Sometimes, I feel that the character of Cinderella is closer to the truth, rather than being a work of fiction. Spending the day in my scruffs whilst I bleach the kitchen floor, chasing Lucifer ( I mean Thomas) away from my couch before he digs his claws in, before having to slave over a hot stove to make a meal for oneself. But then, it only takes one dress to transform you into that Princess, casting your previous existance to the side. I’ve had that moment happen, and it was the moment that I stepped into the Chi Chi London Orlaith Dress. I have never felt so special in a piece of clothing before and believe me when I say that I had a hard time in taking it off. I wanted to stay as a modern day Cinderella forever.
Chi Chi London are a relatively new brand to me and their range is full of beautiful 1950’s style dresses. Think flared skirts, pretty petticoats and flattering necklines. It’s taken some time to build up confidence in myself to wear a top that enhances my chest, rather than a high neckline with a shorter length hem. I’ve been inspired by plus size bloggers George from Fuller Figure, Fuller Bust and Georgina from She Might Be Loved, who accentuate their assets, cinching in their waists and being proud of their cleavage. I have to finally admit to myself that they are there and there’s not a lot I can do and I do need to stop hiding them away under baggy tops and unflattering shapes.
The Chi Chi London Orlaith Dress in Powder Blue is so flattering, with its sweetheart neckline and fitted waist. I actually look like I have a small waist before the full skirt protrudes out before hitting the most flattering part of the leg. I don’t usually wear dresses with hems so long, but it sits at just the right place, making legs look slim and toned. To say I felt like a million dollars is an understatement. The quality of the fabric is beautiful and is fully lined with a double mesh underskirt. The plunge front has a mesh panel to conceal your modesty and the fitted bodice sits in the right places to create a sleek shape, whatever your size. I adore the open back, however a strapless bra needs to be worn as straps will be visible with a full bra. The dress that I am wearing is from the Chi Chi Curve section, however it is available in the regular section, starting from a size 8 up to a size 24.
I accessorised with a necklace that I borrowed from my mum, covered with a combination of bevelled and smooth crystal hearts on a silver chain. With a modern day Cinderella in mind, it was inevitable that I would be teaming the Orlaith dress with my custom made shoes from Customised Bling Things. These shoes were made with Cinderella in mind, and they are heavily glittered in silver to be reminiscent of Cinders glass slippers, complete with a jewelled swag across the back of the shoe.
For the races, a wedding or a Spring/Summer party, all of the dresses from Chi Chi London would fit the brief perfectly. After falling in love with Orlaith, I have set my sights on Gosia and Roxanne. I can see my wardrobe filling up with these beautiful Chi Chi dresses, especially as they’re all fantastically priced and come in under £80 per dress.
Have you tried anything from Chi Chi London? What did you think?
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