I grew up with most purchases being made from a catalogue – either Littlewoods or Kays – but since leaving for Uni, more purchases have been made online. Inevitably, the catalogue companies have changed from sending out those big glossy books to going online, but still offer the credit options (although I doubt they list things with their cost per week over 20 weeks! Everything seemed like such a bargain then – I would even beg my mum to let me buy something because it was only 15p for 20 weeks!)

This post has been languishing in my drafts folder for a while now, and I thought I should just get it published – but I doubt that this dress* is available any longer. (edit It is still available!)

You’re probably wondering why I took so long to post. Back in August (?), the PR lady from Very got in touch and offered to send me an item from one of their new ranges. I sent over a few links (because I like to let them choose what to send – I like surprises!) and kinda forgot about it. About a month later, this parcel appeared on my doorstep. Awesome! I tried the dress on, and hung it up. The next day, another parcel appeared. The same dress.

I’ve been trying to get this second dress returned to – well, anyone. I feel guilty that by me having two items, someone else is missing out on receiving an item to review. If you are a PR or a contact at Very – please, please contact me!

Anyway. Diversion. The dress! Its a cute tea dress, from the Holly Willoughby collection*. About the collection, Holly says:

“As a real woman with curves, Holly wanted to design pieces that will make every woman feel glamorous and feminine, just like her signature style. A girl who doesn’t like to slavishly follow trends, this collection uses classic shapes that will really flatter your figure.”

I’m not especially keen on the use of the term “real woman with curves”, but thought that since Holly is curvy, and I am lumpy curvy too, that something from her collection would be a good fit.

The dress is well designed for a lady with a large chest – I thought I had a decent sized pair of boobs, but theres almost too much material in the top part! The skirt length is a little indecent, and because of the slip part under the skirt, it rides up when I sit down. Its a really nice dress for work though, I just have to be a little more careful when I leave the safety of my desk!

I feel like this whole post is a bit negative, but generally, I do really like the items in Holly’s collection* – I would just be a bit wary next time of buying something with a deep v neckline!


  1. Laura says

    I like the colour on you, but as you say it is very low cut, and looking at the picture on Very’s website the length is totally different… unless Holly Willoughby is secretly only 4ft tall??


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