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I saw this dress on the New Look website and I loved the colour of it and the fact that it was also strapless. I am going away in about 2 weeks so I'm hoping that we'll be blessed with some sunshine so I can wear this dress. The dress itself comes in 3 colours which include Royal Blue, Black & Purple. The Royal blue really stood out for me so this is the colour I purchased. The dresses are available to buy in sizes 6 - 16 and cost just £16.99 which I think is good value. The dress is a bandeau dress, meaning that it has no straps but it has a smocked elasticated top. I vary between a size 6 and 8 in tops in New Look, how-ever the last maxi dress I purchased from here was a size 6 so I thought I better buy this size.
As soon as the dress arrived at my house I couldn't wait to try it on. The dress is made from 100% cotton, but the top is quite stretchy and although it looked really small I was sure that it would stretch enough to go over my bust (I don't have big boobs anyway, so it didn't need to stretch much!). As soon as I slipped the dress on I noticed how soft it felt against my skin. The dress slipped easily over my head and I twisted the dress slightly to ensure that the seams were down the side. The top half of the dress stretched enough to go across my chest to feel comfortable. I looked in the mirror for a good 10minutes at the dress. The dress fitted me really nicely, it wasn't skin tight so hung nicely and although it was long it didn't touch the floor which meant it wouldn't drag or get dirty whilst wearing it. I really liked the dress so I decided to keep it.
Seeing as the weather has been nice I made the most of it and wore the dress down to my local pub where me and my boyfriend would sit in the pub garden for a few drinks. The dress was easy to walk in and because it wasn't fitted it moved with body and was really comfortable to wear. As the dress is made from 100% cotton it also kept me nice and cool as well.
To wash the dress it suggests washing it inside out with similar colours. I followed the washing instructions and put it on a 30 degree wash. The dress washed beautifully and came out looking as bright and as vibrant as it had done when I first purchased it. You can't tumble dry the dress so I hang it outside to dry and it didn't take long to dry in the wind. The dress may need an iron as it can get creased a fair bit in the washing machine. The dress can be ironed on reverse.
This is a lovely dress for the summer and I think it's really good value. I personally wouldn't purchase the black or the purple in the dress as I only really like the Royal Blue colour. Not only does the dress fit nicely but it also washes really well. I give this dress 5 out of 5 stars.
(review may also appear on ciao)