Recently I was asked if I would like to go along to a Simply Be store and try on a load of clothes and check out the store. With Simply Be being one of my favorite brands, I immediately accepted! I then decided to couple this trip up with a day out with my mum for Mothers Day as we hadn’t been able to see each other on the actual day. I spoke to my mum and asked her if I could try something different for the blog and actually dress her – which she accepted.
My mum is a stunningly beautiful woman, however she does suffer from self esteem issues at times and dislikes parts of her bodies and so shopping for something for her to wear can be quite stressful as after a few items she just wants to go home. If my mum isn’t in the mindset – she will hate everything she puts on.
I’m going to do a whole post about the shop and my experience so this is focused around what I chose for my mum. She told me she wanted something to wear for a night out at the weekend and for an up and coming holiday that she’s going on.
This is what I chose!
First of all, we both tried on this beautiful zig zag maxi dress, mum in a 14, myself in a 26. We wanted to show that style is sizeless and people of all sizes can wear the same clothes! My mum really liked this dress, but decided it was more summer/holiday than going out.
The second dress that my mum tried was the Joe Brown Brazilia Dress. This dress was a complete hit from the first moment my mum slipped it on. She beamed and spun round and flicked the skirt like a little girl – she looked truly happy as you can see from the pictures.
The third dress however was NOT a hit. I’ll talk about mine on my post, but my mum tried on the Kelly Brook Lace Peplum dress. This dress was tiny fitting and we couldn’t understand the front slit as it almost shows ones pants! DEFINITELY not worth the money.
The next dress was this utterly stunning Lace Contrast Midi Dress from AX Paris. My mum is super petite up top with wider hips and this dress just completely balances her out and shows off her tiny waist. She’s wearing a “wear your own bra” shapewear piece from Maidenform in the second image which helped her confidence in the dress.
This is the next dress my mum tried – the Boho Print Jersey Swing Dress. This was very generous in size and my mum needed atleast one or maybe two sizes down!
The final outfit my mum tried was this eye catching Pleated Handkerchief skirt. We decided to try it with both a basic orange camisole top….
..and a black camisole top…
..with a statement necklace!
We decided that the orange popped more but my mum wasn’t 100% on the skirt. Mum actually ended up getting the orange camisole and later on found a lovely cocoon shape kimono to match.
It’s no surprise my mum went with the Joe Browns dress. She decided to get a size down as these dresses are very generous and I have to say she looked stunning. As much as she looked amazing in the dress – the real winner of the day were the Sole Diva Strappy Wedge heels that I ended up purchasing for her as a late mothers day gift. You can see them on her in almost every shot – she only popped them on to try clothes on with and ended up falling in love with them. My mum suffers from a few problems with her legs and ankles which put her in chronic pain and she finds it extremely hard to find comfortable shoes to wear – even harder is finding comfortable heels to wear. She has been stuck wearing boot heels on nights out which meant she couldn’t really wear dresses and meant she felt self conscious about her footwear. Not now!
I knew from the moment she slipped them on and beamed that she had to have them. She wore them for over 2 hours in the changing room/shop without pain and has since worn them on a night out and they successfully kept her pain free all night! She decided to get the wider fitting in the shoe and they were in her words “like walking on a cloud”. I am so happy that I could help my mum find something to beat one of her obstacles and I know Simply Be will definitely be her first port of call for any future heeled footwear.
Overall my mum had a wonderful day and couldn’t get over how wonderful the staff and clothes are at Simply Be. My mum had thought Simply Be started at only plus sizes and so always avoided them – she was actually shocked to hear they start from a size 10 in some ranges and a size 12 in the main Simply Be range. I know armed with this information (and the account she signed up for) that Simply Be is going to be one of my mums new regular places to shop – and I can’t wait to finally go back to a store which can actually cater for both of us!
Hannah & Helen x x x