My review of "Paper Dolls" - an exquisite brand of partywear available at Simply Be...

If you've never heard of Paper Dolls before, let me fill you in...Paper Dolls is a brand available at Simply Be, that offers plus size party dresses, which are bang on trend.

I remember back to my school prom and although I was a size 14 at the time, I could not find anything remotely trendy to wear and ended up wearing a black shift dress with a silver buckle on the front - very uncool!

How times have changed! Now, with thanks to Paper Dolls @ Simply Be, it is now possible to order absolutely gorgeous party dresses from a UK size 12 to 26. I have been eyeing the Paper Dolls @ Simply Be collection for a while now, so when Simply Be asked me to review it, I jumped at the chance.

While having a bit of a deju vu moment; stalking our postman again... my parcel from Simply Be arrived within 2 working days. Again, fantastic service and really quick delivery. I opened it up and inside were 2 gorgeous dresses, which in my opinion the photos on the website do not do justice; They look a lot more exquisite in the flesh.

First up, a beautiful cream/beige and black embellished waisted dress (Paper dolls Embellished Waisted Dress). This dress is wonderfully floaty and superbly well made. It feels expensive when you try it on - with a lining inside that includes a lower netting panel, that pushes the bottom of the dress out slightly allowing it to flow from your curves.

The top half of the dress is made with a gorgeous cream/beige coloured floaty fabric with a bustier style outline and straps which overlay into a V neck. The back is shirred which means that it is elasticated (perfect if you have a wide back like me!) and the waist is elasticated too. The embellished beading across the middle of the dress is extremely delicate, made with black bugle beads, golden, almost nude colour sequins and tiny black round beads.

Paper Dolls Embellished Dress: Simply Be* £75, High Heels: Next, Jewellery: Various local boutiques

I am wearing a size 18 so the sizing is true - however I was a little nervous when stepping into the dress as I was worried it wouldn't go over my hips. The length of the dress is perfect - not too long, but not too short either.

The one thing that worried me about this dress when I was browsing the site was the price; however as soon as it arrived you can see why it has a £75 price tag and in my opinion is worth every penny. This dress would be perfect for special occasions, nights out, and weddings. Finally it is fantastic to see dresses of this style and standard available up to a size 26!

I decided to wear my black high heels from Next and a selection of jewellery which complimented the dress in beiges, silvers and copper browns from local boutiques. I also tried this dress on with a black cardigan which also worked, however the dress is so pretty that I didn't want to cover it up so I have finally left the tops of my arms uncovered! Go me!

The second dress I tried on was a one shoulder embellished waisted dress. Again this dress screams extravagance at you when you see it. It is very similar to the first dress except it is a navy blue colour all over with grey and silver sequins and beads across the middle. There are even small sparkly embellishments too which make this dress really shine.

This dress also has an inner lining which has a lower band of netting to make it fall beautifully. Again this dress is £75 which I think is really good value for money for such a well made dress. The one shoulder was a little worrying for me at first because of my arms but I think that it looks really flattering on. I am wearing a size 18 again, and no problems with it being too small or too big - it fits perfectly.

Paper Dolls One Shoulder Embellished Dress: *Simply Be, £75 Necklace: Tiffany, Heels: Select, Bracelets: New Look

This dress also has a shirred back and elasticated waist making it brilliant if you are like me and are constantly going up and down a few lbs. The photos available on the Simply Be website are much more representative of the colour of this dress and styling than the previous dress.

With this dress I wore my nude heels from Select, my Tiffany necklace (I didn't want to detract from the embellished panel too much) and a bracelet set from New Look.

In conclusion, I feel like a movie star in both of these dresses and am very excited to see what the next range of Paper Dolls dresses look like on the Simply Be website.  I will definitely be ordering more from this brand available exclusively at Simply Be!