My ardent love for Bolero dresses has been well-documented on the blog, and it’s not unusual for customers to visit the shop and find me wearing one of their designs. Amazingly, I would have never heard of these wonderful dresses were it not for Darlene of Hourglassy, who introduced me to the owner and designer Patricia. Bust-friendly clothing is part of my own personal passion trinity alongside bras and bra-sized swimwear, and naturally I was curious to see how the dresses fit and lasted. Late last year, Patricia offered to send me a free Bolero dress to review on the blog, and as my mom liked to say, I was tickled pink! While I adore Biu Biu and Urkye, Patricia’s bust-friendly clothing company manufacturers and designs all of their products in the US, and if possible, I always like to support our economy. My only skepticism was fit and quality. With retail prices around $100 per dress, I worried the longevity and fabric quality would disappoint. I needn’t have worried because my Bolero dresses are truly wonderful. With fabric that drapes beautifully to accentuate curves, Bolero dresses highlight your figure without clinging to it, but what impresses me most is the small details. The armholes in the dresses are high enough to avoid showing a bra, and the drawstring neckline at the front of most of her styles allows you to customize the coverage to suit your body. Furthermore, the basic silhouette layers well with jackets, belts, tights, cardigans, and even petticoats. It’s the perfect versatile piece!
At the time, I received my Bolero dress, I also purchased a Gemma wrap dress from Banana Republic. It was supposed to retail for $98, but I had a coupon which brought the total to $55. Inside of three wears, the BR dress was already pilling and looking a bit fuzzy, especially on the dark part of the fabric. Meanwhile, 10 months later and my Bolero dress looks brand new.
When her maxi dresses debuted, Patricia sent me one for free, and I loved it so much I purchased a second version and brought the line into the store. And so, we have finally reached the purpose of this blog! A lot of people, both online and in the store, have asked me about other styles and colors in the dresses, so Patricia and I collaborated on a large, photo heavy post I could use as a reference both for my customers here as well as for those online who wanted to order through us. As a result, most of the dresses you see were samples sent to me so I could photograph them and demonstrate how different styles fit. All of the samples are a size “Small” which is the size I typically take in Bolero. In the future, I may review each dress individually, but for today’s purposes, I am more interested in showing you the Bolero line rather than making an already lengthy post even longer! If you do have questions about any of the dresses, please let me know, and I will do my best to answer them.
If you want to read my original reviews, check out the posts here and here. Both reviews address quality and sizing in more detail. Okay, let’s get down to showcasing some more options! I want to start with the variations on the original dress I received. I think of this dress as the flagship style for Bolero which Patricia tweaks in various ways (maxi length, lace overlay, sleeves, etc.), but on its own, the design is a perfect, basic sleeveless dress. There are more color/print options available than what is shown, but at the moment, Patricia is still finalizing the details. I will update this post when I know more! (Note: Click photos to enlarge.)