BiuBiu Monaco Dress 42 BB/BBB

Late last year, Polish bust friendly brand BiuBiu released some new items. There were dresses, tops, and even coats amongst the offerings. I resisted for a while but as Christmas drew closer I could no longer hold back and ended up placing an order myself. Over the next few weeks I will share these items with you; today I am going to start with the BiuBiu Monaco Dress (£34.57, sizes 34-46 B/BB and BB/BBB).

Image courtesy of BiuBiu

Image courtesy of BiuBiu

The Monaco dress is available in black and blue and of course I had to order them both. At the time of ordering the sizes available were limited due to lots of people purchasing. My previous BiuBiu items were 42 BB/BBB and I’d found the dresses a little roomy so I was hoping to be able to try a size down, the 40 BB/BBB, but this was sold out. Not to be defeated, I went for both colours in 42 BB/BBB and hoped the fit would still be good enough.

The Monaco dress is a fit and flare dress that is cut to allow for curves. It’s available in two bustiness options: B/BB and BB/BBB. As you can probably guess, the former is for reasonable bustiness and the latter is for more extreme curves. You can read more about the BiuBiu sizing system on their website here – make sure you scroll through and read the whole page as sizing is different for non-stretchy and stretchy items.

The Monaco dress is made from 92% cotton and 8% elastane and it feels very soft to the touch. The stretchiness gives a great fit but I do find the material creases very easily and both dresses were quite creased from transit so I had to hang them up for a few days before taking photos.

The boob room on this dress is superb. For reference, I am wearing my Ewa Michalak S Szykuś bra 32KK 70KK in these photos. There is plenty of room for my 46″ bust in this size dress, partly thanks to the stretchy material, but also partly due to the ingenious cut of the bust area. There are six seams running down the front that provide extra room on the bust, giving lots of room for boobs and resulting in a superior fit.

I found the back torso section of the dress less of a good fit for me in the 42 BB/BBB. The shoulder area is fine, but the upper waist area is loose and I get quite a lot of bunching of the material in this section of the dress, as you can see from my photos. It’s not terrible but it is a shame. I think because of this I would have done better trying the dress in a 40 BB/BBB, had it been available at the time of my order.

I love the square neckline of the Monaco. It’s different from many other dresses out there and it’s great how it gives a wide set but not low cut appearance. There is no hint of cleavage with the Monaco, making it a dress that’s perfect for everyday wear and especially for work.

There is a ‘faux belt’ effect feature on the front of the dress. I have mixed feelings about it as on me it’s a little low but I do like the idea in principle. It comprises a strip of velvet ribbon with a silver square on each side of the waist. It looks very pretty but I find it rather frustrating because it means I cannot add my own belt if wished. I suppose I could cut the faux belt off but I would rather not do so for fear of damaging the dress.

The long sleeves on the Monaco are lovely and very much welcome in the cold weather! They are very fitted and are the perfect length. However, there’s not much room for manoeuvre so I find that if I don’t position them correctly when I’m putting the dress on they feel twisted and uncomfortable. I have found the secret is to put my arms in the sleeves first of all, make sure the seams are in the right place, and then pull the dress on over my head. I hope that helps any of you who may have found the same thing with the sleeves – or maybe it’s just me!

The length of the skirt is perfect on me. I am around 5’4 tall and it easily covers my knees. The skirt flares from pleats at the waist and on me these work very well at the front as I am fairly flat there. However, from the back they are not quite so good because I have a small waist and very large bottom so the pleats don’t sit as they should. I don’t think it looks bad but the pleats certainly don’t work on me as the designer intended.

Perhaps best of all is the fact that the Monaco dress has pockets. Why doesn’t every dress have them? They are brilliant and deep enough to keep something like a phone and probably even a small purse. I’m a lip balm fiend and always have at least one in easy reach so the pockets are a godsend for me!

Currently the Monaco is only available in these two colours – blue and black. The blue is slightly lighter and less rich than the blue of my beloved Oia dress, but the cut is similar and really the main differences are the neckline shape, the sleeve length and the faux belt.

I am really impressed with the Monaco dress and highly recommend it for busty ladies. If you’re thinking of ordering from BiuBiu then you might like to use the code ‘Facebook’ to get 5% off your purchases.



  1. Emelianarama
    10 January 2014 / 11:40

    I have never tried Biu Biu before but you have convinced me with this review. I love the blue version and the black also looks great. So amazing how they fit your curves so well.

    • Curvy Wordy
      10 January 2014 / 19:26

      Thank you for your comment. Yes, BiuBiu does great things for curves! Don't forget to use the discount code when you order 😉

  2. Jo Diamond
    10 January 2014 / 16:09

    Thank you for always posting so many photo's on your review's. They really help give me a very clear idea of what the piece of clothing look's like and whether or not it might work for me. I appreciate so much the time and effort you put into your blog. Thank you, Jo xxx

    • Curvy Wordy
      10 January 2014 / 21:39

      Hi Jo, thank you for taking the time to comment. It's so kind of you to say such lovely things and as a blogger feedback is always greatly appreciated. I am delighted to hear that my blog helps you and that you understand the efforts I go to in order to provide a thorough and useful review with each item I post about. Thank you again! x

  3. Anonymous
    10 January 2014 / 18:31

    the blue one dus it for me!! love the shoes too, if thats not bside the point. but yea, the blue is gorge, im sure my bum wud luv eating that!! :-p xx Rach xx

    • Curvy Wordy
      10 January 2014 / 21:42

      Hi Rach, thanks for commenting. The shoes are from Internacionale (formerly Mark One) last year and I also have them in nude. The blue dress is a lovely colour and I am sure it would look fab on you!

  4. mysteries1984
    10 January 2014 / 20:45

    This is such appropriate timing! I'm thrilled you've reviewed this as I fell in love with the blue, but was a bit unsure about the length…sadly I'll have to give it a miss as I'm most comfortable with the length on my knee and as I'm 5'8, I don't think it'd work 🙁 Thanks for a very thorough review as always!

    • Curvy Wordy
      10 January 2014 / 21:36

      I am 5'4 and this dress is only just over my knee, so I think it would be a good length on you. The BiuBiu website says the length is 101cm if that helps? Thanks for your lovely words x

    • mysteries1984
      11 January 2014 / 12:28

      I think I'm just paranoid it'd be a little too short…but that's pretty close to 40 inches which is usually the length I go for, so maybe I should give it a try. Maybe around payday. My list of stuff I have to get is getting longer and it's all your fault 😉

    • Curvy Wordy
      16 January 2014 / 23:34

      Hee hee… sorry about that. Do let me know if you try it and how you get on.

    11 January 2014 / 03:31

    I've never heard of BiuBiu; love the idea of making clothes in different bust sizes! Maybe I'll actually be able to wear something with buttons on the bust.

  6. xelestial
    11 January 2014 / 04:07

    Wow, I had no idea this existed! I'm so excited to have a whole other option open up for me! And I'm jealous of their models, they look like they get to have photoshoots for their clothing in some very beautiful locations.

    • Curvy Wordy
      16 January 2014 / 23:33

      Thank you for your comment. Glad to hear you're a fan of BiuBiu now as they certainly make some lovely items and their photos are great, too 🙂

  7. Paula Christiansen
    17 January 2014 / 23:46

    I have the Vienna (thank's to your review) and I love it. This dress is really lovely and I think I might have to buy it in black if it is available in my size. Great review as always! x

  8. Gina
    22 January 2014 / 02:53

    How did I miss this post?! You look so perfect! I love seeing clothes that work so well on your bust and waist and your 'inbetweenie' figure!

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