One of the most exciting movements I've seen in the plus size market is the recent availability of high quality, fashion-forward clothing in sizes 14+. We have lots of options for casual clothes and work-wear, but formal-wear is one area in which I think we've been under-served. IGIGI by Yulia Raquel is filling that void for quality cocktail dresses & formal dresses.
Yulia Raquel comments on her website that, when designing her clothes, she envisions her customer then "tries to determine if the clothes will make her more excited about where she is going." This resonates with me because Ive had lots of events to go to in my life (weddings, cocktail parties) where I've been excited about the evening ahead right up until I slipped into my outfit. And then suddenly I'm less excited because all I can focus on is the way a dress pulls or clings or hangs in a way that makes me self concious. If a designer is thinking about this before she creates a piece, I'm definitely interested in what that final product will be!
IGIGI by Yulia Raquel sent me the Audrey Cocktail Dress; and opening up the package was the first indication that the company is focused on detail and quality. The dress arrived on a hanger, with a cloth zippered garment bag.
The dress is lined, and made of a viscose/nylon/elastane blend that is heavy enough to drape the body without clinging. I love the notched detail at the bodice - it feels sexy, but ladylike.
And the cutout back is worth putting up my hair to show off. The dress is designed with a plus size woman in mind, from the roomy bust to the fact that the back ends above a standard bra line (no peek-a-boo bras here!). I ordered true to size and the dress fits me perfectly through the waist and hips. It's a little big in the bust, so if you're a C cup or smaller expect to alter it to fit your chest. If you're a D cup or larger, I think you'll find it fits just fine.
So the big question: Would I pay my own money for an IGIGI by Yulia Raquel dress? Yep, I would. The price point is higher than most of the clothes I usually buy, but the quality justifies the cost. I know I'll have this cocktail dress for many years to come, and I think I'll always feel excited about wearing it.
If you're excited about buying something from IGIGI by Yulia Raquel, let me help you out with making that purchase. IGIGI by Yulia Raquel wants to give one Bombshell Beauty reader a $50 gift certificate!
Enter for a chance to win by telling me which dress from the collection speaks to you - and tell me what it's saying. The Audrey said to me, "Oh, honey, I am exactly who you feel like on the inside. Let's make the outside match!"
One Bombshell will be chosen to win the prize on Feb 25th - so get your entries in!