ASOS Curve ReviewPosted: February 6, 2010
The ASOS Curve collection has divided opinion since its launch with some people loving it, some hating it and others not sure what to think. Thanks to the generous ASOS team I’ve had the opportunity to trial some of the pieces and see for myself.
First up, the perfume bottle printed tee and denim leggings….
…. I’ve never worn denim leggings before. I think this is partly due to the official fashion name for them (you KNOW the one) that I can’t stand. I still refuse to utter it. I do like these though. They’re soft but moderately heavy and I feel very well contained in them- if you know what I mean. They’re not just a pull on style either. They have a button and fly front and front and back pockets too. Liking the perfume bottle tee also. I’ve worn this outfit all day minus the shoes. I had a moment of temporary insanity when I reached for the open toed shoes. I have since regained my senses.
Every single spring I buy a nautical t-shirt. The colour may vary, the style may vary but its influence is unmistakably nautical, so this t-shirt arrived on my doorstep right on time. I’ve gone for the obvious red accessories and even over accessorised with a sailor’s salute and sea-faring caption because I can. I almost photoshopped myself standing next to Popeye but I thought that might be a step too far.
T-shirt gets a thumbs up from me.
The coat! More nautical loveliness! Oh how they spoil me! Coat is a wee bit tight across the bust but I’m surprised I managed to do it up at all as it’s a size 26 and I usually wear a size 28 coat. I’d say this is very true to size as the only thing I had underneath was a t-shirt and there’s no way I would have been able to fit a jumper underneath. I’ll move the buttons and make it work- but thats another story.
LOVE the coat. It’s the perfect weight for changeable weather and the big gold buttons are the icing on an already delicious cake. Theres a gold buckle on the back too but I forgot to take a photo of the back, sorry.
This is one of my favourite pieces but I feel you can only really appreciate it once you see it face to face. It’s an unbasic basic. Essentially it’s a baggy cream colour t-shirt- basic. However, it has seams, sheer panels and is made from viscose- unbasic. Its the sort of thing you can throw on and look stylish without really trying. There are no side seams, or even any parallel seams at all and the hem is shaped too. Well engineered, very of the moment. I hope ASOS make this a staple item because I would love to see it in a variety of colours.
Now I gotta tell ya, this dress did nothing for me when I initially saw it on the ASOS site. I saw it and was distinctly unmoved. Then I saw Sakina’s photos on her blog, Saks in the City, these photos from Fat Shopaholic and photos of Christina from Musings and I warmed to it a little. When it arrived in the post I thought- OH- O- I don’t think I’m going to like it on me, but I have to say I do. It’s not my favourite piece from the collection but I’ve gone from disliking it to accepting that it can work as part of my wardrobe. The cardigan I had no problems embracing and have already worn it several times. It looks especially good with my chartreuse t-shirt. Just saying.
I like the pieces I’ve been sent and I like the Curve collection as a whole though I can fully understand why some people are disappointed with it and expected more from ASOS . There are lots of basics yes, and it’s not a collection that will set the fashion world alight with its innovation, but it’s a solid start. ASOS’s dip into plus size waters is tentative but I hope they are only playing it safe initially until they get customer feedback on their first collection and unleash the heavy hitters. Hopefully.