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As far as styling goes, this dress isn’t as versatile as the Miriam Baker I reviewed last week–I can’t imagine layering it over a shirt, for instance–but it immediately stands on its own as elegant. I liked pairing it with a red blazer, and a denim jacket would make it more casual.
It had been a long time since I’d ordered anything, and my measurements have changed again. I measure 41.5″ around the bust and 33″ around the waist. According to the size chart, I should wear a 44o/oo, but I wore a 44 when I reviewed the Mala, and I didn’t want to risk it being too big. The reviews I COULD find all seemed to agree that Urkye’s fashion company chart is true to size, but I decided to try the 40o/oo and 42o/oo sizes, keeping in mind what the commenter had said about busty ladies that have a tummy while also knowing that I may lose inches again. I also ordered the Mala dress in red in size 40o/oo because I had loved it in black so much. In the end, I kept the 42o/oo size and returned both dresses in the 40o/oo size. As you study the photos below, you will see that I am NOT bulge-free, but I’m okay with that.
As you might imagine, what I love most about this dress is the NECKLINE. And that it HAS SLEEVES.
The fabric is nice. It doesn’t feel luxurious (in my dream world, this dress would come in a lined silk crepe!), but neither does it feel cheap. Below, you can see how it looked when I added Spanx (but kept the regular pantyhose–I should have worn stockings or band less pantyhose!). I haven’t laundered the dress yet, but if it’s anything like the Mala, I don’t expect any issues. I’ll avoid the dryer to be safe.