Thursday, 6 December 2012

IGIGI By Yuliya Raquel Siren Dress in Tanzanite

For some time now, I have been a huge fan of the gorgeous dresses and separates available from IGIGI by Yuliya Raquel.  I have previously blogged about the stunning Naime maxi dress I tried back in the summer and I have been longing to try more dresses ever since.

A few weeks ago I was offered the chance to try the Siren Dress in Tanzanite.


Image courtesy of IGIGI By Yuliya Raquel

It looked such a pretty colour online and I hoped that the waistband would suit my voluptuous hourglass figure perfectly.  I ordered a US size 12, which is approximately a UK 16.



The Siren dress was every bit as beautiful in reality as it had appeared on my screen.  I don't think I have seen such a stunning dark blue before - it's not quite dark enough to be navy and it has an amazing richness to it.  I guess I would describe it as dark ink blue.

The fabric is amazing - so soft and sumptuous.  The waistband is a super soft velvet so the whole dress feels wonderfully luxurious.

I love the cut-out shoulders as it's such an unusual and eye-catching feature.  I did have a bit of a problem covering up my PL Czerwona Panterka bra straps because of the style of this dress, however, but I think a simple solution would be to wear black lingerie underneath, rather than anything coloured.

The length of the Siren dress is perfect for me.  I am 5'4 and it comes to just below my knees.  Worn with killer heels this dress has the potential to be a real show-stopper!

However...if you are a regular reader of my blog you will know about my epic battle to find clothing to fit my extremely voluptuous 46-30-47 figure, meaning that I often have to size down in order to get a good fit on my waist.

The size 12 US/16 UK I received was unfortunately too big on the waist for me by several inches.  I don't think it shows up too much in these photos but in reality the dress felt uncomfortable where the band was too generous.

The Siren dress has an empire waistline, meaning that it's made to sit directly under the bust and therefore higher than the average person's natural waist.  This can be a very flattering cut for those who want to disguise their tummies but for me the velvet band sat a few centimetres higher than I would have liked.  This in turn meant that the bust area was on the small side, which doesn't suit my big boobs at all.

This was such a disappointment and I thought that there was no way I could get this dress to work for me.  However, when I was taking the photos for this post I decided to try adding a belt to see what would happen.  I tried a blue belt and then a black belt - and you can see the results for yourself below:



It worked very well indeed!  The belt pulled the waist in nicely and resulted in a dress that fitted me much better than before.

I had to tug the skirt and waistband down to ensure it was completely covered by the belt, which meant that the bust area ended up even smaller than before.  It's almost indecent!  I don't think I could add a vest or cami underneath for modesty because of the cut-out shoulders so it means this dress would not be suitable for work or other more formal occasions.  Still, it's a real beauty and the colour is something I would love to see more of from IGIGI in the future.

The Siren dress is available on the IGIGI website here and everything on the site is currently being offered with free shipping and free returns (US only, offer valid until 30/12/12).

Read my review of the IGIGI Natasha dress and Obi Belt here.

9 comments:

  1. I hope I'm not stating the obvious or something that's already been addressed, but after reading your blog for a couple weeks I'm wondering - have you ever visited a tailor? It's very hard to find hourglass clothing "off the rack" but if you buy it to fit your largest part, a tailor can take it in around the waist. Of course it adds a bit to the overall price tag, but it's worth it to me. If I'm just getting the waist taken in and there's nothing else that needs to be done (or there isn't anything complicated around the waist, like pleats), it's usually about $15-20.

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    1. Hi Kelly, thanks for your suggestion. I live in the UK and I don't know of a decent tailor locally. A few weeks ago I asked in a nearby alterations shop and the guy said it would be £15-20 to alter the band of a bra. Needless to say, I shan't be taking my business to them!! With regard to this dress, I think the boob area is generally small so it would have been necessary to go up several sizes in order to get a good fit there. I wouldn't have known where to start! With my other dresses, most of them cost under £20 so it wouldn't be worth the investment of tailoring as the materials used weren't meant to last.

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    2. I asked a tailor about taking in a bra band once (after seeing someone on TV talk about how she did it for $5) - I got a similar price! He said bras are such a piece of construction that it would be a lot of work.

      Anyway, I totally understand not wanting to spend a lot to tailor something you didn't spend a lot of money on in the first place! When I started getting things tailored I had to make the decision to buy fewer pieces that were higher quality so they would be worth the extra expense. I wish I had a larger wardrobe, but what I've gotten tailored fits like it was made for me so it's worth it in the end, at least for me, if only because I don't have to try on 100 dresses hoping one fits right! Good luck shopping, I'll keep reading to see what is a home run for you.

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  2. The dress looks great on you! However, I actually think it would be even sexier without the straps.

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    1. Thanks - alas, without the straps my bra straps would show, which would not look nice. And unfortunately I am not at a stage in my life where I can contemplate not wearing a bra!

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  3. The color is gorgeous on you, but you have gotten much better fits off many of the other dresses you reviewed!

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  5. Hi, imho the belt just below the boob area is flattering and a good idea to define your waist, I might suggest an elegant medium width brown leather belt with a slightly bigger visible buckle, maybe rounded.
    Black fingernails also look great :).

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