To say I was nervous about the fit would be a gross understatement. Not only did this gorgeous dress seem too good to be true, but upon browsing the website, I found no evidence of a zipper closure. Yikes. When it arrived, my suspicions were confirmed and there was no hidden zipper anywhere on the dress, but that didn’t stop the chocolatey fabric from slipping over my head with ease. Thanks to the smocked paneling throughout the dress, it has an unbelievable amount of stretch and give—a huge win for when I’m going for that chocolate souffle after pasta. Plus, I found the ruching to be fantastic at disguising any insecurities I may have, like when it’s that time of the month and I’m extra bloated.
Having a smaller chest, cut-out bust cups can be hit or miss, as they tend to swallow me whole until I’m practically swimming in fabric. When it came down to it, I was relieved to discover that the fit was near flawless. It had enough material to cover my boobs without making them disappear, and the material was thick enough to make me forget that I was braless. As for that small cut-out at the center of the chest? Well, that was the spiciest way to tastefully turn up the sex appeal, IMO, and show some cleavage.
Speaking of the girls, the sexy crisscross back tie closure adjusts how the dress and bra cup sits. If the strings are pulled tight, my boobs feel the more secure and lifted, but if left loose, the fit is more relaxed. For that reason, the dress’s support is entirely customizable to your body type—a far cry from the ‘one size fits all’ fiasco of fixed straps.
How’s the Length?
If you’re looking for a midi or maxi length, then you found a winner. With the twill handkerchief hem, the bottom of the dress has a lot of bounce and falls at different parts of my bottom calf. For reference, I’m 5’7” and neither feel the need to pair the dress with heels nor take it in for tailoring.
In true sibling fashion, I found out that my sister bought the same exact dress, which turned into an ‘I bought it first’ competition. Proof of purchase confirmation emails were pulled, I won, inane arguments ensued, but I digress. *Just sister things.* Petite to her core, Samantha stands 5’2” tall and instead of an in-between midi-maxi hybrid, the dress is a proper maxi on her. If you’re hesitant to buy the longer length but adore the look of the dress, it’s also available in a mini version for only $60.
TLDR; You won’t need to see your tailor—tall, short, what have you.