Pink dress with zipper detail - mini dress by Espiral - review by K101

Pink dress with zipper detail

Mini dress by Espiral

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Unflattering, but pretty.

I love the look of the dress. It's beautiful and well made besides the strap and zipper. The sizing was great and the dress would've looked great on, but the material and shine seemed to tack on a good 20 pounds! I wear similar style dresses often so I'm not sure what it is about this that causes such an unflattering look. It clings to the wrong places and enhances every single curve!
Published:
Pros:
Sturdy material.
Looks nice.
Sizing.
Cons:
Unflattering on.
Zipper and strap roll up on the neck.
Zipper causes scratching.
Rating by reviewer:
3
extremely useful review
The pink dress is really cute, but has a few flaws. The material is soft, very stretchy and has a bit of a shine to it. The pink color is not as bright as the photos show. Even my own photos showed the dress to be a bright color. It's a dull pink, still bright, but not like the photos show. The material is comfortable on the skin, but I didn't feel comfortable wearing it since it's unflattering to my body type. The zipper detail was a total fail. The zipper is plastic and there's a strip of silver material under it that caused quite some irritation the entire time I wear it.






The small is 24 1/2 inches long from the chest.

Bust: 12 1/2" The bust is tight. I'm a 32 B and C on one side and an A one my other side and both breasts were a little smushed. It wasn't a problem for me since the fabric is stretchy, but if you're extra large in the bust you may want to consider ordering up one size.

The single strap is sewn almost in the middle of the back of the dress making it roll up around my neck. It runs over one shoulder. This strip of fabric is 20" long and 2" wide.

The zipper is about 9" long and has a little tear drop like charm on the zipper. A lot of Espiral's items have this tear drop charm.

Middle: 12"

Hips: 13"



While the bust is tight, the rest of the dress fits perfectly. It isn't tight, but it does look tight on. It feels silky and smooth on the skin.


The dress is 93% polyester and 7% elastan. The material feels light, but it's thick compared to most dresses. Like in the photos, it does cling to the body. I have the small and the sizing is perfect, but the material is what causes the unflattering look. It looks much tighter on than it actually is. The shine in the material adds pounds for me big time! Something about the material made my figure look much larger so if you're looking to emphasize curves this is perfect. If you're looking to hide your curves (and belly button because even it shows!) then it may not be the best option.



I put the picture of the neckline up so you can better see what I mean about the zipper rolling up around my neck. It doesn't look nice and is terribly uncomfortable. The problem seems to be that where the shoulder strip is sewn in the back, it's almost dead center causing it to be placed around the neck instead of lying over the shoulder. I looked at it and it could easily be fixed by taking the strip off and re-sewing it in the correct place, but I didn't bother because the dress is just not pretty on my body.

The dress should be hand washed only! There are a few tiny threads that were loose when I got it and with the cheap zipper I wouldn't chance putting this in the washer. You can hang it up to dry.

The dress comes in a cellofane like plastic bag. It's not reusable so the dress can simply be folded in a drawer or hung up by the one strap.
Experience
Upon first look on the product page I noticed the dress was clingy and you could actually see the belly button due to the extra form fitting material. Since it was so cute I wanted to give it a try. I usually have pretty good luck with fitting, but this just brought out all of my flaws and then magnified them! I just can't feel comfortable in it. I'm constantly picking and pulling. It seems to enhance my curves or "love handles" way too much. Besides, the zipper rolls up all over my neck and looks terrible! That alone takes away from the dress. I have to admit, I'm pretty darn disappointed, but am going to keep trying!
Follow-up commentary
Hmmm.. I have put off writing a follow-up review on this dress because to be honest, I absolutely despise this dress! I don't think I've ever felt so awful toward an article of clothing. I tried for a month straight to make it work and thought that maybe it was my body shape (love handles to be more direct) that caused it to look so awful on. After losing a few pounds and trying it on again, I wore a smile on my face as I tossed it in the "give-away pile." I kept it around for a long time and trying it while I was at different sizes helped me to figure out that this is simply a bad dress. Yes, I said it! I didn't think there was such a thing as a plain bad dress, but this truly is.

I weigh about 94 pounds right now. Sometimes I weigh a couple pounds more and sometimes I'm right at 90, it depends on the day. I'm 5 2" and I should've never gotten down on myself about how bad I looked in this dress. I had a mini freak-out over it! Now I feel that it's really not me, it's the dress! I just don't think it's flattering whether I'm 90 pounds or 100! It's simply ugly.

I tried giving this away to every female I know and nobody would take it! I finally stuck it in the good-will pile for someone who might appreciate. I truly don't know anybody who would like this with the zipper trying to chew your neck off and the way the fabric looks on the body, but maybe somebody will love it.
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Comments
  • Airen Wolf
    Ok I am gonna agree with the crowd on this one...you look amazing in this dress from the pictures you posted. Still if it doesn't feel good on then it's not worth wearing, right?
    This would SO not flatter me in any way shape or form...but you do look amazing, jus' sayin'
  • All His
    It looked so cute too, and it is flattering on you but u gotta be comfortable too to make it worth it... guess ill pass on this
  • SMichelle
    I'm sorry you didn't like this, but from the pictures you looked so adorable in this!
  • Ms. N
    I am glad I read this review today. I have been thinking about picking up an item with a similar zip neckline/sleeve. Now I am pretty sure that I am going to pass on it.
  • PassionQT
    I think you look good too, but I'm not feeling the love on the over one-shoulder zipper. It looks like it bunches up around the neck and doesn't lay flat. Good review!
  • butterflygirlxo
    Looks great on you though I liked this design....
  • Lano4ka
    Great review! I had my doubts about this dress and now I see that there is more. I love your pics though!
  • Missmarc
    Hi Kendra, you look great in the dress. If you really hate the zipper, cannot you just zip it up, and wear it like a tube dress?
  • tinadice
    Thanks for the review
  • Feisty
    thanks for sharing!
  • DeliciousB
    Thanks for the review. I was wondering about the zipper myself.
  • soe
    not anyone can wear this, but i think you do a good job!
  • maetico
    very nice
  • epiphanyjayne
    looks nice!
  • xjonxthexgreenx
    Thanks for the review
  • tami
    you do look great in this dress however it would not look good on me AT ALL! thank you for the review
  • 0990
    Thanks for the review!
  • Jamesey
    Girl, you are tiny. Don't be down on yourself. The dress looks great. I didn't see any flaws, other than that neck part looks uncomfortable! But its so cute I want it anyways!
  • Jamesey
    SAD YOU GAVE IT AWAY!! This was one of the ones I wanted.
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