This week has been insanely busy! Work has been busy, and I was out being social. :) I got to see the insanely talented Rodrigo y Gabriela in concert, and waaaaaaaaaaaah!! So happy! Amaaaaaaaazing!
Anyway, you’re here for lingerie, right? So let’s get on with it. ;)
(I was losing sunlight pretty quickly, so sorry about the quality!)
Unlike the promotional pics, I find the dress to be more of a cherry color instead of a bright red. I think my pictures accurately reflect the color of the item, so keep this in mind if the type of red may be a dealbreaker for you. I like both colors, even though I was expecting the bright red.
There are three suspender straps on each leg. Each clip is larger than your “standard” suspender clip and have a good weight – these are definitely meant to hold up your stockings! I really, really like the placement of them; they make perfect sense. (I didn’t realize just how much I’d like the placement of them until I sat here and started writing this review.) I’ve found that with my tighter skirts, I can see the clips underneath my clothing, and it’s something I would prefer to NOT advertise when I’m at work. The clips are at the side of the leg and follow through to the back.
I did notice that the topstitching on one side of the front panel is kind of sloppy. I don’t expect 100% perfection, but there was a noticeable crookedness on one side with a lot of backstitching; there are also a few skipped stitches, which I find a bit bothersome. This might just be on the dress I received, though. (FYI: this picture’s color is NOT accurate.)
The mesh is a powernet that isn’t too stretchy. In other words, it has enough give but still pulls back firmly. I find size charts slightly stressful, but the sizing is spot-on. I purchased a Medium. If you’re in between sizes, I personally would size down. This piece offers moderate shaping, which is what I prefer. (No thanks to the Spanx – I don’t know how anyone wears them without wanting to pass out.) However, if you have any concerns about sizing, definitely email them! Rose was super sweet and helpful when I ordered and confirmed the sizing/fit once the items were made and delivered to them.
My waist is anywhere from 30-32″, especially after I eat, and this contains me nicely without cutting off my circulation. :) I feel that I could get a big meal in me without wanting to tear off my shapewear. My hips are about 37-38″, and it comfortably held in my rear end. The shoulder straps are super stretchy and very comfortable and should accommodate women of all shapes and sizes!
Below is a side view of me wearing this dress – and yes, I’m standing up straight and sucking it in!
Despite a couple of issues, I love this girdle dress and am quite happy that I ordered it. I love frou frou impractical pieces, but I’m ecstatic to have made a practical, useful purchase in this price point.
More importantly, I feel incredibly awesome and powerful in it. Looking at the picture of me wearing it, I can’t help but think, “Damn, I look fantastic. Am I channeling Lara Croft? Yes. I’m channeling Lara Croft.” Badass!!
PS – For those who are curious, the free gift with the pre-order was a pair of Sirena knickers in a size medium. So generous! One can never have too many knickers. :)
Hope you all had a wonderful week and can enjoy some rest this weekend!