A little while ago, I stumbled upon a new (for me, at least!) boob friendly clothing line. DDatelier are based in Russia and aim to provide mainstream sized ladies with clothing options to fit and flatter their hourglass figure. They have been in business for five years, selling their clothing to bustacious Russian ladies. The English version of their website only launched in September 2012 so it shows how keen the brand is to spread the word about what they do.
Like Pepperberry, Urkye and BiuBiu, DDatlier joins a growing area of the market which I feel has not yet been fully embraced. There are huge gaps in the market for women like me who are on the extremes of the sizing charts and I am longing for a company to come along and meet my needs.
I therefore had high hopes for DDatelier and was absolutely thrilled when the lovely people there got in touch with me to ask if I’d like to try a couple of their items. We emailed back and forth for a while, and in the end they offered me the Wrap Tie Top in Purple.
Image courtesy of DDatelier
I absolutely adored the colour online so I knew this would be good for me. As usual, my measurements were off the charts but after some discussion DDatelier recommended that I should go for the 80D (size guide here), which should be a good compromise in order to fit my boobs as well as my waist.
Such a gorgeous colour in real life – it’s a shade or two lighter than Cadbury’s Dairy Milk Chocolate wrapping, so definitely much more purple than my photos show.
The fabric is stretchy jersey, which is quite thin so would need a cardigan on cooler days. The wrap feature gave me lots of options on how to wear this top so I tried two ways.
Tied at the front:
And tied at the back:
Please excuse the fact that I am wearing leggings with this top – not a look I would usually go for! I always wear dresses or very long tops and don’t currently own any skirts (although this is something I hope to remedy before long) so it was leggings or nothing for these pics. I decided decency was paramount so leggings it was.
The Wrap Tie Top was a good fit on me overall but personally I would have liked it to be a little bit longer. I felt as if it might ride up so another few cms in length would have made all the difference.
And what about the fit on the boobs? Well, it was pretty good! I don’t think I could wear this to work without a vest underneath for modesty but for general day to day wear it’s ideal. And for women with boobs less voluminous than mine the fit and coverage would undoubtedly be perfect.
I love the three quarter length sleeves as they are so flattering and practical. They fit very comfortably and did not come up tight, like on some clothing.
I did find when wrapping the ties around the front it added bulk to my sides and hid my waist a little, but for those with a longer waist it would look lovely. Unfortunately I have a short, high waist so anything adding bulk but does not cinch is not ideal.
That said, the top worked much better when tied at the back. My waist was revealed and I felt comfortable and secure in the boob area.
I was very impressed with my first encounter with DDatelier – my next review will be for the Arno Graphite Dress!
I think DDatelier are doing very well with their current collections but I do hope they will expand their ranges and sizing in the future. There is an enormous market for women of all shapes and sizes looking for bust-friendly clothing and while I appreciate one company won’t be able to please everyone I do think that DDatelier have the opportunity to do something a little different here. Increasing the bust options will broaden the customer base and surely that can only be a good thing for us all.
And I have great news! DDatelier have very kindly offered a special 10% discount for readers of this blog. Use the code ‘CurvyWordy’ to receive 10% off your order – but don’t delay as the code expires on 31/12/2012. Happy shopping!