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Hayley in Wonderland: Review of the PSL Boutique Alice Costume

I absolutely adore a dress up party! It's so fun to dress up and be someone else for a day or night, and to wear things you wouldn't usually. So when the Plus Size Lingerie Boutique offered me the opportunity to try one of their fancy dress outfits the only problem was deciding which one!

PSL Boutique are an American website that ship internationally. They offer a wide variety of plus size lingerie, and their range of plus size costumes is impressive. I don't think I have ever seen such variety, and unlike a lot of plus size costumes that go up to an 18, these actually go up to 22/24/26.

I settled on this adorable Alice in Wonderland costume. I have always loved Alice in Wonderland - it was one of my favourite stories growing up. It's the blend of nonsense, whimsy and wisdom that I love. This costume has that sense of whimsy, with a deliciously adult twist. Plus I knew it would look awesome with my red hair - who said Alice has to be blonde? 

The whole outfit has a sexy kind of wench / maid thing going on, with the ruffled gypsy style top, the off the shoulder sleeves and and frilled, petticoat style skirt. It's Alice blue (obviously!) and they've incorporated some hearts, clubs diamonds and spades into the design as a nod to the story. 

The middle section of the costume is made of a stretchy fabric that allows it to nicely to curves. It also gives the dress a nice shape and accentuates that waist. As my waist isn't ultra defined if I wore this to a costume party I might wear a corset underneath to give myself a more hourglass figure, but generally I think the top combined with the fullness of the skirt is flattering.  The skirt is probably my favourite but - I love all the layers and the little apron is so cute. 

Cleverly, the sleeves have bits of velcro sewed into them on the inside of the arm - this means that if you have more meaty arms you can loosen the velcro and the costume will still fit. 

I ordered this in the 3XL/4XL (which according to the size chart is a size 22-26). I consider myself a pretty standard 22, on the rare occasion a 20, so I would say you need to be aware that the costume comes up a little small, however there is a lot of stretch in the fabric on the top so perhaps it could fit up to a 24. The skirt sits above the knee on my 5'8 frame and I like the length on me. This is meant to be a little saucy outfit, and so I think showing a little leg is great. If I was wearing it for an actual costume party I would probably pair it with some black and white or red and white striped tights for that extra Alice look. 

All in all I was pretty impressed. To be honest I have always pulled my own costumes together from what I could find in me wardrobe, charity shops and Primark, because I have been worried that a proper costume wouldn't fit me properly or would end up looking really cheap and tacky (I have seen a lot that do, for exorbitant prices). And so I was pleasantly suprised that this looks pretty great on, fits nicely and would certainly not fall apart after one wear. And I think the prices are pretty reasonable. Plus PSL currently have 20% off on all costumes. In fact, I am really looking forward to having a reason to wear it. May have to throw a party of my own. 

There are some other great styles on the PSL website, and these are some of my fave that I would have been keen to try. 

Do you like fancy dress? Would you go for any of these costumes? Let me know what you think...


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