Statement Sleeves and Pastel Pleats; A Romantic OOTD


Plus Size Pleated Dress by BooHoo


Statement sleeves are ubiquitous this season and I’ve been so keen to take the trend for a spin. This wonderfully romantic pastel pleated number by BooHoo Plus jumped out at me while I was browsing the ASOS ‘New In’ section and I knew right away I’d found the perfect piece to try the trend out.


Some of you might have already seen this dress over on my Instagram as I intended to photograph it during a weekend away last month, sadly I wasn’t well enough to review it then so we went and had a big, laid back dinner instead. However, I happily found the opportunity to take some photos on a very sunny day this week, so its finally gotten it’s chance to shine!


 BooHoo Plus Pastel Swing Dress


 Pastel Pleated Plus Size Dress


Alongside the statement sleeves, I’m very fond of the empire line waist. It means that the dress falls away from just under the bust lending a beautifully floaty and romantic movement when I walk. I also adore the pleated skirt. I really wanted a pastel or metallic pleated skirt during the winter months, but the plus size options were severely limited to say the least. So I’ve made my own plus size pastel pleated skirt dreams come true by layering a light knit jumper over the top of this dress and it works really well.


The statement sleeves are a little bit more conservative than some you’ll see around at the moment, but this is perfect for me. They fall to around 3/4 length (my all time favourite sleeve length) which means there’s much less chance of me catching them in doors or trailing them in my dinner! I bet you I’ll still manage it eventually, though!


Plus Size Statement Sleeved Dress


As with most BooHoo Plus items, the fit is spot on. I’m wearing my usual dress size – a UK20 – and it’s very comfortable with plenty of room across the bust; this is important as the material has no stretch in it at all. The dress is a lovely length too, falling below the knee on me (I’m 5’10”), however I’ll just offer one small warning: this skirt will blow up wildly on a windy day… I learned that the hard way!


If you want to pick up this dress, and it’s a serious bargain at £25, it is cycling in and out of stock at the moment. I think I was lucky to catch it at just the right time. At the time of writing most sizes are at ‘low stock’ but if your size isn’t available now it’s definitely worth keeping an eye on returns coming back in.


 BooHoo Plus Pleated Dress with Statement Sleeves


 BooHoo Plus Pleated Dress with Statement Sleeves


I kept the styling really simple, adding a pair of rose gold block heel sandals from Simply Be and my old faithful charity shop shoulder bag (link to similar). The sunny afternoon meant that sunglasses were a definite requirement, and what would an outfit post of mine be without my trusty hoop earrings? You can take the girl out of South Wales, but you can’t take South Wales out of the girl!


 BooHoo Plus Pleated Dress with Statement Sleeves


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  • Sarahjane

    Love love love your dress! The sleeves look fab and the colour is perfect!

  • Amy

    Its a gorgeous dress and the colour really suits you. I love the sleeves too, don’t think I could pull it off though.

    • Thank you, I wasn’t sure about the colour initially as it’s somewhere in between purple and pink – but I’m glad I gave it a go 🙂 x

  • It truly is a gorgeous dress and lovely your styling of it, I am always scared when it comes to wear pleats as I don’t think they suit me

    • Thank you, I love pleats and never got on with them – especially if they’re in stiffer fabric – but these ones are nice and light so they’re much easier to wear. x

  • I really love the style of your dress. I’m not a huge fan of tight fitting dresses, so I really do love styles that flow from under the bust. Wish I looked as good in pink as you do.

    • This one is so floaty but I’ll be honest it’s a nightmare to iron! I’m definitely going to try out more of this empire line style as they’re super easy to wear. x

  • Stephanie

    You look stunning! This dress is SO flattering! xx

  • Ooh nice and this really compliments your tattoo as well!!

  • Anosa Malanga VA

    Oh dear, the dress looks very good on you! The color is so girly. Good thing there are plus sizes for this. I love the shoes is also nice. Perfect outfit for any kind of occasion.

    • Thank you, I love how versatile this dress is – I feel like I can pretty much wear it anywhere! x

  • I normally steer way clear of pleats as they do nothing for me, but you can definitely pull it off! Stunning. x

    • Thank you, I’ve been wanting to try out pleats for such a long time. x

  • Zena’s Suitcase

    That dress is gorgeous. It’s definitely something I would consider wearing as the cut looks really flattering

    • Thank you, it’s such a great dress and super easy to wear. x

  • Nikee Rayner

    This colour is SO BEAUTIFUL on you! Gorgeous look, even on a blustery day! <3

  • I LOVE this look so much! This is one of those times when I just scroll past something on a website, but fall in love with it when I see it styled on a blogger. The colour and cut looks amazing on you!

    • Thank you so much! I’m so happy I took the plunge and tried this on, it definitely looks better in person than it did in the pictures – sometimes I wonder if they spend as much time styling their curve stuff as they do their straight size range. x