this dress when it was still available, it looks perfect on you. You look so much better in these blog pictures than the model on the website, and I find that to be true with most clothes. Seeing them on women who are really plus size, and not a size 10 or 12, does help us to see how the would work on us. A dress on a size 10 woman looks very different to one on someone who is a size 16 or 18. I wish more companies would use models who are genuinely plus sized.

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    1. Thanks Sarah - it would be great if more brands used plus size bloggers as models as we show how the clothes look on a genuine plus sized body.

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  10. You look amazing in these dresses! I'm pleased to see the armholes aren't too large as this is such a gripe of mine with sleeveless dresses especially skater style, I end up with half my bra showing at the sides!! xx

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    1. Ugh, yes. I too hate it when the too large arm holes show my bra, particularly when the dress is a completely different colour/pattern to my lingerie! Such a shame as I've had to put back many a dress I've loved due to the arm holes being stupidly big.

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  11. Such a cute dress and an even cuter model! I love your style, I am a huge fan of your blog! If I bought this dress I would want to wear really thick tights with it, do you know where I can get some from? Alicia x

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    1. Alicia I would recommend The Big Tights Company for plus size tights. Do a search on my blog and you'll find some reviews that should be useful for you.

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  12. You are SO on point about the armhole's in dresses. I have been so upset in the past when the armhole's have been ginormous, on dresses that have looked great otherwise. Like you said Forever 21 are particularly bad at this. How difficult is it to design properly sized armhole's???

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    1. It seems like my point about the armholes has really resonated with many of my readers. I do hope brands sit up and take notice as it's a design issue that would be super simple to correct.

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  13. I adore you! You look like so much fun, I'd love to hang out with you! Your curvy fu=igure looks great in these dresses :)

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    1. Thank you very much - I know I post too many photos for my reviews but I can never decide which pics I like the best. My solution to that is to post them all!

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  14. Yours are one of my favourite stores and yet this passed me by til now. You need to be a plus size model, you sell things to me better than any site models!

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    1. Thank you - I would love it if more brands used plus size bloggers for their promo photos.

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  15. I hate huge armholes too so its good to know a plus size shop where they cut their dresses more carefully. I love both of these dresses on you but my favourite is the blue. You rock it!! Fab review as always x

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    1. I can't say every single one of Yours dresses have good armholes, but they've been fine on all the ones I have tried so far, so it bodes well.

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