I’ll let you in on a secret: I’m a short arse. I spend my summers green with jealousy, looking at all my taller friends with their gorgeous, comfortable-yet-stylish maxi dresses that don’t sweep the floor as they walk. I scuttle up to people asking them, “Where did you get your dress? Do they do it in short-person size?”
When I received an email asking if I’d like to review a maxi dress from Damart, I wasn’t sure I wanted to bother. I didn’t want another crushing moment where I try on a dress, wander about the house in it for a couple of hours and realise it’s just not practical to try and walk about town in it, since I can’t cope with proper heels.
When I looked at the site, I was intrigued by the patterned design. I’ve heard patterns + maxi dresses = hiding a multitude of sins. And if there’s one thing I definitely have, it’s a multitude of sins. So I decided to give it a go. Then they contacted me to say they were dreadfully sorry but the printed dress was out of stock, and did I want to try the black one instead. I reluctantly agreed…
And then it arrived!
LOOK! Look how you can see my FEET at the bottom of the dress! Look how skinny it makes me look! (I am NOT skinny in real life!) Look how happy I am wearing my new dress.
The photos on the website do not do this dress justice. Neither do these photos, taken by my ever-so-glamorous assistant (my sister).
The neckline: low enough to show good cleavage, but not so low as to be slutty or too revealing for work or somewhere a little high-brow
The length: I am 5’2″ and as you can see from the photos, it is the perfect length for me. The model on the website is probably a more “average” height, and it comes to sort of mid calf-length on her.
The details: There is an empire line that doesn’t creep up to half-way up my boobs, like the empire lines on most clothes do (I have big boobs, it happens a lot). There is slight gathering just below the shoulders that gives the dress a lovely shape.
The back: Sorry, you can’t see it. Forgot about that in the photos. It’s a full back, the same as wearing a t shirt/tank top.
The range: The dress comes in black, navy or black and white print, sizes 12-22. At the moment some of them are out of stock though.
The price: It was £35, but is now “from” £14!! I was in the bottom group for maths, but even I know that’s less than half price. The prices do vary depending on the colour and size you select, but the most expensive combination I found was £17 – so still an absolute steal.
The verdict: I am in love with this dress. The only down side of it is that it arrived so late in the summer. I can’t wait to wear it next year though! It’s “dressy” enough to wear for an evening out, but also smart enough to wear in the daytime, out shopping or even to work.
|Yeah, I’m an idiot.|
Disclaimer: I was provided with this dress free of charge, in exchange for a review. However, getting the freebie was not dependent on my writing a favourable review. All words and opinions are my own.