It’s time for another episode of “Marianne shops stuff online – The good, the bad and the ugly”. This time, I went on a little shopping splurge on Boohoo curve. Boohoo has a curve line with loads of stuff (Options! Give me options!). Their style tends to be a bit more on the sexy and glamourous side, think lots of skintight dresses and bodysuits, as well as lots of cool, laidback options (jeans and shirts) so there’s something there for everyone.
For general remarks on sizing and fit, check the summary at the bottom.
Alright, let’s have a look at what I ordered!
Black sweater €20 (on sale for €17)
It’s not very clear from the picture, but it’s a black jumper with a ruffle detail on the arm. I’ve been obsessed with ruffles lately, so I had to snatch this one up. I wanted a bit of an oversized look so I ordered the biggest size, a UK24.
As you can see, it doesn’t fit oversized at all :D. I could easily go up 2 sizes bigger if I want to have that oversized look, the way it looks on the model… Even though it doesn’t fit like it’s “supposed” to, I quite like it as a tight fitting sweater as well. You can find it here.
Oh and crap, I should really take the dust off my mirror eh?
2. Oversized white shirt with ruffles €19 (on sale for €16)
Continuing on my ruffle quest with this white oversized shirt with ruffles. It looked really oversized on the model so I figured I didn’t need the biggest size, and went with a UK22 (EU50). It also comes in grey and black (I only got the white one, but I’m loving both the grey and black one too…)
It fits exactly the way I wanted it to: slouchy and oversized (although still not as oversized as on the model, the sleeves are much shorter on me!). I can wear this right now with jeans or a pencil skirt, but I also look forward to wearing it in the summer with some ripped shorts. Cute much! Get it here.
3. Pink bikini with watermelon print €27 (on sale for €23)
Then there was this pink watermelon bikini with white zippers. I saw it and was like “OMG THAT’S THE CUTEST THING EVER!”. A big disadvantage of ordering swimwear at Boohoo is that most bikini’s come as a set. So you buy it as a whole, not the top and pants seperately. For girls who need different sizes on top and at the bottom, that is frustrating. I figured I would buy it for the top and just wear it with white or black bottoms, so I ordered a size UK20 (EU48), thinking the bottoms would probably be a bit too small…
But it fits quite perfectly! Surprise of the day! A lot of girls have asked me about the support of this bikini, so here it goes:
- my boobs (although I’m a full D) are not that heavy, so talking about support is difficult for me. For my boobs, this gives enough support.
- I would have probably gotten more support if I sized down one size on the top, but then the bottoms wouldn’t fit… The top is definitely a bit roomy now, but again, for my boobs, I don’t mind.
- The fabric is firm and stretchy, and the design of the top is a bit like a sport top: wide back band and small crisscross straps.
- I don’t think you should expect massive support from this one but honestly, for that price, I would be surprised if it was super supportive.
- I fell in love with the prints, which is SUPERCUTE. More expensive brands will certainly give more support, but their designs also tend to be a bit more on the safer side. I like my simwear with a twist, with cutouts and mesh and other cool design stuff, with fun colours and prints,… and if I want that design, I am okay with settling for a bit less support. That’s just me though, you do you.
4. White V-neck bodysuit with thong €14 (on sale for €12)
Up next: bodysuits. It took me a while to warm my heart for them, but now that I’m convinced there’s just no turning back. They’re super handy to wear under jeans and skirts to get that “tucked in look” of a shirt but without constantly having to actually tuck in your shirt. Yes please. The first one has a low V-neck and I got it in a UK24 (EU 52) as well because I figured “if I get it in a size big enough, then it will definitely be long enough”. Ehm, yes, it certainly was.
Way too big! The top part is doable, but it has a thong at the bottom and I’ve discovered that nothing fits more awkwardly than a thong that is way too big. You can’t really see it in the picture (because in order for you guys to see it I would have to flash my nekked butt), but there’s a LOT of excess fabric going on. Come to think of it, a lot of Boohoo’s onepieces tend to fit my tall frame… I have 2 swimsuits from them and they are also long enough, so maybe I shoulnd’t have sized up at all. This probably would have fitted better in a UK20… lesson learned! Check it out here.
5. White bodysuit with lace up detail €20 (on sale for €17)
The second bodysuit has a lace up detail, another look I’m currently digging a lot. I ordered this in a UK22 (EU50)and again, a UK20 (EU48) definitely would have been better. This one is also definitely long enough (guys, keep in mind I’m 1m85! I usually have to watch out for cameltoes with basically everything I wear, do you know how I rare it is to not have this issue :D?).
Even though it’s a little bit too big, it doesn’t bother me as much as with the other one because this one has a regular bottom instead of a thong. I can definitely see me rocking this one with some mom jeans!
6. White minidress with overlap detail €24 (on sale for €20)
I’m really into white dresses for summer and I loved this little white mini dress! I got it in the biggest size, UK24 (EU52) thinking “this way it will definitely fit loosely around my hips and it will probably be a bit too big around my waist but that’s okay because I will do some altering on it“. So I fully expected this to be too big, but I was planning on taking it in on the waist to give it a nice shape. It has a firm (so non-seethrough) stretchy fabric with a little pattern on it.
Ehm, yeah. No. Nono. Not only does it fit quite small (look how tight it fits around my body…) but it’s also supershort. Like, ridicously short. Like I should be walking streetcorners. I don’t mind short, really, but this thing is in serious danger of flashing everyone my underpants with every step I take, and that is where I draw the line! If it would have been a loose fit, I *might* be okay with the length, to wear during summer with a flat sandal or something, but this way it’s just not acceptable. Too bad, I really wanted this one! I still think it’s a SUPERcute dress though, so if anyone else wants to try it you can find it here.
GENERAL BOOHOO CURVE REMARKS ABOUT SIZE AND FIT
Here are some general remarks if you’re interested in shopping at Boohoo curve. First of all, this is their sizeguide:
If I follow their sizeguide strictly, I need a UK24 on both the top and the bottom (my waist is smaller, but I tend to look mostly at hip and bust because a waist is easier to adjust to fit). According to their sizeguide, I think Boohoo runs small, since I’m usually a UK20 in a lot of brands. I don’t think their fit is always consistent with their sizeguide though. I order 3 items in a UK24 but 2 of thise were way too big. I also order one item in a UK20 (the bikini) and that fit perfectly. Yeah, complicated, I know… I think you just really need to look at the fit of the item and how much stretch it has. Tops usually run bigger, bottoms usually run a bit smaller.
- Bodysuits and swimsuits generally tend to have long torso’s. Skirts and dresses tend to be short.
- Price quality is good. I don’t think you can expect the world’s best quality when you pay so little, but I have items from Boohoo that I’ve been wearing for years and that are still cute. I’d compare it to H&M quality: sometimes you end up with something shitty, but often it’s definitely okay for what you paid.
- There seem to be several disadvantages about shopping with Boohoo, true. But I find things there that I can’t find anywhere, so for me it’s worth the risk. Ordering shirts from them is pretty much 100% safe though, and if you’re into statement t-shirts this will definitely be the store for you.