After my previous success with BiuBiu, imagine my delight when I checked my Facebook status stream on July 4th to find they had a free US shipping promotion underway. Since I first started perusing the collection, there were two dresses I kept eying, but I wanted to test the quality and fit before overbuying. Needless to say, they made their way to my shopping cart, and in less than a week and half (!) arrived at my doorstep. Well, my store’s doorstep, but I digress. What captured my attention? The Ponti in Green:
Originally, I was going to purchase this dress in navy, but I realized that I have two navy dresses (plus a cobalt blue one) and don’t have any green clothes. I’m not sure why as I love the color, but I guess I never find much in clothing that works for me. With the Ponti, the deep emerald-meets-evergreen quality of the color seemed perfect for my pale skin and dark hair; however, the unique neckline and sharp tailoring harkened to some of the Victoria Beckham dresses I have drooled over from afar and ultimately sold me on the design.
In my last round of orders, I wisely purchased what the size chart recommended based on my measurements (40.5″-28″-40.5″), which was a 38BB/BBB. However, they were sold out in this style, so I gambled with the 36BB/BBB since the draped front seemed like it would allow extra room for the hips and tummy. Fortunately, the size fits perfectly:
Not only does this dress allow extra room for my boobage in the front, but there is also space in the rear. Usually, dresses bunch up in the back because of my butt, but this one hugs the curves beautifully. Furthermore, the fabric weight is light enough for hot temperatures but thick enough to work in winter too, and I can’t be happier with the quality of the stitching and construction.
I was also pleased to see a discreet side zipper—so discreet I didn’t realize it had one until I put it on—which was a nice change from the Liverpool. Now, if I am being honest, the bust does pull a teensy bit, but I’m happy with the size and fit. If I had one concern with the Ponti, it was going to be whether the draping at the waist was flat enough so as not to create a puff of fabric in the front, which it doesn’t. If you have a bit of a tummy, I actually think this will work perfectly to camouflage it. Finally, I do have one small quibble. The back vent is a touch high and shows more leg than I am comfortable with for work, but this is a simple fix I’ve done on most of my pencil skirts.
With the bar set so high by my love for the Ponti, I was curious how my next dress was going to pan out: the Zanzibar.
Anyone who knows me personally knows I have a thing for animal prints (note what I’m standing on in all these pics), and I really liked the Zanzibar from the moment I saw it. However, I’m a bit gun shy with prints on dresses, and this wasn’t a muted dip-your-toe-in-the-water print at all. The Zanzibar practically screams “Look at ME!”, but, again, I gambled thinking that I could always tone it down with accessories. Wouldn’t ya know it? This is my favorite of the two:
When I put this dress on, I felt fierce, ferosh, fashionable, and fantastic . . . immediately! I’m a sucker for beautiful dresses, and I’ve tried a lot, but only rarely do I find one that makes me this happy and confident. Since they had my standard 38BB/BBB in this style, I played it safe, which was a wise decision. The fabric on this dress is thinner than the Liverpool or Ponti, and the cut feels smaller. A 36BB/BBB would not have worked here! This is not a forgiving dress. You need VPL proof undies at minimum, and it’s very body conscious (although the length keeps the look demure). The print is also (obviously) bold and not for the faint of heart. In fact, I feel like people will either love it or hate it. Fortunately, I’m in the former category.
One nice touch I love is that the wrap top is actually stitched together so that it doesn’t necessarily require a cami underneath, which is what I expected. However, if you love to show some cleavage, the stitches look like they can be removed easily. Of course, I haven’t gotten to my favorite part: the back. There’s nothing special about it per se other than when I turned to the side to evaluate my profile, I was like: “POW! Hello Booty! And how are you today?” As I mentioned with the Ponti, these dresses fit all of your curves. I don’t know what I like more: The fact that my bust isn’t smooshed and restricted or that I don’t have bunching in the back where my butt is messing with the line of the dress. My photog snapped me in the process of joking about how much I like the “POW!” effect of the dress:
P.S. I scored a sample Campbell & Kate shirt yesterday from their first run that I’ll be reviewing when it arrives.