DD Atelier, a Russian-based full bust retailer, has recently launched their English language site and made their stylish designs available to us stateside. With a slightly younger and more trend conscious perspective, their pieces really appealed to me. Thus, I was overjoyed when they graciously offered to send me a few pieces to try out. Their service was quick, warmly communicated, and the shipping process took only marginally longer than I anticipated (Probably due to the fact that I was waiting by the mailbox with bated breathe for 2 1/2 weeks!). I also got to try on one more item, the wool blazer, at the Busty Clothing Swap. I gotta say it: All around, I'm impressed.
The Diva Dress
I find long sleeved dresses are impossible to come by and, even in Massachusetts where the winter lasts for eight months, there's a scarcity of warm and properly sleeved designs. Happily, I've seen a few more options this season and this one was on the top of my wishlist. Not only does the Diva Dress feature full length sleeves, it has workable buttons near the wrists. Additionally, there's an ultra flattering, blouse-y 1940s structure to the sleeves and waist. To quote my close friend, blog super fan, and style adviser, Ms. K: "Navy is one of the best neutrals.". Agreed! I'm glad DD Atelier didn't opt for this dress in either a darker or lighter shade. I find both black and white make me look mildly ill in the winter and a more dramatic color would've thrown the dress's silhouette into epic proportions. The shade keeps this piece feeling classic, finely tailored, and feminine.
For size reference, I've been happiest in 28G bras recently and the DD Atelier chart put me smack dab in the middle of the 70F. However, I've noticed with many specifically sized products, I fall in between "curviness" levels and it ends up that my personal preferences determine which size is best. I think this holds true for DD Atelier as well. I found the 70F to be fractionally big in the bust when I first tried it on, but then I realized I was testing it out with soft or non-padded bras. Once I switched to a moulded cup, the bust fit was perfect. So, If you're slightly bustier than the sizing chart decrees, don't rule DD Atelier out. Or, if you're an in-betweener, consider the type of bra you usually wear.
I wore this dress to work at Bra and Girl, then dinner and drinks with my co-workers. I liked that the shape was prim and proper, everywhere except the neckline which presented a lovely decolletage.
The Floret Blouse
- The Diva dress is 100% viscose. I'm by no means a fabric snob, but I noticed that the material wrinkled slightly. As I'll be wearing this dress for work or special events throughout the winter, I'll always have time set aside for steaming and the fabric content won't be an issue. On the flip side, I wouldn't pack this dress for trips or any place that I couldn't access a way to prep it.
- As I mentioned above, shipping took about 2 1/2 weeks and the shipping charge is about $13 from Russia to the United States.