I am a really lucky blogger. Every now and again I am lucky enough to get clothes sent to me to review. Just a few weeks ago, I was invited to review a garment from No Exceptions Clothing, an Australian based online plus-size clothing retailer. I chose this belted ruffle dress/petticoat combo because I’d secretly been eyeing it off for some time but had been to scared to order it because I couldn’t bear the disappointment if the dress wasn’t what I thought it would be.
Here, have a look at the pic from the website:
When it arrived from No Exceptions a bit over a week ago, and I unpacked it from the parcel, I did a little happy dance because to start with, the fabric is a really lovely quality. It’s actually a Spandex blend but is very crisp and a great saturated black colour. Secondly, it’s really well made. The buttons are sewn on properly, the hems and seams are all strong and even. The smocking around the ruffle collar is fast and even. The whole garment is really good quality, as is the petticoat that comes with it.
So I ended up ordering the size 28, because I figured with the belting it was better to go up a size and be sure. I got it home, tried it on and it looked AMAZING on me. It is exceptionally generously cut, and the belt is beautifully long (I had a good 35cm of “tail” on the belt and was on about the third or fourth belt hole in – almost unheard of for belts on my death fatty body) and I reckon it would easily go to a size 32AUS or more at the size 28AUS, but with the belt, it just cinched in the waist and looked like it was made for me. I will be ordering a size 26 from No Exceptions in future I think, but in this dress, it’s one that can go up or down quite a bit with sizing, because of that belt and the generous cut.
The petticoat with it is a Size 24-28, and I think it’s pretty true to size. It fits me pretty right and I’m usually a 24/26 on the bottom half of my body. It’s delightfully foofy and you can smooth it down for a low profile, or foof it up to make your dress sit out further.
It took me almost a week before I could wear the outfit though, because we had STINKING hot weather last week, and wearing lots of black on days like that is just begging for me to pass out in the street. But I was able to wear it this past Monday, as it was much cooler.
So you want to see photos of me in it? Okey dokey, here we go…
Now I have to apologise, because for some reason my camera just behaved like a jerk that day. It wasn’t until I downloaded the photos that I saw just how little light it picked up. But at least you can get an idea of the neckline and the general shape on a super fatty body.
Cute right? I actually didn’t wear the petticoat because I was going to work, and the petticoat was a little over-the-top even for me for a work day. However, if I was going out at night, I’d wear the petticoat underneath for sure. In fact if I was going to go out after work this would be a great dress, because I could just take the petticoat in and pop it on at knock off, add some big dangly earrings and a fresh coat of lipstick… voila!
For work I just wore black tights, my leopard print shoes and a pair of cute black and silver bow earrings.
I wore this dress all day at work, and it was so comfortable, cool and crisp, and I got LOTS of compliments for it.
The only thing I could say is that the petticoat doesn’t actually extend below the hem of the skirt (like in the photograph from the website) unless I wear it down around my thighs, but I don’t really want it to show anyway, I just want it to foof out the skirt.
So all in all I’m really happy with this dress/petticoat combo from No Exceptions Clothing. And you know what the best thing is? It’s marked down to $59 at the moment. GO GET IT!!
I actually am so impressed I have ordered this skirt from them for just $25!! (should arrive in the next day or so):
And you know you’re seeing this red high waisted skirt with suspenders everywhere lately?
They have it in both black and red for $34! I’ve seen it in a few places overseas but the postage just kills being able to get it from them, so here’s a local supplier Aussies! Click on the pictures to go through to the No Exceptions page for each garment.
Anyway there are some really cute garments over there and some great prices, and they cover ALL plus sizes, even the we super fatties. They also have lots of swimsuits at really good prices at the moment. Check ‘em out, and Aussies – please support local businesses!