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!)
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.
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.
(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!