Like most of the plus sized fashion obsessed community I have been awaiting the release of the Swan range by Clements Ribeiro since the sneak preview pictures a couple of months ago.
I was not fortunate enough to be invited to the launch at Evans HQ, but I made sure that I had a prime spot on the website at 7am Saturday morning to get the key items that I had my eye on!
So, iPhone poised I browsed the collection. I knew that I definitely wanted the ‘Peggy’ Purple Pansy print dress so that was first in my basket and the first thing that I tried on when my collection arrived this afternoon.
What do you think?
I love the cut and the shape of this dress, it is very flattering and I am pleased to see that the larger bust has been catered for (this makes a change for Evans) although I will need to either wear a lower cut bra or a vest top underneath it.
The colour is really very unusual and is complemented perfectly by the brightly coloured Pansy’s. I have this dress earmarked to wear to my friends outdoor wedding in May as I think it will look fabulous against a springtime background for photos.
Next into my cart was the fabulous Heart Print ‘Betty’ Dress.
Cue another dodgy photo …
Now, I am not usually a fan of a high neckline on a dress, but this is cut so exquisitely that I really do love it. I adore the heart print design and have already decided on a gorgeous long heart necklace that I have made to accessorize it with!
I should say that both dresses sit just above my knee (I’m just over 5ft 6″) which is the perfect length for me, but you can’t really see that in the pictures. If you were any shorter than me then I think you would probably need to have them taken up a bit.
The final item added to my basket was the ‘Intarsia’ Black and Red Heart Cardigan.
Final dodgy picture … I promise
Now, this is my favourite piece! I admit i’m a bit of a sucker for a cardi (What fat girl isn’t? Bingo wings anyone?!) but this is such a perfect fit and cut that I adore it.
In the picture I am wearing it over my black wrap work dress from Simply Be that I brought last season and I think that it finishes off the outfit perfectly. I ordered this in a size 26/28 as I like my cover up cardigans to be more fitted and I am delighted with my choice.
The only negative things that I have to say are;
There was a very beautiful black and gold dress in the promotional adverts for this range, to my disappointment this has not appeared on the website yet. I was hoping to have ordered it on Saturday but it was not available to buy
I cannot order any of the tops as they are all made in dual sizing. This frustrates the hell out of me.
Evans promised the first 500 customers a ‘special treat’ with their order – However, despite ordering at 7:27am on Saturday morning, I did not receive any such treat.
Overall, I am ecstatic with the choices that I made on the website and think that the range has brought some much needed pizazz into the Evans range, which has been stagnant and boring for a good 6-8 months now.
I hope that my review has been helpful to you, please feel free to post any questions in comments – I will be happy to answer them!
You can buy the collection here: Evans Clothing
Love and Kisses
PS: Apologies for the photos, they were taken in the disabled toilets at my work!!