Sarah reviews the Chelsea dress in Fuego and the Elsa dress in Sumi-e

UPFRONT DISCLOSURE: The dresses in this entry were provided to me for review purposes by IGIGI. The content of this entry was not dictated by IGIGI but I did get to keep the dresses for my personal use.

So for the first time, I took part in the IGIGI event at Weetacon. And what a great year to participate – we received TWO ensembles for free in exchange for our honest reviews. Perfect timing!


Dress #1 – Chelsea Dress in Fuego


This is not a fade-into-the-woodwork dress, and while ‘look at me!’ attire is not what I gravitate to, I really love this. The poly/Elastane fabric is very soft and high-end, but could easily withstand being thrown in a suitcase then worn only hours after you arrive at your destination. It’s fully lined and the rounded neckline makes it totally appropriate for work as is. The black waistband helps accentuate my smaller waist (I’m either an hourglass or figure eight at IGIGI – I can’t figure out the difference from the descriptions; the nifty ‘shape stylist’ tells me I’m a triangle, but I don’t think that’s quite right) and since I’m a huge fan of three-quarter length sleeves (I have…unfortunate upper arms), this is definitely the dress for me. And at $112, I think it’s well-priced for the quality.


I got super lucky finding that perfectly colored necklace at Kohl’s for under $20 (I was assured by both Wendy and Melinda via text while still in the store that it was not too matchy matchy, and they were right). I’ve further accessorized with my black Harveys baguette bag and Cole Haan leather and velvet shoes with gold piping (I think my black satin peep toe pumps might look better with the bag, but I had no time for a pedi so closed toe shoes were a must). The minute I can stand to be outside with bare legs (spring, I can’t wait to meet you!), I will wear this entire outfit to work.


Dress #2 – Elsa Dress in Sumi-E


I totally lucked out and went two-for-two! Much of what I love about the Chelsea, I love about the Elsa: silky soft wrinkle-free fabric; fully lined; three-quarter length sleeves; accentuated waist; appropriately priced ($118) for value. Of course, there are some things that are different. This black and white print makes it easy to change up the styling where the Chelsea provides fewer options for that, ultimately making the Elsa more versatile. I can totally picture me wearing a denim jacket and sandals or ballet flats with the Elsa come warmer weather (where are you, spring??). The V-shaped neckline makes for a more boobalicious experience, if you will – totally appropriate for dinner or out and about, but I’ll be wearing a cami underneath to work. And it wasn’t until I looked at these two full body shot pictures that I really noticed the difference in length. I think the Elsa length is perfect at just below the knee, compared to the Chelsea which looks an inch or two longer and would probably look best on me if hemmed a bit. This is interesting – the IGIGI website says the Chelsea has a shoulder to hem length of 41”-43” while the Elsa’s is 42”-45”, but the Elsa was shorter on me. (BTW, I’m 5’4” and both of these dresses are size 12.) Maybe it has something to do with the elastic waist on the Elsa, I don’t know.


My on-premise glam squad helped me choose the necklace (delicate silver circles) and made the call (a good one) to tie the half-belt at the side instead of in the middle. And because I love to add a pop of color, I grabbed my Harveys red medium tote to carry.

These IGIGI dresses definitely gave me a designer experience – from the feel of the fabric and well-made construction to the little things like the absence of attached-via-plastic-thread tags. While these may be my first IGIGI garments, they definitely won’t be my last: I already have plans to add more IGIGI to my wardrobe (Deora, I’m looking at you!). (And yes, it’s black and white just like Elsa, but completely different. Completely! And imagine the color popping opportunities…)

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So how’d you like to get in on the IGIGI action? Read on!


Here’s the deal: IGIGI will give one commenter on this review a $50 gift certificate!  To enter, go to the IGIGI website and pick out your ideal item for a special occasion, important business meeting, date night or what have you. Then leave a comment on this review, describing which garment YOU want and where you plan on wearing it. You can increase your chances of winning an IGIGI gift certificate by leaving comments on each of the other Weetacon IGIGI reviews at this page. Comments must be received by April 20 at midnight PT. Winners will be notified and announced on this page and the IGIGI at Weetacon 2014 page by April 25th.  Also on the IGIGI at Weetacon 2014 page you can click on the banner to get a 15% off promo code good on full price, sale items and clearance items.



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  1. You chose well! Both look great on you. I agree, I don’t think you are a triangle. But you are a whole lot of fabulous. I crave the Deora dress and I think I will wear it everywhere.

  2. Oh Sarah, you look fantastic. I love both dresses on you and think your accessories are great. For me, I want to try the Hayleigh dress or the Wren wrap dress.

  3. OMG! You are so lovely!!! I would love the Tiffany dress in either jade or fuschia, but now that I’ve seen the Chelsea dress in Fuego on you and Melinda, I’m seriously considering that as well!!!

  4. I have been drooooooling over the Chelsea for months, and after seeing it on you and Melinda, I may break down and fork out for it. I need a 40th birthday dress. I also like the Deora, too, but I swear I have so very many black and white dresses already that I can’t justify it. Love the necklace with it.

  5. Beautiful! I love the Elsa dress– it’s a knockout on you! I love it in the mystic blue color with the purple sash. That’s what I would get, unless I caved and got the Deora, which I think will be too long on me.

  6. goingloopy, the Chelsea is a PERFECT 40th birthday dress. Use the 15% off coupon and buy it!

  7. Interesting about the length differences! I agree the first dress would look good hemmed up an inch or two on you, otherwise they both look great and you rocked it!

    Personally, I’m looking to expand my workwear collection, I would love to own the Monroe Skirt in Navy, and the Belmont Skirt in Ebony Damask. A Mena Jacket in Navy would also be a great addition for my closet!

  8. I love that Elsa dress on you so much! Could you be more photogenic?

    I want the Domani top coat for spring/fall. Plus the Greenwich top in all the colors I don’t have as it’s the perfect “throw on, look great without any effort” piece.

  9. You look great in both of these!

    I’ve got my eye on the Luella Tunic in Emerald, which I think would be great for work. (Pretty as the Igigi dresses are, they’re a bit fancy for my office.)

  10. That Chelsea dress is super gorgeous on you! I’ve got my eye on the Thalia gown in Rose Garden that’s in the new Look Book, or the Jadyn Maxi Dress. Either one would be perfect for my high school reunion this summer!

  11. I usually get gun shy about bright colors but love the fuego dress!

  12. I love the Chelsea Dress in Fuego! You look fabulous. Seeing it on someone (other than the model) helps a lot! I just bought it today and hope to wear it for my wedding reception.

  13. I like the Fayette dress or the Nencia Cocktail Dress.

  14. Sarah, both those dresses look amazing on you, but I’m in love with you in the Fuego dress, because girl! You is hot!

    I’m looking at something much less interesting, but oh so vital – pants. Specifically the Monroe pants.

  15. I love the Hayleigh dress in Midnight Blue – I’ve been coveting it for a while!

  16. You look great!! I really love the Cadence Dress in Black. I would wear it to my college graduation in May.

  17. I really like the Elsa dress on you. I personally love the Fayette dress in Merlot. So pretty for a nice dinner out.

  18. I finally wore the Fuego dress to work and yes, definitely no hiding in that! But nothing but compliments so yay!

    That said, I just saw the most perfect top on the site…the Arabelle is exactly what I have been looking for!Must have!

  19. Ahh I totally covet the Chelsea in Fuego, and it looks great in your pics too so I’m glad it’s not just on the model.

  20. I think both dresses look totally fabulous on you. I am already a die-hard fan of the Chelsea Dress in Fuego, but I was also really psyched to see how cute the Elsa Dress in Sumi-E looks on you as a petite person (I, too, am a petite Igigi size 12 and it’s helpful to see the dresses on a model with somewhat similar build.) (Note to self: I really want to find a future job as an Igigi “Official Dress Namer.” What in the world is Sumi-E? I’m seeing visions of cherry blossoms and green tea, or beautiful black ink brush strokes, which is closer to what the dress looks like.) Name obscurity aside, that dress looks just great on you.

    Anyhoo, I am looking forward to an upcoming Igigi dress that looks like the Olympia Maxi Dress in mint-green, but has sleeves.

  21. Oh, they both look simply wonderful on you! I’m lusting after the Janus dress in pink pindot. Mostly because I like saying and typing “pink pindot”, but also because it would look great at work and give me an excuse to buy pink shoes.

  22. Ooh, I love these on you (and I agree, I don’t think you’re a triangle either). I especially love what you did with the belt on the Elsa!

    I’m admiring the new Vintage Polka-Dot dress – I love the cut of the neckline!

  23. Gorgeous! I must have the Letta Dress in Mandarin Rose.

  24. Oh, both are so beautiful!

    It is hard to narrow down my favorite to one. I love the nico skirt in midnight sahara (with matching top) and the jadyn maxi dress (I LOVE blue and purple!) My niece is turning 1 in a couple weeks, so a brand-new pretty dress would be terrific to wear to her birthday party. (I’m also eying the elsa in mystic blue for “date night!”)

  25. I think you look great in both dresses. I really like the Chelsea for me (because I’m taller and like the length) but I also liked the other one too. Too many decisions but one thing for sure: you rocked those dresses!

  26. The Avril dress in floral with shrug would be perfect for the summer. It’s beautiful And young

  27. I’d choose the Isis dress for work; my work wardrobe needs refreshing.

  28. I love the color on the feugo, but the second one is just amazing on you. So damn pretty.

    I really want the Linea Plus Size Maxi Dress in Vermillion. That color is gorgeous.

  29. Those are fantastic on you, I love you in bright colors! I have my eye on the Gisela for my wedding!

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