Image (left) © Big Fat Betty | Hi folks. I hope you are all enjoying the improving weather! Maxi dresses are a great choice for sunny days and when New Look contacted me about collaborating, I jumped at the opportunity to review their Inspire Red Floral Print Cut Out Shoulder Maxi Dress, which they kindly gifted to me. The dress retails for £22.99, which is a reasonable price, and it comes in sizes 18-28.
I was first drawn to the dress by the pretty floral print and cut out shoulders, having purchased items with this styling detail in the past and loved it. It also reminded me of many of the dresses that I've bought previously from New Look, which are 100% polyester and have an elasticated waist; I find this fabric to be lightweight and not needing ironing (I don't really iron anything anyway but, well, y'know) and the elasticated waist is great for both comfort and fit.
I opted for a size 22, which has been my usual dress size in New Look for a while although recently I have found that I've been able to size down to a 20. I decided to stick with a 22 on this occasion to ensure a comfortable and 'floaty' fit. The dress was a good fit and I'm glad that I got a 22, as I think a 20 would've been too small. Please do excuse my shoes (which are the Black Embroidered Floral Mesh Ballet Pumps, £15.99, sizes 3-8, also available in white and coral) and tights, I don't own any sandals (yet) and was photographing other things at the same time.
Anyway, I digress. The only downside to this dress is that it is far too long and drags on the floor; at 5'7" I wouldn't expect anything to be too long on me and I'd have to get this dress taken up to be able to wear it out. However, I suppose it is better for it to be too long than too short!
Images (below) © New Look | I've also compiled a complete look around this dress with other items from New Look...
#1 Inspire Red Floral Print Cut Out Shoulder Maxi Dress, £22.99 (sizes 18-28)
#2 Inspire Light Blue Faded Denim Jacket, £22.99 (sizes 18-26)
#3 Wide Fit Cream Laser Cut Two Part Sandals, £19.99 (sizes 4-9, also available in tan)
NB: Prices as displayed online on 27 April 2014