Star by Julien MacDonald at Debenhams August 2015


Before I begin, I apologise for the rest of my outfit. When I left the house in green shorts and pink flip-flops I was not planning on looking for clothes! But wandering around Debenhams I spotted a top which fitted the Flatter Fashion remit, then another and then another; all of these items are from the Star by Julien MacDonald range in what is a rather small store so I imagine there are lots more available online.

 Ruffle Halter Neck Top, Item No:0070205012  
 

Verdict: The ruffle falls in a flattering V down to the waistline, adding width across the chest and the illusion of an hourglass figure. The light chiffon ruffle conceals the tummy area without adding too much fabric, whilst the top itself flares gently from the chest.

 
Ruffle Cold Shoulder Topp,, Item No: 00700205121, (also available in black and ivory)
  

Verdict: This chiffon top is really flattering on a flat chest as the cold shoulder and the ruffle below adds width; the pleated neckline and bubble hem add volume, and the large sleeves would be suitable for anyone with lympoedema.
Drape Asymmetric Blouse, Item No:  00700204139  
Verdict: A top with a buit in scarf! Perfect for adding volume and movement over the chest, and keeping cool at the same time.

Embroidered Cold Shoulder, Item No: 007002055104 (also available in black)  
 

Verdict: I really like this top; the embroidered bib decorates the decolletgae and chest area; the cold shoulder adds width, and the gathering below the bib with the bubble hem adds volume and movement. 
Cowl Neck Lace Top, Item No: 0070205006  
 

Verdict: This  top looks more gathered over the tummy with a deeper cowl neck on me than it does on the photos online. The cowl neck adds volume while the lace shoulders draw the eyes around the chest.
Layered RuffleTop,, Item No: 0070205109   

 Verdict: Again, this top looks different on me than it does online. It seems to fit too snuggly on my hips meaning the tiered layers are not as defined; however it is still a very flattering top, especially as the top tier has the shaped outline across the chest creating a bustier neckline.
Angel Sleeve Hotfix Top, Item No: 0070204129   

Verdict: The stud detailing adds decoration across the chest while the flared body and sleeves add lots of volume and movement.
 Wrap Cargo Top, Item No: 0070204125  
 

Verdict: This top proves nicely that you do not need to cover yourself with frills and ruffles. The pleating at the epilettes and side tie bothe add movement and the wrapover collars add detail and movement. Great on its own or layered over a vest top.
Ivory Lace Trim Dress, Item No: 007002055305   

Verdict: This dress has no darts so sits well on a flat chest; the contrast lace detailing down the sides create an illusion of shape. Beyond this it did not really work for me; it is a strange thick polyester fabric which is unforgiving over my tummy!

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