So, popping my cherry with my first ever Bodycon dress for this week’s Aussie Curves challenge.
I saw this dress on Instagram and had never bought anything from Ashley Stewart before… Postage was $32.95 which is not bad for a US website. I got a 15% off discount by signing up for their newsletter, so the postage paid for itself! Winning!
Jeans and bras were also on sale, so I purchased one each to see how it went – the bra is the most interesting bra I have ever worn. It is called the butterfly plunge bra, and has a double back-strap (you should have seen my poor husbands face when he saw me unpacking a bra with 8 clasps!) so it’s back smoothing, and specially designed for big boobie beauties. The engineering of this bra is quite astonishing – there is padding on the straps of the bra, but it really doesn’t need them as the bra lifts and shapes without any pressure on my shoulders… I’m starting to sound like an advertisement, but I love this new bra 🙂 I ordered a 38DD and it was perfect size. Here is a piccy of the bra. On the model…
The jeans were a good length. I ordered a size US14. Similar size to a CC16, or UK18. The quality is thicker than jeans by newlook or Dorothy Perkins. In line with CC or Torrid jeans in terms of quality. I found the sizing a little weird, very tight around my waist, but the right amount of room in the bum and thighs. I have been told that Ashley Stewart tends to cater to African American ladies, so it would make sense that the cut is a little off for me. Still, happy with the jeans and will wear them.
Now to the dress. The front of the dress is a printed Ponte stretch fabric (black is a separate price of material) and the back of the dress is a ribbed white fabric. Not sure why they would change the type of fabric from the front to the back – I’m still happy with the dress, it’s just a strange choice. If I was designing the dress, I would have made the pattern symmetrical. I thought that the pattern made a sweetheart neckline, which was awesome. I don’t know if its meant to, but it’s like it was cut a little bit off – and is slightly off centre. Still, overall effect of the dress is great, and I’m super happy with it as my first ever Bodycon – I’m definitely a fan of the black side panels, and will be seeking out similar styles in the future. It was true to size. I am wearing a size US14 which is on par with a CityChic XS, maybe a little more stretch in the thighs than CC. Feels like a AU18.
Postage too about three weeks to come, and overall I’m happy with my purchases. For the right item, I would buy again, but I don’t think it will be a regular stop for my online (window) shopping.
Dress: Ashley Stewart
Heels: New Look
Anyway, that’s my take on Bodycon week – I can’t wait to ‘do the rounds’ and see what the other girls came up with…. Aussie Curves is a weekly fashion challenge for Australian and New Zealand bloggers, sizes 14+. Join in the fun!
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