When it comes to parties, I absolutely LOVE those that have a fancy dress theme. However being plus sized, can also throw a lot of complications into the mix as so many companies don't offer a plus size range and those that do are often very small fitting and don't go higher than an 18-20.
Until I discovered the Plus Size Lingerie Boutique, I would have found putting together a fancy dress outfit from a costume shop to be quite a stressful experience as it would usually be so difficult for me to find something to fit me whereas the Plus Size Lingerie Boutique made shopping so easy.
As well as having lots of lingerie options, they also have a great plus size fancy dress section with a whole host of different themed costumes available in lots of different sizes.
When I saw the plus size Greek Goddess costume, I knew that I had to get it as my friend Sara hosts an annual greek goddess party at her house and this year would be the first time that I would be able to attend. All of the ladies who go always go all out and dress up fabulously and I wanted to do the same, if I could find an outfit that would fit me.
The delivery was quite quick and my costume arrived securely packaged.
I'm around a size 22, sometimes I'm smaller on top depending on the fit and material of a garment and sometimes I'm far larger to a 24 or 26 on the bottom depending on the type of clothing and how it sits on my tummy. For an item like this, if it were an actual maxi dress, I would generally buy a size 22 and find that I wouldn't have any issues. However because of past experiences, I ordered the larger size thinking that it would just about fit. In the past I've ordered fancy dress costumes that were labelled a size 28 and even my size 20 friend couldn't zip them up so that just goes to show how off the sizing can be.
When this costume arrived I was so nervous but as soon as I took it out of the packaging, I knew that I didn't have anything to be worried about. The sizing of this costume is amazing. The 3X was quite big on me and I could have easily bought the 1X which is absolutely brilliant news for those larger than myself as I'm sure theres other people out there who have had the same struggles as me when it comes to buying fancy dress outfits and the struggle is not fun!
The costume itself is absolutely stunning. When people have seen photos of me wearing it and when I was at the party, people even said that they would wear it out or on holiday.
It is a long grecian maxi dress that is floor length. I'm 5ft 5" and it trailed the floor which is great news for those taller than me as it'll definitely fit you on the length. Some might want to have it taken up if you're around my height or shorter but I just held it up a little at the side as I walked.
The colour of the dress is a beautiful, bright white. The colour is stunning as it fades to the most gorgeous blue at the bottom. Honestly the photo online doesn't do this costume justice. I haven't edited these photos, except for adding my @whatlauraloves tag to the corner, which in hindsight doesn't do anything as people still nick my photos and try to pass them off as their own. Anyway, the point is, what you see is what you get with this dress; the colour is stunning.
The dress is strapless with open drapes coming from it. You can either wrap these over your arms or leave them floating down as I did. They look so pretty and feminine and compliment the cut of the dress so well.
I love the wrap over top as I think that it looks so flattering, plus there is ample room in the bust so if you're blessed with a large chest then you'll appreciate the sizing but it does show a lot of cleavage that some might not like. A simple safety pin or a white cami underneath would quickly fix that. Personally, I don't mind showing a bit of cleavage so long as my bra isn't on show.
There's an elasticated bit underneath the bust that gives the dress a great shape as it hangs beautifully from underneath it. I love the gold detailing on the dress too as it compliments the crisp white and blue so well; there's a gold ring on the top of each shoulder, the v neckline is trimmed in gold and theres a gold tie for around the waist that is very long. It comes out of the dress at the sides underneath the bust and you can either just tie it at the back like I did or wrap it around a few times and tie at the front.
The dress also comes with a gold headband that I didn't wear at the start of the night as I really liked my hair and makeup as it was but later on I popped it on and I love the way that it looked.
I kept my footwear simple with some white flip flops and took out my gorgeous gold glitter Ted Baker bag to hold all of my essentials!
This is by far the best fancy dress costume I've ever had as a plus size adult because the sizing and quality is fabulous. Rather than feeling a bit silly like I have in other costumes, I felt really pretty wearing this costume and I think it showed in how confident and comfortable I was at the party.
I'd really recommend the Plus Size Lingerie Boutique for your next fancy dress costume. They're really big on feedback too as they're a website that is consistently growing but they need your reviews in order to be able to know what they're doing right and what they need to improve on. You can visit the independent website, Yelp, to see more details about the company and there is also a PLB review section where you can write your own review on the brand.
You can shop my Greek Goddess plus size fancy dress* outfit here. I'd definitely buy my next fancy dress costume from this shop!
What are your favourite fancy dress costumes to wear?