When it comes to structured patterned pieces in plus sizes, Anna Scholz for Simply Be is a great go-to label.

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I recently tried this print peplum dress. As it was listed as having some stretch to it I veered away from my usual size 18 and went for the 16. It was quite a shock when the dress arrived with zero stretch, but by some magic I was able to wiggle my very un size 16 body into it and I absolutely adore it!

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I teamed the dress with some heels and a clutch bag that I got from Primark. I have a few weddings and parties coming up, and I think that this look will really work for them. The dress is so colourful that will work with any number of accessories.

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I expected the dress to hit me below the knee instead of on it, but I suspect it’s very tight fit might have something to do with that. The peplum detail, as ever, hides a multitude of sins. I might add a belt to the dress as it doesn’t quite nip me in at the waist as much as I would like and I do feel much happier when I’m buckled in. The sleeves are a good length for arm conscious me, and they fit me perfectly, almost verging on being a tad too snug. The neckline is great – it’s not so low that it shows off too much, but it’s not so high that people are greeted with a wall of pattern when I wear it. The skirt has a small slit at the back that thankfully doesn’t go up too high.

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The pattern of the dress is just stunning. It reminds me of a water colour painting and it is so soft and feminine. Having said that, teaming this dress with a leather jacket and some spiky black heels would look fantastic, and I think it will be a very versatile addition to my wardrobe.

I would say that this dress is true to size, and I would possibly be happier in the 18. It is cut for curves – there are next to none non structured pieces that would allow me to pour bottom and boobs into them and still look presentable.

What do you think of this dress? Have you tried any Anna Scholz pieces before? Let me know in the comments.

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