Style | Plus Size Occasionwear with Studio 8

It's that time of year when there's a posh frock occasion around every corner. Weddings, Christenings, proms and, on this occasion, a day at the races care of the lovely people at Studio 8.

Dress - Studio 8
Shoes - Simply Be
Hat - Accessorize
I can't lie, I was a little bit concerned about dressing for Ascot. When I get dressed up it tends to be after dark and for no more than 6/7 hours in total. This day was set to start at 8:30am and I wasn't due home until the early hours of the next day, so I knew I needed something comfortable, non-crease, easy to wear yet glamorous as f*ck. Luckily, the Jennifer dress ticked all the boxes.

I was initially sold on the Jennifer based on the length - I much prefer below the knee for the daytime but, as you know, this isn't always as simple for a taller person. Fortunately, this dress sits at the perfect length. I also love a full skirt, especially when it's not too fussy. This one holds its shape through the cut rather than netting which is a big plus point for me. The modern floral print brings in that many colours that I could have accessorised with pretty much anything I wanted - All I needed to do is pair it with a simple fascinator and sandals and I was away.

As for size. I'm currently a 16-18 and am prone to sizing up because I don't at all like being squished or squeezed. With Studio 8 I'm a 16, for the simple reason that the clothes are made to fit a plus sized body, which I think we can all agree is remarkable. The dress I'm wearing here is an 18 but I was aware of the occasional gape - ideal for the sheer amount of food I got in my body (canap├ęs, four courses and an afternoon tea - BLISS) but I will definitely go smaller next time round.

Friends, I was on my best behaviour. I barely swore, I only winked at people I felt could take it and most importantly; I did not get hammered and/or fall over. the dress was so flipping easy to wear; I didn't need to pull it up or down, the lining stayed where it should be and I felt utterly lovely all day, even when I was sitting on the train at midnight drinking prosecco out of the bottle...

I had a genuinely lovely day with some utterly wonderful women, not least Hayley from Curves & Curls (Below, wearing the Iris dress and Leanne jacket) . I've always been a fan of Hayley, she's just so full of life - fun, filthy and really very lovely to look at. Spending the day with her was an absolute pleasure and I look forward to doing it again.

All that's left to do is to thank Studio 8 and their lovely, lovely occasionwear for such an excellent day. I have had the honour of some wonderful experiences through blogging and this is definitely at the top of the list.
Em x

All photos above were taken by Marlene Lee, who is not only a tremendous photographer but also a thoroughly lovely person.