Our bestselling bandage dress is back and comes in new styles for the new season. We adore this dress because it’s simple, stylish and oh-so-flattering (it makes you look a dress size smaller – what’s not to love?). We teamed up with Avenue57 (the new online community where like-minded women of all styles, ages and sizes post photos of what they wear, whether it’s everyday or for a special occasion) to road test our bandage dress on real women of all sizes.
Name: Fiona Blake
What I do: Owner of Avenue57.com
This is a dress I would never have looked twice at before – it’s a style that I didn’t think would suit me. How wrong I was! From the moment I picked it up I knew it was a dress for me. It’s quite heavy, although this signifies the quality to me. It slipped on like a glove, and once the zip was done up it tucked me in where I needed it to, and lifted me in all the right places. I don’t normally have a cinched in waist but this dress gave me the shapely figure I’ve been after for a long while. It fits very well and is perfect in length and style for any occasion. My only consideration was the price tag; however, for a very special occasion (and with Christmas coming up) it would be a perfect staple piece for my wardrobe and it would be worn so many times!
Name: Avril Keys
What I do: Stay at home mum and fashion blogger – www.schoolgatestyle.com
I love the neckline – not too low, snug to the chest so no gaping when you lean over, and it allows you to wear a decent bra underneath (of any colour – always a bonus to not have to hunt all over the show for a black bra when in a rush out!). I love the pleated detail as it was so flattering to wear and hid a multitude of wobbles. Over £100 for a stay at home mum is a real luxury. It’s an investment buy – a good LBD lasts a lifetime.
Name: Tracey Wilson
What I do: Postgraduate Medical Education Administrator
Location: North East Lincolnshire
I saw the dress and thought UGH – Bodycon (not my thing), but the layering effect and the satin leaves in the sides make a huge difference to its look. I love the length and the weight of the dress as it makes it feel SO good on. I am a 14 more than a 12 – the 12 fitted like a glove – I’m going to try and 14 in store (as I think the 12 may have been a tad tighter than I like)! This dress is just the ticket for Christmas parties and evening receptions at weddings.
Name: Nicola Baker
What I do: Bridal Sales Consultant
Location: Tunbridge Wells, Kent
This dress is a lovely thick material, and the stretch in it means it fits to the body really well. I love the neckline and the length.
Name: Gemma Buck
What I do: Operations Manager for Chartered Accountants (London) (part time) – stay at home mum the other days
The dress was scary at first, very heavy and looked clingy, but once on it fit like a glove, and clung and skimmed in all the right places. The material held me in and smoothed my figure out. The neckline is fantastic and I love the width of the sleeves as I can still wear a bra underneath without revealing any straps. I love the layered material and the satin detail at sides. It was very easy to accessorise differently and change the whole outfit. The dress made me feel a million dollars and I felt like I was off to a red carpet do. I just didn’t want to take it off!
Name: Fiona Robertson
What I do: Civil Servant
Location: Central Scotland
Pros: Quality, weight, cut, fit,
Cons: None – I loved it
I was initially very nervous about trying this dress on – but I fell in love as soon as it was on. I’m planning to wear it to a for my 40th birthday party!