Thursday, April 27, 2017

Take It To The Maxi: City Chic Graphic Print Maxi Dress from Evans


Each year on my birthday I get a new outfit, a tradition I have had since I was little (my mum has always done this too). This year I opted for this City Chic maxi dress. I am having a real moment for maxi dresses and skirts at the moment. Getting back to my boho roots! I am a big fan of City Chic clothing, an American brand that Evans has recently added to their online stable of plus size brands. I got a really great maxi dress from them last year, which I wore in the Caribbean, and so I have been keeping my eyes peeled for more from them since then. In summer they look super elegant, while being cool and comfortable. I tend to wear shape wear with my more fitted dresses, but this style requires no structural undergarments (other than a bra in my case lol),  just some chub rub shorts and I'm good to go.






Black Block Heels - Evans (similar here)
Soft Pink Shopper - ASOS (similar here)

The overlay on this maxi dress is a chiffon, so it's really soft and floaty, and I love the print which has black and white along with greens, peaches, yellows and blues and is really bold and unusual. The front features a V-neck which means you can get a nice little cleavage going (if you should so desire). For a more demure, perhaps work appropriate look throw a little cami or a bandeau bra under there. There is a wide, shirred, elasticated band under the bust that gives definition, and then the dress falls into a long floaty skirt. The skirt has a dipped hem, so it's slightly shorter at the front, meaning you can show off your gorgeous strappy sandals. An added bonus is that you are less likely to trip on it and break your neck when navigating stairs. Health and Safety! ;)

The fit is pretty good. I find City Chic sizing a little hard to navigate (it's imperative you read the super fit guide Evans have on City Chic pages on their site) but, based on previous purchases I settled on a size XXX and the fit is pretty good. It could be slightly smaller on the bust to fit perfectly, but it's not a big deal.

I paired it with a thin knitted black shrug, also from Evans. But I am keen to try it with my denim jacket too (I'll say it again, if you don't like denim jackets you are going to hate me this season). And I added a chunky block heel (previous season Evans) and my giant blush shopper from ASOS and I was good to go. This outfit look pretty put together, but is also super comfortable and easy to wear. I have already worn it twice and I think it's going to get a lot more wear over the warm months.

So this was my birthday look. A little different, but I think I am going to be wearing lots of maxi dresses and skirts this season (I may have a couple more on their way to me!). Do you have a little birthday tradition? What have you been wearing lately? Let me know...

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2 comments

  1. I already said it on Instagram but this dress really is utterly delightful on you. You look stunning x

    C x
    CurvyGirlThin.com

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  2. this is so so lovely on you! I always appreciate seeing maxi dresses on taller bloggers because now I know this is probably too short for me, it gives a much better height perspective. And I'm obsessed with City Chic!!

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