Monday, 17 March 2014

Marisota Pop Up Shop

WARNING: This post is chocablock full of photos (although that's a bit of a non-warning really).

On Saturday morning I popped into town for a 10am (yes, 10am) appointment with the team at the Marisota Pop Up Shop. Once I'd taken off my jacket and grabbed a cup of coffee, I went straight to the racks of clothes with my Shapeologist for the morning, Lucy. 

The Marisota pop up shop was an opportunity for customers to try on a range of their clothing, footwear and accessories. It can be so difficult to judge how something is going to look on you just by looking at a photograph online. Not only that, but as a 28 year old I can't always relate to the models they use on Marisota, so it was great to try on pieces I had previously dismissed. 

I went a bit mad and picked up nearly everything....


The first outfit I tried on was this Eyelash Lace Skater dress in hot pink. This looked so much better on me than it did on the hanger! I also loved the way it flared out from the waist. I popped this Mark Heyes Collarless Tailored Jacket over the top to see how easily it could transfer from office to night out. 

The next dress I tried on was the Mark Heyes Zip Jersey Dress, which is actually a true red (it doesn't really come across in the photo). Everyone had really good things to say about this dress, but...I just wasn't sure. I tried on a couple of sizes and was never quite happy with how it fit on the arms. Still, I loved the zips on the shoulders, the colour and the draping- just not on me!

Next was this Coleen Nolan Colour Block Illusion Dress. This is a perfect example of a dress I'd previously dismissed. I'd assumed it would be too old for me and a bit frumpy, but when I tried it on I absolutely loved it and it made my waist look tiny! This is a really great dress for work. I have it on with leggings here, but I know I'd wear it with tights in the office. 

Now, the below is an absolute revelation to me. It's been YEARS since I've worn trousers to work, and even then they weren't nice trousers. I absolutely love these. They're the MAGISCULPT bootcut trousers and you would never, ever guess they looked like this from the photographs on the website. They're a great length and fit my bum and thighs, but don't gape at the back. 

I'm wearing them here with the jacket from before and a leopard print Simply Be cami. I just love this whole outfit for work! Power dressing. 

I've saved the best for last now, although this was actually the first dress I tried on. This floral, scuba dress is BEAUTIFUL. I was desperate to buy it, but it's not available yet! It will be on the site in a couple of weeks, at which point I will be buying seven of them so I can wear it EVERY DAY. 

I also fell in love with some of the accessories, particularly this statement necklace. 

I can't say enough good things about the team at Marisota. They were all wonderful and my Shapeologist, Lucy, was so knowledgeable, helpful and, most importantly, honest! I really hope Marisota end up going the same way as other companies (like Yours) and open actual shops! It would be so great if larger women (and men) could have the same kind of choice on the high street as everyone else.