When it comes to clothes shopping, there are a few staple brands I go to again and again, without really thinking about it. Occasionally I might come across a new brand on Instagram but, mainly, I’m predictable in the extreme, opting for the regular high street haunts most of us probably go to. Simply Be is not a shop I’ve ever been in before and, to be honest, it’s not a brand that had ever really crossed my radar before. Until now, that is.
With our summer trip coming up, I’ve been on the hunt for some new holiday dresses to wear in France. My main requirement? Comfort. I want something that’s easy to throw on after a trip to the pool, but looks nice wafting around a French market or doing some sightseeing too. Nothing too hot or fussy, but nothing too tight or short either. No big ask then.
That’s where the holiday shop at Simply Be comes in. After a quick browse of the website I came away with a whole load of potential holiday dresses that ticked all my requirement options. With most of the pieces starting in a size 12, I had a huge array of choices, which surprised me seeing as I’d never even glanced at this brand before.
I chose a bright blue Maxi dress with button detail in a comfortable jersey fabric – again, not a style I’d typically go for but I LOVE it. (Here I am, doing my best Fashion Blogger impression)…
The panelling and button detail makes this a really flattering dress, while the light jersey fabric means it’s soft and really comfortable. I could easily throw this on after a trip to the beach, wear it out and about sightseeing during the day or out for some drinks in the evening. The bright pop of colour makes it holiday-ready, while the fun pom-pom bag (nicknamed my “Morris Dancer Bag” by my fashion-phobic husband) contrasts nicely with the tassel sandals. Again – Simply Be do shoes and accessories too, who knew?!
As well as the blue maxi, I picked out a double layer crinkle black midi number. It goes equally well with the oversized bag and tassel sandals, and is just as versatile as the blue dress. The layered top gives it a flattering shape for my non-washboard stomach while the tie straps are a cute little detail I love.
Midi length dresses and skirts are my length of choice this summer and this one has a pretty extra panel detail at the bottom to give it a floaty edge. It’s REALLY flattering, easy to wear and – most importantly for holiday – cool and comfortable.
Branching out of my comfort zone has helped me find two new holiday outfit staples, a bag of dreams and sandals I love, and it’s inspired me to be more open-minded about my shopping options in the future too.
Are there any brands you’ve recently discovered which you’ve never really looked at before?