Anna Scholz for Simply Be Cowl Colour Block Dress

Earlier this year, UK plus-size brand Simply Be launched the Spring/Summer 2013 range from Anna Scholz.  It comprised a range of lovely items, all with Anna’s signature bold prints and/or feminine shapes.

I was offered the opportunity to try something from the range and I immediately chose the gorgeous Cowl Colour Block Dress:

Image courtesy of Simply Be

I had previously seen this dress on the gorgeous Mhairi so knew it would be a great look for my voluptuous figure.  The dress is available in sizes 14-32 and I went for a size 14 – I wasn’t disappointed when it arrived:

This dress is right up my street!  The colours are gorgeous – from the pink/purple top to the multi-coloured skirt featuring pinks, blues, yellows and blacks, it all adds up to real eye-catching piece.  It’s bright without being garish and is the ideal dress to wear on a girls’ night out or on holiday.

The silky, stretchy fabric is 95% polyester 5% elastane (machine washable, yay!) and it feels wonderfully soft.  Lengthwise this size 14 dress is around 39″/99cm, which falls on the knee for me.  It’s a great length as it shows a bit of leg but is not immodest.

The top section features a cowl neck with a mock insert so there is no chance of having a wardrobe malfunction.  Always very reassuring for a busty woman!  And I love how the skirt has fully functional pockets (which, incidentally, meet in the middle) – such a handy feature.

The waist was not a bad fit on me but the top section was slightly too small so it pulled the waistband up to my underbust.  I therefore felt the dress would look better with an obligatory belt.

Much better!  The belt helps to define my waist and brings the dress in much more than before.  I’m wearing a patent black leather belt here but I think a plain belt would look good, too.  I also think it would be fun to try a belt in another colour from the skirt.

Being sleeveless, this dress would require a cover-up for cooler times.  A shrug would look great, as would a long cardigan or a denim jacket.  It would be easy to choose something appropriate for the occasion as this dress is so versatile.

I absolutely adore this dress.  It is the perfect combination of being fun yet stylish, and comfortable yet feminine.  Anna Scholz has designed yet another winning piece for SImply Be with the Cowl Colour Block Dress and I cannot recommend it highly enough!



  1. Patty_difusa
    27 April 2013 / 23:37

    oh wow your waist looks so tinny, it's nice to see you wearing bright colours it really suits you x

    • Curvy Wordy
      6 June 2013 / 17:19

      Thank you – I do so love this dress!

  2. Nancy Simpson
    28 April 2013 / 01:10

    Oh my goodness, this is divine on you. I agree with Patty, your waist looks SO tiny, its wonderful. This dress looks like it was taylor made for you. Just adorable. You've convinced me to give it a try. I will be ordering one tomorrow. Thank you for the fantastic review xxx

    • Curvy Wordy
      6 June 2013 / 17:19

      Thanks Nancy 🙂 Hope you love the dress as much as I do x

  3. Pink Haired Princess
    28 April 2013 / 10:46

    It looks amazing on you, it's not the type of dress I'd usually look at, I must admit. The colours and style just look fabulous on you though and it fits so well.

    • Curvy Wordy
      6 June 2013 / 17:20

      Thank you! I just adore the shape of this dress and the quality is fab.

  4. shirley elizabeth
    28 April 2013 / 14:54

    My opinion: This dress looks amazing without the belt. The belt gives you a bit too much of the "shelf boob" look, but without it you look very shapely, even with the high waistband.

    • Curvy Wordy
      6 June 2013 / 17:21

      Thanks for your feedback. I prefer the fit of the dress with a belt as otherwise my waist is not as defined and the dress rides up at the bust a little.

  5. shirley elizabeth
    28 April 2013 / 14:55

    My opinion: This dress looks amazing without the belt. The belt gives you a bit too much of the "shelf boob" look, but without it you look very shapely, even with the high waistband.

    • Curvy Wordy
      6 June 2013 / 17:21

      Thanks for your input. In real life I don't think I get the 'shelf boob' look so it must be the angle of these photos. I definitely prefer the fit of the dress with a belt, though.

  6. Lily Elizabeth
    28 April 2013 / 16:40

    I love the dress either with or without the belt. I think the belt makes it look more 'dressed up' so it would be more suitable if you were wearing the dress for going out for drinks ect. If you wore the dress for work (prepare for all your male colleagues gawping at you!!) I think its best without the belt. Just my thoughts. Either way it looks stunning on you.

    • Curvy Wordy
      6 June 2013 / 17:22

      Thanks Lily 🙂 I'd contemplate taking the waist in if there was more boob room but I'm worried I'll completely change the fit so will leave well alone!

    28 April 2013 / 23:11

    This is one of my favourite dresses, you look amazing in it! xx

    • Curvy Wordy
      6 June 2013 / 17:23

      Thanks love! I adore this one too and wear it all the time xx

  8. confusedbrit
    2 May 2013 / 14:14

    gorgeous!! I kept stopping at this dress on Simply Be, being drawn to it yet put off by the cowl as spent a good deal of my twenties sporting a cowl neckline…but this looks modern and fab and much more drape-y. I might have to invest.

    • Curvy Wordy
      6 June 2013 / 17:26

      You must try it! I forgot to mention in the review (bad blogger!) that there is a weight inside the bit of the cowl that is hidden. This ensures that the cowl retains its shape – I too recall cowl necklines from a few years back and them not always working on me! This is fab though and really up to date and funky.

  9. Lisa
    17 May 2013 / 03:09

    I love the solid color with the print as it really pops the color and is very becomming on you. I think a woman with breasts can and should accentuate it thus the belted look is my favorite, but honestly it looks good, just different either way.

    • Curvy Wordy
      6 June 2013 / 17:27

      Thanks Lisa 🙂 I try to dress to flatter my figure and accentuate my shape without being over the top. This dress definitely meets both requirements for me. I love it!

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