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A Review Of The BiuBiu ‘Marsala’ Dress

27 Jul

Many of you will know that I am a huge fan of BiuBiu. They make bust friendly clothing at very reasonable prices, and I have always found the fit to be excellent and consistent.

I was recently sent two dresses in sizes 44BB/BBB – which translates as ‘size 16 with huge boobies’ – check the BiuBiu size chart for more info on how their sizes work.

The Marsala dress in red.

The Marsala dress in blue.

I found the dresses to fit exactly the same, despite them being different colours.


They have a wonderful high neckline – not so high that create a ‘shelf boob’ look, but high enough to be modest in situations that call for it.


The length is perfect on my 5’7 frame, hitting me at that magical point just below the knee.  The capped sleeves didn’t cut in or make my arms look any bigger than they already are.


The stretchy cotton helps accommodate my figure, and is a nice cool material to wear in this amazing hot weather. I can see me adding a long sleeve tops underneath them, and some leggings and boots in the winter – versatile dresses, perfect all year round.


I wore the red dress to work yesterday, and it really is a perfect office dress. If I were going out after work I could have changed my flat shoes for some heels, instantly the look of the dress.


I did of course add a belt when I wore this dress to work.  As you can see the dress fits amazingly well, but I just wanted that extra bit of definition and something to break the outfit up and match the  dark shoes I had on.


I found that the tulip shaped skirt added a bit of puff to my stomach.  I don’t mind this too much as it also helped conceal it somewhat, but at certain angles it did add some bulk. However, the adding of a simple waist belt did help draw attention away from the puffiness.

In conclusion, I love these dresses.  They really do accommodate my bust whilst still being flattering on my body.  In these photos I paired them with my trusty Maidenform shapewear, a plunge bra from Ewa Michalak and my old Marks and Spencers high heels.

Special thanks goes to the beautiful patient CurvyWordy for taking these photos for me.

If you want to check out another view of the Marsala dress then visit A Sophisticated Pair for her review of the dress.

Going Dotty For Hot Corset’s Swing Dress

20 Jun

Polka dot dresses are definitely a weakness of mine. Polka dot swing dresses even more so. And so I was excited to try Hot Corset’s “black big polka dot swing dress” in a size 18.
50’s inspired swing dress.
Black with white polka dots.
Halterneck tie strap
Sweetheart neckline.
Includes red net petticoat & ribbon belt

Being a busty wench, halternecks tend to be no good for me. Nevertheless, I thought I would give this dress a go with my strapless Deco by Freya from just to see how I fared.



Excuse my slightly terrified face, I have not been feeling terribly well recently!

As you can see the dress looks ok with the bra, but I did not feel supported or particularly perky! And so I decided to try it with a regular bra just to see how the fit was.


It’s not an ideal look, but I can see this dress working with a bolero, or maybe over a bikini in the summer.
As you may be able to see in the images, the dress does gape slightly under the arms. I feel that I would be able to size down and achieve a snugger fit on the bust and waist and lose that gaping.


I didn’t find the halterneck to be particularly uncomfortable, but then it wasn’t overly tightly tied. Despite this, the dress still sat nicely on me.


The dress does come with some ribbon to tie up at the waist, but I didn’t get on very well with it as I found it just scrunched up. And so I added my own thrifted belt.


I really liked the petticoat the dress came with. It held it’s shape really well, despite coming folded up in the package. The material was a little bit rough, but not scratchy or uncomfortable. I liked that it wasn’t too big, and just helped add a bit of extra shape to the dress. The colour was nice and vibrant, and I will be wearing it with several of my other dresses in the future.

I really liked this dress. For me the only way it would be a little better is if it had straps rather than a halterneck tie. £30 for a dress with a petticoat is an absolute bargain, and this dress would be great on many occasions. It is available in sizes 12-24. Here’s hoping a few more colours are introduced soon!

What do you think of Hot Corset’s swing dress?