Monroe Knows, they REALLY do..

I recently met Marvin. Marvin is the brains behind Monroe Knows, a signature collection of classic dresses inspired by his experience with female friends struggling to locate dresses that both fit and made them feel stunning (hey, we've all been there!). It was clear to me that Marvin was GENUINELY interested in making plus sized women feel good about themselves and I wanted IN, so when Marvin contacted me to try some of the range I said "No, absolutely not" (we all know how this goes now...)
A stunning package arrived, complete with tissue paper, handwritten note and an absolutely delicious truffle (OBVIOUSLY there is no picture of that because I ate it before I'd even confirmed it was food...) and then came a gift even better than chocolate:
Dress: Leigh by Monroe Knows
Shoes: Faith at Debenhams
Necklace: Topshop

This is The Leigh, a long sleeve maxi dress that is just SO Hollywood. You know I have the occasional beef with maxis due to my tr├ęs long legs but this is another example of why you shouldn't rule out anything until you've given it a go (well...not ANYTHING...) The weight of the fabric prevents it from flip flop flapping about and allows it just the right amount of movement. Saying this, I think it would look equally as nice with sandals when it warms up...one day...in the distant future... In these pictures, I'm wearing my lovely new Snakeskin pointed courts from Faith (size 9 and the fit is perfect).
The Leigh is available in a 16-24 although a few of the other dresses go up to a 26. I am wearing a 16 and feel the sizing is extremely true, maybe even a bit bigger due to the spandex. The crossover is a bit cheeky but has enough fabric that ladies with a fuller bust will be catered for. The tie is a lovely touch but is for decoration rather than function - It's what most would call a "mock-wrap" - There's no chance of it undoing and there being an unintended Full Monty moment (no matter how hard you try...)
ALERT: I'm going to use the word "curves" here and mean it in its truest sense: I am not a very curvy woman, I'm a typical "hourglass" shape but am wide rather than curvaceous e.g. There is no dramatic difference between my hips and waist and my bust is wide rather than portruding (gosh, don't I sell myself here?!?). This dress on a "curvy" woman would be INCREDIBLE (have a look on the website if you're not sure what I mean). There is just so much stretch in the areas that you like to stretch and the split skirt is wrapped in such a way that even if you have generous jambons (as I do), you can still choose to be covered up.

And just for you: Ma face. Complete with a bargain Topshop sale necklace which I just knew was going to work with the Topshop lipstick in Inhibition. I love all these jewel tones at the moment, they're just so decadent. 
Im so, so pleased with this dress, Monroe Knows are definitely a brand for ladies size 16plus who love a bit of classic glamour to keep their eyes on (Check out the Amber - it's absolutely stunning.) I, for one, can't wait to see more as the range grows and want to wholeheartedly thank and congratulate Marvin on a collection that ticks all of my sartorial boxes.
Em x


  1. GORGEOUS! As usual, total stunner <3

    Kim xxx


  2. Love this dress, and the personal touch with the handwritten note and chocolate. That alone is temptation enough to purchase! You look gorgeous by the way chick, as always! X

  3. Your little face. I love this bad ass dress! x


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