I am beyond excited to be writing this post. I have been saying for ages that I wanted to start incorporating more fashion into my blog and now I’ve finally plucked up the courage to do it… with a little help from one of my favourite places to shop – Boohoo.
Some history… For years I struggled to keep up with trends as the high street shops I’d once loved stopped at a size 14, and as I gained a few
pounds stone I needed some bigger sizes. These days most high street shops go up to a 16/18 with some going up to 22/24 but it’s online where I’ve found the wardrobe I’d always wanted. I stalk the pages of Boohoo, ASOS and Simply Be because they don’t just put out floral muumuus and call it plus size. They have some shape, some style and some serious sass! They have all played a massive part in my increased body confidence over the last year or so.
So when Boohoo got in touch to ask me to talk about dressing for the change in seasons, I did a little cry. The Boohoo dress range is huge and really affordable, and I’m not gonna lie this made it difficult to pick just one dress. I definitely added at least another 10 to my wishlist ready for payday! See for yourself here.
Above all the dresses, I was drawn to this beautiful rust coloured maxi dress. The shade screamed Autumn, with the lightweight style still being perfect for Summer. It also comes in a mustard shade (which is actually called orange online, but looks more yellow in the photos) and black. I think all three shades are perfect for this time of year.
After the schorchio Summer we’ve had, and then the sudden hit of Autumn it can be difficult to know whether to wrap up and risk being too hot by lunchtime or to risk it and pray it doesn’t start chucking it down as soon as you step out of the house. When the weather is like this, I tend to embrace an autumnal colour scheme but wear something that’ll keep me cool without a jacket.
I’ve just got home from a week in Portugal and you’d better believe this dress absolutely came with me. I wore it out for dinner one evening and you know what it’s like on holibobs, it’s red hot in the day but the evenings can be a little chilly. A maxi dress is my suitcase staple as you’re pretty much fully covered (so no corned beef legs on show) but not sweating profusely when the sun is still shining.
This dress is super flowy and skims all my lumps and bumps but I feel like it avoids the frump factor by adding details like the ruched waistband, tassels and the split at the front. I’m 5ft6 and the dress is floor length on me, so I do find myself holding it up when I walk but it does make me feel fancy AF when I swish it around – honestly, put me in a dress and I become a toddler!
Although on holiday and for these photos (on a day when it wasn’t the sunniest and rain was threatening us, hence the snazzy brolly), I styled this dress minimally with just my tan sandals from Dune and my Kate Spade quilted bag, I have big plans for wearing the dress throughout Autumn with some more layers. Now the weather has started to take a turn for the worse, I’ll be layering up with my denim jacket and switching out open toes for a comfy pair of Converse. I also going to be rocking it with an oversized chunky knit cardigan (definitely a go-to item for me) and some ankle boots as it starts to get a little chillier outside.
I ordered the dress in a size 20 and I find it quite generous, potentially I could have sized down but I love the comfort that the relaxed fit brings – plus you can wear it out for dinner without emphasising the inevitable food baby… winner!
What is your tried and true style when it comes to dressing for this time of year? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below. I’d also love some feedback on this type of post – is it nice to see something different, or should I stick to beauty?!
Also, as this is the first “photoshoot” I’ve ever done (I use the word photoshoot loosely as it was basically me and my very helpful husband taking pics at some local gardens when no one was looking!) and I can assure you there were lots of unusable pics which I may share on my Instagram stories for jokes so be sure to follow me over there!
Thank you so much for reading…
* This dress was kindly gifted to me by Boohoo in exchange for a feature on my blog – thank you Boohoo! As always all opinions and thoughts are my own *
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