As far as fashion goes, I’m not the savviest person out there. I like what I like, even if it is sometimes a little ~different~, but a lot of what I feel comfortable in is dictated by my dress size. I know I’m not a big girl by any means, but having once been a size 8-10, going up to a size 12-14 feels like a substantial leap. I see lots of women my age with absolutely banging’ bodies in slinky bodycon dresses or figure-hugging co-ords and it’s hard to not compare myself when I’m over here covering up my lumps and bumps and love handles. I absolutely love my body but I know it’s not the ideal desired body type of this generation.
When Femme Luxe Finery got in touch wanting to collaborate with some gifted items I felt two emotions. I was over the moon, because I’ve seen other bloggers work with them and I like the sleek, glamorous vibe of their clothes. But I was also apprehensive, because my body type is very different to the beautiful model who mainly features on their site, and I worried that my body wouldn’t fit or advertise the pieces as well as the other bloggers I’ve seen.
Nevertheless, I picked a few pieces that stood out to me and considered that even if I didn’t like how they looked on me, I could review the fabric and colour and all the other things that contribute to a piece of clothing.
As it turned out, I was very pleasantly surprised!
Femme Luxe Finery is an online boutique that aims to add a touch of glamour to your everyday wardrobe. They’ve ‘got something for every gal’, if you like pretty party dresses and super chic co-ords, or even if cute, comfy loungewear sets are more your thing, you’re sure to find something that tickles your fancy.
Read on to see which pieces I chose.
The first item I chose was the Kia Slinky Co-Ord Set. It features a long sleeve tie-up top and high-waisted flare style trousers in a super-soft slinky material.
What I like most about this set is how much it flatters my figure. Initially when I put it on I thought I would struggle because of how clingy the material is, particularly as the style of the top means you can’t really wear a bra if your chest is on the larger size like mine. However, even though it is very figure-hugging, it seems to smooth everything over and the overall shape of the set gives a very hour-glass like in-and-out silhouette.
The flare of the trouser teamed with the high waist gives your legs lots of length, and the low-V of the top adds a hint of sexiness to an otherwise quite modest two-piece. The tie also means you can tighten it to the fit that’s right for you; the model wears it tied at the front, but I decided to cross it over and tie it at the back (mainly because my boobs would have popped out otherwise!).
The quality is good, the material is a little see-through (nothing that nude underwear wouldn’t fix), and overall it’s super comfy and soft while still looking quite stylish. Even the most clueless, fashion-phobic person (me!) could throw it on and look put-together: stick on a pair of heels and some simple jewellery and you’re ready to go!
The Kia slinky two-piece set retails at £35.98 and also comes in cream and nude.
The second item I chose was the Evelyn One Shoulder Belted Jumpsuit in red. It’s a simple one-shoulder jumpsuit that comes with a tie to cinch it in at the waist.
You wouldn’t be hard to spot wearing this, would you? It’s a really bright, rich tomato red; I don’t have anything else in my wardrobe in a colour like this so for me it’s a bit daunting, especially as it’s such a block of colour. All eyes would definitely be on you, wherever you decide to wear it.
I always worry about jumpsuits and playsuits because I’m quite tall, and one-pieces never seem to be long enough in the body for me. This material has enough stretch to it that it fits my torso well without tugging from the top or bottom, and it seems to hug all the right curves so it makes your bum look fantastic. It’s also the perfect length for my legs, so it’s definitely one to wear with heels if you’re on the shorter side.
I really like the asymmetrical one-shoulder look but it does make me a little unsure how to style it. I’d like to team it with a glitzy belt to break up the blockiness, and if I was better at doing my hair, I’d put it in a sleek updo to expose a nice bit of clavicle. It’s definitely a bold outfit choice but would make you feel very confident and powerful wearing it.
The Evelyn One-Shoulder Jumpsuit retails at £35.98 and also comes in black, white, mustard, baby pink, brown, stone croc, black croc and houndstooth.
I opted for a simpler option with the next item and chose the Tinley Slogan Crop Top in white. It’s a simple white tee with the slogan “Life’s a Peach” written across the front in black.
I’m a sucker for a simple T-shirt because even I can style them nicely. I particularly like the style of this one because it’s nice and stretchy and fits well at the neck and arms. I often find with women’s T-shirts, either they’re boxy and oversized like men’s T-shirts or they curve in at the wrong part of your waist and end up flaring out too high above your hips, but this top manages to avoid both.
It’s a light-weight stretchy elastane material so it’s very comfortable and doesn’t ever feel too tight or cut in under your arms. It’s just really cute and you could dress it up however you want. I’ve styled it as a crop top by knotting it at the front and paired it with my usual high-waisted skinnies (groundbreaking, right?).
The Tinley ‘Life’s a Peach’ T-shirt retails for £11.98 and also comes in black.
The last item I chose was the most daring for me and I didn’t think I would like it as much as I do. It’s the Mak Strapless Ruched Mini Dress in white.
It’s a super soft strapless mini dress with ruching all over and a pretty peplum frill detail on the hem. I can’t remember the last time I wore a mini dress since putting on a bit of timber, and even when I was slimmer, this ruched style wasn’t really my kind of thing. It made me think of that clubbing scene in Bend It Like Beckham where Kiera Knightley dances about in the hankie top that I wanted so badly when I was nine.
However, as soon as I put it on, I couldn’t stop looking at and admiring the shape it gave me.
I’m naturally an hour-glass shape but nothing like the kind of Kim-Karshadian-esque figures that you see plastered all over Instagram and the like, so I was skeptical about adding extra bulk to my already pretty curvy curves. If anything, the ruched effect emphasises my curves by giving the illusion of a tucked in waist and fuller hips and boobs.
It doesn’t feel like a clubbing dress to me, but more like something you could wear to a chic party or a sophisticated date. I’m going on holiday soon and I can’t wait to pair it with a pretty pair of sandals and beachy hair and glowy skin. This is my favourite item of the ones I chose to try.
The Mak Strapless Ruched Dress retails for £29.98 and also comes in black, neon green and neon orange.
I’ll be honest: I was so pleasantly surprised with all the items I received from Femme Luxe Finery. Unfortunately most online boutiques seem to think every girl and woman is petite and elfin with teeny shoulders and small boobs and pert little bums, and so every time I order I’m disappointed. Each of these items fit my body fantastically (although I will say I bought the largest size for each and obviously I am far from being plus-sized, so there is much room for improvement in that regard) and were also excellent quality.
What Femme Luxe Finery seem to do really well is showcase simple but stylish, almost ready-made items that require very little accessorising in order to look cool and put-together. I feel like you could find something to make you feel glamorous and stylish, no matter how savvy you are when it comes to fashion.
Thank you to Femme Luxe Finery for working with me and very kindly gifting me the items featured above.
Which piece is your favourite? Have you ever ordered from Femme Luxe Finery? What did you think?