Tartan Pepperberry | Style Challenge Day 12

Tartan Pepperberry dress review

So confession time – we have reached the end of the Style Challenge! When I started doing this mini challenge for myself, it was to get myself back into the habit of regularly taking and posting outfit photos, not over-worrying about whether the outfit was blog-worthy and whether the photos were “magazine style”. I didn’t set any rules or deadlines, it was just to take some more outfit photos and get them on the blog without worrying about them. And this is the final set because I managed 12 days in a row then stopped.

I stopped for a couple of reasons, the main one being because it snowed on Friday so I wanted to leave the house a little bit earlier just in case (even though it turned out to be absolutely fine), but also because I was literally bundled up in jeans, heavy boots and a jumper for warmth – the outfit was most definitely not groundbreaking and was barely classifiable as an outfit! I know I did say I want to take pictures no matter what, but days like that (and others where I’m wearing pyjamas all day…not that that ever happens…) just really aren’t worth it for me!

I had considered taking photos the next day, but plans got changed and I ended up rushing off, so I didn’t. Then I stayed at my parents’ house that night and didn’t have my camera for the next day, so yet again, no more photos. We’re back to Monday again now and this morning I just didn’t feel like taking photos (also my camera and tripod had been hijacked by boys yesterday to film themselves brewing beer – don’t ask…) and it would be more effort than it was worth to unrig the whole thing from the garage at 7.30am!

But I will at some point do a better summing up of the challenge because I think it has definitely reminded me what I love in my blog and has brought me back to its roots again. But for today, let’s look at the final outfit.

This dress is one I got from my parents as a Christmas gift about 3 or 4 years ago. It’s by Bravissimo’s Pepperberry brand which is a range of clothing designed specifically for larger busted ladies. It errs on the more expensive side so this is the only piece I currently own from there, but I really like it, both because it’s a good fit for me (I believe this is a size 10 “Really Curvy”) and because it’s tartan – my favourite during the winter months! It’s also fairly easy to wear with just a pair of tights and cardigan so looks smart without being fancy. I don’t wear it very often, but I always wish I remember that it’s in my wardrobe more when I do wear it! Hopefully now the wardrobe is a bit emptier, I might rediscover it more frequently now!

And these shoes feel really old now I’ve just thought about them! I bought them back when I was at uni and used to wear them quite often – here’s an outfit featuring them in November 2011! I haven’t worn them for a couple of years but they’re one of the few pairs of heels that have survived several culls so I decided it was time to pull them out again. I was a bit wary about wearing them for work, but then again, if I don’t walk anywhere, there’s no reason I can’t wear heels, so out they came. And they were fine! I’ll be wearing them again soon now, I’m sure.

Outfit Details

Cardigan: Hell Bunny | Dress: Pepperberry | Wedge Ankle Boots: New Look

Tartan Pepperberry dress review


  1. Lynsey
    January 16, 2017 / 11:18 pm

    I’ve enjoyed seeing your outfits posts and it’s made me start to think more about what’s in my wardrobe, what I wear all the time and how I need to add the other bits in to mix it up. Love this dress, it fits so well and tartan too, I ordered a couple bits from Pepperberry and loved them (they were both in the sale) but now I get tempting emails trying to lure me to spend more 😀

    • Sian Thomas
      January 18, 2017 / 4:48 pm

      I’m so glad that you enjoyed it! Luckily I don’t get the tempting Pepperberry emails as my parents ordered this dress for me, but they do occasionally get catalogues in the post that they pass on to me though 😀

  2. January 17, 2017 / 1:08 am

    I’m impressed that you made it that far! Taking more regular outfit photos has been a goal of mine for a while, and it’s honestly really difficult to do! I can hardly manage it on weekends, let alone a morning where I’m trying to get myself together to go to work.
    Love this dress. That windowpane plaid is a subtle and beautiful print, and the shape of the dress is really nice on you. I’m glad you’re feeling more excited about your wardrobe and blogging – it sounds like the challenge was a real success for you!

    • Sian Thomas
      January 18, 2017 / 4:49 pm

      Thank you! It’s true – it is really difficult to do this daily and not many people realise! I’m surprised I managed to do so many days 😀

  3. January 17, 2017 / 10:18 am

    This outfit looks really great on you! I totally agree, tartan is the best for winter fashion. I’ve always wanted to do more outfit posts on my blog but I just never think my outfits are interesting enough! I might start trying a little harder to upload the occasional outfit post! Thanks for sharing, have a great day!

    xxxx from Emily // http://www.diamondsanddachshunds.weebly.com

    • Sian Thomas
      January 18, 2017 / 4:50 pm

      Thank you! I’d love to see some of your outfits in blog posts, I’m sure they’re not boring 😀

  4. Karen
    January 17, 2017 / 11:56 am

    I’ve really enjoyed these outfit posts – thanks for making such a big effort. I love this dress. In fact, these plaid or tartan patterns really are your thing and suit you so well. Kx

    • Sian Thomas
      January 18, 2017 / 4:57 pm

      Thank you 😀 I do wear a LOT of tartan and plaid, it’s true! xx

  5. January 17, 2017 / 6:12 pm

    The post is great! I really love your photos 🙂


    • Sian Thomas
      January 18, 2017 / 5:10 pm

      Thank you!

  6. January 18, 2017 / 5:19 pm

    I’m actually quite impressed you lasted 12 days! That’s huge 🙂 I love your dress x

    Jessica — NinetyCo

    • Sian Thomas
      February 2, 2017 / 12:59 pm

      Thank you!

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