If there’s one thing I love about Summer (apart from my birthday being in July and the gorgeous weather we all hope to enjoy!), it’s the seasonal clothes.
Denim shorts and a t-shirt are probably one of the outfits I tend to wear the most as I love the practicality, yet you can’t beat a pretty skirt and top or better still, a beautiful dress to put on when things really heat up.
With that in mind I was so chuffed to be approached by JD Williams a few weeks ago and asked if I would like to review a maxi dress from their latest summer collection.
I don’t usually wear maxi dresses to be honest, but I think that this one may have converted me as it’s so comfortable, flattering and versatile. The blue and orange paisley print is also super pretty; they are two colours which I wouldn’t have thought would go together, yet they actually compliment each other very well.
The dress has a v-neck with straps and a slit at the front to show off a teeny bit of leg. A lot of maxi dresses I see in the shops are strapless or have thin spaghetti straps which are lovely, but not so great for anyone who’s self-conscious about ‘the squidge’ where your arm pit meets your body…..I really hope that makes sense?! Anyway, this one takes away that worry as it has nice straps which frame the shoulders very well.
It’s made from a lovely jersey material that is 95% polyester and 5% elastane so it’s forgiving for anyone who needs a bit of stretch, and it’s one of those dresses which would look fantastic with a tan and some gold jewellery. (I’m inclined to let the bold print do the talking for this dress and have stuck to fairly minimal jewellery; I think a statement necklace may be a little OTT, but it’s entirely up to personal preference).
You could dress it up with heels and a clutch for a summer wedding or a date night, or style it down with sandals and a crossover bag for holiday-wear or a day at the beach.
Either way, it’s one of those dresses which would see you through several summers’ worth of wear and I can’t rate it highly enough. If I had to say anything remotely negative about it (because nothing is perfect), it would be that it’s just a teeny bit long for my 5ft 5″ height. It’s not like it drags on the floor or anything, but it’s a dress which I think is better worn with heels. I have noticed that they stock a petite range of dresses too though, so anyone shorter than 5ft 5″ would probably be better off going for one of those.
JD Williams have an amazing array of dresses, both maxi, midi and mini on their website in sizes 10-32 (among a ton of other things), and are well worth checking out if you’re after some new pieces to update your wardrobe. I’m aware that I probably don’t fit within their usual demographic of slightly more mature women, but when it comes to a piece such as a maxi dress, I don’t think there is a ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ age; they are universally flattering for women of all ages and sizes.
This particular one I’m wearing is a size 10, RRP ￡59.00 and is available to buy from this selection here.
Do you have a favourite maxi dress or particular summer look which you love to wear once it starts hotting up?! Let me know in the comments as I would love to hear from you, and I’ll be back with a new review very soon.
JD Williams kindly sent me this dress to review but all opinions are my own and I have provided honest feedback of this particular item.