Anna Scholz for Simply Be Plain Ruched Dress 14

I recently saw the gorgeous Fuller Figure Fuller Bust looking amazing in this Anna Scholz for Simply Be Plain Ruched Dress (£68):

Image courtesy of Simply Be

I was really pleased when shortly after reading Georgina’s blog post the fab people at Simply Be asked me to review a few items and of course this was top of my list!  Georgina had tried it in a 16 and found it roomy so I went for the 14 as it was the smallest size available.  I find there’s always a bit of a compromise with Anna Scholz for Simply Be dresses – they tend to be smallish on the bust and large on the waist/tummy – but they are soooooo gorgeously stylish that I find them irresistible!

…And the Plain Ruched Dress is no exception.  Simply cut with ruching all over the body of the dress it is designed to flatter all shapes and sizes.  It is cut generously so go for your usual size if you don’t want the dress to cling too much but size down by at least one size if you’re looking for a real show-stopping number that highlights your every curve.

The colour of this dress is simply divine.  It’s described as magenta on the website and I think that’s pretty accurate. It’s a lovely shade of purply pink, identical to the fabric used in the bust section of the Cowl Colour Block Dress I tried a while ago (and wear all the time!).

I found the fit to be good overall and the extra fabric on the waist is sort of hidden by the clever ruching.  I have never tried this sort of style dress before as I always assumed the ruching would add extra bulk but overall I like it and the silhouette it gives me.

The length is good – my knees are covered and the dress looks great with a pair of black patent killer heels.

The fabric is quite thin but is very soft and stretchy.  It fits to my figure without being clingy and uncomfortable.  However, I personally feel that a dress like this should really skim the figure so ideally I would have taken this in one or maybe even two sizes smaller, had the option been available.

So, what do I do when a dress gapes on the waist?  You guessed it – I add a belt!

First of all, I started off with this elasticated animal print belt.  The pattern features black and magenta animal print on a grey background and by complete coincidence the magenta perfectly matches the colour of the dress.  It’s meant to be!  I think it works really well with this plain coloured dress and adds a bit of fun to an otherwise very simple outfit.

Again, the addition of any kind of belt really transforms an outfit.  This dress is so wonderfully plain that it would be possible to match it with a whole range of different belts.  In these pictures you can see how well my plain black Forever 21 belt produces a more sophisticated look, and how the gold buckle adds a touch of interest and sparkle.

The dress has superb boob room and the coverage over the bust is great.  There is no need to readjust the top section or check modesty, which makes a great change for me!  This dress is very much work appropriate and can easily be dressed up with accessories for a girls’ night out.

The Anna Scholz for Simply Be Plain Ruched Dress is currently on sale so make sure you grab yours while they’re still in stock!

And I am incredibly excited to have been named Simply Be’s Blogger of the Month – read my interview with them here.



  1. Anonymous
    26 August 2013 / 21:25

    Love this dress! Its a shame they didnt have a 12 as that would definately of fitted you better but this still looks great. I am a size 22-24 and am going to give it a try. I love Anna Scholz's plus size fashions with Simply Be and your blog posts are always so useful for reviewing the fit.

    • Curvy Wordy
      30 August 2013 / 14:26

      Thanks for your lovely comment. I do love Anna Scholz's ranges – they are so fab!

  2. Paula Christiansen
    26 August 2013 / 21:53

    WOW!!! This dress is stunning on you. The fit is great and the colour is spot on! anna Scholz is a revolutionary designer for us plus size women and her collaboration with Simply Be is inspired. Love this post – and congrats on being the Simply Be Blogger Of The Month xxxxx

    • Curvy Wordy
      30 August 2013 / 14:27

      *Blushes* Thanks, Paula!

  3. Vicky Frankland
    26 August 2013 / 22:29

    You look fabulous in this dress, love it! X

    • Curvy Wordy
      30 August 2013 / 14:27

      Thanks Vicky. It's certainly a lovely dress. Another win from Anna Scholz!

  4. The Social Butterfly
    26 August 2013 / 23:32

    Beautiful :o) This dress is perfect for you. I own a few Anna Scholz Simply Be dresses and agree that they are real finds for plus sized women. And as you say in this post the boob area is usually small and the waist is big so her dresses are designed proportionately for more apple shaped ladies. But they can work with the addition of a belt as your photos show.

    • Curvy Wordy
      30 August 2013 / 14:28

      Agreed – Anna's dresses are superb!

  5. Anonymous
    26 August 2013 / 23:47

    I have lost over 12 stone during the past two years which has left me with a lot of loose excess skin on my stomach. Ruching like this dress has is a godsend to me as it hides a multitude of sins. I am going to order one as soon as I get paid – thanks for your review!

    • Curvy Wordy
      30 August 2013 / 14:30

      Congrats on your weight loss – what an amazing achievement! And yes, ruching is fab for hiding bits we're not so comfortable with. I am sure you look wonderful in this dress 🙂

  6. Geri
    26 August 2013 / 23:51

    This is amazing! I've been feeling a bit glum about plus size fashion as of late, as I can't seem to find anything that shows off my curves. But thanks to your blog I have come across this fabulous designer – thanks! Oh, and as ever you look luscious.Geri x

    • Curvy Wordy
      30 August 2013 / 14:30

      Thanks Geri – check out Anna Scholz's latest collection on Simply Be, too!

  7. April Showers
    27 August 2013 / 09:30

    I have been looking for a dress like this forever *runs off to buy*. I couldn't find a wiggle-type dress that is flattering on my hourglass plus size figure anywhere until I saw this, thanks for your blog review! My husband will love this on me as purple is his favourite colour on me. Love April <3

    • Curvy Wordy
      30 August 2013 / 14:31

      I love the colour of this dress as it is the perfect combination of pink and purple. I am sure your husband will adore it on you 😉

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