You should have seen my face the other day when I opened the door to see a huge parcel with my name on it from Fashion World- I felt like it was my birthday!
Fashion World kindly gave me the opportunity to review pieces from Claire Richards’ new Spring/Summer range, and impressive is an understatement. Claire seems to have gone for a modern day take on classic vintage styles, which is definitely a style I have wanted to try to learn more about recently, as I think it’s superbly flattering on us curvier girls.
Claire herself has said she’s excited about her second collection, because the range is “full of bright colours and feminine shapes, designed to flatter and fit.” Claire has added longer sleeves (a must have for my bingo wings), cinched-in waists and illusion designs to flatter our figures even more.
The first piece I tried was the Claire Richards Summer Coat, priced at £75 (but today it’s on sale for just £50!) and I love the length and the slight a-line cut of it.
The arms of this jacquard coat have a unique, ruched sleeve, and I especially love the texture of the coat.
I feel quite glamorous when wearing it, which is a feeling I rarely have! The only thing I would want is a little bit more room in the upper arms, but that’s because my arms are a lot wider than the rest of my size 16 self (well apart from my thighs!).
This coat would suit all of the dresses in the new range, including this Lace Trim Print Dress (£60).
It’s a great length, falling just below the knee, meaning my thighs get the coverage I prefer, and it would look great with some leggings too, for a more casual look.
It has a cute belt which helps to flatter the waist, and I love the floral print. The light material is perfect for the upcoming hot summer, so I think this will get worn at a lot of BBQs I’ve already been invited to!
For work, the High Waisted Trousers are a must for me, as the cute row of three buttons on each hip make them stand out from the usual, bland office trousers.
The high waist also makes them feel quite comfortable (and no danger of a builder’s bum when you drop your paperwork on the floor!). D
Due to me being so tall, I could have done with them being just a couple of inches longer. However, with some heels on, I’m hoping I can get away with them, what do you think?!
And last, but certainly not least, both my sister and I got the chance to try the Lace Bodycon Dress (£85), which has to be my favourite of all the pieces I tried!
I had to go a size up for this one, because my arms wouldn’t fit into the smaller size (need to start using hand weights again) but I soon got over this when I put the dress on. I felt like I was back in the 1940s, and my kitten strap heels just added to the feeling; I just needed a retro, pinned hairstyle and gorgeous Clark Gable lookalike to take me out for a romantic stroll along the beach!
My little sister Nat also loved the dress, and with the killer high heels she put with it, she managed to give it a modern twist. Nat felt she would have wanted the cleavage cut a little lower as she felt it was too high, and she felt the slit at the back of the dress went slightly too high for her liking. Personally, I like the cleavage being cut high, as it makes a change for a dress to only show a hint of what is underneath, and the cut at the back didn’t bother me (just don’t bend down in it!).
The lace detail on the dress is stunning, and the silky, aqua-lining complimented my skintone beautifully. This will be worn on any future date I may be asked out on that’s for sure!
Because we loved the dress so much, Fashion World have been amazingly kind enough to let me offer you lovely readers the chance to win one! Just click on the link below and you will be able to enter as many times as you like, providing you follow the instructions- good luck!
So overall, I love the new collection, and after browsing through the website, there are three more pieces for the collection I would LOVE to get my hands on: Print Prom Dress, Lace Sweat Jersey Top and Print Maxi Dress. Where’s my Clark Gable lookalike to buy me a belated Valentine’s gift…? Oh the joys of being single!
For the purpose of this post, I was given these items to review. No payment was received for this post, and all opinions are honest and my own.