Clothing at Tesco: Stella Morgan Ruche Sleeveless Dress

When I was at Plus North in early July, I was fortunate enough to win a £100 online voucher to spend on the Clothing at Tesco website.  I was really excited about this – it’s always great to have free clothes!  And I hadn’t looked on the Tesco site for some time so I was looking forward to being able to take my pick from the available items.

A few weeks after the event, I sat down and had a good look on the Clothing at Tesco site to decide what I would like to try.  I knew I was looking for a dress from the site and there was a great selection to choose from.

In the end, I went for this beautiful Stella Morgan Ruche Sleeveless Dress:

Image courtesy of Clothing At Tesco

It was a snip at only £20 per dress so I ordered it in every colour – green, black, red, teal and blue – all in size Medium (12-14), which took up my entire £100 voucher prize.  Perfect!  

Here I am modelling the green dress:

I loved the colours of all these dresses.  So rich and bright!  They are made from a 98% polyester, 2% elastane mix, which means it’s a lovely stretchy fabric.  It has more of a sheen than regular jersey and feels slinky and cool on the skin.

The length of this dress was perfect on me – it came to just over the knee, which is ideal.  The skirt is flared and worked pretty well on my figure but overall I think I prefer more of a bodycon shape to show off my curves.

As you can see from the photos above, the boob room was not so good in this dress.  I had to wear a vest for modesty, which I don’t mind doing, but the armholes were cut so large that both the vest and my bra could easily be seen from the sides.  Not good!  I am sure this would not be a problem on someone with smaller boobs but for my large breasts this was unfortunately a deal breaker.

What initially attracted me to this dress was the ruched panel across my waist.  I first discovered this style suits me with the Wallis dresses I got earlier this year and ever since I am always on the lookout for more to add to my wardrobe.  The ruched panel on this dress is wider than my Wallis dresses, which I found was not so good for me as it extended to my upper hips and my waist got a little lost in all the ruffles of fabric.  Also, the ruched section did not continue around the back of the dress, which was a real shame as I love how the Wallis dresses hide my lumps and bumps!  The fabric is the sort that highlights one’s imperfections so if the ruched panel had been on the back of the dress as well as the front it would have been perfect.  The wider ruching also meant that it would be impossible to wear a belt with this dress as it would look silly and out of place.

This is a really gorgeous dress but sadly it did not work for me.  If you have smaller boobs and a longer waist I think it would be ideal for you and I highly recommend it. It’s a real bargain at only £20 per dress and the material is lovely.

Regrettably I had to return all five of these dresses.  However, this means I have credit available to spend on more Clothing at Tesco so watch this space for more reviews soon, I hope!



  1. Anonymous
    29 August 2012 / 22:18

    I really like your blog, although probably not for the same reason most people do. I think you are absolutely gorgeous, incredibly sexy, and I love seeing you in your underwear.Do you mind having male admirers on here?

    • CurvyWordy
      29 August 2012 / 23:14

      Hi there, thanks for your kind comment. I write this blog with the intention of helping out other women with curvy figures so although it's nice to receive compliments from men it's certainly not what I blog for. Don't mean to offend you by saying that though! Best wishes.

    • Anonymous
      30 August 2012 / 22:23

      I realise that your blog is aimed towards an entirely different audience, but I'm glad you didn't mind getting a compliment from someone who stumbled upon it completely by accident but found it particularly compelling for another reason. My comment was intended with the greatest of respect for both yourself, and the real reason that this blog exists. I hope you continue to have success with it. All the best.

  2. June
    29 August 2012 / 23:12

    That dress is incredible! Got to say it's one of my favorite that you've shown on here so far.

    • CurvyWordy
      29 August 2012 / 23:16

      Thanks June – wow, maybe I should have kept these dresses after all :-S

  3. June
    29 August 2012 / 23:13

    And to add, you could always try a choli with it. 😉

    • CurvyWordy
      29 August 2012 / 23:17

      Haha – I tried my usual cropped vest as you can see but it didn't quite work out. I guess a choli would give a similar look. I really don't like bra/vest show under the arms 🙁 LOVE this dress though!

  4. Anonymous
    2 September 2012 / 07:33

    You should have kept it! And i know you like the bodycon, but i think that a bit of flare looks soooo much better on you! It makes your waistline look evem smaller and its just fits you so much better. At least from what i see on your pictures :)Xoxo Vlatka

    • CurvyWordy
      2 September 2012 / 11:59

      Hi Vlatka, thanks for your comment. This is indeed a lovely dress that would work very well for anyone with smaller boobs but I'm afraid for me the amount of bra/vest showing at the arms was unacceptable. I would not have been comfortable wearing it so there was no point in keeping it. I think the pictures maybe don't show how bad it was on me. Such a shame.

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