M & Co Dresses: Summer 2012

Ok ok…so it’s rather late in the season to be posting ‘summer’ dress reviews.  But I wanted to share these with you as examples of some of the great things high street and online retailer M & Co have on offer.

I visited the Tenterden store a little while ago and received excellent customer service from Charlotte who was looking after the changing rooms at the time.  She was sweet and helpful and even paid me compliments on the dresses I was trying on, bless her!

I tried on a variety of dresses, none of which are available on the website any more so I am afraid I can’t link to them.

(Sandals from Evans) 

This gorgeous black and floral faux wrap dress was really lovely.  It’s a size 14 and was reduced from £35 to £25 but I decided not to go for it at the time.  When I got home and looked at these pics later, I seriously regretted my decision!  This dress looks to be a similar shape so I may well give one a whirl sometime soon.

This size 12 dress is one I ummed and ahhed about for quite some time.  It’s not actually an M & Co dress but in fact sold by their concession line Apricot, which I have also seen in Debenhams before.  

It’s my favourite colour – teal – and it’s bodycon.  But perhaps a little too bodycon, and certainly shorter than is flattering on me.  I can usually get away with skirts which finish fractionally above the knee but this one was several inches above and I knew that it would be no good when I sat down or moved around.  So disappointing – it is absolutely lovely and the belt comes with it!  There were no other sizes available so I couldn’t size up to compare fit.

You can tell how much I liked it by the amount of photos I have posed for 😉  And it was only £10 in the sale (reduced from £29)…but if I’d bought it I know I would have felt uncomfortable when wearing it as it’s both tight and short.  Sigh.

This size 12 dress is another which I thought long and hard about.  So much so that I bought it and left it hanging up in my room for a few days before I tried it on a few more times.  My problem was that although the dress was a great length on me and the waist fitted really well, the skirt was very snug over my backside. The semi-stretchy fabric did not really have enough give to be truly flattering on me and the dress felt rather tight.  In addition to this, there was not enough boob room so I had to wear a modesty vest.  Again, there were no other sizes available to try.

After trying the dress on several times and finding that it rode up when I moved around, I decided that the £35 price tag was a bit too much for an item I wasn’t sure about.  I therefore reluctantly decided to return it for a refund.

This dress was one which I liked in store so bought and tried on at home:

I found it very hard to make a decision on this one.  It would be perfect for work as it has good boob room and is flattering without being overly sexy.  I really liked it…but something was not quite right for me.  Maybe the pattern, or the fact that the waist is not particularly defined, or the wrapover skirt.  I don’t know!  But something kept telling me not to keep it, even though this size 12 dress was a bargain at just £15.  So I returned it along with the black dress to M & Co in Sittingbourne.

Whilst there I had a look round to see what else was available.

(Hush Puppies sandals (similar) from Fashion World) 

I tried on this orange/black jersey dress in a size 12 but as you can see it was miles too big on my waist.  There is a gathered section on the waist/tummy which added bulk to this area on me, although I am sure it would work well for those wanting to hide lumps and bumps.

I tried a size 10 instead but the issue remained.  The dress fitted well otherwise but I knew I would not wear it because of the excess fabric.  Such a pity – this would have been a perfect work dress for me if it’d had a built in waistband rather than gathered fabric.

So, although this post is all about dresses from M & Co that I tried but did not purchase or keep, I thought it was worthwhile sharing them so you can see what sorts of things this retailer has to offer.  Before I visited the Tenterden store I thought that it was somewhere that was more suited to older women but I was pleasantly surprised to find a wide range of clothing to suit many different tastes and ages.

I know it won’t be long before I purchase (and keep!) more items from M & Co as the quality is great and when the style is right the fit is spot on too.



  1. Laurel
    16 September 2012 / 22:20

    Oh, that teal/black dress is GORGEOUS on you! Do you happen to know where I could find it online? I think I need it. 😉

    • CurvyWordy
      16 September 2012 / 22:27

      It's by a brand called Apricot (link in the text) and I guess you could try Googling something like 'Apricot teal dress'. Good luck!

    • Laurel
      17 September 2012 / 01:11

      Darn, no luck! It's times like these when I realize I need to move to the UK! 😉

    • CurvyWordy
      18 September 2012 / 11:39

      Aww well we can't get hold of it in the UK at the moment either so we're all out of luck :-/ But move here anyway!!

  2. Xi Earish
    18 September 2012 / 02:04

    To be honest, you might have the weight but really you also have the curves! So impressive. A lot of women are dreaming to have those and you are just so lucky. Nice photos and clothes!

    • CurvyWordy
      18 September 2012 / 11:40

      I have always been grateful to have an hourglass figure and my weight is distributed pretty evenly over my body. I love these dresses from M&Co and look forward to visiting a store for more trying on again soon!

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