Outfit | The Jameela Jamil ponte midi dress from Simply Be

I saw this Jameela Jamil midi dress from Simply Be and fell in love. Don't confuse Jameela Jamil with Jamelia. Jameela is a cool chick who is body positive. Jamelia is the woman who thinks people over a UK size 20 shouldn't be able to buy clothes readily. Worlds apart.

I think this is a great dress for people who want to dress up for occasions in the run up to Christmas who may not feel comfortable in glitter, sequins or other outfits which scream jingle bells at 20 paces. It's also got endless re-wear potential for dressy occasions - weddings, christenings and parties galore.

Please excuse the photo quality. The light indoors or out is not the best lately. It was so windy taking these photos that I ended up with mascara halfway down my face and stinging eyes. Oh, the glamour.

The wind ruining my hair do.

Jameela Jamil ponte midi dress from Simply Be Christmas dress plus size
I never buy anything from Simply Be full price - they have discount codes almost constantly. If you Google for discount codes regularly you'll invariably find one every couple of weeks so it's a game of patience. I think I got this dress for 20% off.

The dress is well made, as it should be for the price - £60. You would imagine the mesh portions of the dress would be its weak point but it doesn't feel delicate while putting it on and wearing it. There's a reassuring weight to the dress but it doesn't feel heavy to wear. The fabric skims my body and if flattering is your bag, this is it. I'm 5 ft 5 and a bit and it comes to mid shin on me so it'd work as a skater dress on you taller babes. I love that it's black because I'm erring on the side of a capsule wardrobe (I don't even know myself any more!) where everything goes with everything, and polka dots are always a winner. The arms are slightly loose on me but not overly so and the mesh is really soft on the skin.

Jameela Jamil ponte plus size midi dress from Simply Be Christmas party dress

Jameela Jamil ponte plus size occasion polka dot mesh midi dress from Simply Be

I'm wearing a size 26 and it has a gentle stretch to it. Maybe it's just pot luck with the two dresses I've bought, but the sizing has been true to size/on the generous size, which has surprised me. Maybe Simply Be have addressed their sizing issues. We shall see.

I have a couple of different ideas for styling this dress which I hope to be able to do before Christmas. Watch this space!

My friend Carla did my hair. She's a genius. She works at a hair salon in Eastbourne so if you're local and need a cut, colour or styling gimme a yell and I'll pass on her details. I'm going to be collaborating with her in future outfit posts and she already has a beehive planned for next time. I can't wait!

I'm wearing:

Earrings and necklace, Peacocks
Simply Be Jameela Jamil dress
Gold sparkle shoes, New Look
Coat, past season ASOS Curve

Happy December 1st! I'm going to put up my Christmas tree in the next few days.
Leah xoxo

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