Most plus size lovelies I know have at least one of the classic ASOS curve wiggle dresses in their wardrobe. This dress looks incredible on everyone that I’ve seen wearing it (as long as you size up once or twice depending on the print). I have had this floral number sitting in my wardrobe for a while, I wore it to a recent wedding teamed with the same neon yellow shoes and bag I’m wearing in this post.
When I saw the lovely Stephanie from Nerd About Town tweet the other day about this dress being one of her faves, I remembered that I still had mine earmarked for a no-sew alteration, and so here it is in it’s new life as a structured top.
This alteration was a bit of a step up in terms of difficulty for me. Don’t get me wrong, in the grand scheme of things it was pretty simple: iron on hemming tape (or extra strong Wundaweb) was still the star of the show. Because this dress is lined and has a long zip it threw up a few more challenges than I’m used to!
I had wanted to cut the top to be crop top length, but the zip extended past that point, so I cut the dress in half just below the point at which the zip ended. I then removed the lining that was left from the waist down and hemmed the remaining layer with a hot dry iron, a damp cloth, Wundaweb (and patience).
I have had these high waisted Lucy jeans from Simply Be for some time, as I’m more of a jeggings lover these days they’ve mostly just hung there waiting to be worn or sent to a charity shop one day. I wanted to give them one last chance though, so I tried them out for this outfit and can’t say I’m unhappy with the look.
This whole style has ended up being a lot more grown up than what I would usually wear, but each element is something I would wear again. I already know I’m going to style the top again with a pencil skirt and chunky shoes, and the jeans with a tucked in band t-shirt and trainers. I’ll talk about the fit of the jeans at length in a future post, but I will say it’s surprisingly accommodating for bellies.
I’ll wear the shoes and bag again until they both fall apart, they match perfectly and they’re so bright! So much so that my camera nearly could cope with the colour, that’s why they look so day-glo in the photos.
I tried out a new eyeshadow palette for this look, the Fortune Favours the Brave by Makeup Revolution. I’ve been wanting to get my hands on it for a while but it’s one of those products that is consistently sold out (still!) I love the palette, the shadows are nicely pigmented and blend well, the mattes aren’t too chalky. The price point is ace, you get a mix of thirty glimmer, matte and sheen shades for all manner of smokey eye combinations for less than a tenner. I threw on a load of the neutral and pinky / brown toned shadows and I really like how it turned out.