When Wendy told us of our little Weetacon fashion show, the high pitched squee I emitted was probably heard by the dogs of the greater Green Bay area, but seriously, if you were just told you’d get to rock some awesome fashion AND be in a fashion show in a load of gorgeousness, wouldn’t you be excited to the point of hyper-squee? Of course you would. I can only say that my fellow models were shocked beyond belief and that’s why I was so freaking loud and crazy when compared to the rest of them.
Once I had been given my fashion, I was more than ready to rock my America’s Next Top Model strut that I’ve been practicing in the mirror for a while (don’t judge; you’re smizing right now as you read this!); I was one of the very lucky ones who not only received one incredibly beautiful garment, but THREE…THREE DRESSES! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!
My first dress was the Estrella dress in red, and really, it was so hard to top. Everyone looked gorgeous and beautiful in their gowns, but I have to say, I think this was the very best of the hot and glamorous. The top is a beautifully constructed taffeta; it has so much visual interest with the pleats and a ton of support without gaps or seams. I have a big chest and am always looking for something that both supports and shows off the girls without seeming lewd, cheap, or desperate. The long chiffon skirt is flowy and not showy, meaning I felt confident, floaty, and ethereal and the skirt wasn’t sticking to my Spanx.
The big bonus with this dress is that ribbon belt which isn’t necessary, but HELLO! WAIST! The black ribbon belt was well-made and added just a pop of visual interest and color-blocked the red. No tummy/thigh worries here!
As for the downside to this gown, I’m 5’5”. I needed it hemmed desperately. Plan on wearing some big girl shoes and getting someone handy with needle and thread to make it perfect on you if you’re my height. You can wear this gown with straps or without; I chose to wear it with straps, but for the future I probably won’t. I have narrow shoulders and straps tend to be a big hassle for me. Big ups to my girl Andrea for pinning my straps in!
Minimal accessories are needed, quite honestly. I had my oh-so-cute Gracie Designs clutch with me, and it was really all I needed because everything else on the gown is so detailed and interesting! This dress, quite frankly, is a show-stopper. Everyone said so, so don’t just take my word for it (*cue Reading Rainbow chord here*). If you don’t believe me, you can ask my hubby. Not only did he love, love, love this dress, but he also offered to take me somewhere extremely swank just so I have an excuse to wear it out often! WINNING.
Estrella dress in red (You could order the black, but why on Earth would you want to?)
Recommended for: Going to the opera, super-formal cocktail party, Academy Awards, super-swank restaurant you’ve always wanted to try but have to wait for your tax return to afford it! I’m going to wear this to chaperone our senior prom in this spring, I think.
Not Recommended for: Wearing to a wedding, EVER. I don’t care if you are a bridesmaid, this dress will instantly make the bride hate you for looking way too hot. Don’t do it.
My second fast-change was into the Tres Chic Black and White dress, which made about nine of us nine-tuplets? I have no clue what we would be, but we all looked hot. THAT IS THE BEAUTY of this dress. The style is extremely flattering for ALL body types, and I was surprised. I thought for sure that with sleeves, my narrow shoulders would look silly, but that wasn’t the case at all. The bunchiness at the front of the dress hides what needs to be hidden, and the length looked appropriate on all of us regardless of height. The dress was very comfortable and QUITE sexy; it’s nice enough to wear to work, but I’m a teacher, so I don’t know I’d feel comfortable wearing this to work without a blazer or cardigan to make it a little more appropriate. I think the solid-colored print version would work better for a career environment, but that’s me.
The fabric is a polyester/elastane mix, which means really nothing to me. I will tell you that it travels well without getting wrinkly. I wore it recently to a dinner with friends, and I did find it kind of hot at times, and I was self-conscious about being sweaty. This is a perfect “Starter Dress” for ordering because I can’t imagine anyone a) looking bad in it and b) screwing up the sizing so it doesn’t fit. Like the magic jeans in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, this dress is truly meant to be worn and shared!
Recommended for: dinner with friends, blind date, celebrating your sister’s birthday
Not Recommended for: teaching in, dad’s birthday party, summertime
Sadly, I only have one dress left to review, and it was my first choice from the Igigi website because it was such a departure for me and what I normally wear, the Florentia in garnet. What drew me to the garment was it’s sexy and super-flattering, and I was thrilled that was the case when I put it on. Quite frankly, if this could hold up to an entire night of booze and karaoke, this is the kind of dress I ALWAYS want to be wearing.
The garnet part of the dress is a rich, deep color; this would be perfect for any party in the fall or winter. It’s shaped well and feels great. This dress also comes with a black belt (I guess I was really drawn to the belts) with leather flowers; just so you know, in my haste to get changed super-fast between runway walks, I accidentally wore the belt from my first dress with this dress. You can see it looks lovely from the picture, but I think the black leather flowers make it a little edgy that the ribbon details miss. Again, having a belt to define my bustline was a major plus!
The mesh sleeves were something I’d always been afraid of; what a win that it hides the jiggly bits of my arms and gives the illusion that they’re toned and lovely? Yay!
Again, I got sweaty in this dress, but I chalk that up to me performing way too many songs at karaoke and doing so the entire time with an adult beverage in my hand.
Florentia Dress in Garnet
Recommended for: Holiday party, evening wedding in the fall or winter, engagement party, drinks after work with new guy in Accounting, girls’ night out
Not Recommended for: child’s birthday party, outdoor activities or outdoor wedding, karaoke in a country bar
Igigi wants me to tell you that these gorgeous items are now in my closet. I got them for free in exchange for the review. You don’t have to hide how jealous you are, but maybe I can make you feel a little better.
How would you like $50 to spend on some amazing fashion at Igigi.com? I thought so!
Here’s the deal: in the comments section, write me a little story about which hot little number you’d purchase on Igigi’s website and what you would do in said outfit. Maybe you’re thinking of running off to Vegas to get hitched? Maybe you have a job interview and want to rock your potential employer with your mind and fashion acumen? Maybe you just need a new skirt because seriously, who doesn’t want a new skirt?
I will choose the winner based on entertainment value of post and demonstrated need of retail therapy. That’s right, I’M in charge, so impress me!
Your comment must be posted by April 7, 2011, and you must live in a state where Igigi ships.