AX Paris Monochrome Dress

A few weeks ago, I was contacted by the lovely people at AX Paris.  I have to admit that AX Paris wasn’t a brand I was overly familiar with but I knew they had concessions in New Look, Republic, House of Fraser and Debenhams.

I don’t tend to buy many items from ‘trendy’ brands as I always assume they won’t suit me or have the right dimensions to be able to fit my proportions.  I was therefore a little hesitant to work with AX Paris but after a quick browse of their website I knew I could not turn down this opportunity.

After some deliberation, I decided to go for the Monochrome Dress in white and black in size 14.

Image courtesy of AX Paris

AX Paris does a ‘straight size’ range in UK sizes 8 to 14, known simply as ‘AX Paris‘, and also a plus size range in UK sizes 16 to 26, known as ‘AX Paris Curve‘.  I wanted to try out the straight sized range to start with as I had no idea how the sizing would work for me and often I can comfortably get into a UK 10-14 in stretchy fabrics.

The Monochrome Dress is part of their straight size range so I placed my order and waited with baited breath.

When the dress arrived for me, it was a ‘bad’ time of the month, if you know what I mean, so my tummy was rather swollen.  But, this is how the dress looked with no shapewear:

I was really pleased with how it looked, all things considered!  The dress is made from a lovely soft, smooth fabric which comprises 92% polyester and 8% elastane.  It’s hand wash only but I’d want to wash this separately in any case to ensure the white stayed as bright as possible.

The dress has a cute peplum at the sides, which contrasts beautifully in deep black, and the black waistband breaks up the pure white perfectly.  The back of the dress has an exposed zip and split of around 24cm.  The best news is that the zip comes completely undone, meaning that the dress fully opens up to make putting it on really easy.  Such a simple touch but greatly appreciated!

I found that this dress fitted very nicely on the waist but it was definitely snug on the bust and hips.  I think if a 16 had been available I would have gone for that, but it’s not and I’m happy to make do with the 14 instead.  There is a tiny bit of bra show under the arms but I think this could be solved by adjusting the dress more carefully when I first put it on.  I’m wearing my white Ewa Michalak PL Malwa with the dress and although it is a smidge see-through 

I wanted to style the dress a little so added classic black patent killer heels.  The obvious cover-up would have been a smart jacket but I wanted to see how the Monochrome Dress would look with denim instead so I added my Forever 21+ denim jacket

Success!  I think the jacket works brilliantly and gives the dress a completely different look. It shows off the versatility of the Monochrome Dress and shows that it can easily be worn for work, a night out or for shopping with friends, for example.

I haven’t owned a white dress for a while as I am always worried I’ll spoil it somehow but I know I’ll be super careful with this beauty!

So, this is the second peplum dress I have tried in a while.  What do you think?  Do peplums suit hourglass figures?



  1. Lisa C.
    9 February 2013 / 23:46

    Oh my goodness…. that dress looks amazing on you! I love the style of that dress. If only I could that look off like you do. 🙂

    • Curvy Wordy
      10 February 2013 / 00:01

      Thanks Lisa <3 I bet you would look gorgeous in a bodycon dress – they suit so many shapes and sizes.

  2. Jessica Marie
    10 February 2013 / 00:23

    That looks gorgeous on you, very striking! I've been hesitant to try out peplum as I thought it wouldn't suit me, but you've inspired me to test it out. You picked a really lovely dress – I like that the peplum isn't all the way around, it is more of a flourish on the dress. I'm not familiar with AX Paris at all (for a moment I thought it was Armani Exchange!), but on the website the size guide says 38in for bust! Usually I would shy away from that measurement as it is about 4in off for me, but now I am looking at these well-priced dresses in a different light!

    • Curvy Wordy
      10 February 2013 / 00:48

      Thanks Jessica! With stretchy dresses, I tend to ignore the bust and hip measurements and go on the waist one instead, as that's where I want the best fit. It doesn't always work out but most of the time I have success. My bust measures 46" so I'm 8" over the size chart and although I found the dress snug on my boobs it's certainly not unwearable. AX Paris certainly make some lovely items and like you say they are all very reasonably priced 🙂

  3. Anonymous
    10 February 2013 / 00:23

    WOW. This dress looks like it was made for you! I love the side peplum, its really different. Hope they still have this in my size in stock x

    • Curvy Wordy
      10 February 2013 / 00:42

      Thank you! Hope you love it as much as I do 🙂

  4. VanoueLicious
    10 February 2013 / 10:05

    Wahoo!!!! Wonderful!!!

    • Curvy Wordy
      10 February 2013 / 15:05

      Thank you!

  5. Anonymous
    10 February 2013 / 12:37

    Wowza!!! The dress is gorgeous and looks just great on you. Really pretty and very sexy with the denim.

    • Curvy Wordy
      10 February 2013 / 15:06

      Thanks very much. I thought the denim added a different dimension to the look 🙂

  6. Bizzy
    10 February 2013 / 21:51

    Wow again! This dress makes you look like you lost 20 pounds. (Not that you needed to.) If you don't mind my asking how tall are you? I've always wanted to try the peplum but I am 5'10" and struggle with dresses that have a defined waistline. The waist never sits on my actual waist.

  7. devilangel
    11 February 2013 / 07:36

    I've been lurking in this blog for quite sometime, but for this, I just have to comment.HOLY CRAP YOU LOOK FANTASTIC I WANT TO MARRY YOU. [/awkward]Goodness this dress looks so good on you!!!

    • Curvy Wordy
      11 February 2013 / 17:08

      Thanks for your comment, Devilangel. It's always great to hear from readers who don't usually speak up :-)I'm really thrilled with the reaction this dress has got – it's a bargain price too!

  8. Anonymous
    11 February 2013 / 14:38

    I know you like your dresses longer but I think this is a great length on you!

    • Curvy Wordy
      11 February 2013 / 17:11

      Thank you 🙂 Actually I don't mind this length but anything much above the knee is a definite no-no for me. Most of my 'everyday' dresses are the same length as this one; it's just my Dolores Dolls that are longer. I'll have to try some shorter swing dresses one of these days…

  9. Nicole
    22 February 2013 / 01:51

    Love it! I want!

    • Curvy Wordy
      22 February 2013 / 15:29

      Go for it – it's still available on the AX Paris site as far as I know!

  10. Sophisticated Pair
    26 February 2013 / 20:54

    You make me want to run out and buy this dress today! Caroline, you should be a model. 🙂

  11. Pink Haired Princess
    14 March 2013 / 15:42

    I honestly think it looks fantastic on you, but I'd have to be honest again and say I'd feel completely self-conscious in it. The tightness and whiteness would make me feel so uncomfortable.

  12. Fierce46Diva
    21 April 2013 / 19:34

    I really want to find this dress, but cannot find it for the life of me!

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