Pink Clove Tartan Skater Dress 18

A while ago I wrote about new UK plus size fashion brand Pink Clove. They have a gorgeous selection of clothing on their website, catering for UK sizes 16-32. I had a great time looking through the rails of their clothing at the bloggers’ supper I attended back in September and I knew I would have to place an order so I could try some of the pieces for myself.

I actually only got around to placing my order a couple of weeks ago and was able to take advantage of a free shipping offer they had on at the time. I always love to save on postage when I can so free shipping is often a trigger for me to buy, buy, buy!

The first I item I am going to share with you is the infamous Pink Clove Tartan Skater Dress.

Image courtesy of Pink Clove

I have written before about how I am not a fan of skater dresses on me as I don’t feel they work well on my figure, although I absolutely adore them on others. For example, the lovely Hanna at The Wardrobe Challenge always looks terrific in hers, as does Mhairi from Lilybobombs.

However, this dress looks so beautiful on the website and having seen it in the flesh I knew it absolutely lived up to the hype, so I decided to make an exception to my rule and ordered it in a size 18.

I am delighted to report that it is every bit as brilliant as I’d remembered! The tartan print is just lovely – it’s a mixture of red, white and navy blue – and it is bright without being ‘in your face’; I would say it is cheery but not loud.

Made from 96% viscose and 4% elastane the Tartan Skater Dress has plenty of stretch and fits comfortably. It is machine washable and my size 18 is about 91cm in length.

I hadn’t been too sure about sizing but after a bit of research I went for the 18 as I’d been told the fabric is stretchy but goes ‘silvery’ when strained so I played it safe and opted for more boob room.

The size 18 turned out to be a good fit on the bust, which was a relief. There was no sign of the silvery effect and the bust area felt very comfortable. For reference, I am wearing my Ewa Michalak S Wiśniówka 32KK/70KK in these photos.

The dress did seem a little wide across the back and shoulders so in that respect I could perhaps have done better with a size 16. The elbow-length sleeves are fitted and I found them very comfortable.

The neckline is perfect for me. It is scooped but does not come down too low so there is little chance of revealing any cleavage. It’s good to be a little more covered up now that we’re heading into winter so this cut is spot on for this time of year. It’s also worth noting that the back neckline is also scooped, although less so than at the front. 

There was quite a bit of excess fabric at the waist, as you can see from some of my photos above. I was fully expecting this as it’s not cut to fit my proportions and as long as I keep the dress adjusted and don’t let the spare fabric puff out above the belt it works perfectly well. As regular readers of my blog will know, I often have to compromise on fit, and in this case the dress was just too pretty to pass up!

The Tartan Skater Dress is a little shorter that I would normally choose but again this was something I was expecting as skater dresses are usually this sort of length. It’s not a big problem for me as the flared skirt covers my upper legs and I’d always wear the dress with either black tights or leggings to ensure I wasn’t showing more leg than I bargained for.

I love how this dress is so different from other things in my wardrobe. Most of the items I own are form-fitting and figure-hugging, so it’s great to have this dress with its more relaxed look.

The dress comes with a matching thin navy blue waist belt, which works perfectly. However, I decided to add an alternative belt of my own to see how it looked:

This thin leopard print belt came with a Clothing at Tesco dress I bought earlier this year and I hoped it might work, despite the clashing prints. I think it does, actually! Obviously if I wore this instead of the blue belt supplied with the dress I would have to be very careful not to add in any further prints to my outfit as then it would be too much. But this touch of animal print contrasts well against the prettiness of the dress and gives it an edgier look.

I really love my Tartan Skater Dress and I know it’s one I will get lots of wear from. I can wear it for parties and nights out with tights and heels as seen here, or with leggings and boots for work. Such a versatile piece should be in every woman’s wardrobe!

As a side note, I found my trusty boyfriend cardigans don’t work with this shape of dress. They are perfect for form-fitting clothes as they too skim the body but I discovered that with this dress they are simply too long and as they hang straight down they are not compatible with the flared skirt. Instead, a bolero/shrug is a good option, or even a short but fitted cardigan.

The Tartan Dress is available from Pink Clove for just £22.00 here. And there’s also a skater style skirt here.

There are heaps of other reviews of the Tartan Skater Dress available on the internet. Here are a couple of my favourites: Mhairi and Debz. Both ladies look absolutely fab!



  1. Vicky Frankland
    25 November 2013 / 10:34

    Looks gorgeous on you Caroline xx

  2. jan.4987
    25 November 2013 / 14:49

    That looks amazing on you, I love the way your curves offset the girliness of the dress, making it look more grown-up. I've always rejected skater dresses too as the waist always seems to be in the wrong place on me, but maybe I should reconsider.

  3. Anonymous
    25 November 2013 / 15:27

    I love red tartan, very christmasy in fact. the on the pics I'd say it actually looks quite long for a skater dress, does it ride up much when you cross your legs?xJ.

  4. Debz A
    25 November 2013 / 17:25

    I love this dress on you – very pretty! We need to have a dinner where we all wear ours!! haha… Thanks for linking to my blog xxx

  5. Sally
    26 November 2013 / 18:29

    I've got one too! Katie wore it to Plus London and I fell in love with it – it looks GORGEOUS on you too!

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