I arrive back from our relaxing family holiday in sunny Spain to a marvellous surprise – a parcel of new summer clothes. The parcel is from SimplyBe, a women’s fashion website, and is a welcome distraction from the unseasonably chilly English weather. My calendar tells me that it’s definitely August, yet it’s so cold that I have to put on the central heating. Grrr grrr.
I’ve never written a fashion post before, so I’m not sure where to begin. I open the parcel, look at the clothes, and decide that I really like all of them. I decide to start with a quick Facebook Live video to show the clothes before I try them on. Here’s the video:
Then I try the clothes on – and I like them even more. Here they are, with prices as shown on the website at the time of writing.
This sarong design is called deck stripe and it comes in one size, obviously. It’s made of viscose, which is very practical as it would dry quickly if it got wet at the beach or pool. It’s really light and I’ll definitely pack it for my next beach holiday.
Beach to beach sarong: £12.00
Apart from when it’s hot (which seems to be hardly ever in the UK) I practically live in skinny jeans these days. In the winter I wear them with boots, in the summer with flip flops. I usually buy my jeans from Top Shop or Gap – I can’t face trekking around to try different varieties of jeans. I know my size and the styles and brands that I like, which makes jeans shopping really quick and easy. So I’m not sure about these jeans at all, before trying them on. Especially because they’re called Premium shape and sculpt high waisted skinny jeans. It’s the shape and sculpt bit which puts me off – it sounds uncomfortable and exhausting. But when I try the jeans on I find them to be very comfortable, and I like them, especially as they’re a short length, so don’t require any sewing (most trousers that I buy are too long for me and I have to shorten them).
Lace shell top
I try this top on with the jeans, because that’s how I’m most likely to wear it, but it’s the kind of top which is probably meant to be worn as part of a smart outfit. The colour of the top is oyster, which would go with most other colours, and it’s made of polyester. I think that this top is very versatile and I could see me taking it on my travels.
Joanna Hope lace shell top: £29.00
I’d call this a dressing gown, but it’s officially called a pretty secrets broderie anglaise wrap gown. Whatever, I like it: it’s 100% cotton, light and easy to pack. The only drawback is that it’s a bit too big for me – it’s a size 12/14 and I’m a size 8/10 – but that doesn’t actually matter given that I’ll be using it as a dressing gown.
Over to you
What do you think about these clothes? Are they the sort of things that you would choose? Where to you tend to get your clothes from?
Disclosure: SimplyBe sent me these clothes for the purposes of this review. SimplyBe sell clothes in sizes 10 to 32.