Earlier this week I posted a review of the stunning Marsala dress from BiuBiu, but while placing my order, I also snagged two of the Venice shirts. Having never tried the knitwear, I was unsure what to expect, but my need for summer tops which actually fit trumped my reticence about potential returns. With all the beautiful colors available, my decisions was a difficult one, but I was ultimately wooed by the violet as well as the black and white printed version.
As I mentioned in my previous review, my measurements (41.5″-29″) suggest I need a 38BB/BBB, and while I would have preferred sizing down in the Marsala, I am glad I bought the 38s in the Venice because the torso is very fitted.
Because of the added room in the bust, I never experience pull lines from stressing the material of the shirt, but there is also enough space in the back for my broad shoulders. Directly beneath the bust line, the shirt nips back in at the waist and stays closely fitted down the sides and stomach. Ladies hoping for a more relaxed fit may want to size up in the Venice.
Moreover, the fabric features a lightweight cotton which, while soft, is a little stiffer than the dreamy material of the Marsala. On the whole, the tees are breezy, comfortable, and easy to wear when temperatures rise, and if you happen to break a sweat, the fabric is still forgiving, meaning you look polished and cool. Since I live in the south where high temperatures are only matched by the high humidity, I find this quality a bonus to the design. Thus far, I have also never had an issue with BiuBiu items bleeding color onto other fabrics either. Some of my knitwear from rather respectable designers cannot make this boast, and I love being able to wear a lighter colored bra and not worry about ruining it.
On the aesthetic side, both versions are lovely. Despite being the same design, each has a unique appearance and vibe. For the standard Venice, the black sleeves and bold piping perfectly accent the high contrast of the black and white on the lace print (I told you I had a thing for this!). At first, I thought the piping may look awkward on a larger chest, but Miss Underpinnings convinced me to take the plunge, and she was completely right in noting the slimming effect. Not to mention, the pattern is more forgiving of a less than firm tummy as well as lumps and bumps. I love how the look is eye-catching but still neutral, and I can easily layer the top under cardigans and blazers in cooler weather.
The violet Venice, on the other and, is a little darker and more muted in person which allows the top to wear well as a basic. Thin seaming on the front aids in creating the fitted shape but feels less center stage than with the black and white version, and the entire style is reminiscent on a bust-friendly, modernized fitted tee. While acceptable to wear untucked, I found the Venice shines as part of a higher-waisted ensemble. Because the design hugs the body so closely, you needn’t worry about fabric bunching near the waist band or riding up.
Overall, I love the new Venice tops, and they’re proving to be wonderful additions to my wardrobe. However, all of my non-Polish tops pale in comparison, leading to a war between my closet and my wallet. We’ll see who wins this battle . . .
Overall Grade: A+