“ Brand: Boohoo / Type: Dress „
Since I have been at University, I have had ample opportunities to go out and celebrate with friends, and for a friends birthday recently, I decided to buy a new dress for the ocassion. I know that Boohoo have a great selection of party dresses for teenagers and younger adults so I thought I would check it out to see if I could find any I was interested in. I love the bodycon fit, and I managed to stumble across the Emmie mesh dress which I thought looked lovely.
I have to say that the image does not do the dress much justice, and I actually brought mine in a navy blue. It is also available in white, black, lilac, berry, pink and an aqua blue shade. There are loads of shades of this so you can find out which is more to your style. I went for navy as I think it suits my skin tone and is not too in your face. I was extremely impressed with the various shades you could pick this out which is always a plus. I purchased mine for £20.00 which is a reasonable price for a party dress and it is available online on Boohoos website exclusively.
In terms of sizing I normally go for an 8-10, but when it comes to party dresses I tend to always go for the smaller size, simply because they fit better, and I prefer looser items of clothing such as hoodies in a 10. I have never had particular problems with sizing when it comes to clothes, and in some party dresses I have often had to opt for a 6-8, so I went ahead and purchased this in an 8 as this seemed like it would fit fine. When it arrived in the post, I soon opened up the dress to have a good look and my first thought was about how small it appeared. I put this off just hoping it was due to the bodycon style of it as it would stretch out further.
So I then went on to try the dress on before removing any tags...just to be sure! Now, bodycon style dresses are never the most comfortable to wear, and I often opt for this style so I was aware of this. However, this dress seemed awfully small for a size 8, and I would definitely recommend others to go up one size in this dress as it was extremely uncomfortable to wear. The mesh part where your arms fit in is extremely comfortable, and adds a little to the dress and its style which was lovely. The lower bit of the dress however was a very uncomfortable, itchy material and was practically stuck to my skin, but it was definitely due to sizing issues rather than the bodycon style. I was a little surprised with this as I have ordered off Boohoo many times before and their sizes are usually true to size, so just be wary with this one!
The dress itself looked gorgeous when on and was extremely flattering. Due to the bodycon style, it really helps to emphasise curves which gives a very sexy look which is perfect for a night out on the town. However, I must stress that this is not one for those who are uncomfortable with their figure or do not like tight fitted things. This really does show off almost every lump and bump, which I have to say was not the most flattering after I had a few drinks down my neck! The mesh is lovely and actually of quite a good quality. The main part of the dress looked great on, but I was a little surprised with it. Often from this website, I have found a lot of their clothes to be of a poor quality with cheap materials, and this justifies the price. It does not bother me as I have not spent much, however this was actually of quite a good, sturdy quality. The only downfall was that it is quite thick, and as it is bodycon and stuck to you it does mean that you can get quite hot if you are out in nightclubs all night, and I did find this a little bit of a problem. On the whole though, the dress itself looked absolutely gorgeous and I got many compliments on it from others. Do note that the dress is extremely short, and it came to around half way down my thigh. I know many people do not like dresses this short but it is not a particular worry for me, especially because the dress really fits around your bottom and the top of your legs meaning that it is safe and secure and you will not be having any embarrassing dress issues i.e. blowing up in the wind, so it is nice to have the reassurance.
I would not say the dress is particularly versatile in terms of being wearable for daytime use. It is only really suitable for night time events such as clubbing or parties. I just simply added some jewellery and a pair of killer black heels to complete the look, however it could be teamed up with tights, or even worn with flat shoes to tone the look down a little. This could therefore make it perfect for date nights or going out for meals, therefore it is quite versatile in that sense.
If you are interested in the dress materials, it is 95% polyester and 5% elastane. It is 76cm long in length which as you can imagine is not the longest! And it is machine washable for those who are interested, but I have found that the quality does deteriorate a little after each wash.
Overall, this is definitely an appealing and gorgeous dress for a reasonable price. I have seen similar ones on the high street for up to double the price, and the quality of this is fairly good for the price in which you pay. It is very flattering for those who are confident with their body and is available in a gorgeous range of shades. Unfortunately I will have to remove two stars because despite the dress being physically appealing, the sizing is completely out and far too small, and due to the material on the lower part of the dress, you can end up getting quite hot and uncomfortable in it which is a shame really for such a lovely dress. I would recommend you try it out if you like the look of it, and it is still on the website with some shades reduced in the sale currently (Jan 2012). Thanks for reading and I hope this helps.