Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Short, Tall and Inbetween - The SimplyBe Skater Dress

I've mentioned once or twice or a million billion times before that I am a lady of height and as such, sometimes have difficulty finding clothes that cover both my bottom AND my top. Thankfully, SimplyBe cater to my gigantism, in fact, gorgeous Kathryn at Miss Kathryn's MissTakes picked up on the fact that ACTUALLY, SimplyBe cater to quite a lot of different sizes and shapes and wouldn't it be interesting to see how the varying sizes work in the same item....? So that's what we are doing here - I am a big tall guineapig at your service.
We were all fortunate enough to be sent the Floral Print Skater Dress to try, mine is the tall variation, meaning that the length is 37in/94cm.

The dress is described on the Website as follows:
The skater dress trend continues with a grunge-inspired twist that’s perfect for the new season. The sleeves feature a turn back tab to wear them full length or at the elbow, and the back ties can be adjusted so you can make the dress fitted to enhance your curves or loose for a casual slouchy look. Buttons to the front and patch pockets provide the perfect finishing touches. A beautiful soft and floaty dress in a floral print.
Dress: Simply Be as above
Tights: Primark
Shoes: Primark
Bag: Accessorize (sale bargain!) 
Jacket: H&M
Now, some things you should know about me:
1) I have a MASSIVE ribcage (big strong lungs you see), meaning I generally avoid skater style things (why the heck are they called "skater" anyway?!? In my limited skating experience, anything with the capacity to blow over your head is distinctly unsuitable) - I like a roomy rib area and a slightly tighter waist in order to not feel suffocated.
2) I don't like back ties AT ALL. I have enough shape, don't force me to have more, stop putting them on things I just get them stuck in car doors/my cats eat them. Thanks. 

Saying this, do I look unhappy in the picture above? NO. Because this dress is flipping lovely.
It doesn't seem to fit the usual skater dress spec to me, potentially because the Tall fit means that the length is spot on and the waistband is in exactly the right place (ie. my waist). I'd be more inclined to refer to it as a tunic, in that it hangs from the shoulders and bust and isn't snug around my problematic ribs. 

The material is beautifully soft and I was able to tie the ties loosely, meaning it looks slouchy but isn't drowning me. Pockets, OH POCKETS, how I adore thee <3 <3 <3 I like having somewhere to put my hands, like a naughty child. Also, I can pop all my bits and bobs in them. Like tissues. And biscuits. 
As above except ankle boots: Primark
I love a long sleeve, and these are the perfect length, they can also be rolled up and buttoned, which is what I think I'll do as the weather gets better (if I haven't frozen my arms off by then....) it's so light that it will be fab with sandals and a light jacket in Summer. I'm also a big fan of a good curtain floral (I did suggest to the others that we get together and start an Austrian folk group, the Von-Bapps if you will) and this one ticks all my chintzy boxes.  I'm usually a size 14-16 and this is a size 14, I could have even sized down (good grief!) if I'd wanted a closer fit. 
Overall, I'm extremely pleased with this SimplyBe dress. It's casual, comfortable, extremely versatile and most importantly; the fit is just right in regards to body to leg ratio and other proportions. In all honesty, I wouldn't have picked it from the picture, it just goes to show that sometimes I should think outside of the box!!! 

Have a look at what the other ladies/guineapigs have done with their badass selves, I've had a sneak preview of a couple and am already chuffed by how we've all made it work for our different shapes.

Leah: JustMeLeah

Are you a tall lady who already shops at SimplyBe? If not, where do you shop and how do you think Tall ranges compare? 

Em x


  1. pockets on a frock, yes, backties, I loathe them! lovely frock, would love to the the Von Bapps in matching floral bliss x x x

  2. that looks lovely on you :) im a tall girl myself, im always trying to find the right length dress!

    Catherine x

  3. You look so purdy in it and you mixed it with denim, yuss! That's how I roll too...I'm definitely mixing it with denim next time. Denim & flowers go together like cake and mah mouf! P.S. love being a guinea pig! xxxx

  4. Really suits you! Again, the colours really work for you and love how you've styled it with the denim jacket!! xx


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