BiuBiu Vienna Dress 42BB/BBB

Amongst the parcel of goodies I was kindly sent by BiuBiu a few months ago was the Vienna dress (now in the sale at only £21.52!):

Image courtesy of BiuBiu

BiuBiu’s sizes are based on your usual high street size, represented by the number, and then your bustiness rating (B, BB, BBB).  You can read more about their sizing system here.  I was sent the Vienna dress in size 42 BB/BBB, which is the version of the dress with a bit more boob room.

I love it!  For reference, I am wearing my Ewa Michalak PL Cappuccino 30L/65L bra under this dress.

The dress is made from a polyester/elastane mix (quantities not specified) but it feels rather like a ponte-type fabric so it’s lovely and thick.  Its stretch gives a great fit, enabling the dress to fit well at the right places and to hold its shape really well.  The quality of the fabric is terrific and it’ll serve me very well as the weather continues to get cooler as we head into autumn and towards winter.

I absolutely love the contrast of the two colours.  I don’t know if the dress I received is a different version to the stock photo I’ve taken from the BiuBiu site but my dress is navy with a purple/pink feature lower skirt section and matching belt (more on that later).  The one on the website seems to have more of a fuchsia lower section, which is very pretty, too.

The Vienna has long sleeves, which are another factor that makes this dress perfect for winter.  The sleeves are quite slim-fitting, which is good as they offer a bit of support for wobbly arms and don’t add extra bulk.

The skirt is a-line so it has a bit of flare. I find it to be a fun and flattering shape that’s really feminine and ideal for work.

Lengthwise the Vienna is perfect for me.  I am around 5’4 and it covers my knees nicely.  It looks great with flats, knee high boots or even killer heels as I am wearing here.  I was worried about wearing non navy tights and heels as I wondered if it might look odd to introduce a third colour but in fact I think black works very well to complete this outfit.

The thing that has impressed me most with the Vienna dress is that the overall fit, and in particular the boob room, is superb.  This dress fits my boobs, back and waist perfectly – it’s amazing!  There is plenty of fabric for my breasts and they don’t feel restricted or compressed by being covered.  As you can see from my photos, the top does not show any cleavage at all so it is very modest, making it ideal for work or for any occasion when it would not be appropriate to have uncovered boobage.  

I mentioned earlier that this dress comes with a belt; it certainly does and it looks like this…

As you can see, the belt is the same colour as the purple/pink lower section of the dress and in theory it should be a great addition.  However, I found the belt several inches too big and so it looks like this:

It’s such a shame as I think it’s a great idea but I do think the dress looks great without it.  The main issue is that the belt is not adjustable so it will need to be manually shortened by sewing if I want to wear it.  This is less than straightforward because of the loops but I suspect I can unstitch the buttons, turn that end of the belt inwards and stitch it closed, and then reattach the buttons.  I shall certainly be giving it a try!

A downside of not wearing the belt is that it shows how the waist seam is in the wrong place on me.  It’s about an inch too high and I can only assume this is because my boobs take up a lot of room!  I don’t think it’s a big deal but it is something I notice when I look at the dress in the mirror and I can also feel it when on.

The Vienna dress is a huge hit with me and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a boob friendly dress that is suitable for occasions when cleavage ought not to be on show.



  1. Anonymous
    25 September 2013 / 21:47

    WOW! You look amazing! I am so gutted that it's sold out!And yes, it looks better without the belt <3Love your blog, my fave plus size blog ever x

  2. Paula Christiansen
    25 September 2013 / 22:13

    Oh God this looks so perfect for you, I am well jel! I like how it defines your figure without being low cut or anything. I just wish BiuBiu made a plus size range. Hope you do more reviews of their clothing soon x

    • Paula Christiansen
      3 October 2013 / 23:56

      Just wanted to say that I have bought this thanks to your review x

  3. June
    25 September 2013 / 23:57

    This looks great on you! Now you're making me want to order one for myself. 🙂

  4. Lucy B
    26 September 2013 / 00:07

    Wow, love it!! I adore BiuBiu and own a number of items from them. My favourites are always the dresses as they fit so perfectly. Have you tried the more slim-fitting jersey dresses? Those are my favourite and they would look fabulous on you x

  5. Kristin Higson-Hughes
    26 September 2013 / 00:58

    I seriously was just on the Biubiu site yesterday (after I read your last review of the brand, the Bombay dress) and longed to purchase this very item, but it was sold out! I think you likely have the size I need–I might have gone for the 44–and now that I see it on you, I will be scouring eBay for one and the same! Thank you again for your wonderful review, gorgeous lady!

  6. Bethany
    26 September 2013 / 05:12

    I want that dress so bad! It looks great on you! Would it look ok if you took the belt in in the middle? It would have a seam in the back, but you wouldn't have to take the loops and buttons off.

  7. Penny Wilson
    26 September 2013 / 13:30

    Looks amazing on you. This is one of the best dresses I've seen you wear, I reckon. Just suits you so perfectly.

  8. AE
    26 September 2013 / 13:37

    Yes, your version of the dress is different from the stock photo. The dress was originally produced with the fuchsia border, but that fabric ran out and was replaced with the purple your dress sports.

  9. Anonymous
    27 September 2013 / 09:15

    This dress looks amazing on you!!! Seriously, extremely good fit. Maybe the colour is a bit too dark for you, but overall it is perfect. Just a little correction, the dress is made of viscose, poly and elastane so it is not entirely synthetic.

    • Anonymous
      27 September 2013 / 19:29

      confused dot com… 'the colour is a bit too dark for you, but overall it is perfect' (???)No wonder you stayed anonymous, he he XDJenny

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