Pink Clove Ballerina Wrap Bust Dress 16

Plus size brand Pink Clove have been making waves on a number of blogs for some months now and you may have already read my review of their Tartan Skater Dress, which was a big hit with me. I have some other items to tell you about from the order I placed back in November, but for now they will have to wait.

I was really excited when the Pink Clove PR team got in touch and asked if they could send me something to review. At the time they had not yet released their partywear collection so I went for something that I thought might work as an everyday dress: the Ballerina Wrap Bust Dress (£30.00, UK sizes 16-28).

Image courtesy of Pink Clove

The dress appealed to me because of the gorgeous colour and the (what I hoped would be) boob friendly bust area. Having already tried a number of Pink Clove items I knew they came up rather generously on me so I went for this dress in a size 16.

For reference, I am wearing my Ewa Michalak PL Cappuccino bra 30L/65L in these photos.

There is plenty of stretch to this dress thanks to its 96% viscose 4% elastane make-up. It is machine washable and the fabric feels buttery soft to the touch. It does crease VERY easily, however, as can be seen from my photos. I did put the dress on straight out of the packet so I think it would have benefitted from a quick wash and iron first!

This dress is a twist on a skater dress. It has a skater skirt but the difference is the bust area as it wraps over the bust. I am pleased to report that it is incredibly bust friendly so if you often struggle to find dresses that fit your bust without with need for a modesty vest then this might be just the ticket for you! I did find it slightly distracting that the crossover runs over my boobs but this is just a minor thing and definitely not a deal-breaker. The neckline is modest but flattering and I think the top half of the dress looks really great on me, if I do say so myself.

The length of the dress is slightly shorter than I’d ideally like but as it’s a skater style dress this was to be expected. I feel ok wearing the dress with dark tights but really I would prefer the opaqueness of leggings. The flared skirt is pretty and feminine but it’s not wide enough to blow up in windy conditions.

The sleeves are really fab. It might seem a silly thing to highlight but for me sleeves can really make or break a dress. These three-quarter length sleeves are great as they are comfortable to wear because they are fitted but not super tight, and give good arm coverage without making me overheat. Perfect!

I absolutely adore the colour of this dress. It’s a wonderful dark forest green and is perfect for winter. The brown belt compliments the green very well and together they make an outfit that is in fact quite subtly festive. All I need is a sprig of holly and I’d be well away! Brown is not a colour I wear often at all and therefore I don’t have any brown footwear or accessories but I think the dress would look lovely with some brown ankle or knee high boots and perhaps even some brown tights. As it is, I think it still looks quite nice with black tights as seen in my photos but I think my black shoes look rather out of place. I must add more brown to my wardrobe!

Given this, I decided to swap the brown belt for one of my black ones (an old favourite from Forever 21) to see how it worked.

It works really well! The black belt ties in with my black tights and shoes and the outfit now looks much more complete. I have to say that I am more comfortable wearing a wider belt than a thin one, and the brown one supplied with the dress was far too long for me (I am wearing it on the tightest hole in my photos).

The Ballerina Wrap Bust Dress also comes in grey here and you can read a review of it by the wonderful Danie Vanier here.

More Pink Clove reviews to come from me very soon, but I’ll sign off by saying that they are a fantastic plus size brand who are bringing some superb fashion forward options to larger ladies. Well done, PC!



  1. Anonymous
    19 December 2013 / 20:05

    that dress is gorgeous!!!! the only thing putting me off-does it ride up much when u bend forward tho? i get so nervous about that now,, i love skater dresses but i was wearing one a couple of nights ago playing pool and was aware of snickering,, checked in toilets and realised the hole bar cud see my knickers wen i took a shot!!!! made an excuse and left and as we walked past the snickering guys i heard one say 'peep shows over boys' and the other said 'thank god, fat pig'. thank god my boyf didnt hear,, there were quite a lot of them an i didnt want to see a fight,, (skater dresses can be dangerous if u dont want beaten up boyfriends!! 🙁 anyway, sorry for rant but i was quite shook up about it. i'm sure you girls can relate to my insecurity?? Rach

    • Curvy Wordy
      3 January 2014 / 21:31

      Hi Rach, thank you for taking the time to comment. It sounds like you had quite an ordeal – what a shame! Don't let those idiots get you down, though. I don't find this dress is an indecent length on me but I am only around 5'4 or so, so most dresses are not all that short on me!

  2. Anonymous
    20 December 2013 / 01:23

    ive seen a few plus size blogs featuring pink clove and they look amazing iam a plus size girl myself and i dont want to be frumpy i want to be fashionable i love fashion so id love to try themhannah chea

    • Curvy Wordy
      3 January 2014 / 21:32

      Hi Hannah, thank you for your comment. I hope you try Pink Clove as they have so many lovely items available and their prices are good, too. Plus they offer international delivery if you're not in the UK 🙂

  3. Paula Christiansen
    23 December 2013 / 15:32

    This is such a great wardrobe staple. Its a simple dress but you make it look fantastic. I have ordered it and the grey one so hope they get here in time for New Year when I am going away for a few days xx

    • Curvy Wordy
      3 January 2014 / 21:32

      Hi Paula! I hope you received your dresses in time for your holiday and I hope you had a super time 🙂

  4. Erica
    28 December 2013 / 14:24

    This shade of green is my all time favourite so I am going to nab one in the sale now! Thanks for the great review and the heads up. I am such a big fan of your blog and it's great that you show so many different options for plus size women xxxxxx

    • Curvy Wordy
      3 January 2014 / 21:34

      Thank you, Erica, for your lovely words. Hope your dress has arrived by now and that you love it!

  5. Joan
    5 January 2014 / 01:15

    I love your blog! My plus size fashion inspiration <3

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