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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. ;)

It was a good mail week. My Kiss Me Deadly Red Cupless Vargas Dress that I had pre-ordered arrived!

(I was losing sunlight pretty quickly, so sorry about the quality!)
Kiss Me Deadly Cupless Red Vargas Dress - Hanger

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.
Kiss Me Deadly Cupless Red Vargas Dress Suspender Clips

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.)
Kiss Me Deadly Cupless Red Vargas Dress

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!
Kiss Me Deadly Cupless Red Vargas Dress Side View

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!!

Kiss Me Deadly Cupless Red Vargas Dress, Bordelle Velvet Justine Bra, seamless black knickers that are on their last leg, and stockings by Coquette, available at Yandy.com.  All items were purchased by me.  No affiliate links in this post.

Kiss Me Deadly Cupless Red Vargas Dress, Bordelle Velvet Justine Bra, seamless black knickers that are on their last leg, and stockings by Coquette, available at Yandy.com. All items were purchased by me. No affiliate links in this post.

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!

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After seeing All That Lingerie and Kitty in Tulle post pics of their Kiss Me Deadly knickers, I realized that

1) I have nothing from this brand
2) I reeeeeeally want to own something from this brand.

I don’t own a lot of shapewear, which is a bit odd given how I’d probably wear it more than most of my “frivolous” lingerie purchases. :P As much as I love the frou frou impractical stuff, I’m trying to make purchases that WILL be worn somewhat regularly.

After seeing this post on Lingerie Addict, I decided to pull the trigger and go ahead with the red cupless Vargas dress. Non-affiliate link here.

Kiss Me Deadly Red Vargas Dress

Photo © Kiss Me Deadly.

I decided on the red because it’s a limited edition color, and if I wanted the black, I could purchase it at a later date. I’m super hesitant about owning shapewear that’s sized S, M, L or with a built-in bra where I’m unsure about sizing. And lately, I’m having one hell of a time with bra sizing from British companies. (I’ll probably go into this a bit further in a future post, but I comfortably wear a 36A in most British brands but 34C in French brands. But few British brands make bras in 36A, and 34B offers too many fit issues.) Anyway, I’m super excited that I can wear my own bras with this!

I ordered this in a Medium, and I hope it fits me well! Is anyone else planning on ordering this?

This piece costs £69.00 (VAT-inclusive), but KMD offers tax-free shopping (and currently free shipping), so I paid £57.50. :)