Draped In Velvet with Simply Be

13 Sep 2017

Edinburgh based plus size style and fat positive blogger AmandaApparel wears a lush velvet occasion dress in this style brought to you by Simply Be.

This post contains gifted products for review. Although the product was gifted, all opinions expressed are genuine and are my own. For more information about collaborative posts, please visit the policy page.


How LUSH is this location, you guys?! If you follow any other Edinburgh based bloggers, odds are you’ve seen the picturesque Circus Lane. It’s so unbelievably charming, and I cannot deal! While we were shooting the residents who happened to be out and about were SO friendly! While we were setting up the shots, a sweet old man even offered to let us use their front room to primp in their mirror! We had so many giggles and wee chats with various locals and it was just a really sweet shoot. 


I’m actually obsessed with this dress. I love a bit of velvet, and this gorgeous print totally satisfies my velvet craving. There’s not much I DON’T like about this dress, tbh. The pattern is stunning. It’s true to size, if not a bit on the large side (I assume this is because of the oversized style). The keyhole detail on the neckline is cute, without showing off my bra. The velvet isn’t stiff and structured like it sometimes can be, you know? It’s fluid and flows beautifully! 


The pattern and the hemline are probably my favourite things about the dress. In a shocking turn of events, I like pink and purple, (That deff didn’t inspire my new branding…naaaah…) so the colour palette is perfect for me. Plus the pop of coral breaks up the pastel tones. The sandals match that coral shade perfectly! I know it’s a bit cold out to be wearing sandals, but I’m warm blooded! And I wore a jacket! Don’t judge me! 


I’ve acquired quite a selection of biker jackets, but this grey one has become a firm favourite. Black can sometimes feel a bit too harsh for the look I’m going for. I’m into the grey tone because it’s still neutral, but it’s a bit edgy. It felt like the perfect tone to complement this colourful dress. I wish we had gotten a photo of the jacket’s lining! The combo of edgy and soft is perfect! Maybe supple is a better word than soft? Can I call a jacket supple? Why not? Let’s be a bit extra today, y’all! 




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Earrings: Old H&M • Handbag: Old H&M


This post contains gifted products for review in collaboration with Simply Be. Click to shop their selection of occasion dresses. All opinions expressed are genuine and are my own. For more information about collaborative posts, please visit the policy page.


Photos by Lianne Mackay: Edinburgh Wedding and Portrait Photographer 


Shot on location at Circus Lane in Edinburgh 


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hiya! i'm amanda!

Plus size style and fat positive blogger. Born in Kansas City. Matured in Edinburgh Scotland. Feminist killjoy, Instagram fanatic, and avid user of the sparkle emoji. Expect outfit posts, fat activism,
and intersectional feminism.
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