Confidence boosting Pleated Midi Bombshell Dress

I have always been a jeans person. The lazy choice I suppose you might say. And you would be right. But I have had a bit of a revelation. When Annabel and I needed an evening gown recently, just one brand popped into my head. Bombshell. Why? Because designer/founder Katya Wildman’s ethos is to give women the ideal hourglass figure. Something neither Annabel nor I have! I was prepared to be dragged out of my denim comfort zone and make a real effort for this evening event. I wrongly assumed that would mean being uncomfortable and worrying about my posture, bra straps showing, and having to totter about wearing stilettos. We ended up both wearing the gloriously comfortable 10th Anniversary sequinned dress – I can honestly say we have never felt more glam. While visiting Katya, we spotted another of her fabulous designs from her new Autumn/Winter 18 collection – the Pleated Midi Bombshell Dress – and this is the style I’d like to tell you about today.

First off, this pleated midi Bombshell dress is machine washable. You may be surprised that I put this benefit before the actual design, but I’m fed up with ever escalating dry cleaning costs. To have something as flattering and elegant as this dress in my wardrobe and to be able to pop it in my washing machine, is a real bonus as far as I’m concerned. Especially as it is a dress I will be reaching for again and again – to wear both day and night

It’s an on-trend length which looks equally good with boots as it does with shoes. There are no zips or other fastenings and it is stretchy enough to simply pull it on and you’re ready to go. I like that it is made in the UK too.

The velvet body has a flattering scooped neck and three quarter sleeves and the full pleated skirt swirls gently when you move.

I loved both the colours I tried on. The Navy is such a deep rich colour and the Gold Ochre shimmered in the sunlight. There are other colours available.

As you can see from the photographs, I wore a long sleeved polo neck underneath the navy dress and wore it with my navy suede boots for daytime. I felt very comfortable, feminine and smart. A navy blazer, colourful scarf and the same navy suede boots were my choice for the gold ochre.

Annabel and I were going out for drinks that evening, so I added an embroidered velvet evening coat I have had for years and which was begging to be worn with the pleated dress. Annabel wore some blue velvet ankle boots with hers and we were definitely ready to party.


For more information or to treat yourself to one of these wonderful pleated dresses, click here to go straight through to BombshellHQ

Photographs in pleated dresses by Annabel Vere Photography 


  1. Grace I absolutely loved the navy pleat dress and the navy boots, you looked very chic, but I was a bit confused about the satchel type bag, I would have thought a silver clutch would have looked so much better.I think it’s to lovely to wear as a day dress,but as always nevertheless you looked
    You and Annabel are certainly Champions for us over 60 ladies,you so deserve the Awards you achieve.
    A bit of fun, I have started watching my dvd collection of Downtown Abbey from the beginning on these dark nights as not much else on TV so the point is Grace I would put you and Annabel upstairs instead of downstairs! Such lovely ladies you would make and with your pretty Christian names it has to be upstairs. It’s fabulous acting and I think Maggie Smith is awesome as the Countess, such wit. I appreciate her acting more the second time around, the lines she is given are priceless.
    Anyway both enjoy your Sunday,just ring a bell and maybe your hubbies can be butlers for the day and spoil you!
    Love Pamela from Wales x

    • Hi Pamela. How kind of you to comment. Yes, the satchel type bag was my day look – for example going to a meeting. Agree completely, a clutch bag would look fantastic with the Bombshell dress and that’s what I will be using the next time my Husband takes me out to a romantic restaurant! Funnily enough, my husband IS cooking lunch today! You must be a mind reader… Lovely to hear from you, best wishes Grace

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