A few weeks ago now I was kindly invited to Simply Be to check out their Gateshead shop and to try on a mountain of beautiful clothes.I did a previous post which showed my mum at Simply Be and how I dressed her for a few occasions, however it’s now time for me to write up my experience of the day and show you some of the looks I pulled together with the help of Emma. Emma was an absolute gem on the day and helped both me and my mum tons. We could not of asked for a kinder, lovelier, more conscientious member of staff to be helping us. Emma you are a credit to Simply Be.
Some of the images you may of seen before, but as I said this will all be from my perspective now!
My outfit for the day was –
Jumper – Primark
Skirt – Primark
Coat – Evans
This outfit was built for warmth and bump comfort – but it was also really cute.
When we arrived at the store, I didn’t announce who we were as I wanted to have a look around and get a feel for the store myself first. The store isn’t the biggest Simply Be I’ve been in, however the layout is accessible and there’s a lot of product on offer. I finally introduced myself to Emma who gave me a massive warm welcome. Me and my mum then mentioned what we were looking for – her an outfit for a night out here which could be taken on holiday, and me something that I can get a lot of wear out of during my pregnancy which still looks smart.
My first try on was this beautiful Zig Zag Print Maxi.
Both me and my mum loved this dress on – and I ended up taking it home with me.I sized up and got a size 26 so this one is slightly big but there’s room for my bump to comfortably grow. The fabric is lovely – soft and flowing and the dress is super comfortable. It will definitely take me from spring, to summer and allow my bump to grow underneath.
Next we tried on the Joe Browns Brazilia Dress.
We both loved this dress. My mum went for a size 16 and downsized to a 14. I went for a size 24 which was a smidge too tight on the bust but nothing major. My mum ended up getting this dress which I absolutely loved on her.
Our next choice was a real let down size wise. I tried the Voodoo Vixen Connie Dress on in a size 4XL which didn’t fit at or or could get zipped! I’ve worn a 3XL and a 4XL in them previously with no issues but this dress was tiny and honestly didn’t make me feel good when the zipper wouldn’t go..
My mum tried on the Kelly Brook Lace Peplum in a size 16 and had to really squeeze into it. This dress is also tiny sizing. My mum also wasn’t a fan of the split up the front which was almost exposing her pants! These two were definite no go’s so we moved on.
Next I tried on this lovely red pleated skater dress which i’d tried on a few weeks ago and loved.
I loved everything about the dress, from the lace detailing, the vibrant colour and the flowing fabric – however it was a smidge too tight on my bust and I didn’t feel like I would get much pregnancy wear from it.
To me this was a winning combination. The jacket I wore in a 24 and was perfect, it was so light and comfortable and a real great transitional jacket for spring time into early summer. The dress is was not a colour I would ever think of wearing, but I really loved the colour on me, and I loved how it popped against the checks. I’m wearing a 22 here which was just that little bit too small on my chest.
As the dress was small in a 22, I tried a 24 in the white just for size and it was perfect. I loved this dress with the coat and looking back – wish I’d of been brave enough to get it! I fell in love with this dress but the whiteness put me off as I’m such a mucky pup. Maybe i’ll keep my eye on it and purchase it soon – it really was a lovely dress.
Another beauty I’m sure i’ll be purchasing soon was the green floral jersey swing.
I wore a size 22 and everthing about the dress was just lovely. The colour popped, the print was fabulous, the cut out detail showed a little but not too much, great length on me, loved the sleeves and most importantly – the jersey meant that it would be a great bump friendly dress with a pair of leggings (I do love the Simply Be ones!).
Emma suggested that I try the dress with a denim jacket which my mum loved…but I just wasn’t sure. Maybe with cropped sleeves!
I also tried the jersey swing on in blue floral..
..but it just didn’t pop like that beautiful green – although I did really like this one too.
My last outfit wasn’t actually a dress! It contained the lovely check jacket of dreams from earlier, with some jersey peg leg trousers (which i’ll admit were too big for me as they only had a size 26) and a bright lemon waffle shell top which I tucked in. I loved this outfit and was very comfortable in it – despite the trousers drooping at the front and being too big! The colour clash worked well and it would be great for expanding bumps!
Me with the team!
Overall I had a wonderful time with the Simply Be team who were all so kind, caring and attentive to my needs. Emma kept me topped up with soft drinks – even letting me use her special cup which I appreciated. Both me and my mum had our eyes opened to just how many lovely lines there are out and how affordable and accessible Simply Be is becoming as a brand – some of the dresses I tried on were as little as £26 – which is excellent.
A massive thank you to the Gateshead staff for having me!