Sexy in the Desert

Costume by DreamGirl

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Sexy shimmy-liciousness that was shoddily sewn

This is a pretty costume best suited to cooler weather. It's generously sized by DreamGirl standards, and offers variety thanks to the accessories and variable length. It should rate higher than 3-stars, however the trim on my outfit was poorly sewn and anything that requires dry cleaning gets a star deducted automatically.
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Pros:
+ Runs slightly large
+ Looks like an actual folkloric dress, only shorter
Cons:
- Quality control on the embellishments is subpar
- Dry clean only
Rating by reviewer:
3
extremely useful review
Fancy playing out a fantasy from One Thousand and One Nights? DreamGirl has a versatile outfit that fits the bill.

However, before I tell you all about this pretty costume, I want to spend a moment clearing up a misconception; this outfit has zero to do with religion. Unlike the Naughty Nun or Sexy Nun's Habit which are based on a religious habit, Sexy in the Desert is based on Middle Eastern folkloric dance dresses, often referred to as sa'idi or baladi dresses. These dresses come in various styles, though coins and glitz are common features:



You can see sa'idi/baladi dresses in action, complete with face veils, in this clip of Middle Eastern dance legend Tahia Karioka: YouTube video of Tahia Karioka.

Authentic sa'idi dresses often cost a few hundred dollars, however DreamGirl brings this Chinese knock-off to the bedroom for $50US. The outfit comes in a clear plastic sleeve with a black plastic hanger attached; the color cardboard insert shows four ways the outfit can be worn though it is a stretch to refer to them as different styles. The material of Sexy in the Desert is 100% polyester, exclusive of the elastic and coin trim.



The packaging lists two pieces, however the head scarf and face veil are not attached, so there are technically three pieces. Actual money is used for traditional outfits, but the coins on the dress and head scarf are a thin, flexible metal. Apply too much pressure and they might bend, break or tear off. I would be careful when sitting, or when folding for storage.



The outfit can function as a short dress, or you can raise the hem high enough to make a cheerleader blush by pulling the ties on the side (cinching the waist slightly in the process). It can be worn alone or accessorized with the included head scarf or face veil, or a pair of leggings, jeans or shorts.

Sexy in the Desert is DRY CLEAN ONLY so you may want to think twice before engaging in activities that are excessively sweaty or involve bodily fluids.

Want to shake your bon-bon like they do in the desert? Visit this link to learn some Middle Eastern dance moves: Egyptian Belly Dancing with Sahira
Experience
Sexy in the Desert is from DreamGirl's 2011-2012 Costume Collection, and it immediately appealed to me because, unlike most Middle East dance dresses, it was affordable. I was a little shocked to see such a high number of negative comments calling it inappropriate, but knowing that it was based on a folkloric outfit, I didn't hesitate to order it.



It arrived in a snap-close plastic package which I plan to toss since the outfit can be folded and stored in a drawer. The material feels more like a plain knit polyester than a luxe microfiber to me, and it is slightly transparent as well. You can ignore the "bows/rhinestone accents" listed under "lingerie special features." There is a nice bit of silver embellishment around the neck, at the end of the sleeves and along the hem, but it is all woven, then stitched on; there isn't a single rhinestone in sight.

Sadly, on my outfit the v-shaped trim is crooked:



I ordered this in XL based on the DreamGirl size chart which says XL is for D/E-cups. My cups runneth over by quite more than that, however I decided to take a chance since the outfit looked stretchy and was advertised as adjustable. Turns out, an XL was snug on my 41-42" bust, but it did fit!

Happily, I donned all three pieces to dance. The dress was easy enough to wiggle into, but tying the head scarf and veil was something of a pain. I wish they had elastic to hold them in place, like a headband, instead of ribbon ties. I was enjoying dancing in my mini-sa'idi dress, but after a few minutes I got so hot I was ready for my husband to take it off of me. The dress has about as much breathability as a pair of cheap pantyhose. On a chilly night in October, this will likely be a plus. On a late Spring evening with no air-conditioning, I quickly overheated, and not in the good way. Unless I'm willing to lower the thermostat to 60°, I think I'll have to put it away until autumn.

It's cute and it fits so I don't regret buying Sexy in the Desert, however, I was surprised by how warm it is, and I'm sad about the crooked sewing, so it gets only 3 out of 5 from me.
This product was provided at a discounted price in exchange for an unbiased review. This review is in compliance with the FTC guidelines.
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My Sexy in the Desert tags
  • Who / How / What
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    Who might this product be best for? How is it best used? What are the best circumstances or situations for using this product?
    • Bachelor/ bachelorette party
    • Can be worn during intercourse
    • Costume party
  • General
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    Other tags that are useful and descriptive for this product.
    • Costume
    • Dance
    • Halloween
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  • Supervixen
    Supervixen  
    Excellent review--and it wasn't preachy to add the photos about the folkloric dress, either! The people who are kneejerk offended by it are the ones being preachy. I am considering this piece now...as soon as the small comes back into stock.

    Thanks!
  • Petite Valentine
    Petite Valentine  
    @Supervixen
    Thank you! I hope you the small comes back into stock for you. It is a cute little outfit, and perfect for the cooler nights of fall.
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