Outfit Post || Bling it up with Taking Shape*

Hello pickles!

I have a lovely dress to show you today which is great if you want to be dressed up but aren't too comfortable with lots of glitter. I fell in love with the Bling It Up dress on the Taking Shape website and they kindly sent me it.

The dress comes in two parts. There's a stretchy under slip which is loosely sewn to the gauzy over layer, and can easily be snipped away if you wish. The under slip is quite tight on me and thus comes up quite short (about bum level) so for future wear I will remove it and wear a black vest top or a black bodysuit underneath.

The top layer is embellished back and front with bronze studs. It's a lovely pre-creased non iron fabric (can I hear angels singing?!) which is very sheer, which is sexy in itself, which is why I think it might be perfect for someone who wants to be glamorous without drenching themselves in sparkles. I love the asymmetric hem, which is longer at the sides and not at all 'hanky hem' like we see on so many plus size items.

The length is fabulous on me - I'm 5ft 5 and wearing wedges with a 2 inch heel. I didn't feel the need to wear a necklace as I didn't want to hide the stud detail. I wore my slash-leg leggings to give the outfit a bit more interest, but the dress would look fabulous with wet look leggings, lace leggings (as styled in the photo on the Taking Shape website) or some lurex tights. For reference I'm wearing a size 26 and it's a very generous 26 indeed. My bum needs as much as a size 30 in some dresses so rest assured this will fit a size or 2 bigger than intended. There's room for me and more in it.

I wore it with a glittery cardigan which I've had for several years, but you could wear a pashmina with this or a faux fur wrap. Ooh, how decadent that would look! If I had more bling I'd have worn some gold coloured bracelets and chunky gold toned rings. I need more bling in my life!

Excuse my fringe in these photos. My hair is wavy and my fringe is really trying to curl here. Now I can see why my hairdresser prefers to feather my fringe. It'll grow soon enough, then the weight will stop it curling. Hopefully. ;)

Taking Shape Bling It On dress
Leggings, old Simply Be
Shoes, old Evans
Cardigan, old Debenhams
Bag, old Tesco
Lipstick, MeMeMe lip cream in Persian Pink

Thanks for reading!
Leah xoxo

*Dress provided by Taking Shape. Opinions are honest and my own.

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