So, Fatshionista readers might recall my excruciatingly detailed comparison of an Igigi dress and a Robbie Bee one, done with an eye to the holidays. Unfortunately, that turned out to be useless, because the Igigi dress sold out in my size, and I decided there were others I liked better than the Robbie Bee one. In fact, I ended up ordering a black velvet wrap dress with silver spots by Kathryn Conover, which keeps appearing and disappearing from the Nordstrom site. I thought I wanted something more colorful, but that dress kept taking my breath away every time I looked at it, so I took the plunge.
Unfortunately, the size I ordered was too small through the boobs, and when I went to return it, I tried the next size up, which was too big everywhere else. Bottom line, the dress just wasn’t cut properly for me, so even having it altered wouldn’t have been worth it. So much for self-breathtaking.
But the thing is, that dress got me in the mood for velvet — a fabric I haven’t worn in years, and didn’t anticipate ever getting in the mood for again. And then Igigi came out with a new set of velvet wrap dresses, which are SO CLOSE to being exactly what I want, except they’re cut like the classic wrap dress, not the yoke one I adore, and between that and the non-petite factor, I suspect it might look relatively shapeless through the waist on me. (If the ties went all the way around the waist? I would order 10 of them.) So I’m not ordering that one, but now I’m super-keen on the idea of a festively colored velvet dress with sleeves for the dozens of holiday parties I totally haven’t been invited to. (There is at least one this year to justify the purchase.)
Except I might be more keen on the festive color aspect than the velvet aspect; we’ll get to that in a minute.
I think I have it down to three top contenders, so now I need your help, Shapelings.
First, there is this one, from Coldwater Creek:
Pros: It is both festive and velvet; shape is likely to be good on me;
comes in petite.
Cons: Underbust seams might cut my Rack of Doom in half; am I really a purple velvet person??
Dress #2, also from Coldwater Creek:
Pros: I love the waist detail, and I love that it’s not black, even if I’d love it more in, say, a deep green.
Cons: Not a festive color; empire waist could be flattering or could make me look preggers, and there’s no way of knowing until I try it on. (I do have a Coldwater Creek store nearby, but they didn’t seem to have that one.
And then we have dress # 3, from Zaftique, which is not velvet, but has other qualities to recommend it.
Pros: Would definitely be a terrific shape on me; love the color; I’ve been uncharacteristically into lacy dresses lately, the same way I’ve been uncharacteristically into velvet, but I like that this isn’t too much lace.
Cons: Would definitely have to have it shortened and do something about the weird, not-quite-bell sleeves; don’t know what size I am in Zaftique stuff and wouldn’t be able to return it to a store (which means I might never return it, even if I don’t want it, because I am all but incapable of getting my ass to a post office within any given 30-day period). Not velvet. Also, have heard mixed reviews of Zaftique quality.
Or, do I just go back to the Robbie Bee one, with a black stretch velvet bolero jacket I already own? OR this one from Coldwater Creek, which is practically identical except for also having cap sleeves? Or do you have a better idea for me?
While we’re at it, what are you guys wearing for holiday parties? Fabulous cocktail dresses? Ironic Christmas sweaters? I’m dying to know.