ASOS CURVE Exclusive Bodycon Dress In Graphic Print Black White 18

For some time now, I have been reading posts by other bloggers about ASOS and ASOS Curve.  Many a lady has looked terrific in their clothing but I had never tried them for myself because I was unsure about sizing.

However, I recently decided to take the plunge and placed an order for a number of ASOS dresses, including the ASOS Curve Exclusive Bodycon Dress In Graphic Print (originally £28.00; now £19.50):


Image courtesy of ASOS Curve

Something about this dress really caught my imagination and I longed to see what it looked like on me.  I ordered a size 18 as that was the smallest size available, and kept my fingers crossed that the waist wouldn’t be too baggy.

Thank goodness it wasn’t!  Well, it was a bit but certainly less baggy on the waist than many of the other size 18 dresses I’ve tried in the past.

I was initially drawn to place my order for this dress by its pattern – it is lovely and serves to enhance figures as it highlights the points of the body where the curves are at their greatest.  I think it looks great on the model in the stock photo and I can also see how it works well on me.  

I should say at this point that I did not keep this dress, as much as I could appreciate how it worked on me.  I felt like the dress was too much for the life I lead – I live in a fairly conservative town in south east England and the folks round here are not ready for this much glam!  And, to be completely frank, I am not ready to get the amount of attention I am sure this dress would bring.  If I lived in London I think I could have pulled it off but on this occasion I decided not to add the dress one to my wardrobe.  That said, I am utterly envious of anyone who owns this – it really is a gem!

The dress is 95% cotton and 5% elastane.  It holds its shape beautifully and clung to my curves in a most flattering way.  It feels very soft and the fabric is fairly thick without being heavy.  It kept me warm during these photos due to the amount of coverage so it’s definitely not a warm weather dress but for sure it’s one perfect for cooler months.

The length of the dress is great for me as it easily covers my knees and in fact reaches the ‘midi length’ of mid-calf.  To complete the look the dress definitely needs killer heels – I think some brightly coloured ones in red or cobalt blue would look stunning, along with a few matching accessories such as a short bead necklace and a hair flower.

I love the three-quarter length sleeves as they are a decent length and not just elbow length, as so many sleeves described as ‘three-quarter length’ in fact are!  The scoop neck is perfect as it is fairly wide and shows a hint of cleavage without going over the top.  A dress with a loud pattern such as this can end up looking cheap if it reveals a lot of cleavage so ASOS Curve have got the balance just right with this garment.

The shape of the skirt of this dress is lovely as it is very shaped.  The bottom of the dress is actually really narrow so it’s definitely one to be described as a ‘wiggle’!  I do like this, though, as so many ‘fitted’ dresses lose their shape in the skirt as it is cut too wide.  There’s absolutely no chance of that being the case here.

Having never tried ASOS or ASOS Curve before I believe that perhaps the plus size range/Curve runs on the small side.  This size 18 Curve dress was a good fit on me overall but I can get away with a size 10/12/14 in stretchy fabrics such as this so to me this fitted more like a size 14/16.

You might have noticed the absence of a belt in my photos.  Due to the very particular patterned design of this fabric I feel that a belt would be completely wrong as the pattern would be broken up and the va-va-voom of this dress’s impact would be lost.

All in all, this wasn’t a dress I would wear on a day-to-day basis so I decided not to hold on to it.  I reckon it would be perfect for a photoshoot though!  And of course it would totally work for someone who lives in a more cosmopolitan area where rad fashion is more par for the course.  There is a part of me that regrets not keeping this dress – what do you think, should I have bought it, after all?



  1. Anonymous
    27 September 2013 / 22:41

    I love this dress on you, and its a lovely change to see you without a belt!I cant believe that your home town is too conservative for this dress, with all the cleavage enhancing dresses you get away with, you could definitely pull this one off !! x

  2. Patty_difusa
    28 September 2013 / 22:43

    Hey I didn't know you live in the south East, same as me! Anywhere near Oxford? If so we should meet up! I agree that i find some clothes to rad for where I live/work but I think you should kept it, looks amazing on you, xx

    28 September 2013 / 23:32

    Oh wow, you look stunning!!!! I would say keep this and wear it when you visit london, and slip a jacket over to make it more conservative at home, you look HOT!!! xxx

  4. Jennifer Vance
    29 September 2013 / 05:21

    I usually hear that ASOS curve runs they say it can vary greatly.I think the skater dresses that don't have a defined waist run big.I ordered this one in a size 16. found someone selling a size 18 on ebay and they included the measurements which was 20 inches across so 40 at the waist.The size chart has the size 18 as 41 inch waist,so it seemed to run true to size,so I went ahead with the last size 16.We will see in a few days once it gets here. 🙂

  5. Pleasingly Plump Petal
    29 September 2013 / 06:46

    This dress looks amazing and you are right the print really shows off a girls curves but sadly I know exactly where you are coming from as I too live in an extremely conservative tiny place in Essex and I don't think the locals could stand the excitement it would cause! Such a shame we are so restricted.

  6. Anonymous
    29 September 2013 / 16:28


  7. lynn
    29 September 2013 / 23:24

    I am glad you didn't keep it. I got dizzy just looking at it. Plus I don't think it's anywhere near as flattering on you as the other dresses you post here.

  8. Mel Chillag
    30 September 2013 / 13:10

    Caroline it looks absolutely out of this world on you! What a bombshell!!! Who cares if you ruffle some feathers, you should do what you want 🙂

  9. Kristin Higson-Hughes
    30 September 2013 / 23:43

    While this is not in keeping with my personal style, I think it looks utterly SMASHING on you, Caroline! I would keep it and wear your denim jacket over it, or perhaps a longer black cardigan on occasion. The swing-style dresses are my favorite as I am such a girly-girl, but it's fun to change it up sometimes and you ROCK this!

  10. Kristin Higson-Hughes
    30 September 2013 / 23:43

    It reminds me of modern art.

  11. Pink Haired Princess
    2 October 2013 / 15:31

    No, I can understand your reasons for not keeping it. On the model it doesn't look as 'loud' as it does in person, when it's not in a studio if you know what I mean. I'm not usually one to 'dress down' to fit in, but I can understand that if you weren't going to get much wear out of it, it wasn't worth keeping. I think you look fantastic in it though and loved the last photo in the first photo set! I can't believe you haven't tried asos before : )

  12. Paula Christiansen
    3 October 2013 / 23:47

    OMGGGGG!!!! You look just wonderful in this dress, well, you always look wonderful but WOAH girl this is breathtaking. I get what youre saying about the print being quite in your face but I still think you should repurchase this and wear it when youre in London or doing a photoshoot or sometihng. It is so special and emphasises your curves in such an amazing way. Love it!!!

  13. Callie Thorpe
    17 October 2013 / 10:38

    Love this dress on you darling!!!!!!!! x

  14. Anonymous
    9 November 2013 / 20:40

    Was looking for a review on this and to see the back view before I ordered on Love the dress and YOU LOOK AMAZING in it! That rear view would stop traffic sure enough! 🙂

  15. Bern
    16 February 2014 / 16:22

    My word, you are a fine woman!!

  16. Aleksandra Kozak
    9 July 2014 / 07:09

    That dress slims U 😉 Beautiful woman in beautiful dress 😀

  17. Aleksandra Kozak
    9 July 2014 / 07:09

    That dress slims U 😉 Beautiful woman in a beautiful dress ^^

  18. black bodycon dress
    13 April 2015 / 09:54

    You look amazing in this dress, I love how you styled this dress!

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