New Bolero Skater Dresses

Hello Everyone,

In the efforts of full disclosure, today is not a heavy, thought-provoking, long tome of a blog post filled with advice and information.  Instead, we’re focusing on pictures, pictures, and more pictures of the four new variations of the Bolero skater dress and how you can wear them.  Since I heaped mountains of praise on Bolero in the past, I am not going to rehash everything here, but I will include some brief comments for any first time readers.  However, I recommend you check out these past posts on Bolero to read my full love-fest:  Bolero Beachwear Review, Bolero Maxi Review, The (Somewhat) Definitive Guide to Bolero Dresses, and Bolero Wrap Tops.

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If you don’t have time to read back posts, then let me introduce you to Bolero by Patricia McCaw.  Featuring bust-friendly tops and dresses, Bolero is a made-in-America small business with an emphasis on high quality fabrics and figure-flattering designs.  Not only are their multiple dress styles ranging from a classic sleeveless to a maxi to the titular skater style, but Patricia also uses varying sleeve lengths for women wanting more or less coverage.  As of the time of writing, I own four of these dresses in varying shapes, and I love every one of them.  Her fabrics dry quickly, making the clothes ideal travel companions, stay breathable in the heat, and hug curves in just the right way without clinging or emphasizing lumps.  No matter where I have been on the weight roller-coaster of the last 12 months, my Bolero dresses have been by my side, faithfully restoring my self-confidence and making me feel fabulous.

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Until the introduction of the skater dress, most of Patricia’s designed used an innovative V-neck with a drawstring to customize coverage, but the skater style features a straight neckline with ruching at the sleeve.  With a fit and flare shape, the dress flatters most figures, and the stretch to the fabric accommodates a range of cup sizes.  My aunt and I both own Bolero dresses in size small, and she is a size 2/4 to my size 8.Bolero_GreenPrint_2

 

 

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One of my favorite design element for Patricia’s dresses is how, regardless of what back or sleeve style is used, my bra is completely covered.  I never have to worry about flashing straps or the side of my cup (although in all honesty I do this intentionally a lot at work—the perks of owning a lingerie store, I guess?).  I also think the shape lends itself to layering easily.  I have some dresses which are gorgeous, but layering them is challenging.  They are meant to be worn “as is,” which is fine, but I am a sucker for being able to toss on jackets, cardis, or scarves to change up the look.

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Admittedly, some of Patricia’s fabrics accommodate my need to mix-and-match better than others, but I have been pleasantly surprised by how even the prints work with multiple pieces.  I think the versatility originates from her eye for the pattern and color.  Based in Florida, there’s a tropical aesthetic to many of the prints, and as a result, you see a beautiful mix of saturated colors like you would expect in a tropical rain forest.  It’s easy to pull out colors from the prints and accent or match them to your preference.

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She also manages to find prints and colors which work on almost everyone, from the very pale me to darker skin tones and everything in between.  To prove it, my stand-out favorite from the dresses is orange.  Don’t get me wrong.  I love orange!  Orange doesn’t love me.  Every time I tried something orange, I kind of looked like I may be ill or flushed or .  .  . well, “not good” sums it up nicely.  Consequently, when I pulled the dress out of the package (Patricia never tells me exactly what she sends so it’s like Christmas!), I told my dad and aunt: “Woof.  Orange.  I guess we’ll see what we can do with this one.”  And then I put it on, and my tune changed to:  “I love this dress so much!”  My only caveat with it, and I have to be fair, is that the fabric on this one is thinner than previous versions.  While I have flesh-tone undergarments, my tattoo is pretty visible on the side, and I have been wavering about whether this bothers me or not enough to keep it.

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To close the (longer than expected) text portion of this blog, I am going to be putting in a Bolero order in a week or two, and anyone who wants to pre-order a style will receive a special discount.  Short dresses are $129, and maxi dresses are $148 regularly.  Send a message through our Contact Page to find out more!

Erica

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And just for fun:  Where would you wear Bolero?

Never look so fabulous cutting the grass as in Bolero!
Never look so fabulous cutting the grass as in Bolero!
Never worry about falling from heights, Bolero skirts will let you glide down Mary Poppins style!
Never worry about falling from heights, Bolero skirts will let you glide down Mary Poppins style!
Garden parties only need two things:  Bolero and Jack Daniels
Garden parties only need two things: Bolero and Jack Daniels
Or this could just be after a long day of work.
Or this could just be after a long day of work.

 

New Bolero Skater Dresses
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.

20 thoughts on “New Bolero Skater Dresses

  • April 29, 2015 at 4:10 pm
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    Super beautiful! Love those prints and that blue one on you especially. Such a great fit. just wish they weren’t so pricy or I’d give them a try.

    It’s not so much that I wouldn’t pay that much so much that there’s other options for less. Ah well, c’est la vie.

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  • Erica
    April 29, 2015 at 4:47 pm
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    Thanks for commenting! The blue one is really lovely too with the great mix of greens for accent. Very spring/summer!!

    With regard to pricing: I have tried a lot of clothes from a lot of places, both in the full-bust and in standard sizing, and there are only two companies I trust implicitly with my money: J. Crew and Bolero. Neither company has let me down at all (said wearing a J. Crew pencil skirt purchased in 2009), and I fully believe the quality here matches the price tag. I really hate shopping, so I want something that is going to last a minimum of 3 years. My original Bolero was $98 retail, I have worn it (conservatively) 60 times in the 17 months I owned it. It still looks brand new. I easily have double that left in wears (unless I do something stupid like spill Frank’s Red Hot on it . . . which I can’t believe I let loose into the universe). I mentioned this on another Bolero one, but I got a wrap dress from Banana Republic about three-ish months after my first Bolero dress. After four wears, the navy part was fuzzy. Even using a fabric shaver, it does not look brand new. I still wear it because it’s comfy and not super noticeable. The retail price? $98 and not made in the US. Speaking of that, I also keep in mind that Bolero’s prices are higher because they are actually made in Florida under ethical conditions from a small business. It’s one of those pieces that is certainly not going to be for every person or for every budget, but I love spending my money with companies like this one, and I encourage everyone to give them a chance (if doing so won’t break the bank, of course!). 🙂

    Side note: My strong “pro-American” business leanings are really just a localized example of my more general “shop local” proclivities. So, for example, I would encourage French readers to look for “Made in France” products before “Made in the US.” 🙂

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    • May 4, 2015 at 9:44 pm
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      Thanks for commenting further, I hadn’t really thought of lasting Actually, I live in Florida but I am currently experimenting with Etsy’s custom shops, whose quality definitely does vary, but I notice that their prices for similar clothing start around $50-$60 with custom measuring. I really would love to at least give these dresses a try in the near future though. How often do you order with them?

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      • Erica
        May 5, 2015 at 4:20 pm
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        I have heard great things about some of the custom items from Etsy too. It’s so lovely to be able to support custom artisans. If we had a market for it, I’d love to get some of the handmade underwear and bralettes for the shop. Maybe in the future!

        For Bolero, we don’t have any minimums we have to meet (Thank you, Patricia!), so I can order as needed. 🙂

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    • Erica
      May 1, 2015 at 12:23 pm
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      Thanks, Leah! It’s such a beautiful color 🙂

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  • May 3, 2015 at 7:12 am
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    Whew, Erica, you look totally ravishing! In every photo you are just incredibly gorgeous and these dresses really help to show that. I think the blue suits your colouring best (although that might be biased because blue is my favourite colour) but as I said they’re all great and especially that first photo in the orange dress made me think “what a bombshell!”

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    • Erica
      May 5, 2015 at 4:26 pm
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      Thank you! <3 <3 The blues in that dress are really lovely. Patricia has a couple more blue variations which are also nice ranging from ones with a more geometric print to a traditional, tropical floral. Liking the orange was a total shock to me, but it goes to show you need to step outside your comfort zone every once in a while!

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  • May 3, 2015 at 10:45 am
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    I love these dresses. They are comfortable and the amazing thing…they do not wrinkle

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    • Erica
      May 5, 2015 at 4:24 pm
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      Nope, I can scrunch them up, toss them in a bag, and they look perfect later. 🙂

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  • May 14, 2015 at 8:26 pm
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    I snagged a Bolero maxi dress a few weeks ago and have a couple skater dresses on order. I’ve gotten so many compliments on the maxi dress and have worn it pretty much every weekend for the past few weeks. The fabric washes well, air dries quickly, and doesn’t wrinkle. I’m not sure if Erica mentioned in the review above, but the dresses are fully (and discreetly) lined through the bust. This allows you to wear whatever bra you’d like underneath without fear of colors/lines showing through.

    I’d also like to note that since the dresses are made for women with larger busts, you probably don’t need to order a larger size to accommodate your breasts. I wear size 12 pants and a 32GG (Freya) or 80HH (Comexim) bra and take a MEDIUM in the Bolero dresses. I can’t recall the last time I wore a “medium” dress!

    As someone who has continuously struggled with clothing fit issues due to my breast size, these dresses are a godsend and 100% worth the investment. I hope to get many years of wear out of them and look forward to more great Bolero products in the future!

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    • Erica
      May 15, 2015 at 10:44 am
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      Hi Sam! Actually, I don’t think I mentioned the lining in the bust in any review other than the first. I have just been taking it for granted, so I am glad you brought this up here in the comments. It’s certainly helpful to find dresses which are very forgiving of what bra you wear, especially for people like myself who buy all the pretty bras! 😀 Glad to hear you are loving that dress too. I’m actually wearing mine today. They feel so good I almost feel like I am leaving the house in a nightgown!

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    • May 18, 2015 at 4:38 pm
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      Samantha, I can’t not tell you how grateful I am reading your amazing review!!! More than a review, is a testimony of a happy customer who really appreciate all the hard work, inspiration and love behind each one of Bolero Beachwear styles!
      If you don’t mind, can I borrow one or two of your lines? I specially love the one where you said: “….are a godsend and 100% worth the investment”
      Another great quality is what Erica said before: they make you look good even when you gain a few pounds…it’s like a very loyal friend, right?
      Hope you enjoy all your Bolero dresses and will love the opportunity to see your photos when you send them to Erica.
      BIG THANKS Samantha!

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