I was contacted a few weeks ago by the lovely people at IGIGI who offered me the chance to try a dress from their latest collection. I went with the Siren dress in Tanzanite but unfortunately it ended up being too small on my boobs and too big on the waist.
Not to be beaten, IGIGI very kindly said I could try something else and after some advice from Yuliya Raquel herself it was agreed that I should try the Natasha dress in size 12 US/16 UK with an Obi Belt to bring in the waist.
Image courtesy of IGIGI By Yuliya Raquel
Image courtesy of IGIGI By Yuliya Raquel
The Natasha dress appealed to me as I love the colours and its simplicity and I hoped it would be a good option for work.
As you can see from the photos above, the dress was very definitely too big in the waist, meaning that my extreme hourglass figure was lost. The pictures below show just how big the dress was for me.
Obviously not a good look! It's such a pity as the dress itself is just stunning. It is made with the same high quality luxurious fabrics I have come to expect from IGIGI and the top half of the dress is made from the same type of material as the top half of my Naime maxi dress. The skirt is gorgeously flowing chiffon with a modesty skirt underneath, as the chiffon by itself would be far too see-through.
The colours in the skirt are just beautiful - and some of my very favourites! The blues and greens could easily be picked out to wear matching heels and a cardigan or jacket; as you can see I have chosen to wear some simple patent peep toe killer heels.
And what about the Obi Belt? Well, when I was having these pictures taken I had stupidly forgotten to bring it with me so I tried my faithful black patent belt instead.
Such a huge improvement! The belt works wonders by highlighting my waist and making the dress sit much better on me.
The skirt has quite an abundance of fabric so without the belt it adds unnecessary bulk. With the belt, it's a completely different story and it ends up working almost like one of my Collectif Dolores Doll swing dresses!
The bust area on this dress is the most generous I have found yet from the now three dresses I have tried from IGIGI. There's plenty of room to accommodate my 30L breasts without looking indecent and it would be easy enough to pop a vest or cami underneath if I felt it was necessary.
I love the three-quarter length sleeves as they'll help keep me warm in the cooler months and make this dress perfect for work or other more formal occasions.
Length-wise the dress comes to just above mid-calf on me so it's perfectly modest. In winter I would add thick tights and knee-high boots to give more coverage but due to its style and the fabrics used this dress would work all year round.
Now, don't worry, I haven't forgotten about the Obi Belt. When I got home from having the above photos taken I put the dress back on and tried it with the Obi Belt.
It's wonderful! The Obi Belt is made from soft faux leather and comprises a long strip of material (made up of smaller strips joined together) which is designed to be wrapped around and around one's waist to create a belted effect, something like Obi Wan Kenobe from the Star Wars movies from the 70s/80s used to pull his baggy robes together. Even he wanted to define his waist!
I noticed that one customer on the IGIGI site had written a comment to say she wasn't sure how to tie the Obi Belt so I thought it would be useful to show you how I tied mine. I'm not sure if I've done it in the officially correct way but it worked for me, so here are my instructions.
Start by placing the middle section (the widest point of the belt) across the front of your waist. Pull the ends towards your back and cross them over.
Bring the strips to the front of your waist and you can tie them here at the front if wished, so you get the same appearance as my pictures above.
For an alternative look, if you want to keep your waist area smooth and unfussy you can wrap the strips around again and tie at the back. You could even tuck the ends in if wished.
You may need to adjust the placement of the strips of the Obi Belt to ensure they are in the correct position so as not to cause any unnecessary lumps and bulges, but once you have done this you should be left with the perfect belted waist.
I think it's great that you can get a variety of looks from one simple belt - you could even tie it at the side for a third option. One of the many benefits of the Obi Belt is that you can tie it as tightly or loosely as you wish, whereas with a regular buckled belt you are limited by belt holes.
The Obi Belt is also available in red - I would love one for Christmas, please!
Everything on the IGIGI site is currently offered with free delivery and free returns (US only) until 30th December 2012 so don't miss out!
So, I have ended up with an Obi Belt that I love (and is bound to feature in other blog reviews!), which has helped to make the Natasha dress work for me. Which item on the IGIGI site is your favourite? Have you used accessories to make an outfit work better for you?