If you are aware of the brand ‘Phase 8’ then a few words might spring to mind – elegant, great prints, a variety of fabrics and high end high street. Enter: Studio 8, the plus size sister brand of Phase 8. Studio 8 launched last week, and the range is currently available in sizes 16-24. It currently includes dresses, trousers, skirts, tops, coats and leggings and it doesn’t disappoint in terms of living up to it’s elegant sister’s name. Want to know more about Studio 8? Click here.

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I was recently offered the change to review an item from the range, and my eye was immediately caught by the Sonia dress. The colours, neckline, fabric and length looked perfect, and so I chose it in a size 16.

The dress arrived and it was even more beautiful in the flesh. The fabric is thick enough to conceal lumps and bumps and hang nicely, but thin enough to be a perfect summer’s day choice.

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The dress is slightly shorter on me than my usual knee covering preference – for reference, I am 5’7. I no longer fear sleeveless garments, and the cross over neckline showed just enough of my bust.

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I wore this this for a few photos down by the river in Twickenham. It was a sunny day and so please excuse my squinty eyes – always take sunglasses! I didn’t feel overly warm in the dress, and the pleasantly swishy skirt helped keep me a little cooler.

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I chose to pair the dress with gold shoes from Primark and a gold belt and beautiful elegant vintagey earrings from Marina Rinaldi. I think that this would work equally well with some sandals, or maybe dressed up a little more for a wedding, and even with tights, a brown belt and brown boots in the cooler months.

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To me, the fit is spot on. I am generally a 14/16 in stretchy items, although this has a roomy bust it’s a little less yielding there thanks to the wrap over.

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I think that there is a gap for a slightly higher end, luxury plus size brand, and Studio 8 slides into that perfectly. I do hope that they expand their size range one day, but it can take a little time for brands to establish themselves in the market, and it’s still early days for the brand. And they will be launching in department stores at the end of the month!

What do you think of Studio 8? Is there anything that you have your eye on?

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