Product Review: BiuBiu Paris Noir

Hello Ladies,

Lately my shopping expeditions have consisted of the following:  A gorgeous dress or top catches my eye, and I race to the fitting room where I test how malleable my breasts are by smooshing, squishing, and mashing them into the garment.  If I size up, the waist is too large, and ultimately, I leave disheartened with nothing to show for my troubles.  However, last week, I decided to skip this process altogether and order BiuBiu instead.  In the past, their designs have fit like they were tailor-made for me, and a quick perusal of the website resulted in a decrease in my Paypal account balance.  I purchased the Paris Noir dress, the Haarlem long-sleeve top, the Siena button-front, the Portofino short-sleeve top, and the new Oviedo for just over $200 with shipping.  You just can’t beat the value! Since my order was larger, I will be breaking the reviews into three blogs, and today I am wearing and reviewing the Paris Noir:

Paris_3Total lack of dairy contributed to a five pound weight loss mostly in the midsection, making my measurements 42″-28.5″-41.5″.  My bust measurement has always placed me right on the edge of the 38BBB, but I always take the chance to ensure the waist fits properly.  Overall, I am extremely satisfied with the size.  While the bust and shoulders are a touch snug, the waist nips in sharply and highlights my torso before the dress flares for the hips.  A 40BBB would have been better for my bust/shoulders, but since I can move freely without anything pulling, I am happy with the fit in this size.  Follow their size chart but be open to sizing up too. 

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What do you mean I can't be in the picture?
What do you mean I can’t be in the picture?

My only quibble with the fit is that the back of the dress rides up a little because of my long torso and booty, but as I mentioned in past reviews, I never escape the phenomenon regardless of who makes the dress. So, for me, this is not a deal breaker.

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Today is the first day I have worn the Paris Noir, and I find it to be comfortable, particularly because the looser fit around the hips combines with the back vent to allow for easy walking.  While the vent is a little high, the lining in the dress tends to cover the legs even if the vent flares. Furthermore, the dress stays put when I move too—an important feature for me.  Within the last few months, I have grown intolerant of clothing which needs constant readjustment, and I am now only purchasing items which will withstand a day of working retail.

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Aside from the superb fit, the Paris Noir scores points for easily being the highest quality item I have purchased from BiuBiu, and I hope they revisit the design.  The shell uses stiffer, almost suiting fabric while the lining feels soft and silky against the skin.  A back zip enables the fantastic tailoring, but I would prefer a side zipper for ease. The zipper also feels quite sturdy, even surpassing higher end dresses in quality; in fact, I would compare the quality and aesthetic of the dress to the likes of J. Crew and Ann Taylor.

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It doesn’t hurt that the dress is gorgeous either.  Before I ordered the Paris Noir, I asked myself if I really needed another black dress.  Of course, I love black; I love dresses; and I loved the style.  So, I silenced the skeptical voice and cannot be happier that I did.  The neckline is open but not low, meaning the dress is work appropriate even in conservative environments.  If I wore a plunge bra, I may create some cleavage, but I love the look as it is.  My biggest caveat with BiuBiu’s necklines is that they can be too low to wear without a cami underneath, but this dress perfectly balances the coverage for a sophisticated look.

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Origami folds on the cap sleeves prevent the dress from feeling too plain, and vertical darts on the front tailor the dress to my shape before ending in a fabulous sewn in gross grain ribbon belt.  While I do love my belts, they sometimes rotate during the day, and as a result, the dress creates the look of a belt without the hassle.  Of course, if I did want to wear a wider belt, I think I could cover the ribbon one easily.

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The hips of the dress have flattering folds which drape gracefully and conceal deep pockets.  In theory, I love the concept of dresses and pockets, but in practice, they can tread into unflattering territory easily.  The superior construction on the Paris Noir never allows this to happen.  Not to mention, the pleating camouflages the tummy without adding extra bulk so that the overall silhouette and profile imitates a slimming sheath dress.  BiuBiu, please make more dresses like this!  Your knit ones are fantastic too, of course, but this is the perfect addition to a professional wardrobe.  Plus, it looks fantastic under a leather jacket:

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Product Review: BiuBiu Paris Noir
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.

28 thoughts on “Product Review: BiuBiu Paris Noir

  • October 23, 2013 at 3:40 pm
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    I love that dress in and of itself, and also how it fits you beautifully! Gorgeous!

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    • Erica
      October 24, 2013 at 10:58 am
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      Thanks, Tammy! I hope BiuBiu makes more dresses like this one because they are perfect for a professional wardrobe.

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  • October 23, 2013 at 3:57 pm
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    YOU LOOK AMAZING! I love the origami pleats on the sleeves– what a pretty dress! I also love your shoes. And your pup.

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    • Erica
      October 24, 2013 at 10:59 am
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      Thank you, Sweets! 🙂 I never get to wear those shoes anymore, but every time I do, they make me smile. My dogs like to photobomb,and Einstein seemed very sad I wouldn’t let him.

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  • October 23, 2013 at 6:07 pm
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    Cannot handle how awesome you look in this. Also cannot handle how much I want to buy this, even though my black Kieska from Urkye is extremely similar.

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    • Erica
      October 24, 2013 at 11:00 am
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      Windie, not to enable or anything . . . who am I kidding? Okay, just to enable you, I think the Paris Noir is very different from Kieska. This is not a knit dress and has more structure plus a lining. I ultimately went with this one because of the structure and the longer length. You’d look great in it too!

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  • October 23, 2013 at 7:21 pm
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    That seems like a really great “any occassion” dress. And it looks great on you. I need to bit the bullet (I fall between sizes…) and order from them.

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    • Erica
      October 24, 2013 at 11:02 am
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      It is a perfect LBD for sure! 🙂 I’d start with one or two pieces to make sure you like the sizing. My first order consisted of a dress and a button-front, and then I’ve slowly added more and more. For the most part, I have found them to be pretty true-to-size, but how you like your clothes to fit will play a role too. Have you checked Ebay to see if anyone is selling them there?

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      • October 24, 2013 at 11:14 am
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        Yeah, but the prices aren’t really astoundingly better than ordering from the company. And BiuBiu is pleasantly inexpensive, anyway. I think my tape measure and I need to get together with the size chart and figure this out 🙂

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        • Erica
          October 24, 2013 at 11:15 am
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          BiuBiu’s prices are definitely fantastic! Urkye is great too if you haven’t had a chance to try them as well. Both are pretty well-reviewed too, so you may be able to read reviews and use them with the measuring tape to see what size to order.

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  • October 24, 2013 at 2:19 am
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    That looks really good! It is similar to the Marsala dress – but unfortunately I cannot wear black.
    I was looking forward to your comments on a new Biu Biu order (you said something about the faux wrap shirt) to decide for myself, so I keep on waiting for the next reviews.

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    • Erica
      October 24, 2013 at 11:11 am
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      Thanks Anna! I am hoping to have another set of reviews up on Friday which will include the SIena and Oviedo, and then I’ll have the Haarlem and Portofino on Tuesday. This dress is a little similar to Marsala but much better made and higher quality. I have both and prefer this one easily. It’s a shame it was only in black and charcoal because it really does fit well.

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  • October 24, 2013 at 3:13 am
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    I love the dress! I debated with myself about needing another black dress when it went on sale but by the time I had convinced myself my size was sold out. You look gorgeous and your shoes are fascinating.

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    • Erica
      October 24, 2013 at 11:13 am
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      What a shame! Maybe it will pop up on Ebay? I went through the whole “Do I need another black dress?” debate too, but my other dress is the Urkye Mala which is so different than this. I figured—or rationalized, either way—that I should have both. 🙂

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  • October 24, 2013 at 5:48 am
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    The dress is so pretty.

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  • October 24, 2013 at 11:09 am
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    All Biu Biu dresses look amazing on you, and this one is no different. Probably would not work for a short-waisted person though. I have woefully few dresses because the waistline pretty much always falls below my natural waist and the fit is out of whack as a result 🙁 Wish I had another 5 cm of torso so I could actually wear this kind of stuff!

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    • Erica
      October 24, 2013 at 11:17 am
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      Thanks, Naira! That is an excellent point about the torso length. In general, I found BiuBiu’s clothes better suited for a longer torso. I’ll note this in my upcoming reviews too, but everything I have ordered from them seems better suited for that body type. In some cases, I think the garments would still work for women with a shorter torso, but in others, the structure of the garment would not fall properly.

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  • October 25, 2013 at 3:40 pm
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    Oh, you look gorgeous. That dress is divine on you, but those shoes…Oh, I’d steal them.

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    • Erica
      October 25, 2013 at 3:47 pm
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      Thank you! 🙂 Since I never get to wear the shoes anymoer, I would probably let you steal them just so I know they are loved 😀

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  • Dezi
    October 25, 2013 at 4:12 pm
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    Gorgeous, lady, just gorgeous!

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  • October 26, 2013 at 6:15 am
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    Dresses always wrinkle at the back on me too, even when there is enough bust and waist/hip room. Does that mean I have a long torso? I thought I was short waisted. Confused… 🙂

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  • November 25, 2013 at 3:07 pm
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    You look stunning in that dress. It looks like it was made for you 🙂

    I’ve been lusting after the Paris dress for months but I came too late to the party and it was sold out in my size. I sent an email to Biu Biu asking if they intended to restock it but they told me they would not be making this model anymore. I was very disappointed. It’s such a stunning dress and I honestly think their older designs look better than what they are offering now (dress-wise)..

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    • Erica
      November 26, 2013 at 11:47 am
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      Thanks, Sandy! I wish they would revisit some of the older designs too. The quality was a bit higher, and I liked how some of them leaned more toward dressy (as opposed to the ones now which lean more casual). I’ve been loving the Paris Noir, so I hope she creates something similar.

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