Biu Biu: The Next Chapter

Hello Ladies,

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:

Another great purchase from BiuBiu!  Here’s how I styled it for work today:

Have you ordered from them yet?  No??  What are you waiting for??

Erica

P.S.  I scored a sample Campbell & Kate shirt yesterday from their first run that I’ll be reviewing when it arrives.

Biu Biu: The Next Chapter
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.
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26 thoughts on “Biu Biu: The Next Chapter

  • July 14, 2012 at 10:52 am
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    Wow. Wow, wow, wow. You look absolutely lovely in these styles. Thank you so much for reviewing them; it’s so nice to hear about how good the quality is! I need to start saving up for an order soon I think . . .

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    • Erica
      July 14, 2012 at 11:14 am
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      Thanks, Sweets! 🙂 I highly recommend this company, and I just can’t get enough of their designs!!

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  • July 14, 2012 at 11:30 am
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    I’m not a fan of animal print on me, it clashes with my red hair. But on you…. Wow! That dress is a smashing success! If they had it in another color I’d snap it up. And the price is amazing.
    Which of course brought my to a trip on their website, where I find the Sines newly listed. I can’t wait for my first order to come in so I can try some new styles! Everything you’ve bought looks amazing on you, I have my fingers crossed for my order!

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    • Erica
      July 14, 2012 at 11:33 am
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      Thank you, Crystal! 🙂 Animal print is definitely “high impact” on a look. Did you see the Messina? As I understand it, the Zanzibar and Messina are fairly close in cut/design. The Sines will look beautiful on you too, of course. I think fellow blogger Dezi would eying that one for herself as well. The prices are great, and you really can’t beat the fit.

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  • July 14, 2012 at 12:21 pm
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    Oh wow, you look incredible in these dresses! Very jealous. I ordered the Ponti in a 34 but it was miles too big on my waist and looked awful because of it 🙁

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    • Erica
      July 14, 2012 at 12:27 pm
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      Thanks, Laura! That’s such a shame about the Ponti! Since I was able to size down, I could see how the 34 might be too big. I can say for sure that the Zanzibar is a smaller fit than the Ponti!

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  • July 14, 2012 at 12:23 pm
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    You look AMAZING in these dresses. Thank you for providing your measurements, and may I ask how tall you are? Also, what bra are you wearing in the Zanzibar?

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    • Erica
      July 14, 2012 at 12:29 pm
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      Thanks, Kate! I’d be happy to help with the extra info. I’m about 5’6.5″ (169cm), and in the first photos, I was wearing my Freya Ellie in size 30H. In the pic today, I’m wearing my Panache Andorra in the 30HH.

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  • July 14, 2012 at 2:16 pm
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    Super cute dresses! I need to order from there. 🙂

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  • July 14, 2012 at 3:50 pm
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    Both look absolutely stunning on you! I have to say that BiuBiu NEEDS to make the Zanzibar in other fabrics. I really love the cut but the fabric just isn’t for me. Fingers crossed that they’ll have more soon because the fit is just drop dead gorgeous!

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    • Erica
      July 14, 2012 at 4:19 pm
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      Thanks, June! I would love to see this dress in other fabrics (maybe a basic black in there?) as well since the fit is so impeccable that it justifies buy multiples. I know I’d spring for another one!

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  • July 15, 2012 at 5:33 am
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    You look stunning in both dresses. Got to love BiuBiu!

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  • July 15, 2012 at 3:54 pm
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    Wow, you really do love animal print. Just noticed leopard prints shoes in all but the last picture.

    Great review! Thanks!

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    • Erica
      July 17, 2012 at 11:07 am
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      HB, I thought about pointing out the shoes too. Animal print is probably one of my favs. 😀

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  • July 16, 2012 at 4:23 pm
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    WOW, Erica! Those dresses look fabulous on you!! I’m kind of stunned, actually. I seriously think they look better on you than on the product photo model. The colors in both dresses flatter your coloring. The green one you could wear as keynote speaker at a business conference, and the animal print one you could wear to the conference dinner event. I love your, “Hello Booty! And how are you today?” reaction. Seeing you in the Zanzibar makes me wish I had a little more in that area. I would adjust the styling of the Zanzibar just a bit, though; I would skip the belt and necklace. Both dresses have such impact that something at your wrists and maybe earrings in addition would allow them to shine best. It’s not that you look bad with the belt and necklace; it’s just that those accessories add line, form, and color where none is needed. Those dresses look like they were made for you!

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    • Erica
      July 17, 2012 at 11:08 am
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      Thanks!! I love your styling suggestions as well. I love dresses that can pull double-duty, so I do tend to work with belts/jackets. Sometimes it’s nice though to just let the line of the dress speak for itself. 🙂 If you haven’t tried BiuBiu yet, I highly recommend them.

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  • July 16, 2012 at 4:30 pm
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    I forgot to ask about your anniversary sale that starts tomorrow. Did you decide, for online customers, whether you will be changing the prices on the website or whether you’ll be accepting phone/email orders instead?

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    • Erica
      July 17, 2012 at 11:09 am
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      I think we’ll be doing both. I am going to be going through the website today and marking things down, but I’m more than happy (read: I prefer!) to process orders over the phone too since I talk about the style before people buy.

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  • July 16, 2012 at 6:30 pm
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    Wow, you look great. I thought the Zanzibar looked frumpy on the website but it looks amazing on you. Just goes to show how a dress can look bad on one person and fab on another.

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    • Erica
      July 17, 2012 at 11:42 am
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      Thanks, Lynn! I think the body-con fit of this dress really transforms the style. I’ve heard the Messina is similar in cut, but the print is more traditional in case you’re not a huge fan of animal print. 🙂

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  • September 9, 2012 at 3:24 pm
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    Is this dress forgiving on the tummy or does it show every lump and bump?

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