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Dress-up is fun!

While we were up in the Frozen North communing with the Tribe, the lovely Weetabix arranged for us to have a fashion show of items from IGIGI. It was loads of squealy girly fun (even including changing in an unheated stairwell; I really felt like a fashion model although next time, I’m bringing a dressing-assistant!)

Initially Her Weetitude had asked us for our top three picks and sizes/colors in each, so as to give the lovely Igigites some hope of finding options for each of us in our size.  Imagine my sadness and woe upon getting a note asking me to pick alternates because apparently my size was sold out in many of the flavors I had chosen. Sad Panda time.

However, I went back to their terrific online catalog (I love that things are identified by figure-shapes they will suit!) and selected more options (and found something really scrumptious in the sale area!)  and finally got my choices in only a tad later than W would have preferred. I figured oh well, maybe I wouldn’t get anything but it was still fun to ponder.

The weekend before we left, those of us in the Parade of Fashion got a note identifying what we had gotten (so we could bring appropriate accessories and foundation garments).  Hooray, I had gotten my top choice, a darling classic LBD, only made for the more abbondanza among us. I scurried out and spent over an hour trying on foundation garments and another hour selecting appropriate accessories – my thought was to bring several “looks” and try them out once I saw the dress. I also placed a hideously-last-minute Zappos order and but they came through for me as always. I think this might qualify as Most Shoes Per Day of Travel (I had five pairs packed plus a pair on my feet, and we were leaving Thursday, returning Monday. You do the math….)

Imagine our surprise when Wendy got to play Oprah and hand out multiple items to nearly all of us!!  And the fortunes had smiled upon me – my “looks” for the black dress worked out perfectly for the THREE beautiful dresses I was handed.  Here are some pictures and reviews of each of my three delicious outfits (and yes, I got to keep the dresses so this constitutes a compensated review!)

 

Audrey

Picture courtesy of the lovely and talented Jorie Tappa


 

I confess, I was concerned about a knit dress like this, but this fabric is delicious.  It is fairly heavy – the weight reminds me of wool – and has a fair amount of body to it.  The dress won’t stand up on its own but the weight gives it some serious shape. It travelled home tightly packed and looked great straight out of the suitcase.  The dress is classically styled, and built for a curvy figure. As a classic LBD it can be dressed up for Hollywood vamp or played down a bit although I’m not sure one could get away with wearing it to work. The neckline in particular invites bold accessorizing. For the fashion show, I wore classic pearls.  At home, I wore my “Hollywood” jewels (earrings by Chaps, necklace by Trifari from Kohls, shoes are Fitzwell from Zappos.com, all bought with my own hard-earned shekels.)  I love the feel of this dress on, and the halter top feels supportive without pulling on your neck; it does make you stand up a little straighter though (not a bad thing!)  The hem hits at just the right length for this sort of dress, and I don’t feel like I’m straining at the fabric.  I like the way the curves fit my back – the rear-view picture isn’t always flattering but I wanted to show how it fits.  The only real complaint I had was the challenge of finding a halter or strapless plunge bra in the appropriate size to not show through the little v-slit in front. I also had a small issue (on this and the Cybelle) with the zipper sticking about half-way down (usually at a perpendicular seam) – not a crisis but be aware it takes a little care to get it to zip smoothly.

 

Champs-Elysee

 

For my second choice, I picked the Champs-Elysee in Olive (it is also available in black).  For one, the cut of the dress screamed “cover my curves on days I feel lumpy!” and the colors suit my coloring.  This also seemed like something I could wear in the future to work.  The fabric is a little clingy (I am little worried about getting it snagged on things) and this dress is a bit of a challenge to get into – it’s a pullover but because of the various gathers front and rear, it takes a bit of wriggling to get everything to lie smooth.  That said, once on, I love the print, and the colors are delicious.

 

The details like the ruching up the back and on the cuff really add to the style of this dress (although it is, as one of my friends said, one of those dresses that looks much better on than hanging on the hanger!)    The front buttons and ruching really make the dress hang very well (this is a detail of the front left side and the ruching up the back).

The neckline is fairly modest  – a choker necklace would work, or something long that came down over the faux wrap crossover. The sleeves are nearly-full-length – because of that, I think this dress would be a three-season garment in the DC area, or suitable for an over-air-conditioned hotel in summer.

 

Cybelle

(Another picture courtesy of Jorie Tappa)

 

For my third dress, I chose the Cybelle cocktail dress in royal blue (it also comes in black and orchid purple).  I was a little concerned about shiny stretch taffeta but the real dress put my concerns at ease.  The fabric is softer than typical taffeta, not as stiff, and has a fair amount of give.  It is a really gorgeous deep sapphire blue, with that ikat-weave texture that is black in shadow and glows in the light.  The vertical pleating along the bust is very flattering although again I think I was foundation-garment-challenged in the way it fit around the waist – the ‘waistband’ doesn’t nip in as much on me as on the model, but I’ll report back after I try it with a better foundation garment.  I particularly like the little ‘fringe’ of cut pleats along the top of the bodice.  The straps button on inside the bodice so they can be removed easily for a strapless look.   The dress is fully lined, and has pockets – perfect for ‘where do I put my tissues’ (or the groom’s ring, etc.) at a wedding, although I wouldn’t want to put too much in them for fear of ruining the line.  This dress hit me at a good cocktail length and it travelled pretty well as well, although there are a couple of faint creases from being folded in the suitcase (although it has been hanging since Weetacon).  This is a very comfortable dress to wear although more “pretty” than the pure sex appeal of the Audrey.  Again, it had the slight catch with the zipper but nothing terrible.

(Unattributed photos by S.M. Tanner)

One overarching comment is that the measuring and fitting instructions on the website are great.  I was concerned that my dresses would arrive and I would be too big or too small for them, and instead they were a perfect fit.

Now, on top of these three beautiful garments, I (and the other lovely ladies of the fashion show!) have each been given the opportunity to play Santa Claus in April and award a $50 Igigi gift certificate to some lucky commenter.  Just go to their website, choose a garment you would like to spend the certificate on and tell me where you would wear such an item in a comment on this entry.  I will choose the winner by random number (probably random.org) and entries close April 7th, 2011.  Check this page for links to the reviews of other outfits/items from the fashion show (it’s being updated regularly – all the reviews should be up by the end of March) and enter their coupon giveaways too!  Good luck!

 

46 Comments »

  • Melinda said:

    I need a new suit! So I would love, love, love to buy the Bardot Jacket & Pencil skirt for future meetings and/or interviews. :)

  • Susan said:

    I’d love the get the Masterpiece Top or the Tres Chic dress. Thanks for sharing your reviews. You look fabulous in all three, especially the Cybelle–love it!

  • Karen said:

    That little black dress is amazing! I’ll have to head over to Igigi to scope that one out. I’ve been posting on other blogs that I really want the Tres Chic dress to wear to work, but I couldn’t stand it and broke down and ordered it yesterday. But now I have a wedding to attend, and I’d LOVE to be able to bust out the Tropical Beauty dress for that!

  • ladyloo said:

    When you walked out in that LBD jaws hit the floor, lady!

    I am becoming more and more enamored of Igig’s belts. I have a number of Igigi dresses they would look awesome with – including the dress on the model for the Triple Buckle Belt in Black Matte. How badass is that belt?

  • Harmony said:

    Love that little black dress!! Fantastic.

    My favorite Igigi item is the Misaki dress. I need a special occasion dress and that would fit the bill. I’d wear it on a date!

    ladyloo’s comment is making me think about belts. I don’t have much of a waist so I never wear them, but maybe I should!

  • Chyna said:

    Nice choices! I’d get the Carmela and wear it to a cocktail party I have to attend in April.

  • Bruce said:

    Smokin’! I am fond of the vintage skirt and would wear it to work.

  • Jessi said:

    I love, love, love the Cybelle dress on you. Awesome! You need to wear it to our Death’s Door cocktail party. :)

    I’d like the gift certificate for the Bardot jacket for job interview purposes. So pretty! *hugs*

  • Beverly said:

    I really like the Ishiko Top and would totally wear it on a Saturday night date with my new man!

  • Jackie said:

    I would so very happily wear the Boulangerie Wrap Dress to the opening of one of my play’s this October in NYC!

  • Kate said:

    I have been debating about the Champs-Elysee for myself, so I’m really happy to see you in it. It looks good! (And so perfect for work.) How tall are you?

  • Jennette said:

    I would get the Boulangerie Wrap Dress in Richelieu Blue. Then I would travel to Paris and wear it at a real life boulangerie, because where else would you wear a Boulangerie Dress? I’ll be really appreciative that the dress is adjustable after I eat some pain au chocolat and macaroons.

  • Susan G said:

    It would be the blue Sachi for me. Good to meet you lady!

  • Dabney said:

    I really like the new Sachi dresses. The print looks really nice, and you could probably dress it up or down. I would definitely wear it to my SIL’s wedding in June, but could also wear it to the office or to dinner with my husband.

    I also love that Cybelle dress.

  • Beth said:

    Kate, I’m 5’6.5″ ish.

  • fredlet said:

    I adore the Champs Elysees Dress! So good to see you wearing the heck out of it! I’ve kind of got my eye on the dress in black (I know.. *me* in a dress. Crazy!)

  • Suzy Smith said:

    I am going through all the reviews and now have a list a yard long of items I want! Beautiful choices, they all suit you wonderfully!

  • Jennydp said:

    I am going out on the town with hubby in the Francesca Dress in Black. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  • Jas said:

    I’d like to try The Boulangerie Wrap Dress – it looks dressy/casual enough to take me to a lot of places, unlike many of my current dresses.

  • JennB33 said:

    Wow… that blue is beautiful on you! You look amazing, all of you women are just stunning in these dresses….
    I am honored to haven been chosen at work to go and attend the James Beard Awards in New York the first weekend in May and I think that the Cybelle cocktail dress in blue would be a great look.
    Thanks for this opportunity. Keep on rocking this beautiful look!

  • Mare said:

    I really adore that Sachi Printed Wrap Dress. I’m dating again, so I need new armour!

  • Kelli said:

    The Audrey is sooo pretty. Love it~

  • suzanna danna said:

    Cause SHE’s a BRICK HOOOOOUUUUUSE, she’s mighty, mighty… Seriously y’all. The transformation from watching my bus buddy go from “ooh, look how pretty her eyes are” to DAYUM GIRL! was so much awesome that I couldn’t stop looking at her. (Stalk ya later!)
    I would love to have the Ishiko Top in Chocolate because, hellooooo!, reversible beltishness!

  • Bozoette Mary said:

    Hi! Those dresses look beautiful on you! I want the Ishiko top in chocolate and the Sachi dress in merlot. I would wear them while eating chocolate and drinking merlot, but not at the same time. Wait, let me clarify: I would wear both garments at the same time, but I would eat chocolate and drink merlot at the same time (well, more or less).

  • Deb Zwez said:

    The Boulangerie Wrap Dress in Merlot Grape haiku:

    ‘A dress I could rock!
    Wrap me in merlot grape cloth,
    Fashionable Me!’

  • KarenD said:

    I love the Champs-Elysee on you–very striking!

    I’m coveting the Elianne Top in Purple, as I could wear that to work. (I show up in a dress and people are sure to think I’m interviewing for another job!)

  • Teresa said:

    I’d love the Boulangerie Wrap Dress. I sing solos in church and often stress about what I’m going to wear when I get up in front of everyone. I’d love to have a dress that makes me look put together and confident.

  • Amanda D. said:

    So jealous of you girls and your IGIGI shopping sprees! You all looked fantastic. I’m obsessing over the Boulangerie and determined to scrape together the dough for it. Love how classic and versatile it is, just changing up the accessories, make up and hair can take it from a day to an evening look. Do want! Thanks for the chance!

  • Jessica Sides said:

    If I were not totally afraid of my arms I would wear that Cybelle dress..but I love the first one as well!

  • Jessica Sides said:

    dang forgot the garment thing I would wear!

    I think I would totally wear the Gianna Dress to my girlfriend’s wedding this summer..

  • Sara said:

    I love the Babette Curvy

  • kristy said:

    needlegrrl at gmail

    the gloria dress is fab! I might even wear it to work, but could definitely wear it out to dinner with my husband!

  • golfwidow said:

    I have always been afraid to browse Igigi because I am so poor and I was afraid I’d find exactly what I wanted for more than I could afford. And that is exactly what happened. Even if I win via random.com, the Francesca dress (the precise item missing from the wardrobe of a fat girl who lives in Vegas and would like not to look like a pauper when she goes out) is about a hundred dollars more than I actually have.

  • Angela said:

    I’ve always wanted to try Igigi but just never did. I love the Gloria Dress in Bordeaux or Sachi in Merlot. I think either would be perfect for a upcoming wedding I have to attend in June!

  • Alice said:

    I love the pockets! And the LBD, even without pockets, is gorgeous. I’m really liking the Tres Chic as well – I don’t know if my daily life is fabulous enough for the pattern, but maybe the dress will bring more visits to museums or other places that seem to call for gorgeousness. (And I’ll bring the world of industrial carpeting up a notch in the interim.)

  • Lisa said:

    I love seeing beautiful clothes on regular women and you look great in the Champs-Elysee dress. I want one too! Perfect for work when I don’t want to do the boring suit and too tight skirt thing.

  • Nat said:

    I love the Francesca Dress In Black, and would wear it to the french bistro on the edge of the beautiful park in my city!

  • Erica Best said:

    i love the Gianna Dress so cute.

  • Megan M said:

    I think I’d like to wear the Boulangerie Wrap Dress to work.

  • Shana said:

    I am drooling over the L’Amourette. I think it would be beyond perfect for a retro-themed wedding I am attending this summer. Thansk for hosting the giveaway : )

  • Jane said:

    Loving the Tres Chic in black and white for date night or, oh, wearing around the house.

  • jenn said:

    I would wear the Tres Chic dress in black & white to work! Looks like the perfect little dress.

  • christine said:

    Great styles and easy to wear, not to mention flattering. Nice product!

  • Melissa C said:

    I think the Boulangerie Wrap Dress is lovely. I would wear it to work (and maybe even on a date with my honey!)

  • Laura D. said:

    I love the Nina and the Sachi!

  • Heather in Ohio said:

    Ooh, I like the Carmella and the Sicilia! I have at least three weddings coming up this summer/early fall and I’d love to look amazing for them!

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