Beautiful Special Occasion Dress
In need of a couple of cocktail and/or special occasion dresses for an upcoming Christmas cruise, I bought this one along with a few others on the Anthro website. I am glad that I did, because this is a beautiful dress in person. On me, it fits TTS. Those with a smaller bust and waist, though, might consider sizing down.
FYI: 36C (34D), high waist, size 10/12 in dresses and fitted tops, 4/6 on the bottom, no hips, I carry my weight in the middle (no real waist), broad shoulders/back - athletic
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Fit: Since this is a fit-and-flare style dress, I worried that the waist would be too tight, so I purchased the 12 in this dress. Yes, this was the correct call. The dress doesn't fit too tight (just right), and the bust area, which also can be a concern, is slightly too big. Since I am short waisted, I will have my tailor take the bodice of the dress up at the shoulders about an inch. That will solve this problem. I am sure that the smaller size would have been too tight in both the waist and the bust, so a simple alteration is okay. The length of the dress is perfect on my 5'3" frame. The dress falls about 2" above my knee, so longer than the much taller model in the photo. It isn't a mini dress, on me.
Fabric: The fabric of this dress is almost like a brocade. Therefore, the dress is a little stiff. It creates a structured fit, and that causes the waist to come in and the bottom or skirt of the dress to flare out. On me, it actually gives me an hourglass shape (yay), and it would easily accomodate those with bigger hips or that carry their weight on the bottom. It has a textured feel to it, due to the gold threads that give the dress the shine that you see in the photo.
Special features: The dress has two inset pockets (yay!). I love a dress with pockets, and these are perfectly placed in the folds of the skirt. It is fully lined, and the lining (black) is attached to the dress (sewn in top to bottom). The belt at the waist is attached, too. It can be tied in the front (better) or in the back, as it is sewn into side seam of the dress. Due to the structured fabric, the self-tie belt helps to accentuate my waist. It remains tied, as a nice ribbon would on a package.
Overall, this is a very nice dress for a special occasion. I will wear it to cocktail parties, the ballet, and other special events throughout the holiday season. The fabric does make it quite festive, after all. Though a sleeveless dress, it wouldn't be comfortable during warmer weather, due to the stiff brocade-like fabric and the lining of the dress. But for my needs, this is a welcomed addition to my closet.