It's always exciting to see brands expanding their ranges to cater for plus-size ladies and high-street chain Wallis are the latest to do so. It comes after much interest and demand from customers and I'm really glad they've listened to that. The Live Unlimited range comes in sizes 16-24, designed exclusively with curves in mind and to celebrate that shape. There's quite a bit of talk about "flattering" garments and silhouettes, which I know a lot of plus-size ladies take offence at or don't like to hear. Personally I buy what I like and what I think will suit me and don't pay much attention to specific product information regarding how it should be worn and why it was designed this way, so it doesn't bother me. I'd ignore the words and concentrate on the garments instead!
For the most part I actually love the way they've styled the pieces and though not everything is to my taste (some of the tops especially veer into stereotypical "plus size" territory that I'd avoid), for a first collection I think it's rather good. I really like the use of the bold, watercolour-like floral print, which features on several items. Individually, I love the shape of the figure hugging scuba trousers £55 and the curved, back-split top £50, but I love even more that they've paired them together (as above). It makes the look feel very current, ticking that "co-ord" trend and it's bright and bold and attention grabbing, rather than the 'try and blend into the background' theory some plus size ranges favour.
The black drop hem top £40, isn't a shape I'd usually go for, but seeing it on the model here (again with those gorgeous floral trousers), has me lusting after it. It's got slim fitting jersey sleeves, then a sheer back, which flows beautifully.
Alongside the floral trousers are these grey jacquard ones £35. They look and sound like stretchy leggings to me, I think they'd look awesome with the black top above too. I also really like these animal detail trousers £45. They are made from thick jersey with a contrast snake print waistband and side panels, finished off with zip details. They look great with the printed items including the floral tunic top £45 and floral back cardigan £55 shown below.
Another really trendy item I'm pleased to see included is the kimono. There are several styles and prints to choose from and another (fringed one, below) that hasn't been released yet. The snake print one £75 looks great with the black trousers mentioned above and here is the beautiful purple patterned silk £65 and patterned lurex one £75, which is also available in the same print in a dress £55 and kaftan £55.
In a similar print to the snake trousers is this panel pencil skirt £35. I just know it's something I'd wear again and again. This time the pattern is reversed with the jersey fabric down the sides (and back) and the snake-print in the centre, giving the illusion of wearing a leather skirt without the restriction.
My favourite piece of the collection though, has to be this foil patterned skirt £45. It also comes in a shift dress £65, but I just love it in skirt form. It's a midi length and the lovely gold pattern is fancy without being too glitzy. I'd wear this with pretty much anything; t-shirts, jumpers, close-fitting cardigans, blouses, anything!
Overall I think it's a decent first collection, that fits with the rest of the brand and with the exception of a few of the tops is well designed for plus-size women. While I don't see myself in every item, I just know there are other plus-size bloggers out there that would rock them. I think the prices are on point with the rest of the site and until midnight tonight, there is 20% off (prices shown here without discount). An added incentive, is free express delivery (order before 9pm for next working day) when spending over £30 with the code WKEND30. So if you plan on buying, do so as quickly as possible : ) I'd love to see what you get. What do you think?
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