Wonderful Wallis at BHS

I don’t often go on shopping sprees in real shops.  When I buy clothes, it’s usually on the internet as my previous experiences of trying on endless items that don’t fit properly in hot, cramped changing rooms are not my idea of fun.  However, I recently took a trip to town and had a fab time in the wonderful BHS.

For those of you who don’t know, BHS, which stands for British Home Stores, is a reasonably small scale department store but it mainly concentrates on clothing for women, men and children.

It’s been quite a while since I set foot in one of their stores as I have sometimes found them to be somewhat of a jumble sale with an array of reduced items and a disorganised layout.

I was therefore pleasantly surprised when I visited BHS last weekend and found it to be well laid out, airy, spacious and highly conducive to lengthy browsing.  Oops.

As I entered the store I was met by a section of one of BHS’s concessions: Wallis.  Wallis is a well-established high street store so it’s interesting to see that they are now featuring in BHS.  I think it’s a good move as it means a wider range and style of clothing is available under one roof.

I ended up buying four similarly-shaped tulip dresses (all with pockets – such a novelty for a girl who normally wears maxi dresses and skirts without a pocket in sight!!) from the Wallis concession.  The dresses had 20% off and when I got to the till I was told by the lovely cashier that there was a further 25% off everything.  I love it when that happens!  So dresses that cost around £35 came in at just over half price – an absolute steal.

I tried some of these dresses on at home with a chunky black suede belt, just to see if this look would work:

The animal print dress is available here and the floral dress here.  Unfortunately I could not find the plain coloured dresses online.

These dresses are simply wonderful.  They are so easy to wear and feel amazing on.  They are made from a viscose/elastane mix so there is lots of stretch and they wash beautifully. I hung mine on hangers to dry indoors and in the summer they will dry in no time on the line in the garden.

I love the shape of these dresses.  They nip in at the waist and are rounded on the lower half – just like me!  I almost feel like they were handmade for me.  Due to this fab shape I was able to go for a size 14 and I wonder if I might have been better in the 12 in the waist but I definitely need the boob room of the larger size.

Please note that I am wearing a vest under these dresses – unfortunately I cannot wear them modestly without.  I could always stitch the neckline closed and thus do away with the need for a vest but personally I like the neckline to sit wider as it’s more flattering on me and also it’s fun to have the option of brightening up the dresses with matching or contrasting colours.

I like the fact I can wear these dresses with or without a belt, depending on how I feel and what I am dressing for.  The belt obviously brings the waist in more and highlights my shape so I would perhaps not add it if I was dressing for work.

I highly recommend these dresses to everyone, but particularly to those with an hourglass shape.  There is 25% off everything at BHS with the online code BONUS2012 until Friday 3rd Feb 2012 and with a promotional leaflet in store.  If you don’t have a leaflet I am sure the lovely staff at the sales desk will be able to help you 🙂



  1. Anonymous
    3 February 2012 / 14:13

    Wow, they look great on you – good find!

    • CurvyWordy
      12 February 2012 / 22:05

      Thank you – I am so pleased to have found these!

  2. Scarlett
    10 February 2012 / 18:59

    These look great on you, good on BHS :o) Scarlett x

    • CurvyWordy
      12 February 2012 / 22:06

      Thanks Scarlett 🙂 I am pleased to see that Wallis have brought out another design in the short-sleeved version so I might just have to snap that up too! x

  3. Saija
    12 February 2012 / 18:33

    Thanks for a great blog! I've been inspired and started today my own blog about lingerie and finding the right cup size. Tomorrow I will be reviewing PL Toffik by Ewa Michalak which unfortunately is a bit too small for me. But I'm moving in the right direction in the cup size battle!By the way, do you find Curvy Kates to be small in the cup? I know the Showgirls range is small but what about the others? Compared to Ewa Michalak cup volume for example?

    • CurvyWordy
      12 February 2012 / 22:04

      Wow, thank you so much! Good luck with your blog – do let me know what it's called so I can take a look :-)I absolutely adore Curvy Kate's range of designs and styles. However, I am gutted that so far I have yet to find one that suits me. In my experience the wires are too wide and the cups too shallow. My personal opinion is that they fit similarly to Panache bras, which definitely do not suit me, again for the reason of having wide, shallow cups. However, I have yet to admit defeat and will continue trying different CK styles in the hope that something will be right for me.

    • Saija
      13 February 2012 / 09:01

      My blog is http://branightmares.blogspot.com/It's in Finnish, but I have an English section at the bottom of each post. My pictures are bad and my bras too, so my blog really is about bra nightmares at the moment… 😀

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