Gok for Tu

Considering that this is my second post regarding Gok Wan within a week, it may surprise you to know that I’m not actually a huge fan of his. I never really watched his shows and I disliked the way that he constantly referred to himself last year at the Cabot Circus fashion show which is what the majority of my opinion has been formed on. However at the filming of Gok’s Fashion Roadshow recently, he was much more charming and less self abusive, and has now come up with a range of clothes which are pretty gorgeous. Well, I think so.

Gok has created a “capsule” collection for Sainsburys of quite smart clothes in bright colours. Many of the pieces have hidden shapewear to help smooth out the lumps and bumps – reflecting Gok’s philosophy of “making women feel confident, stylish and positive about their bodies, whatever their size or shape.”

Sainsburys has been a bit slack on the clothes front – while many of us wear clothes from George at Asda or Clothing at Tesco, I honestly can’t remember the last time I noticed a blog mentioning the Tu range. I popped over to our local branch at lunch to see what was there – some of the below items were, some weren’t.

The “Ultimate Wrap Dress” (£40) is a long dress – I saw this in store, and liked how the “sculpting slip” inside seemed to be detachable for use under other dresses. The store had the red, black and floral versions of this, my favourite was probably the black, then the red. I wasn’t keen on the floral one, it was quite a small, dark, fussy sort of print, not my style at all.

The “Oversized Teal Shirt” (£25) wasn’t in-store unfortunately, which was one of the pieces I really wanted to see! Its described as being wearable as either an ultimate structured shirt or as a dress for a super easy look

The “Slash Neck Shift Dress” (£45) also wasn’t in store yet, but also has a sculpting slip inside to banish VPL and control bums, tums and thighs

I liked the reversible kimono (£30) (I didn’t actually realise it was reversible when I saw it in-store!) and the sheer shirt (£25) (I like how the shirt comes with a slip – its so annoying when you buy something sheer and it doesn’t come with something underneath, I’m not brave enough to go without!) The Palazzo pant (£30) looks great in both of these images, but I wasn’t keen on the actual material – they would be one of those items in your wardrobe that are too fussy to wash and iron, and I’m very lazy.

I didn’t get a good look at the “perfect fit pants” (£25) but they are described as the ultimate figure-flatterers. The swing tux (£35) was probably my favourite out of all of the pieces there, although the cropped length isn’t something I’d usually go for.

On the whole, I liked the items of the range that were in my local branch, but I think that some of the items need to be seen in person – from the images, I liked the palazzo pants, but I’m not sure now!

The range launched yesterday, and is available in store and on their new website (Images taken from the site)


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