Dressing for the Autumn

**This is a collaborative post**

I’m rubbish at fashion.  There, I said it.

Most mornings it’s a huge effort to get out of bed and get going, let alone dress nicely and apply a face of makeup, but I do like to look nice.  I’ve hit a sort of time in life(my mid thirties) where I like to be comfortable all the time – I mean I’d love to bum around in a tracksuit or pyjamas all the time but but life dictates that you need to be smart, even when casual.

And it helps a low mood – even dressing a little bit smarter can make me feel miles better, so I figured I’d started making an effort to feel nicer in my clothes and try and dress a little better.

I’m not talking ball gowns and sparkles – just a blouse with jeans, a few accessories or a pair of Chelsea boots, that sort of thing.

My other obstacle?  I’m plus-size – and I have this awful fear that the majority of shops will either size small or the plus-size range will be frumpy.

Fashion World stock various brands including Joe Browns and Simply Be and they have a lovely range of clothes for all shapes and sizes, including some fabulous day dresses perfect for the Autumn.

Dresses have been a struggle for me since having W four years ago – my mum-tum just hangs like an odd shaped sack of potatoes and I tend to shy away from dresses for fear of it looking awful.

I chose a floral print skater wrap dress from Simply Be because it’s a lovely length and I like the higher neck meaning the girls(boobs) are contained and not on show.  It’s currently £22 and is made from a soft jersey fabric which isn’t clingy, doesn’t lose it’s shape and it’s a really lovely and flattering cut.  I’ve worn it to a night at the theatre, a job interview and my WW meeting and I’ve had a few comments on it.

Simple but lovely!  Click here for link…

I love vintage style and I’m obsessed with mustard/ochre at the moment, it’s a beautiful colour and it’s perfect for this time of year.  This vintage inspired dress from Joe Browns caught my eye – I love the colour and print although I was dubious about the midi length due to being only 5ft 3in tall.  It’s made of viscose and fits and sits lovely, not at all clingy although looks like it may crease easily.  Despite it being fitted around the belly area it’s really flattering, I found myself wearing it with black Chelsea boots and chunky cable-knit tights but it would look nice for work with a pair of brown brogues or dressed up with some low vintage-style court shoes.  It seems to go well with grey or brown, you could wear with with any colour to be honest, I do love a colour clash…  It could also be worn any time of year, it’s not too thick so would be great for Summer as well.

This dress is currently £45, available in sizes 12-32 and is available here.

My last choice was completely out of my comfort zone – I had a day-into-night date planned with the hubs and wanted to look smarter than usual so I chose a ruffle print wrap front midi dress, which would be dressed up or down accordingly.  The fabric is slightly clingier but I like the dip hem and tie waist, it’s a nice fit.  I wore this with nude tights and red pumps, it’s a lovely dress.

It’s currently £29 and is available here.

It’s worth mentioning I’m a size 18-20 and I ordered all of the three dresses in an 18 and they all fitted nicely – not snug at all, the Joe Browns dress is a little more fitted and has a side zip but I was able to slip it over my head.  Winner!

It’s amazing how the addition of a few dresses has overhauled my wardrobe – what are your Autumn/Winter wardrobe must-haves?

**This is a collaborative post.  I was sent these items in exchange for this review.  As always all opinions are honest and my own.**

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