In my recent Summer Capsule Wardrobe post, I spoke about my want for an easy breezy plus size summer dress.
Something light weight, simple and elegant enough to hold its own without me needing to co-ordinate it with too many other items. A dress equally beautiful paired with plaited leather sandals as with high heels.
I had originally wanted a little printed wrap dress, something brightly patterned with flowers or geometric prints. Perhaps even something with embroidery. Then I stumbled across Violeta by Mango, the plus size range launched by high-street retailer, Mango.
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The entire plus size range speaks to my aesthetic; simple classic cuts in light weight fabrics and small details that make the range fresh and modern.
Take this wrap dress, it is made from a light weight crepe material with a wrap around style and cute, off-centre, tortoiseshell buttons that keep the dress from the billowing open in the breeze.
The neckline is very plunging so I do need to pin the v-neck when wearing this dress for work, but I love flashing the top of a harness bar, or a little cleavage when not in work!
I’m wearing a size 18 and its a generous fit. This is really refreshing for a new plus size brand; so many new fuller figured ranges get the scaling so wrong in their first year or two. One of the most frequent mistakes I’ve seen is a brand forgetting we need larger arms and a little more booty room than the standard straight sizes. I really thought that this would be the case for Mango who aren’t known for their generous sizing.
However, the Violeta by Mango ranges seems to take the fuller figure into consideration with this plus size summer dress allowing my arms and shoulders to move freely and my booty to remain covered (albeit not when bending over but really, I’m 5ft10 so this happen with any range not made for giants). I actually feel I could size down for a more body-forming fit; but I do love the loose, breezy style of this dress.
The shorts are made from a really light weight fabric which is both cool and breathable thanks to the aztec print cutouts. The fabric is super stretchy but stays put; there is no rolling, no slipping, no disappearing up my nevers! I have one pair, but would definitely buy more as they probably need washing way more than they currently get – I’d also love to see them release these in a few other colour options, especially as I’d love to wear and all white outfit and the black would definitely show through.
Now long may summer live so that I can get so much more wear out of this plus size summer dress!