I needed some new dresses. I have been accepted to some more upscale events for my handmade business. This opportunity could not have come at a better time. I was so lucky to have been given two dresses, for free, to review by Igigi. One of my big events I plan to wear one of the dresses for is the indie craft show craftstravaganza . I was sure which dress I was going to wear, but after trying on the second dress, I am so unsure. The 2nd dress has POCKETS. Yes, you read that, pockets!
My first dress was the Nencia Cocktail Dress in Flamingo . I did a little poll on my Facebook fan page for my business, and this is the dress my customers picked out for me to wear. Now, I am horrible at sizing. I almost always choose a size or two, too big. And, I could have probably sized down one size for this dress, but we made it work. Being a designer of sewn accessories, I understand construction and this dress is very well made. All seams are all reinforced, and well placed for my body type. It is lined, which is nice for flow and movement. The lace isn’t stiff and scratchy, it is really soft. All hems and finishing are perfect.
I liked the fit of the dress. I have a short distance between my shoulders and breast-line. So, I tend to take dresses up, in the shoulders. I had to do that with my wedding dress, my bridesmaid dress for my sister’s wedding, and sometimes v-neck shirts. This was no different, but I made it work without futzing with it, yet. I would probably make it a bit shorter. I am 5’8”, and my legs look stubby when dresses fall in that mid-calf region. That is just a matter of personal preference. All in all, I loved this dress. It is bright. I love the color combination of the coral under the blue lace. It is fun, and it moves nicely. This will be worn.
I styled it with a headband that I made and some jewelry from my friend. I chose to pair it with a cream cardigan and wide belt. I like the fun mod vibe of the pairing. I also showed the dress without the cardigan.
The second dress is the Savannah Dress in Carbon Jacquard. I put this dress on and I loved it, immediately. Again, very well constructed, and I love the finishing on the hemline. This dress has some stretch to it, although it looks like it shouldn’t. I love the movement of the fabric. The jacquard looks like it is going to be stiff, but it wasn’t at all. It is comfortable, and cute, and I will be wearing this again, and again.
I should have gone down one size on this. It looks good on me, but I would have been comfortable with a little less room on top. Again, that also has to do with my shoulder/chest region being short. I paired this with some bright earrings and a red pair of cute ballet flats and some footless tights.
I can’t lie, I LOVE the pockets. You can’t really see them, which is nice, and they are big. I will be wearing this dress to events for my business. It is neutral in color, which is awesome for accessorizing, and I won’t have to wear an apron to hold my phone, etc…. because of those lovely pockets. Did I mention that I like the pockets? The dress does show off my breasts, which is not how I dress normally. But, at some point I need to embrace that. I just turned 40, maybe this will be the year. The belt is cute, but it is a bit small for the fit of the dress.
Now, the big issue is which one will I wear to my event in May. We shall see.
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