Mankind can send a rocket to Mars, produce vegan cheese (should you wish to buy some, though don’t – it’s grim stuff!), hoodwink millions into believing 50 Shades of Grey is a fine novel worth reading but somehow struggles to get its head around correct sizing for women.
Every woman knows it’s often a case of lucky dip when you try on dresses. A size ten might fit someone beautifully in one shop, whereas in another a size twelve won’t squeeze over their hips. Fashion designers “blah blah blah” on about different fabrics, cuts and so on (yawn) but it doesn’t make the situation any less crackers.
For curvy women though, the sizing issue is more of a problem. If your chest or hips are curvier than the rest of your body then sizing can be a nightmare. I always struggle with dresses, so when Curvissa offered to send me a dress that wasn’t wrap over, I wavered.
I’ve had such a rigmarole from other labels over sizing. I often order something and it doesn’t fit, unable to accommodate my bust. Or, it will cover that area well but leave the rest of me swimming in fabric. I have to accommodate the dress rather than it, me. So, I usually go for wrap over dresses and tops because they highlight my waist and cleavage – and a sash or belt pulled tight works wonders with an otherwise loose dress.
Often my dress size veers into plus size territory, and I’m not alone. I, and other curvy women, shouldn’t have to wear clothes are simply too big, but often there is no choice.
When the Curvissa dress arrived, I was very pleasantly surprised indeed. It has an scooped neckline – usually a major no-no for me as such necklines act as a ‘hammock’ across my breasts, making them into a shapeless mono-boob. Not this dress though, probably because of the star pattern and loose sleeves. It has a ruffled front too, which breaks the hammock-ish line up.
It’s such a cute design, with a flared skirt – and a pretty ruffled hem. I love this dress, it’s so adaptable.
I’ve been to live music gigs in in it, including the launch of band Dodgy’s new single (This Love Is) Bigger Than Both of Us and I’ve also worn it for my regular spot on the breakfast show on Liverpool’s City Talk 105.9.