I have a soft spot for New Look. When I was growing up, it was the only "proper" shop in our village (it boasted shoe shops, cobblers and pubs galore but clothes shopping was rather limited). As a result, I have really vivid memories of my best friend's Mum taking me to New Look to buy me a brand new outfit: a lovely pair of navy and cream, striped dungarees. In hindsight I looked a little bit like a walking bar code... but hey, it was the 90s.
I've always been a big girl, as a youngster I often had to buy adult-sized clothes due to my height so when I grew out of my clothes there was still plenty of time for my friends of the same age to wear them. But as an adult being on the larger size and still trying to keep stylish proved difficult.
My weight has yoyoed in recent years. I lost 3 stone to get married, that all piled back on (and a bit more!) and now I'm dieting again. Currently I'm roughly a size 16, not my largest... but also not my smallest. Being bigger being able to wear clothes that make you feel attractive is so important. It's so easy for your confidence to get shot down... that's why I love New Look. Shopping trips with the girls don't need to be awkward, with me trailing behind my friends from shop to shop knowing that I can't squeeze into the small sizes they stock: New Look caters for us all.
I am currently a real fan of these mid-length dresses. They are short enough to still be young and fresh, but don't look out of place when worn with leggings - meaning that it is an outfit that can cross seasons. I also have a bit of a 'thing' about the top of my arms... so the little capped sleeves on this Burgundy Heart Print Pleated Sleeve Dress are just perfect for boosting my confidence. And let's be honest, you just can't go wrong with a vibrant red dress for the autumn!
The phrase 'Does my bum look big in this?' is never uttered in our house because, to be completely frank: Yes it does.
My bum is big.
But I accept that. It's part of me. I just know that in order to wear cute dresses like this I need to wear them over leggings, or risk flashing my underwear to every passer-by!
I love this Dark Green Lace Skater Dress! It's something I could wear into the office, at an important meeting, a night our with the girls, or dinner with Hubby. I'm all for outfits that are multi-purpose. And at less than £23, I could possibly even excuse myself from buying it in two different colours... well, a girl has to have options... ;)
For that special occasion:
I was just casually flicking through the New Look website, and I came across this Navy Embellished Waist Sleeveless Maxi Prom dress. I wish I had an occasion coming up that I could wear this so that I could allow myself to buy one. I'm not usually a fan of full-length dresses, but the resemblance to the dresses that my bridesmaids wore at our wedding is uncanny. It's a modern twist - the dresses the girls had didn't have the lovely detailed waist - but the colour and cut is just spot on.
No matter the occasion New Look has always been able to come up with a possible outfit for me. And, with a store in the majority of high-streets, and a fantastic online delivery service, I hope that this long continues!
This post has been written in collaboration with New Look - however all content is true to my own thoughts, experiences and memories.