I just LOVE the glamour and luxury that velvet can bring to a simple dress style. The feel of velvet, the usual stretch and comfort that comes with it and the way it reflects the light makes me a easy target for anything made out of this rich material.
I’ve made no secret to my adoration for the Fatale Dress from The Pretty Dress Company. I reviewed their Gingham Fatale Swing Dress not long ago and had been wanting to try a pencil version but as usual had some trepidation around the sizing of wiggles styles.
I am very pear shaped, my lower half often is 1 or 2 sizes bigger than my top half so more often than not, I have to size up in a wiggle dress to accommodate my derrière. I assumed I would need to do this with the Fatale Magenta Velvet Pencil Dress since my hips come under the size 14 on the size chart. However I was assured that there was plenty of stretch and my usual size 10 (which I’ve had for swing styles) would still be fine around my hips. I was still a touch unsure, but prayed it would be true since that would at least mean the top wouldn’t be too big.
I was so happy that indeed it fits superbly and I don’t feel like I’m about to bust a seam. Not only does the velvet have stretch, but so does the lining which really helps.
The bust and waist fit really well and the stretch means added comfort. I found the non-stretch of the Gingham to be quite restricting in the arms and whilst this Velvet still limits big arm movements, it’s much more comfortable. Lets be honest though, with a dress such as this, you’d hope that the most movement you’ll be doing is lifting a cocktail glass and touching up your lipstick!
The construction of the bodice is one of the main reasons I love the Fatale Dress, in both swing and wiggle styles. There is boning in the bust to keep it upright and prevent any wardrobe malfunctions which can sometimes be the case with off-the-shoulder styles. There’s just something so glorious about flaunting a bit of shoulder!
The Fatale Magenta Pencil Dress is part of The Pretty Dress Company’s collaboration with Immodesty Blaize, a incredible Burlesque performer. It comes in sizes 8-18, is £145 and there’s also a Red Velvet, Black Velvet, Green Velvet and *gasp* top of my lust-list, Teal Velvet.
Full Outfit Details
Earrings- Forever New
Shoes– Pinup Girl Clothing
Shapewear– Rago 2202 Longline Bra and Rago 6207 Briefer
A big big ‘thank you’ to Tony McKay Photography for these wonderful shots and my last photoshoot with black hair. The dark hair will continue to make a appearance for a few weeks but I’m loving being a ginger!
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Disclaimer: Whilst this dress was gifted to me, I never accept anything that I do not truly love and all opinions expressed are honest and my own. The integrity and honesty of my blog is very important to me as are my readers