For ladies with larger busts, finding a proper fit in a dress can be a difficult task. Its frustrating to see a pretty dress on a store rack but, if you are like me, you quickly assess it for stretch and usually then just walk away. Clothing designed especially to accommodate larger breasts can be daunting to source out and so I am pleased today to bring you a new dress review from Bolero Beachwear!
A few months ago, we interviewed Bolero’s owner Patricia McCaw and that interview was featured in our Retailer Spotlight which you can read HERE.
Bolero offers a fun and fashionable line of unique, high quality DD+ dresses and tops which are manufactured ethically in the United States, where the Company is based. Supporting a woman-owned business and ethical manufacturing is something we can all get behind, isn’t it?! I was kindly sent the Style #12 Hanky Dress in size X-Small in the DD+ line, in the blue peacock colourway (this dress can also be ordered in black & white, purple or turquoise peacock prints). The Bolero website picture below shows the black and white version.
To give you a little bit of background info, I asked Bolero’s owner Patricia what her inspiration was in designing this dress:
This style was inspired by a hanky dress that I made for myself years ago and every time I wore it, I got so many compliments and people asking me where can they get it?
I realized that was just the perfect dress for events and parties and so I designed a hanky dress especially for our line. Since so many women prefer sleeves, I added the sexy peekaboo sleeves thinking that would be perfect for any season.
When I received the peacock print material, it was like the fabric was talking to me and telling me it wanted to be a hanky dress 🙂 The movement of the dress, the fit, the sheer trim at the bottom, the lined top, all was technically designed to fit and flatter our busty and curvy customers with love<3
Close Up of Fabric (at hem of skirt):
I love the ‘cold shoulder’ trend but one thing I typically have trouble with is that my bra straps always seem to end up exposed and I really detest that look. This dress thankfully was thoughtfully designed and the fabric lays perfectly over my bra straps (for reference, in my pictures I am wearing my Ewa Michalak S Kleks bra under my Bolero hanky dress).
I also adore the asymmetrical handkerchief hem on the skirt. This cut gives a very flattering drape over the hips. The flared skirt is perfect for a twirl on the dance floor, or just a sexy swish as you walk!
The fabric content on this dress is 90% polyester and 10% spandex, making it easy care – completely wrinkle free and quick drying.
This dress will make a great travel-friendly holiday dress but alas, I am currently in cold Canada, in the dead of winter, in a deep freeze 😦 Still, I thought to myself – I bet this pretty little piece could easily be styled into something perfectly suitable for a day in the Great White North, no? Yes!
I decided to play up the black in the dress pattern for my winter look, and to play up the white and silvery sequins in the dress fabric for my summer look.
I’ve easily given the dress a completely different look by covering the top with a simple black sweater and tall black boots. The sweater is from Canadian company Rickis (no longer available) but I’ve found a very similar one HERE. A black cardigan or blazer would be great options too. My black suede Cole Haan boots are from a past season but I’ve found a similar pair HERE. In keeping with playing up the black, I’ve accessorized with my beautiful black pearl choker (similar one HERE).
Now lets take a look at how I’d wear the dress if I was somewhere with better weather than Canada has right now . . . say for example the Caribbean! Fingers crossed for a holiday soon!!!
For this look, I’ve simply added a pair of strappy silver wedges (similar style HERE), a white gold multi-strand necklace (similar style HERE), and my Raymond Wiel Jasmine watch. A white or silver/grey shawl or cardigan would be a nice addition for cooler evenings.
Its worth noting that Bolero will happily customize their dresses. By emailing with instructions / questions, skirts can be made shorter or longer and tops can be adjusted for proportion. You will find that they really love to hear from potential customers and get as much information as they can before they ship orders out.
As far as sizing goes, I would say this runs true to size for an Extra Small, and would fit well for those in the approximate size 2 to 4 range. I’ m currently wearing a 30GG UK bra and there wouldn’t be too much more bust room in the XS size. I’ve packed on some extra pounds (blame a combination of menopause / Christmas indulging / laziness) and am currently around 130 lbs and I’m 5’4″. I think the length of this dress is perfect for me but next time I order, I will choose a Small as the Extra Small is slightly snug at this weight. Either that or go back to the gym and quit eating junk food! 😛
Be sure to check out the DD+ line on Bolero’s website. I bet you’ll find something you like! And, especially for our AEE readers, Bolero has kindly provided a discount code! Use code ENHANCED15 when you place an order and enjoy 15% off! Bolero Beachwear dresses can be purchased online through the Bolero website HERE or at select retailers. Don’t forget to like Bolero’s Facebook page as well so you can keep abreast 🙂 of new styles and info!