We’ve been talking a lot here about black maxi dresses. We’ve shown that they are super easy to wear, can be layered to create a whole bunch of different looks and that they offer a fab alternative to jeans for autumn-winter.
Well, listen up, because if you sit somewhere all lovely on the curvy side of size 12, then have I got another dress for you.
When I first pulled the Monique maxi dress out the gift bag from Virtu*, I kind of did that whole, “yeh, I’ll believe it when I see it thing”. I was curious, here was a slinky viscose dress from a plus-size label. Would it be too slinky? Would it be another layering piece?
But then, I slipped it on …
It felt good. I mean really good. I quickly ran to my daughter’s room to check out whether the feeling matched the reflection in her full-length mirror and OMG, I may have done a little twirl.
This dress has magic powers. It’s a-line, which we all know does wondrous stuff in the figure flattering department, plus it has angular-stitched panels do a little illusion trick that should be patented. Yes, it looks slim-fitting but actually it’s more SKIM-fitting. And … the elbow-length sleeves? Winning.
Here are two ways that the lovely people at Virtu have styled it up on MODEL Fiona Faulkiner.
And here is ME:
See what I mean? Magical. It creates shape, makes me look about a size smaller and is super comfortable to wear. What more could I really ask from a dress?
No, that’s right. Nothing.
Let’s talk about sizing. With some of Virtu’s garments, they are sized starting at XXS through to XL. XXS equates to a 12 … and so on up to 24. I’m actually wearing an XS in the photo above, which is a Virtu size 14 … more like a 16 in another label.
Confused? Don’t be. If you haven’t bought this label before … get out the tape measure and compare your measurements to the size guide.
Now, before I leave you to do the clickety-click look-see at the Virtu site, I have to let you know that this dress is currently sold out. BUT, I’ve published this post as Virtu is taking orders and this dress will back in stock at the end of April. I suggest if it’s something that floats your boat that you hop on it and do the pre-order thing.
Do you think a dress like this could work some magic in your wardrobe?* This dress was gifted to me in accordance with my disclosure policy.
Have you entered this month’s competition yet? There are 14 prizes to be won worth a total of almost $1400, including a $100 gift voucher from Virtu.