Bolero Banishes Back Fat! + New Skater Dress Prints Bonus

Hello Everyone,

Full disclosure:  I’m not a huge fan of the term “back fat” because I hear it way too often in my job by people who look perfect as they are.  Factor in how the mere hint of this perceived imperfection can lead a client to size up in the band to the point of a poorer overall fit, and you can understand my frustration for yet another way people have at their disposal to pick themselves apart.  I am also a woman who does possess some extra . . . ahem . . . tissue back there.  I developed it after years of not wearing a bra that fits, particularly during periods of weight gain and loss, and even when I am in fighting shape, the squishy bits DO NOT GO AWAY.  I used to be really self-conscious about it, but I realized there were much better things for me to worry about and have made peace with it.

Bolero Wrap Top with Back Fan Banishing Panel!
Bolero Wrap Top with Back Fat Banishing Panel!

Anyway, disclosure aside, I know not all people feel the same way about back fat as I do, which is why I was pleased to see that Patricia of Bolero was listening to feedback to improve her designs.  Everything I have shown in my copious reviews has been the original design, but Patricia has cleverly modified the classic shapes to create a second variation which is more forgiving of any lumps, bumps, back fat, or whatever you want to call it.

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The above dress is a classic skater style in a brand new print, but the interior of the back has been shored up with a smooth, slightly heavier piece of fabric to prevent the dress from clinging and to allow it to fall smoothly from the shoulder.  In the Skater dress, this panel stops at the seamed part running perpendicular to the vertical back seam, meaning it covers about half of the back and includes the bra band.  The design then reverts to the regular, softly draping fabric for the lower back and flows downward to the knee.  As a result, the panel will not cover the entire back, but the area encompassed by it does have a smooth profile. 

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Per usual, the fabrics on the dresses are fantastic, and I have found the Skater version to be one of the more flattering designs because of the way the skirt flows from the waist across the hips.  Speaking from personal experience, the design can be more forgiving of weight gain, particularly in the tummy or hip region.

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In addition to modifying her Skater dresses, Patricia has also changed the wrap tops to have a more flattering back as well.

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For the tops, the piece extends all the way down the interior back to completely cover problem areas.

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One of the complaints I have read before about thinner tops or even other bust-friendly clothing is how the back is not always as flattering because thinner materials not only highlight the indentation of the bra band but also hardware pieces like strap adjusters or any textural design elements.  Not only does the new Bolero wrap top alleviate these issues, but the use of unique, multicolor prints only adds to the camouflage.

Note: Line at the small of my back is from the pencil skirt.
Note: Line at the small of my back is from the pencil skirt.

If you’re just tuning into my little corner of the Internet, I recommend reading this post discussing the original Skater dresses and then reading this review of the wrap tops.  (Spoiler alert: Both are awesome!)  Now that customers can elect to have the Back Fat Banishing Panel! added to either design, I am sure people will appreciate Bolero even more.  Remember:  All Bolero designs are not mass-produced and are instead made by a small business in the USA under ethical work conditions.  Supporting them supports our economy and encourages other designers to bring manufacturing back here.

Gravel slipped under my boot, and I almost nosedived into the ground right when this shot was taken. Taking pictures is dangerous people!
Gravel slipped under my boot, and I almost nosedived into the ground right when this shot was taken. Taking pictures is dangerous people!

Finally, Patricia has released a number of new prints lately, some of which can be found on her newly revamped website.  She has some stuff available now but will be adding more styles and prints in the future.  The dress below is one such example of another great print from her:

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I love how both of the prints featured in this post work well as a transitional summer/fall print.  The fabrics are still light enough to wear now, but the emphasis on solid, primary colors with a mix of dark neutrals allows you to layer them effortlessly later on—a characteristic not all of her prints possess.  How easy it will be to wear Bolero in colder temperatures will depend on your definition of “cold.”  My definition is between 35-45F (I’m a baby, I know . . . that’s why I live in the south!), and my Bolero dresses hold up well with some opaque tights, boots, and either a cardigan or jacket outer layer.  Those of you living in the tundra may need to reserve them for warmer months.  🙂

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**UPDATE** At the moment, the two prints shown in this post are the only ones available with the Back Fat Banishing Panel. Patricia is searching for more that work with it successfully.**
Erica

P.S.  The sale and the arrival of lots of new inventory has me working really late into the evening, so blogging consistency has dropped.  However, I do have reviews of the new Anna Pardal Hibiscus Longline, Anna Pardal Rosa Longline, Bolero Carmen, and Bolero Wrap Dress in the works too.  I’m hoping to have the first two up for next week because they invite a lot of comparisons, and the latter two should go live the week after that.  In the meantime, we are offering all Bolero dresses at 15% off on our website, and for every $10 you spend in the store, you earn an entry ticket in our fabulous giveaway . . . where you could also win another Bolero dress!

Bolero Banishes Back Fat! + New Skater Dress Prints Bonus
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.

9 thoughts on “Bolero Banishes Back Fat! + New Skater Dress Prints Bonus

  • August 7, 2015 at 5:14 pm
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    OMG, that wrap shirt is so flattering, you look like Dolly Parton!! SO gorgeous! I may have to break down and get one of these new prints.

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    • Erica
      August 7, 2015 at 7:31 pm
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      Thank you Ashley! Her wrap tops are so nice, and I love the added panel inside of it too. I can’t wait to show everyone the new Carmen and Wrap dresses in a couple weeks. The one Carmen print I chose is this fantastic blue/black print that is kind of like a brushstroke/Pollack/abstract/general-awesomeness creation. 😀

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  • August 8, 2015 at 10:41 am
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    I absolutely love to see how flattering our styles can be in your photos Erica! Really appreciate your technical description of improvements we always make to our products that can be easily overview unless someone like you, takes the time not only to describe with photos wearing them, but also showing the inside of the garment. I consider the Bolero team is so fortunate to have someone like you, not only with knowledge of great fit for busty -and curvy bodies, but also someone who respect and appreciate small business, taking the time to describe a great product from a small American business. As a designer with strong background in pattern-making and sewing-construction and being one of those women going to the fitting room at any store and feeling the disappointment of looking myself at the mirror and thinking “something is wrong with me”….but wait! I tried something else, I look much better and this time, not only I like what I see in the mirror but I realized that there is nothing wrong with me, I just have to wear the appropriate clothes to enhance the places I want to show-off and to hide the ones I’m not really happy about it and that is exactly what happen when I wear my Bolero styles!
    I am the costumer and I am the designer, how cool ah? sometimes not really because I am so picky getting the right fit that it takes many, many attempts -prototypes- to get the right fit that I wonder how some garments -and very expensive and well-know labels-get to the stores with such a poor fit! And they are mass-produced and sometimes after a couple of washes they look ugly. No with Bolero styles, they look like new even after years of washing, wearing and even letting your friends borrowing them 🙂
    When I design something, I picture my customers loving what they see at the mirror and knowing that Bolero is a loyal friend in their closets. The one who makes you look your best even when you gain a few pounds…or someone like me, who needs lots of coffee in the morning and can’t make the best decisions…I know I can’t go wrong wearing Bolero! Ah, another side of effect of wearing Bolero is receiving many compliments and feeling sexy too 🙂

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    • Erica
      August 8, 2015 at 11:29 am
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      I’m just glad to get the word out about a great company. Opening a small business myself made me appreciate other small businesses all the more because we can provide something special to the marketplace and to the community. Not to mention, I feel like small businesses are quicker to react to customer feedback and make changes too. There are some pretty sizable lingerie companies that ignore feedback altogether or it can take years to see changes. Plus, I have seen some documentaries about the cheap clothes, and they may be cheap for us but some of them are made in very unethical ways and extremely exploitative of other people. I feel much better knowing my favorite dress was made her in America by workers who were treated fairly. Thank YOU for continuing to make such wonderful products! <3

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      • August 9, 2015 at 10:57 am
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        I love my Bolero dresses and top, when I see new prints that Patricia comes up with makes me want more because they are so comfortable and easy to take care of.
        Patricia and her team do a fantastic job.

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        • Erica
          August 18, 2015 at 7:31 pm
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          The Sophisticated Pair family are all such big fans!

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          • August 18, 2015 at 8:34 pm
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            Thanks Erica <3 One of the most rewarding experiences in this business is to hear such kind words with love for our products from our costumers <3
            the other rewarding experience is making deposits in our banking account LOL
            Seriously, when someone takes the time to send us an email saying how happy and grateful are for our products it means the world!!! and when I receive a check with a beautiful Thank you card I feel like I'm in heaven…because we exceed their expectations and we LOVE to do that!
            I learned from my parents to always go "the extra mile" doing a bit more than it is expected to do 🙂

        • August 18, 2015 at 8:17 pm
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          Thanks Deb! I guess our love is reflected in our work 🙂 Everyone one here loves and appreciate their jobs, we are a small company with a big heart and big dreams too…always creating something new 🙂

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