As someone on a VERY tight wedding budget I’m constantly on the lookout for ways to save money on the traditionally ‘big spend’ aspects of it. One of the main pieces I haven’t been sure that I’ll be able to save money on is my wedding dress.
Whilst there are tons of straight size options for affordable wedding gowns – high street retailers are bringing out straight size bridal ranges hand over fist – until very recently the plus size pickings have been scarce. If I had a pound for every time I’d found the perfect bargain dress only for it to stop at a size 14 then I’d be able to buy my dream, custom made Elie Saab gown.
I became so disillusioned with plus size wedding dress shopping that at the end of last year I resolved to have my dress made by a dressmaker; but even with that option I’ve recently come to a bit of a stumbling block and all my wedding dress dreams are on hold for now.
With all that in mind, when the lovely people at Lovedrobe got in touch and asked me if I’d like to try a dress from their current range, I leapt at the chance to try out this beautiful nude blush creation* from the Luxe range and put it to the test as a bridal option.
The Luxe Floral Sequin Double Layer Maxi Dress* has a v-neck hand embellished bodice with short sleeves. The beading across the majority of the top catches the light beautifully to lend a subtle shimmer in sunlight and in the evening it catches candlelight in such a dreamy manner. Around the neckline, across the shoulders and down the sleeves sequins form a floral pattern in blush, bronze and silver. I’m getting some pretty cool Jenny Packham vibes from this dress, and for anything from a boho back garden summer wedding to a sleek town hall ceremony this maxi would be perfect!
There is a pleasingly fluid movement in the two tiered, floaty skirt which – like the bodice – is fully lined. I love that the asymmetrical top layer adds shape to the bottom half, breaking up all that blush nude colour whilst adding dimension. There is a long, expertly concealed zip up the back with a hook and eye at the nape of the neck to secure it. Additionally, joy of joys, the dress is floor length (I’m around 5’10”) though I’m wearing flat sandals here, so with heels there would be a couple of inches lift.
Fit notes: I went from the measurements as given on Lovedrobe Luxe’s sizing chart and got this in a UK18, which is my usual size. It fits very well, with a couple of inches to spare at the waist. The torso is long enough to accommodate my boobs, with the waist resting just above my actual waist, which happens often with clothes in general and I attribute that to my height. I’ve mentioned that the length is great for me: floor length when in flats. The sleeves are comfortable with around 2cm room to spare. This dress is available in sizes UK16 – UK32.
The finish of this dress is spot on; there are no loose threads, broken beading or missed stitching to be found. The devil really is in the details! Retailing at £95, which is more than I would pay for a dress in my everyday life, for a wedding dress or even for a bridesmaid, it’s an absolute steal. I’m also incredibly happy with the size range, which goes up to a UK32.
Reviewing this dress has really opened my eyes to the affordable wedding dress options out there for plus size people. We might not have the run of the high street (yet), but with brands like Lovedrobe Luxe, ASOS Curve (and the brands they stock such as Chi Chi, TFNC and Coast) and other major plus retailers introducing gowns around the £100 mark – we have a lot more choice than even I realised and this makes me very happy indeed.
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**Don’t forget, I currently have a discount code for my Lovedrobe top picks that is still valid until the end of the month. Use ‘ZOE20′ at the checkout on any of my faves from this post for a sweet 20% off!!