“ Brand: Next / Type: Dress „
When it comes to smart and formal dresses or anything for a special occasion, I like to shop at Next. I think their dresses are often of good quality and reasonably priced for a nice dress. I needed a new dress for a family occasion, but I wanted to find one which I could use again perhaps for work or evening meals. I spotted this beautiful floral woven belted dress in one of their stores and just had to get it.
First off, the dress costs £40 which I think is a little expensive. However, as it was for an occasion I was happy to pay this price. The quality of Next clothes also seems to be worth the price, so for this reason I purchased it. I do normally shop in cheaper stores such as New Look, H&M, Primark so I can see that this dress would be a little pricey to some people on a budget like myself. I picked mine up around July time and it is still available in some stores and online on their website.
I do not find it difficult to find things in my size, but I know some people do. This dress is available in regular sizes from 6 to 22 which I think is fantastic as it caters for people of all sizes. In addition to this, it is available in petite sizes 6 to 18 and tall sizes 8 to 18 which means the right fit can be found for the individual. I find it great how Next cater to people of all shapes and sizes, and I think this is a real benefit.
The dress itself is made of 100% polyester and is very lightweight and airy in feel. This makes it more suitable for summer, however could easily be teamed with cardigans and tights to make it great for winter. The dress itself comes as shown in the image and is black in colour, with pink, pansie like flowers all over. I think the floral pattern is beautiful and unique, and would be perfect to wear for a celebratory occasion or as work wear. Potentially, this could be worn casually and dressed down also. The look of it is beautiful, and you do get a thin, patent black belt with it.
Despite normally taking a size 6 in Next dresses, I had to go up a size to an 8 in this. I find the sizing of it to be quite dodgy. I could not even zip up the size 6, yet the next size up seems far too baggy. I would definitely recommend trying this on before buying. When the dress is on, I found it quite uncomfortable to wear as some parts just seemed to dig into me. I find that it doesn't look particularly flattering on when you compare it to the shape on the hanger. It seems to go in and out at all the wrong places which is a real shame. Because of the poor shape, it really lets this beautiful dress down. The bust seems too tight for the size, whereas other areas of the dress just really hang off your body. It does not seem to match nicely and this results in it looking quite unflattering, particularly for smaller ladies.
I am 5"5 and I bought this from the regular section of Next. It comes to just below my knee and is a really nice length for my height. It is suitable for wearing to work as well as for occasions. A couple of times, I have worn this with black tights and flat shoes as an everyday dress, but it suits formal events much more. It looks great with or without tights, but I like it most when teamed with some black heels as it makes the shape of the dress look a little more flattering.
Overall, I am only rating this dress three stars. It is a lovely dress and the pattern is just beautiful. However, it is just not as flattering as what I would have expected when on. It hangs off the body in all the wrong places, and is just tight and uncomfortable in other areas. For the price I paid, I was expected a bit better from Next. However, three stars will be awarded as it is not dreadful, and I have got my wear out of it. Thanks for reading and hope it helps.