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Asos Curve Wrap dress

I'm a total sucker for jewel tones. There is something about these beautiful true and bold colours, and I don't think I know anyone they don't look good on. Just after Christmas as I was browsing the Asos Curve sale I came across the most gorgeous deep, cranberry coloured wrap dress with pleated skirt.

Over a year ago I had this awakening, where I realise I could wear waisted dresses and not everything I owned had to have an empire line. I had never really worn any other style of dress, and so to have a new array of dresses to choose from was too exciting. I ditched my friend the empire and gorged myself on fifties style fashion like a mad woman. But here was an empire line I just could not ignore...

Cardigan - Mustard cardigan from Next (similar here)
Leggings and belt - Primark
Boots - TopShop
Brass neclace - Old, I stole from my mum years ago

The dress is perfect. My usual Asos Curve size 22 fits me well, and the pics on the website were a good reflection of the colour - the dress is a rich, cranberry colour. The heavy jersey fabric is great - thick enough that it skims over any lumps and bulges but not so thick that I couldn't wear it minus the tights and with some pretty sandals in the summer. The pleated skirt makes it less clinging which is something i prefer as I am not mad about my tummy.

I am a big fan of the cross over neckline, however this one does need a safety pinning to stop my bra from being fully on show. And having seen the photos now I think that, despite the thick jersey fabric, I will probably wear a t-shirt bra with it from now on. The length is perhaps a little long for my taste (I am 5'8) - I would prefer it to sit just on or above the knee rather than over, so I may take it up, but it certainly isn't a deal breaker. In fact I am currently contemplating ordering the navy...

With my wardrobe this is a pretty flexible colour - I have loads of things that will go beautifully with the cranberry, however for its inaugural outing I paired it with this mustard cardigan. I am a big fan of mustard - it is a great shade for red heads, and in my opinion always adds a bit of quirk to an outfit. I found this cardigan at the first Plus Size Clothing Sale held by Katie from Toodaloo Katie this time last year. The sale was a triumph (so much so that she held one in the summer which sadly I could not attend) and I got a load of amazing bargains - the cardigan, a burgandy Clemens Ribiero belt, and a couple of cute dresses. But more than that it was just great to be in a room with a whole bunch of other plus size ladies. Looking at people's lush wardrobes, admiring their style, getting tips on where to shop and how we all find different places clothes fit. Wonderful! I do hope that Katie organises another soon! Katie is a fellow blogger and just a total honey - go and check out her blog:

Have you got a go to dress style, or colour pallette? Let me know all about it in the comments...

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