Biu Biu Arrived

Hello Ladies,

After spotlighting Biu Biu two weeks ago, I knew I wanted to place an order and try some of their bust (and wallet!) friendly designs.  While perusing their website, I felt like the proverbial kid in the candy shop as there were so many items I wanted to order; however, I exercised restraint since I had never previously tested their sizing or quality.  To overcome temptation, I consoled myself with the promise that if the clothes worked for me, I could always order more.  Ultimately, I bought the Liverpool Dress in Honey:

and the Vanity Fair Button-Front in Pink.

This combination would allow me test the structured and knit offerings of the brand for size consistency.  Let’s start with the dress!

My initial attraction to the Liverpool dress was its quirky, 60s mod vibe which is right up my fashion alley.  Furthermore, the dress seemed like it would not only lend itself well to layering but also be one of those perfect season-less designs equally at home in summer or winter.  After doing some research (including scoping out June of Braless in Brasil’s review), I decided to order the 38BBB (For reference, I am 5’6.5″ tall, and my current measurements are 40.5″/28″/41″):

More of a mustard than a honey, the color of the dress is slightly different in person, but I still love it and find the shade flattering on my pale skin.  Never treading in “bumblebee” territory, the black accents complement the yellow and add the right amount of edge to the basic cut of the dress.  Interestingly, the exposed zipper in the back is not functional.  Aesthetically, I love a bold exposed zipper, but then I do actually like to be able to use it.  To put the dress on, you need to slide it over your head, which works fine, but I would have preferred a side or back zip.  Considering the dress is only $43, I was extremely pleased with the fabric quality and find it to be far superior to some of the dresses I’ve paid $80+ for in the past.  Not to mention, the fit is spot-on, and I feel like it runs true to their size chart.  My back and shoulders don’t pull on the dress while the fabric on the bust lays smooth.  Meanwhile, the garment nips in sharply at the waist before flaring out at the hips to create a flattering a-line silhouette.

Sadly, my only caveat with this gorgeous dress is the length.  When I purchased the Liverpool, I knew it would be shorter than my other dresses—a feature I liked as it would enable me to wear flats without stunting my shorter legs.  From the front, I feel the coverage is appropriate, but from the rear?  Eh, not so much:

I cannot bend over in this dress at all . . .  unless I want to expose which of my matching sets I’m wearing!  As a result, I can’t wear this dress to work, but I am contemplating whether I could have a band of black fabric added to the bottom.  Or, I may return it for one of the other, longer dresses I loved.

Now to the button-front!  As I mentioned in an older blog, I went on a button-front quest a few years ago to find one that would actually cover my bust.  While I bought some fairly good options, the process was laborious and tedious, and if I’m being completely honest, the deigns don’t fit my waist nearly as much as I would have liked.  To add insult to injury, the buttons pull when I move, which requires frequent adjusting.  Thus, I was cautiously optimistic that this would fit (although I plan on replacing my white button-fronts with a Campbell & Kate when the time comes).

Again, I went with the 38BBB, and as soon as I successfully hooked that troublesome button (you ladies know the one), I was in love.  Then, when the waist darted back so perfectly, I was unable to contain the goofy smile of delight that spread across my face.  With shirt shopping, my three problem areas are shoulders, bust, and waist as I always feel like I never get enough room in the two former and too much room in the latter.  This is the best fitting button-front I have ever owned.  While the shoulder area is a touch snugger than I usually buy, the stretch fabric allows me to move my arms freely and comfortably.  The bust buttons and stays closed without gaping even when I move, meaning I no longer need to worry about flashing a glimpse of my bra.  As if I couldn’t be happier, the waist narrows like it was tailor-made for my body before flaring out again to give room for the hips.  Fantastic!

Beyond the impressive fit, I can’t say enough about the beautiful color and the quality materials.  I loathe how so many button-fronts are made from thinner cotton that borders on sheer, but the Vanity Fair cotton feels thick and structured.  Moreover, the square buttons are a unique twist as are the angular collar and cuffs.  Of course, my favorite element is the slight v-neckline as I feel like it’s a less stuffy alternative to your standard button-front.  I’m always opening up my button-fronts to create an open neck (and to alleviate the stress on the buttons), which necessitates a cami.  Not so with this one!

Overall, I am incredibly satisfied with my Biu Biu purchase and will be ordering from them in the future!

Erica

Biu Biu Arrived
Erica
Erica is a lover all things lingerie and is passionate about helping people find the bra which fits and flatters. Side passions include reading, writing, hiking, dairy-free food, walking her Jack Russell terrorists, and dying her hair everything from black to red.

27 thoughts on “Biu Biu Arrived

  • June 20, 2012 at 3:08 pm
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    I love, love, love the button-front! I have the same problems with those blouses, and this one appears to have all the answers! I agree that the dress is a little short. I hope you can turn it into a positive by either returning/reordering or altering the hemline. When you posted about this company earlier, I was concerned about ordering from Poland. However, it seems to have worked well for you!

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    • Erica
      June 20, 2012 at 5:20 pm
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      Tammy, I think you would love these button-fronts! They come in three different bust sizes so that you can get a customized level of it to your shape. The quality is fantastic too. At first, I was nervous about ordering from Poland as well, but shipping was inexpensive (about $7), and it only took 1.5 weeks to arrive here. Go for it!

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  • June 20, 2012 at 3:38 pm
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    The button-down looks beautiful on you! I love the outfit you paired it with, too 🙂 Great color and the fit is amazing– I’ve been considering Biu Biu for a while, but you’re really convincing me with this shirt!

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    • Erica
      June 20, 2012 at 5:20 pm
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      Sweets, I highly recommend them! The button-front truly is my favorite now, and I look forward to wearing it often. It’s held up nicely today while I worked in the store.

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  • June 20, 2012 at 3:51 pm
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    Perhaps you could wear leggings or stockings with the dress to make it work friendly? It depends on the style of the dress of course, but I think leggings might be cute with this one!

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    • Erica
      June 20, 2012 at 5:22 pm
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      Anna, I was thinking leggings might work, but today, the temps were over 100F. Summer has arrived in the south! I’m just concerned that if I kept it for leggings only that I wouldn’t be able to wear it until October. 🙁

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  • June 20, 2012 at 4:18 pm
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    Wow, the Vanity Fair didn’t appeal to me on the website, but seeing you in it made me reconsider!
    As for the Liverpool Honey, I immediately thought that it looked shorter than on the model, but I still think it’s pretty cute at that length. I wanted to try it in the Carrot shade, but they didn’t stock it in a 42.

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    • Erica
      June 20, 2012 at 5:27 pm
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      Thank you, Astrid! I think the Vanity Fair has a lot of versatility and works well by itself or layered. Give it a try! Oh, and I agree that the dress looks longer on the model than IRL. I could see that it was a bit above the knee, but I didn’t expect it to be quite as short as it is (especially in the back). Lovely dress though!

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  • June 20, 2012 at 4:25 pm
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    That button down is stunning on you! And you have some great legs in that yellow number.

    I was skeptical about the the Biu Biu button downs, but maybe I do need to get some now. No gaping! The only problem I have is my slim hips, so I know the shirts are going to flare out where I don’t need them to on the bottom.

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    • Erica
      June 20, 2012 at 5:29 pm
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      Thanks, HB! I’ve tested the top all day, and it has not gaped once. Hooray! I think the fit of the fabric would still work even if you do have narrower hips. I imagine (I can’t say for sure as I can’t sew) that you could take in the hip area too if you needed something that fell straight down through the waist. At $35, the price of the shirt isn’t high enough to deter a $10 alteration cost.

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    • June 21, 2012 at 4:58 am
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      HB, you should definitely try the shirts, they are amazing. I am very top heavy (30JJ bra, broad back & shoulders, 110/82/99 cm (appr. 43/32/39 inches) – and the shirts work for me.
      You should just remember that the shirts come in two slightly different cuts: Erica’s pink one is the Vanity Fair, which is wider in the hips and has a more fitted waist. It can give something of a peplum effect on slim hips, but that can look quite good.
      The other cut, Vanity Size, is less fitted in the waist, and narrower in the hips, but only several sizes in white are left on the BiuBiu site, and the white fabric is thinner and sheer). However, there are some more sizes and colours left in other Polish online stores – you could ask for help on BiuBiu’s English-language Facebook page.
      Oh, and of course we are all waiting for the new shirts: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150903373188463&set=a.295676063462.145965.279220768462&type=1

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      • Erica
        June 23, 2012 at 11:55 am
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        Adamantia, I did not know they had multiple cuts! Thanks for posting about that as I think everyone will find it useful. I’m anxiously awaiting their new arrivals as well. 🙂

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  • June 20, 2012 at 4:36 pm
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    Both the dress and shirt look amazing on you! I’ve been planning on just wearing my dress with black leggings because I knew it would probably be too short. 😉

    I like the idea of adding some black fabric to the bottom of it, though. That seems like a relatively easy fix and might be a lot cheaper than shipping back to Poland.

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    • Erica
      June 20, 2012 at 5:30 pm
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      Thanks, June! I’m so glad I ended up trying the company as you are right about how wonderful the fit and quality are. I’m still debating about the black fabric at the bottom as I’d have to make sure the seamstress could match the weight and color of the black. There were two other dresses I loved that would be fine off the rack, and if shipping is only $6 or 7, I could swing that (given the low cost of the dress). Still debating!

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  • June 21, 2012 at 5:04 am
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    Erica, you look great!
    Re the dress – your legs look lovely, I don’t think it’s too short for you at all.
    However, generally I think the dress would work better with sleeves – I really liked the look with the black sleeves on the BiuBiu model.

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    • Erica
      June 23, 2012 at 11:56 am
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      It’s funny you mention the sleeves because I’ve seen a lot of debate over whether women the sleeves on a model should have been included with the dress. Some women hated them, and others loved them. I was personally glad they weren’t standard as it means I can layer more stuff underneath (button-fronts, turtle-necks, etc.). I think being able to layer under a dress can really amp up the versatility factor!

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  • June 21, 2012 at 6:30 am
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    That shirt looks great on you! It really does look custom made. I’ll have to check out Biu Biu. Do you find the fabric wrinkles (a) a lot for a woven cotton, (b) an average amount for a woven cotton, or (c) not very much, considering it’s a woven cotton? I loathe ironing shirts, especially during the summer. I don’t mind ironing square or rectangular things like sheets and towels, but shirts end up more wrinkled than when I started!

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    • Erica
      June 23, 2012 at 12:01 pm
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      SC, I found that during the day it did wrinkle some (but no more than any other cotton button-front I own); however, there wasn’t as much fabric to wrinkle so the effect was minimized. Let me explain since that sounds confusing. Because the shirt fit me so well in the bust and torso, the fabric didn’t have a whole lot of opportunity to bunch or wrinkle. So while the fabric has the potential to wrinkle about the same as most other cotton shirts, I think it still manages to look polished throughout the day because of how superior the fit is. Does that make sense? Also, I found the wrinkles “fell out” pretty quickly when the shirt was hung up. Usually, what I do with mine to avoid breaking out the iron (I’m with you on hating to iron) is throw them in the dryer on low heat with a fabric refresher sheet for about 15 minutes. Immediately after the dryer buzzes, I hang them up and smooth them out. The wrinkles fall out, and I never have to iron. The color is also preserved since it rarely goes into the wash, which is why I have some button-fronts that are over three years old.

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  • June 26, 2012 at 7:53 am
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    Hello Erica !

    Thank you for testing BiuBiu and for a very kind review on your blog! The
    photographs are great and it makes me proud to see my clothes worn by such a
    beautiful lady.

    Sizewise, judging by the photos (I know they might be misleading, that’s
    true) I think you might also do with a BB sized shirt. If you see the
    picture, over the bust there seems to be slight excess of fabric. Not very
    noticeable for an untrained eye (basically usual button up shirts look so
    much worse that this is perfect in comparison), but as I know my range quite
    well, I notice those tiny details.

    The dress fits perfectly. If I may suggest something, this dress also looks
    very good paired with black leggings and a black turtleneck top underneath –
    a StarTrek girl look 🙂 The leggings might also be a solution for it being
    too short.

    Best regards,
    Kinga Robak

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    • Erica
      June 26, 2012 at 3:15 pm
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      Hi Kinga! Thank you so much for reading and commenting on the blog! I cannot tell you how much I adore my button-front. I spent the whole day moving around without worrying about showing any kind of gaping, which is something I haven’t been able to do in YEARS! The color is beautiful, and I can’t wait to buy more. I’d recently stopped buying button-fronts as much because I felt like I was spending too much time fooling with them during the day, but that is not the case with yours. I’ve been recommending it to my customers!!

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  • June 27, 2012 at 2:34 pm
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    I’ve just ordered the Liverpool Honey to wear to a 1960s themed party, hope it looks as good on me as it does on you. Especially as I have ordered a 40BB/BBB when I usually wear a 42BB/BBB, fingers crossed I can lose the extra wee bit on my waist in time.

    I also have the Vanity Fair in pink, we’re clothing twins!

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    • Erica
      June 27, 2012 at 2:39 pm
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      The Liverpool will be fantastic for your party! I’m sure it will look beautiful. The dress has a good bit of give to it, and I think the soft a-line is flattering. I’m thinking of getting the Vanity Fair in another color, I love it so much!

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      • June 27, 2012 at 3:29 pm
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        It looks great on you, definitely get more. I hope they bring out more colours of Vanity Fair for autumn, there’s only white in my size at the moment and I much prefer brighter and darker colours.

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        • Erica
          June 29, 2012 at 12:15 pm
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          I can’t wait to see what colors they come up with next! I’d love to see more blues/greens, personally, but I am so glad I was able to take the plunge and try the brand!

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