It's that time of year when there's a posh frock occasion around every corner. Weddings, Christenings, proms and, on this occasion, a day at the races care of the lovely people at Studio 8.
|Dress - Studio 8|
Shoes - Simply Be
Hat - Accessorize (Similar)
I can't lie, I was a little bit concerned about dressing for Ascot. When I get dressed up it tends to be after dark and for no more than 6/7 hours in total. This day was set to start at 8:30am and I wasn't due home until the early hours of the next day, so I knew I needed something comfortable, non-crease, easy to wear yet glamorous as f*ck. Luckily, the Jennifer dress ticked all the boxes.
I was initially sold on the Jennifer based on the length - I much prefer below the knee for the daytime but, as you know, this isn't always as simple for a taller person. Fortunately, this dress sits at the perfect length. I also love a full skirt, especially when it's not too fussy. This one holds its shape through the cut rather than netting which is a big plus point for me. The modern floral print brings in that many colours that I could have accessorised with pretty much anything I wanted - All I needed to do is pair it with a simple fascinator and sandals and I was away.
As for size. I'm currently a 16-18 and am prone to sizing up because I don't at all like being squished or squeezed. With Studio 8 I'm a 16, for the simple reason that the clothes are made to fit a plus sized body, which I think we can all agree is remarkable. The dress I'm wearing here is an 18 but I was aware of the occasional gape - ideal for the sheer amount of food I got in my body (canapés, four courses and an afternoon tea - BLISS) but I will definitely go smaller next time round.
Friends, I was on my best behaviour. I barely swore, I only winked at people I felt could take it and most importantly; I did not get hammered and/or fall over. the dress was so flipping easy to wear; I didn't need to pull it up or down, the lining stayed where it should be and I felt utterly lovely all day, even when I was sitting on the train at midnight drinking prosecco out of the bottle...
I had a genuinely lovely day with some utterly wonderful women, not least Hayley from Curves & Curls (Below, wearing the Iris dress and Leanne jacket) . I've always been a fan of Hayley, she's just so full of life - fun, filthy and really very lovely to look at. Spending the day with her was an absolute pleasure and I look forward to doing it again.
All that's left to do is to thank Studio 8 and their lovely, lovely occasionwear for such an excellent day. I have had the honour of some wonderful experiences through blogging and this is definitely at the top of the list.
All photos above were taken by Marlene Lee, who is not only a tremendous photographer but also a thoroughly lovely person.