So today I did something I'd been meaning to do for a while. I went to New Look and tried on a few different things.' What's so different about that?' I hear you cry. Well I am NOT one for trying on in shops - actually I HATE it. I have no idea why. Anyway my plan was to try on LOADS and not buy anything just pick things I wouldn't normally wear. To a degree I was successful in doing this but not as much as I'd like because the shop assistant was pissing me off. She was hanging around by the changing room talking to a customer who was clearly her friend. Then whenever I came out the changing room she wanted to know the ins and outs of a cat's backside. I just really wanted to be left to my own devices. Anyway, here is what I tried:
Now I am not much of a lover of in your face flower print BUT I really like the print on this. The only downside was the fit. I know it is meant to be tight fitting but it's just not great. Very baggy on the shoulders but clingy everywhere else. It's also a size 26 which I fit into easily in NL so this is def. how it is meant to fit. Not my cup of tea at all.
Now this dress I have been eyeing up for some time on the website. It is something I would never normally pick for myself. Sure I love leopard print shoes and scarves but this is WAY out of my comfort zone. I think I was influenced by this gorgeous dress that Mhairi wore to Plus London 2.
I know it's not even in the same league, but I ADORE it. The material is nice and thickish (but not too thick). It comes with a belt (which I couldn't do up properly due to the way it was attached to the labelling. It seemed to go well with my boots/leggings combo too. I think this would look great with a little red clutch bag for a night out.
This is an aztec print top. Not my usual style and I liked it when I tried it on but in the photo it looks a bit 'bellowy'. It has a nice gold button detail at the back and is a decent length. I don't think I'd go out of my way to buy it though.
This is 'the dress' of the moment amongst plus-size bloggers I think. Naomi and Claire have got it and both love it so watch their blogs as they plan to do their own takes on it which I can't wait for. On me however I think the colour makes me look 'washed out'. I think I could also have done with getting the next size down as the waist came up a bit big. There is a blue version of this dress so at some point I'm hoping to try that one as I think it would go really well with black boots and a leather jacket to really 'rock it up'.
I spotted this top on the website last week and just think it's a really cute casual top. The material is very thin and it's not very long but I think it would be lovely with a chunky-knit cardi.
So there you have it. I guess if I were to buy anything it would be the leopard print dress as this was by far my favourite. I am really loving the Inspire range and what impressed me most was how after purchasing Company magazine today, many of the items are bang on trend -aztec print, pastel colours. I think it really shows how committed they are to bringing catwalk trends to plus-size ladies. What are your feelings on Inspire and do you like any of the pieces I tried on? x