Heading into Evans today for a May round-up of the Ruby Belle dresses - it was exciting to see a pretty display and everything available to try. And try, I did...
I am starting with the below image so you can get a fair idea of the shape of the dress. I rocked my usual size 20 in all these styles. The sleeveless flamingo dress is the same shape.
This was my favourite dress when the Ruby Belle collection came online. I like the colour and the pattern very much. The dresses are all lined and both the sleeveless dresses have gentle straps that feel delicate but are sturdy enough! I love that this dress cinches in a bit before the waist pleats give the dress a 1950s feel... I'm not a fan of the waist position though. I know we are all different shapes, but I like MORE of an empire line than this - that being said, because almost all the Ruby Belle dresses have a lower waist than I like, you will see me wear them plain and then also with belts. I rock a black cardi too... I know - stylish!
Okay, so white never looks very good on me due to my skin tone, that being said, I much prefer this dress (on me) with the cardigan forward and the belt involved. I NEED that strong definition.
I truly feel that this is a bit of a weird cut on my body, but it works well with the belt. That being said, I have a chest BUILT to fill tops, so the fact the top of this dress has a little extra room in it, and it IS my perfect size - is a little strange. The nicest feature of this dress, not mentioned on the Evans site, is the TULLE layer. YUP. The dress is lined, then has a layer of light tulle, then the dress flows over that. With the pleats and tulle, the vintage style girls should LOVE this.
This is the same style as the last dress - but heck, I rock red HEAPS better than white! x.
Love. This was one I actually felt NO affinity for on the web, but LOVED wearing. The top half is jersey knit, it has a waist in the right position for me and back-ties. I also think this is so simple and gorgeous. The shape is VERY curve hugging and a much tighter, form loving fit than the other styles:
After Ruby Belle, I then moved on to Maxis - I tried two to investigate length, I know people have been wondering how they might wear maxis as "shorter" femmes... I am 5'5" and really think that I would need to wear both these dresses with a heel:
These are my first Maxi Dresses ever. This one is a little too flowy for me, and I might find it hard to walk up stairs - but still, this test for length resulted in my trying something very new!
I really like this. It is a little better for my shape because it is a much more fitted style than the Rainbow Maxi. If I ever decide to flex my Maxi-Mojo, this is a definite contender for purchase!
I hope these shots and mini-reviews are helpful. I know a few international bloggers and readers were keen for this round-up, so I hope this helps you with your purchases. All in all the Ruby Belle dresses are pretty lovely - they are made with care and feel nice on... I think the key will be shape. I was certain the two sleeveless dresses in plaid and flamingo would be the best on my body, but really - the sailboats win the day.
Smooch. Em. x.
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