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When I worked as an Ann Summers Party Organiser I received this item as part of my kit. It was my size therefore I tried it on. I felt gorgeous in this outfit, I thought the material was nice and the detail was really cute. My main quarm is that I could not see myself wearing it in the bedroom, with dressing up being a much more sociably-acceptable thing, retailers have designed outfits to appeal to fancy-dress nights out. However, I also could not see myself wearing this item outside the bedroom, the skirt is incredibly short that any bending over or even climbing up the stairs would mean that everyone could see my lady-parts. You could wear tights, but the sight of a gusset isn't the most attractive thing. Therefore I feel that the only thing you are able to do with item is similar to that that the model is doing, and take pictures. This dress gave me an amazing silhouette, and thrust my small B-cup boobs up to look like D's, it really pinched at the waist and made me feel sexy. However the hat was far too small, and difficult to iron when it was taken out of the pocket. Overall I think this outfit is great! But just a little bit too short!
I reguarly end up dressing up for parties and such, and it seems that gangster outfits are a usual theme for a lot of parties. In usual tradition, one of my friends wanted a gangster themed party for her hen do, and she bought the Ann Summers Gangster Girl Costume but decided it wasn't for her, so she gave it to me to wear for the party. The outfit is a pinstripe dress with a large, red collar, a red tie and a matching hat. The first things I noticed about the dress were the fact that is was really short, and that it was really heavy! Just holding it up I could feel the weight of it, and it didn't get much lighter when I put it on later on that day either. The dress is made from a synthetic material, which is some what corse to the touch, and it was not the nicest feeling on the skin. The dress has short sleeves, and the neckline comes down quite low, I was a little worried about how much skin I was showing all night. The dress does not come with stockings or tights, but luckily I had plenty of these so that was no worry. I found that the dress was easy enough to put on, but the weight of it really was not fun. I did feel a little bit weighed down, but the night was to be a good one, so I carried on wearing it anyway. The hat was made from a thin, plasticy type of material, but it held out well all night and it fitted my head perfectly. The tie is attached to a white piece of elastic which you just pop over your head, onto your neck and it is easy enough to wear. I actually forgot it was there and woke up still wearing it the next morning. I had to wear a pair of shorts underneath this outfit, as it was stupidly short and it didn't actually cover my bum completley. I am only 5'5" so I wasn't expecting it to be as short on me as it was!! As far as a gangster outfit, it did look the part, and my partner really loved the way it looked on me. He was a bit upset when I gave it to a friend. The dress is a bit square, and it made me look a little frumpy as it just skimmed over my curves. I was wearing a size smaller than what I would usually wear, but this still looked too big on me, so I do not think these are sized too well, and if you are going to buy one, I suggest trying it on before buying. I must say though, for a "sexy" outfit, I do not really find anything sexy about this, with its strange shape, heavyiness and uncomfortable material. I didn't really enjoy wearing this outfit, and I was expecting much better being as Ann Summers is a well known company that is not exactly cheap to buy. I do not think it was worth the money my friend paid for it, and it has put me off buying any other Ann Summers outfits, I think I will just stick with buying outfits from Smiffys as I have had much better experiences with their items, and at lower prices too! I happily gave this to a friend, but I do not know if she has worn it or not. The picture advertising this outfit makes it look a lot better than it actually looks in real life, and I would not let the picture fool you. No matter what size you are, this outfit does not fit the way it is suggested in the photo. I personally do not recommend that you buy this outfit, but should you still wish to buy it, it is available from Ann Summers stores, the Ann Summers website and from Catalouges at Ann Summers parties. It will cost you £36 and is available in sizes 8 - 24. I give thisd outfit a 2 out of 6 stars, as it does look like a gangster girl outfit, but nothing else is good about it.
These day's dressing up is so much more acceptable and isn't something that is for just in the bedroom! I have been out on so many occasions dressed in various outfits and have a nice collection growing in my wardrobe. A friend was hosting an Ann Summers party and it just happened to coincide with mine and my best friends birthday's. Brilliant excuse for stocking up on some bit's and to sort out a theme for our night out. We decided on the Gangster girl costume after I tried it on and fell in love with it! There were a load of us going out and a few already had similar type outfits but we both ended up buying this one. This outfit consists of a fabulous pinstriped dress, a trilby, suspenders, garter, collar and tie. The dress is black with a lovely red pin stripe and is front fastening. It has a gorgeous silky collar and worn with a good bra will make you look really vixen and fabulous. I bought a pair of fishnet stockings to wear with this as I felt they are needed and should probably be included as they do finish the outfit a treat. I am usually a size 14 so bought this in the 14-16 and it had plenty of room and I find that this is generally the size I stick to when buying this type of clothing in Ann Summers. I also find parties really useful for the trying on of outfits as you can do so in private and then prance around for a bit to ensure you do like it and it is what you are looking for. I did however find the trilby was a bit crappy and I did buy a proper black trilby and tied a red ribbon around it. The hat that comes with this is like a fishing hat or something and I must say it certainly let the outfit down but was easily rectified by the buying of a new hat. I would however like to add that this dress is more suited to ladies with bigger boobs as they fill the dress properly, my friend who is small chested looked a bit deflated in that area! It did need an iron over before being worn due to it being so tightly packaged but this isn't a problem, it wasn't a hard job to do and didn't make a slight bit of difference to the dress..... It was still fab! I am quite short so the dress seemed a good length, short obviously but no too short on me, my friend however wore a pair of little black shorts under her's as she is pretty tall so it would have showed her bum... Great look for the bedroom not too good for a night out on the tiles! I paid £40 for this but it is currently reduced to £35 in Ann Summers but shop around and you will probably find it cheaper.