Some weeks ago Curvywordy was contacted by AX Paris asking if she wanted to review a dress. She wanted to know my opinion on which dress I thought she should order, and one in particular stood out for me – this gorgeous monochrome number. A few days later I was also contacted by AX Paris offering me a dress to review. They have two ranges – the smaller sizes and their Curve range, which offers items in sizes 16-26. I know that bloggers like What Laura Loves are huge fans of AX’s Curve range and I was curious to give it a go.
However, I do have quite a particular style, and sadly I didn’t find many items in the Curve range suited that style. My mind kept drifting back to the monochrome dress, and so despite it stopping at a size 14 I went ahead and asked the lovely Alex at AX Paris for one.
Little did I know that Caroline had agreed with my tastes and gone ahead and ordered the very same dress!
It made me somewhat dubious as she did warn me that it was pretty snug on her, and I am a few inches bigger than her.
Not long after Caroline’s review my dress arrived and I tentatively tried it on. The dress zips up at the back with a zip that opens the dress fully, and the zip itself was a little on the rough stiff side. Luckily, my boyfriend arrived home just as my arm started to dislocate due to the combination of the stiff zip and tight dress, and he helped close the dress and fasten the hook and eye closure at the top of it. His first comment was ‘Wow, you can tell you’re losing it!’ – I took it to mean weight rather than my mind… He then followed than with ‘But that is still very tight…but just think, it’ll soon be perfect!’. (I signed up for the 2014 London Marathon today, and my training may mean that the weight comes off a bit quicker. Fingers crossed I get in!)
Can I just apologise in advance for the following images of me in the dress. My camera decided to play up today, and so the lighting and focus is a little off!
As you can see, the dress is indeed tight. So tight I didn’t need a belt – helped especially by the black detailing that should sit at my waist, but sort of rests on my lower boob.
Having said that, I found the black blocks of colour at the waist to be very flattering, and I adored the little peplum detail at the sides.
The tightness of the dress did mean that it was basically a spray on, and that the slit at the back gaped and showed my Maidenform shapewear off a little bit…
I’m not usually one for white as I worry that it will wash me out, but my post holiday glow meant that the dress was rather flattering. I am quite a mucky pup, so I would have to be extra careful on a night out.
As I said, the slit at the back of the dress struggled to contain my not-so-size-14 bottom and legs and I was a little more open that I would have liked.
I really like this dress. It’s the perfect combination of tight and sexy, whilst remaining modest on the bust so as not to show too much off. It clearly does not fit me, which is a real shame as the AX Paris dresses in the smaller size range are right up my street. Please please please AX Paris, won’t you make some of your smaller items up to a size 18?! I’d love to snap this dress up in a larger size and dance the night away in it!
That being said, if I am lucky enough to be allowed to try out another AX Paris piece, I will probably try something from the Curve range as whilst I’m more in love with the smaller size range, there are some really trendy stunning pieces for the larger lady to be found on their site. AX Paris really seem up to speed with the demand for more edgy pieces – however, I wish their ranges met in the middle a little more!
What do you think of AX Paris? Have you tried their standard or Curve range out? Are you a fan of the more daring pieces in their Curve collection?