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Dressing Up in Igigi

April 9, 2012

I mentioned in my Weetacon entry that there was an Igigi fashion show, and that I’d have more to say about that when I got the right photos. Yesterday, when I put the dress I’d worn in the show on once again for Easter, I finally took those photos. The garment in question is the Paloma Dress, which attracted me on the Igigi site because it was purple, suitable for my body shape, and had hand washing as a care option (trips to the dry cleaner are not a regular part of my life anymore).

Paloma Dress by Igigi

This is quite comfortable to wear. I like that the top and skirt are both lined. The skirt lining fits closer to the body than the skirt itself. I quite appreciated that Easter morning when I walked out of the house and got surprised by a gust of wind that fluttered the print fabric up around my thighs; the lining stayed down and preventing me from scandalizing the neighbors. I also like that the top has princess seaming; this means it doesn’t pull unflatteringly across my bust the way a lot of wrap and faux wrap tops do on me.

Paloma Dress by Igigi

My least favorite thing about this dress is where the waist hits me. I’m somewhat long waisted and the solid top of the dress ends not too far below my bustline, giving the dress an Empire waist effect on me. This would be fine except there are no belt loops to thread the sash through, so it tends to slip down to my natural waist as I move around, and the resulting solid/print/sash/print effect looks odd to my eye. Maybe if I wore it with a minimizer bra that would help. Maybe I’ll just add some thread loops to keep the sash up, because it would be a shame not to move in this dress since the skirt is so swirly. I’ll leave you with a shot of me doing the Twist for the self-timer so you can see a bit of that swirl.

Paloma Dress by Igigi

*****UPDATE 11-April-2012***** I have just been notified that Igigi wants to
spread the love by giving away a $50 gift certificate to a lucky commenter. To enter the draw, go to the Igigi website, pick out a garment you’d like to add to your wardrobe, then come back here and leave a comment here detailing what garment you chose, how you’d accessorize it, and where you’d wear it. (Your opinions on the Oxford comma are welcome but not required.) You have until May 15, 2012 to enter.

Even better news: All the other ladies who participated in the Weetacon fashion show will be running the same contest, so you can enter their draws, too. A list of all the reviews is being assembled on the Igigi at Weetacon page, so go there and follow the links to leave comments on those entries, too. All in all, Weetacon and Igigi are giving away over $1000 in Igigi by Yuliya Raquel gift certificates. Deadline for all the draws is May 15, 2012; you can only enter once per review. The winners will be announced on the Igigi at Weetacon page by May 18th, 2012. Good luck!

The dress in this entry was provided to me for review purposes by Igigi. The content of this entry was not dictated by Igigi; I get to keep the dress for my personal use.

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  1. Corinna Says:

    Fabulous. The belt looks great in the pic and I think your idea about adding belt loops is really clever. I’m short waisted and often have a problem with the waist of dress sitting in the wrong place.

    Also, are those Clark’s shoes you’re wearing? I love them!

  2. KarenD Says:

    Thanks, Corinna! The shoes are Steve Madden from a few years back; I have so many purple clothes I figured I’d get plenty of use out of two-tone purple heels, and I have. 🙂

  3. Mary Says:

    I loved that purple dress on you! I want the Tropical Beauty maxi dress, which I would wear to my nephew’s wedding in June, accessorized with a simple necklace and earrings.

  4. Mary Says:

    And… once again, I neglected to correct my email address. This one’s correct.

  5. TropicalChrome Says:

    I came here from your nail polish blog because I was really interested in your review of this dress – I happened to be on Igigi’s site yesterday and was looking at this dress more closely because yes, it IS purple and said it was for my figure type too! I’m glad to read a real person review of it – I’m wondering if the sash would work ok on me because I am very short-waisted.

    I was also looking at the Loren dress in plum (I’m shopping for my HS reunion next fall already!). I have the perfect black patent sandals to wear with it, with my pearls and some gold earrings. I tend to go for a classic look :).

  6. Jessi Says:

    OMG. Covet your dress. That’s what I would pick. OMG. Love so much!

  7. Shae Says:

    That dress made your rack look even more amazing than usual. I have boob envy.

    I’d love the Babette Curvy Dress. I almost never wear jewelry but I’d put a cute clip in my hair to match.

  8. Carla Says:

    Thanks for opening up to comments! I love the Paloma dress and I’d love to have one for myself. I’d add some sexy tights and go dancing.

  9. Jaclyn Says:

    I love the Kayden dress. It would be perfect to wear to work!

  10. Jane P. Says:

    The Paloma dress is so flattering on you. I would love one to spruce up my work wardrobe. Which means I’d need to add a cardigan since the A/C in this place is ridiculous.

  11. Beth Says:

    That dress looks fabu on you dear! For me, I’m craving the lovely Vanessa Dress in green with some sparkly jewelry and glittery eye shadow for an evening on the town with my sweetie.

  12. Dabney Ring Says:

    I want the Hayleigh dress in ivory and black to wear to work.

  13. April Says:

    I love this dress! I love the color and would buy it after this review and seing it fit so nice…

  14. Jackie Says:

    I want the Francesca dress in black to wear to opening night of one of my play’s in NYC in August. I’d wear silver hoops earrings and a pashima…in blue, I think.

  15. Melissa Says:

    I would get the Francesca dress in black, pair it with red heels, and die of happiness.

  16. Vicki Says:

    I’m seriously considering the Loren dress in Burgundy to wear to my brother’s wedding this fall. The color will be perfect for a November wedding.

  17. Summer Says:

    Rainforest Paradise Maxi Dress is what I would choose. Nude sandals, as to not draw attention to the detailing of the skirt. Pearl drop earrings, and hair in a sleek up-do to compliment neckline and my face shape.

  18. Summer Says:

    That was suppose to read “as to not draw attention away from the detailing in the skirt.

  19. Liz Says:

    That is a great neckline on you —

  20. Jennifer Says:

    Love that swirl! this dress was made for dancing.

  21. Patricia Moreno Says:

    I’d have to pick this dress, love the color & cut! I think it would look fab on my body shape as I love empire waist dresses.

  22. Mar Says:

    The dress is lovely on you. It’s not pulling at the bust at all and even tho you feel that it looks odd where the waist falls, as someone who is unbiased I think it looks great. I’m coveting the Renata Dress in Jade Green. I would wear it with my Pink Open toe pumps, gold and silver bracelets and Plum eyeshadows.

  23. Mar Says:

    Darn, I forgot to put where I would wear it…….for date night!

  24. Susan Says:

    Agree – this looks amazing on you and those shoes match it perfectly. If the belt loop issue continues to be a problem, a tailor (or someone who sews a little bit) should be able to add thread loops in the appropriate spots pretty easily.

  25. fredlet Says:

    I love these dresses on you! And especially in purple!!

  26. Amber Says:

    See the waist is actually what attracts me to this dress. This type of dress looks super babein’ on my body type and I think it looks amazing on you, too! 🙂

  27. Mary Says:

    I love the optical illusion of the skirt’s print. Very flattering.

  28. AK Says:

    This dress looks like it would be a ton of fun to go dancing in! And that’s exactly what I’d do!

  29. Rachel Says:

    I’d love the Hayleigh dress to wear to a summer wedding or just for a dinner night out! It’s a gorgeous dress that is so versatile! 🙂

  30. ladyloo Says:

    I’m liking the Boticelli Top in Hot Fuchsia. I need more layering tops for this land of blazing heat/overactive air conditioning, and I love the color of this one. I’d wear it to work with any of my multitude of cardigans, and my Igigi pencil skirt.

  31. Liz Says:

    I’d wear the Rainforest maxi dress with understated but chic matching accessories to my (also plus-sized) friend’s wedding!!

    (note: I entered contest incorrectly above!)

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