Product Review: Urkye Mala Dress

Hello Ladies,

After such positive experiences with BiuBiu in the past, I was eager to try fellow full-bust clothing company Urkye.  Both manufacturers create clothing for women based on their bust size to eliminate pulling and poor fit caused by too small a difference in the waist-to-bust ratio!  When I saw promotional shots for the Mala dress, I knew what my first purchase would be.  Patiently, I waited . . . and waited . . . and waited.  Okay, so it probably wasn’t that long, but my other LBD sadly retired, making the wait feel unnecessarily long.  Finally, the dress became available, and I purchased it immediately.  The waiting began anew, but fortunately, I received my package (from Poland!) in about a week and half.  My ardent love for the dress overrode my patience, and as a result, I am detouring from the fall previews to offer a review!

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According to the size chart, my recent measurements (41.5″-29″-41.5″) put me somewhere between the 38oo/ooo and the 40oo/ooo (for those that remember my BiuBiu reviews, these sizes would correlate to 38BB/BBB and 40BB/BBB respectively).  I opted for the 38oo/ooo, and I couldn’t be happier.  The dress does not pull or stretch although I do get a very minor bunch near the small of my back.  I experience this to a greater degree with almost all fitted dresses because of the dip between my back and booty; as a result, this is a feature I’m willing to accept.  If you’re between sizes, I recommend sizing down for a closer fit.

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The measurements of the dress seem in line with what the size chart indicates, but they were taken without stretching the dress:

Bust (taken from armpit to armpit) – 39″
Waist – 28″
Hips (taken 8″ down from waist) – 38″

The fabric has quite a bit of give in part because it is made from a comfortable cotton jersey (92% cotton, 8% elastane).  During the warmer months, the breathable cotton will keep me cool—a feature I will appreciate more when temps hit the 90s.  Furthermore, the texture of the fabric feels soft against the skin, and the jersey contours well to my shape.  Sporting an average weight, the fabric works year-round, especially if you add layers.  Given the body-hugging design, VPL proof panties are advised, but I was rather shocked at how well it hides the seams of my bras.  Even on the less discreet styles, I can’t even see the sliver of embroidery, seaming, or lace.  Go figure!

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Furthermore, at 37″, the length is perfect for me.  Hitting right above the knee on my 5’6″ frame, the dress can easily be worn with heels or flats and not shorten the line of the leg.  Shorter women may end up wanting to alter the length though, and in fact, the Mala may pose a few problems, in general, for petite women or women with shorter torsos.  Even though I am average height, I also have a long torso, and the neckline of this dress hits just this side of perfect.  However, a shorter woman may find the neckline dips too low for her and exposes the top of the bra.  On the positive side, the straps could be shortened to lift the neckline and adjust the fit in the torso if necessary.  Considering the whole dress only cost me $50 including shipping, it may be financially worth the added alteration expense.

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Speaking of the gorgeous neckline, I love how it covers enough of the chest for my conservative leanings but still bares some skin for a fun and flattering look.  The almost sweetheart line across the front is unique and shapely but also allows you to layer under or over the dress for added versatility.  Thicker straps perfectly conceal my bra and do not expose anything when I move.  Finally, the armpit holes on the Mala are cut smaller than I usually see with sleeveless dresses.   More often than not, I am always exposing a portion of my bra, but with this design, everything stays covered and concealed.

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Because of the chic but basic aesthetic, the Mala is perfect for the office, the weekend, and even the cocktail party.  The dress truly has that “it” factor which allows you to not only dress it up or down but also lets you put your personal spin on how you wear it (see the outfit ideas peppered throughout the post).   Thus far, I wore it yesterday and did not have a single issue.  The dress stayed put as I moved and bent over and never felt like it was being pulled in an awkward way.  The lack of a back vent means I don’t have to worry about exposing too much leg while I walk either.  Additionally, the Mala did not lose its shape as the day progressed—an impressive feat since many similar dresses do.  My previous LBD bit the dust because of this unflattering situation (although in its defense, I had the dress for 3.5 years).

Overall, this dress deserves an A+, and I love it so much I am seriously considering ordering one in red!

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Product Review: Urkye Mala Dress
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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25 thoughts on “Product Review: Urkye Mala Dress

    • Erica
      April 6, 2013 at 11:13 am
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      Thank you! I have so many more ideas (I’m in serious LBD withdraw), but I figured a few quickies would let everyone know that this is no one trick pony. 🙂

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  • April 6, 2013 at 12:32 pm
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    I’m kind of glad you posted this… Except that I had already settled on what my next Urkye order would be, and now I really want to include this too! Argh, decisions decisions. It’s not just that it looks so nice on you – it’s also that you make it sound so comfy! And I do so love to be comfortable. Thanks for the review. 🙂

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    • Erica
      April 6, 2013 at 1:03 pm
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      Miss Shapen, which styles are you planning to order? They have so many great pieces, but the Mala really captured my heart. I like cotton jersey, and I feel like this is very comfortable and more forgiving a polyester jersey dress I own.

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      • April 19, 2013 at 12:37 pm
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        Sorry I didn’t see your reply before! I ended up going with the Twister shirt, a Tuba top, and the Skunks dress, although I am thinking I maybe should have sized down in the Skunks after seeing some other people’s pictures, and I am definitely feeling like I should have splurged and gotten the Mala. Luckily, it seems people like it enough that it should be sticking around for a while, I hope. What other Urkye stuff do you have on the docket for reviews, if any?

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        • Erica
          April 19, 2013 at 3:03 pm
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          It’s always so tough to do an International order with sizing! I tend to obsessively look at everyone’s pictures too to see if I need to adjust a size. If you get a chance, definitely try the Mala as it would look amazing on you. I don’t have any Urkye items on the review agenda at the moment mostly because I too fell in love with the Skunks dress but 80+ degree days have deterred me from long sleeves. 😀

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  • April 6, 2013 at 12:45 pm
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    That looks fantastic on you! I don’t even need a LBD but definitely want to get the Mala dress now.

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    • Erica
      April 6, 2013 at 1:02 pm
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      Thanks, Katie! I have been known to be a fashion enabler, so I say go for it!

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  • April 6, 2013 at 4:04 pm
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    Wow! That looks amazing on you O.O I also have the Mala dress and I agree on the A+

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    • Erica
      April 6, 2013 at 4:27 pm
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      Have you done a review yet? I just checked out your blog, and I really enjoyed reading your entries. I’ll have to do a Saturday Spotlight since many of our readers would love it too!

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      • April 6, 2013 at 9:24 pm
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        That would be awesome! Thank you so much 🙂 I haven’t done a review of the Mala yet, but it’s definitely on my to-do list after checking out Ddatelier.

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        • Erica
          April 9, 2013 at 11:26 am
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          You’re most welcome! Can’t wait to see how your experiences with DDAtelier and the Mala work out. 🙂

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  • April 8, 2013 at 3:17 pm
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    Wow, this looks great on you! I am actually planning to write a post about what kind of bras are best under different kinds of dresses. I think it will be helpful for some since the graduation parties and summer weddings are ahead of us 🙂

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    • Erica
      April 9, 2013 at 11:27 am
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      Sophie, that would be an awesome blog post! I know that so many women mistakenly think that they should stock up on the Swiss Army bras which will work under everything they own, but that doesn’t always mean they are the BEST thing to wear. I’d love to read your thoughts on this. 🙂

      P.S. I’m wearing the Panache Jasmine for the pictures.

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      • April 14, 2013 at 5:38 am
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        You’re definitely right! I’m so looking forward to the photoshoot I’m going to do for that post since my friend has offered to assist me and she’s a great photographer. Just wait til the next week! 🙂

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        • Erica
          April 16, 2013 at 3:07 pm
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          Fantastic! I’m super excited now. 😀

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  • April 9, 2013 at 7:25 pm
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    As soon as I saw the prototype, I decided to buy the Mala in red for Christenings this summer. It’s just as fab looking on you as it is on the model. How does the fabric work over tummies though? I love my Urkye Kieskas’, but they are not so forgiving on the stomach area,

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    • Erica
      April 9, 2013 at 8:18 pm
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      Lynn, I found the tummy area to be surprisingly forgiving. It’s definitely more body-hugging, but if someone feels a little self-conscious about the tummy region, a good shapewear piece should fix it right up. Personally, I find it rather flattering, and I don’t have a perfectly flat tummy. There’s a nice little carb pooch right below the belly button!

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  • May 31, 2013 at 10:48 pm
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    Thanks for including your measurements and that you sized down. I’ve been quite uncertain about how to pick a size.

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    • Erica
      June 1, 2013 at 1:50 pm
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      You’re welcome! I hate when I read reviews of products on retailer’s pages that say something like: I’m 5’1″ and 120 pounds, and the size 4 fits me perfectly. Measurements help me so much more, so I try to provide them when I can.

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  • June 21, 2014 at 11:31 pm
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    The booty is TOO phat nice dresses!

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  • July 6, 2014 at 1:03 am
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    this dress is so sexy!! i just love how you badonkadonk is holding that dress, it justs want to pop out and say “Hello”!

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