I recently contacted Taking Shape to see if they would be willing to help me dress for Brit Mums Live. Since having Baby and suffering from bad SPD, I have put on a lot of weight and I am really unhappy in my own skin. Going to an event, which will be full of beautiful well dressed women is a little daunting.
I was absolutely thrilled when Taking Shape offered to provide me with a stylist session in my local store, when they would help me put together outfits for both days. I was also grateful to have some ‘me’ time, which I don’t get since having Baby.
Who are ‘Taking Shape’?
Taking Shape is a Plus Sized Fashion brand, which started in Australia, before opening stores in New Zealand and now the UK. Their ranges come in size 14-26 and are specifically designed for Taking Shape alone. The designers focus on celebrating curves and they pay particular attention to the cut of their garments.
Taking shape have three ranges covering casual wear, active wear, lounge wear, shoes, accessories, smart casual, everything you need!
Stylist sessions are free and vary from 30 minutes (The Express) to 3 hours (Style Parties), depending on which type of session you go for. There is no obligation to buy any garments.
My Stylist session
I was a little apprehensive when I arrived, as trying on clothes at the moment is not much fun. As soon as I met Angela and Debbie, I was put at ease. Angela gave me some information about the company and about how the styling sessions work. We worked our way round the shop, with me highlighting things I like and Angela pulling out pieces and giving me her advice, based on my likes, body shape and the event the clothes are for. I wanted to step out of my comfort zone a little, as I feel quite drab, so was willing to try colours that I wouldn’t normally go for.
By the time I made it to the changing room, I had my own rail and a cup of tea waiting for me! Bliss! Angela recapped on what garments went with each other and I set to work trying on. Every outfit I tried on, I loved! This never happens to me. I usually have such little choice, but everything fitted well and I felt the cuts were very flattering. After slipping into each outfit, Angela would accessorise me with the most fabulous jewellery (especially designed by Taking Shape). This really did make a difference to all the outfits. I popped into the shop to get my picture taken for this post and for TS own purposes.
After I had tried on everything, I sat in their little chill out nook, with another cup of tea and my phone, going through the pictures trying to decide which pieces I wanted to take home. In the end I decided on a patterned orange dress for the first day at BritMums (as I think it is nice enough for the evening too), worn with one of TS long sleeved body’s underneath. For the second day, a purple patterned dress that feels fabulous on. I will wear it will the body and leggings. I couldn’t resist a few other bits also, lovely black and white gypsy top, a multicoloured slouch top (which scared me a lot when I first saw it), but on feels fab and four lovely necklaces. I also came home and ordered a coat and a skirt from the website sale!
I thoroughly enjoyed my session at Taking Shape. I was made to feel very welcome and given great advice. I am still shocked that there were so many things I wanted to buy! I would wholeheartedly recommend these styling sessions to anyone who feels they need a little help in the wardrobe department.
Disclosure: Taking Shape very kindly provided me with £150 to spend on clothes. I purchased the rest of the items with my own money.
All words and opinions are my own and are 100% honest.
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