River Island Plus - LookbookFriday, August 19, 2016
River Island is one of my favourite places to shop for clothes, I have shopped there for many years and I have always loved their style, so much so I have the web page stored on my laptop and check the new in section daily on their website. Being a size 18 I have sometimes found some of the styles in River Island wouldn't always fit me even in a size 18, especially if the item was a fitted piece, so when River Island Plus launched earlier this year I was ecstatic as it meant I would have even more things to choose from and because the plus size range is an extension of the straight size range, if something is a little small in straight size, I can now just order a size bigger, this is the thing I think I am most happy about because usually when a brand launches a plus size range the clothes are completely different and the range is tiny, but this isn't the case at all with River Island, they have a wide range of choice in the plus sizes, so much so I'm more often than not spoilt for choice when browsing the website. River Island Plus range from a size 18 to a size 24 and are sold in 22 UK stores and on the River Island website.
I recently chose a few items from the plus size range and today I am going to show you what I chose and let you know my thoughts on the pieces and the sizing and fit etc.
The first thing I chose were these Orange soft tie tapered trousers, they have an elasticated panel on the back of the waist band with a zip and concealed button fastening at the front and a tied waist belt. The trousers have pockets, they are a cropped length and at the bottom of the trouser leg there is a small slit detail.
I paired the trousers with a plain black cami top, black heels and a black and white clutch, I thought it was a nice outfit for maybe a meal out for lunch or dinner or going out for drinks but I could also wear the trousers with some flat shoes or sandals and bigger bag and a denim jacket or leather jacket for a shopping trip or lunch out, they are really versatile trousers, they are high waisted and feel very comfortable to wear. I chose a size 18 in the trousers because they have the elasticated panel to the back of the waistband but had they not I would have sized up to a 20. The trousers are also available in Black and are £35.00.
I chose this gorgeous bright pink cold shoulder top with the Lori skinny high waisted jeans, I really like this outfit and again I think it is very versatile as I would wear it as I am in the above photograph for a shopping trip or to see friends and go for lunch but I could easily add some heels and a clutch and go out for dinner or drinks in the evening. The top is now in the sale down from £22.00 to £10.00.
I have added the heels and clutch to show how the outfit can be changed from day to night very simply just by changing my shoes and bag.
The jeans are high waisted with a zip and button fastening and are very comfortable, I chose a size 20 in the Lori jeans and they fit me perfectly, denim can sometimes be a little smaller in size so I always size up in jeans and these Lori jeans are perfect, I really like them. They are ankle grazer style and have a frayed edge and a small split side seam. The cold shoulder top is lovely, I really like the frill detail around the top which goes round the back too and the split sleeve is a nice detail too, the top is made from a gorgeous silky soft feel fabric and feels lovely and is very comfortable to wear, it looks lovely with the jeans and I always get a lot of compliments when I wear this outfit.
I don't always find jeans comfortable but the Lori jeans are great, they fit well and they don't go big and baggy around the knees after wearing them for a while like some jeans can, they are a great fit and keep their shape and if like me you don't always go for jeans, give them a try they are brilliant and really comfortable too, they are also available with ripped detailing which I love for £38.00.
The next outfit isn't actually something I would usually go for but the top looked lovely on the model so I thought I would step out of my comfort zone and give it a try. The jeans are again the Lori high waisted jeans from outfit number 2 but I have paired this top with them, it is a long hanky hem black top with short sleeves and gorgeous detailing around the bottom. The top has a tie at the neck that can be worn tied or open and I think this outfit is perfect for a shopping date or meeting friends for a summer lunch or even just popping to visit friends. I also think the top would make a fabulous beach cover up, it is the perfect length and would be ideal and also would look great with leggings or worn with some leather look trousers would be lovely for an evening out.
I adore the leggings from River Island and for years have been wearing the high waisted ones and can highly recommend them.
The black top feels extremely comfortable to wear and is very over sized, you could very easily size down in this, I chose the size 18. I adore the detailing around the bottom and the hanky hem detail too, I am pleased I decided to go for something a little different for a change.
The last outfit is a gorgeous orange dress, unfortunately I can't show you this piece on as it was a little too small but I wanted to show you as it is a beautiful dress, it has cross detailing at the back and a tie at the waist, I would have worn the dress with either black heels and a black clutch for the evening or sandals and a larger bag for daytime wear. I love the deep V detail on the dress and think it is a beautiful dress and so versatile too. I chose a size 18 in the dress but as I said it was small so I should really have sized up to a size 20.
The dress is currently in the sale and is down from £40.00 to £15.00, it is a beautiful dress and I wanted to show it to you because it is so pretty and it shows you an example of one of the beautiful dresses that are available with River Island Plus.
My Overall Thoughts
I was desperately hoping to be blown away by the River Island plus range and I am pleased to say I was, all the pieces I chose are made extremely well, they all fit beautifully with the exception of the dress but that is my mistake, I hastily chose the size and chose wrong. I love how all the pieces are exactly the same items sold in the straight size range meaning they are on trend which isn't always the case for plus size fashion. I adore all the pieces I chose, they all feel incredible quality as always with River Island, they are priced really well and fit really well and true to size too.
The plus size range at River Island is amazing and I can highly recommend it to anyone, I am extremely happy with everything I chose and I will continue to shop at River Island as I have done for many years but now I have even more choice which is incredible, I am so pleased with the range and if you haven't already checkout out River Island Plus, I highly recommend you do so, you won't be disappointed!
You can find River Island Plus, on the River Island website here.
Thank you for reading, much love as always
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