“ Brand: Leg Avenue / Type: Alice in Wonderland Cheshire Cat women's fancy dress „
After having a disaster purchasing a Cupid costume for a fancy dress night out only to find out that it was not suitable due to being too small, I quickly had to find another costume and quickly. The theme was fairytale however because a number of my friends had already purchased costumes I didn't want to order the same thing so the choice was limited. One of my friends had gone down the Alice in Wonderland route and chosen a nice Alice themed costume so this inspired me to copy her theme and opt for the Cheshire Cat character and order the Leg Avenue Mystery Kitty outfit. ***Leg Avenue Mystery Kitty*** The Leg Avenue Mystery Kitty costume is a 3 piece set. This compromises of marabou trimmed ears and pink, purple and black stripe dress with tail and fuzzy stripy leg warmers. The dress is a stripy halter neck dress which you can adjust at the neck and also at the front with laces depending on how revealing you want the dress to be and has a slightly flared skirt to it with the black tail attached to the back of the dress. The dress is described to be short and received a 4/5 stars on the cheeky rating on the site I purchased. The dress is 100% polyester and has a wet look to it, not PVC or shiny, more a shimmery appearance to it. ***Availability*** The Mystery Kitty Costume is by Leg Avenue and available from a number of Leg Avenue stockists online which include www.fancydress.com, www.escapadefancydress.com , www.allfancydress.com and www.sparklingstrawberry.com. The price of the costume varies so it is worth shopping around for. When I purchased this costume a number of retailers were selling this for £46.99 (excluding delivery) which I think is very expensive. I was able to purchase this from www.sparklingstrawberry.com for £19.99 which I think is excellent value. The only issue I had is that I needed the outfit quickly and next day delivery from this site was £7.95 (however standard 3-5 working day delivery was £3.50). ***Wearing It*** When I received my order I immediately had to try it on, after all I needed to make sure it was suitable as it arrived the day before my fancy dress night out. I was extremely pleased that when taken out of the box the outfit looked like it did on the display pictures on the website. All of the items in the set were wrapped in cellophane separately which limited the damage in transit but took some time to unwrap! The costume looked great. The dress was figure hugging but not overly revealing on the top half. The dress is VERY short. It covered my bottom but needs a pair of hot pants to go underneath, or leggings for those that are not that daring. The matching accessories that come with the dress also look great. The ears are slightly large and fuzzy therefore do make quite a statement. The leg warmers are a fuzzy material but not uncomfortable, the stripy colours of these compliment the stripy dress and give the costume a fun look! The sizing of the outfit was quite small which I find is generally the case with Leg Avenue costumes. I purchased the outfit in a size S based upon my previous experiences. The S size is outlined to be suitable for UK sizes 8-12, this is totally untrue. I am a UK size 6 and found this quite tight and it just fit me even though it is a reasonably stretchy dress. My friend who is a small size 10 attempted to try my costume on and couldn't pull it up past her thighs. The next size up is a M/L which is a size 12-16. Therefore anyone who is over a size 8 would probably have to opt for. The outfit when worn for a night out looked very good. It was not an obvious type of fancy dress costume where most people can recognize what specific character you are dressed up as I found I had to tell people. This may be a disadvantage but on a positive this also means you can wear the costume again, i.e. as a Halloween cat outfit etc. which you can't do with a more obvious costume. The costume is also not one of the most complicated of fancy dress costumes so great for those that do not like extravagant costumes and would prefer to go for an easy option; although the dress is short and bright therefore this is a statement itself. To wear on a night out and for a long period of time I found this dress very comfortable to wear, it was not overly hot or irritated my skin, although I was conscious just how short the dress was. My main criticisms are of the leg warmers and the tail. The tail is attached to the dress therefore you can't change the position. Personally I found the tail a little too low on the dress making it feel quite heavy. It also made it awkward to sit down comfortably without the furry tail getting in the way. The leg warmers would benefit from stronger elastic as they kept falling down my legs. The outfit is not machine washable. It should be hand washed and left to drip dry. ***Overall*** This is a very short and skimpy costume therefore I would probably advise only to purchase if you are daring. It could be tamed slightly by wearing with black leggings or tights underneath though if you do not want to expose your legs as it is very short hence the 4/5 star cheeky rating on the site I purchased it from. You do need to shop around as this can be an expensive costume if you purchase at full price (£45) however I managed to get it for £20. I think this is excellent value as Leg Avenue costumes are usually very good quality and you get matching accessories to go with your costume meaning you do not have to shop around to match accessories to your outfit. The costume looks great although I would not say it is instantly recognizable as a Cheshire Cat in the same way other fancy dress costumes or more obvious, if you are wanting a costume you do not need to explain... this may not be for you.