Avenue is a plus size clothing brand based in the US that have recently launched in the UK, offering sizes 14-32 including swimwear, underwear, shoes and accessories. They've very kindly gifted me three dresses to review for you and have also offered not one, not two, but three head to to outfits to giveaway to three lucky readers! The three winners will be able to choose one outfit each from Avenue's 'What's New' section. The giveaway will go live at 12:00am on Monday 1 June 2015 (ending at 12:00am on Monday 8 June 2015) and you can enter using the widget below; remember, you can tweet every day (via the widget) for an extra entry!
a Rafflecopter giveawayNow, on to the review of these fabulous dresses. I opted for the Watercolor Metal Bar Hi Lo Dress (PC: 113658807) (now £19.96, sizes 14-24), Watercolor Metal Bar Dress (PC: 113638810) (now £23.96, sizes 14-32) and the Watercolor Chevron Cowlneck Dress (now £19.96, size 22/24 only). I have to say they all fit well and are good quality. I went for a 'casual' style in the photos below but you could easily wear these for a night out or a formal occasion. The second dress is my personal favourite and I think I'd lose the belt on the third dress. All the fabrics have some stretch and I'm not wearing shapewear, so I'm pleased that these are rather 'smooth' and not clingy (although my leggings are showing a little on the first dress; to be fair, I'm more likely to wear it with tights or bare legged).
A Note on Sizing: Avenue uses US sizing so please check their size chart before you order. I'm wearing an 18/20 in their (US) sizing in all of the dresses below (which by the 'usual' calculations would be a UK 22/24), and I am usually a UK 22 in dresses. Given my experience, I'd personally ignore the measurements and go with the 'usual' calculations, but I can't guarantee that'll work for everyone/all items.
Price wise I think that Avenue are very reasonable and probably on par with most UK plus size brands/ranges, but they also have a very good selection in their sale at the moment. I think their underwear's worth trying, too; they've got a good range of t-shirt bras in various colours and they even stock my hard-to-find size (42B)!
Have a nosey, let me know what you think, and don't forget to enter the giveaway!