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From January we organised with 5 of us from secondary school for a night out at the theatre. We usually meet up at least once a year or so (it's hard to get us all together and actually all meet up!) and last night we went to the Theatre to see The Bodyguard at the Adelphi Theatre in London. Looking for something new to wear for the occasion I went shopping with one of my friends on Thursday and of course ended up in New Look! I bought a few bits, like a new Blazer, some tights and jewellry and I settled on this midi dress.
Midi dresses are a bit of an in between length and I wasn't too sure about it, as it isn't long enough to be a maxi dress and it isn't quite short enough to be a sexy short dress. I am about 5"5 and on me the dress comes to just below my knees and after trying it on I was a bit convinced and decided to give it a go! I bought this dress in black and in a size 10. I usually wear a 10 and it was a really good fit - nice and snug but loose enough so as not to suffocate my slightly loose mummy tummy so it looks really elegant.
The material is really soft, and quite stretchy with almost a silky feel. I thought the material was reasonably thick, although thin enough so this dress could be worn on a warm summer's day. However, the thickness of the material is a bit deceiving as we took a few pictures and looking back on them the material is rather sheer and you can see my beige, silk bra right through! Oops!
Nevertheless the dress fits really nice, looks really nice and I got lots of compliments on them. I think this dress is really popular as both me and my friend were wearing the same dress! Fortunately mine was black, and hers was a fuschia pink colour, and she mixed it up with a leopard blazer so we did look rather different but goes to show the dress is a big hit and at the moment is really on trend.
The dress only costs a cheap £12.99 and for this price is more than affordable style. I washed it today on a 30 degree wash in the machine and it dried on the radiator and still looks as good as new. I love this dress, and would definitely recommend it - now I just need another excuse to wear it!
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Midi dresses are really big at the moment and every shop I have been in recently I have seen a large selection of plain and patterned midi dresses. These midi dresses can be dressed up or down to suit almost any occasion and as the dress is a great length it also looks classy when worn with a pair of heels for a night out. I saw the range of midi dresses on the New Look website the other week and wanted to purchase one or two, and after seeing how nice my friend looked in one when she wore it for a night out that also prompted me to buy it before my size sold out seeing as they seem to very popular at the moment. The dress is a bodycon dress so this does mean that it is tight fitting and will show off your curves. If you aren't very confident wearing tight clothing then this definitely isn't the dress for you. On the website they advise to dress it up with some heels and statement jewellery, how-ever I have seen people wear this dress under a big bag jumper with hi-tops. I personally wouldn't wear it like this and purchased it more for a night out but this will look good on various people in various different ways. The dress is made from 96% Viscose so it does have some stretch to it which means you can move around in it without it feeling too tight. The dress can also be machine washed as well and as the material is quite thin it shouldn't take too long to dry either.
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I purchased this from my local New Look store for £12.99. The dress is also available in Black & Coral from size 6 - 18. You can also purchase this from their website which is www.newlook.com
Wearing the Dress
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I am normally a size 10 in dresses from New Look, how-ever when trying this dress on in a size 10 it was a little tight so I decided that a size 12 would be much more comfortable and would give me more room to move around in it. Although the dress is tight fitting I didn't want so tight that it felt uncomfortable to wear. As the dress is tight it does show off everything, including your knicker line, so I wouldn't suggest wearing tight/big pants with the dress! I like the fact that this dress is short sleeved as it means I can wearing it during the summer with some nice flat sandals and a cardigan over the top. For nights out on the town I have added an elastic belt just under my bust to make it less plain looking. The dress looks great when worn with heels, belt and a nice jacket for a night out and because the dress is stretchy it's comfortable to wear. Although the dress is tight fitting it's not too tight around the hem of the dress so there is no restriction when walking. I have received many compliments when wearing this dress as it does tend to show off your figure a little.
The dress can be machine washed at 30 degree's and must be left to dry naturally. I have washed the dress once and it has coming out looking as good as it did when I first purchased it. The dress didn't shrink or stretch and it kept its shape well. As the dress is made from 96% Viscose it dries rather quickly when hung out on the line on a windy day. I find that the bottom of the dress can become rather creased after being washed so this will no doubt always need an iron after washing it. If the dress does have creases this come out quite easy with the iron.
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I have always worn figure hugging dresses anyway and I love the style of this dress. I love the fact that you can dress this up or down and it looks good for wearing casually in the day or dressed up with heels during the night. Although the dress is available in a large range of sizes I'm not sure larger people would feel comfortable wearing this due to how figure hugging it actually is. There are other styles of this dress currently available in New Look including long sleeved versions and these come in other colours. The dress washes really well and always comes out looking good. In terms of value I think the dress is fantastic value for money, especially the fact that you can wear it a number of different ways as well. I would recommend this dress to others but only if you don't mind showing off your curves.
(review may also appear on ciao)