Thursday, September 3, 2015

Is This My Perfect Dress? Studio 8 Yvette Lace Dress


Black Suede Wedges - Primark
Gold Earrings - Primark

This dress is perfection. I mean it. It's perfect. I struggle to believe that the designers at Studio 8 did not design  the Yvette Lace Dress specifically for me. My head has been full of this dress since I went to the Studio 8 launch back in May. Seeing it on the hanger I prayed that it would look as good on as I dreamed. And so when the team at Studio 8 were kind enough to offer me something from their new collection to review, I knew immediately what I wanted. 








As a red head I can never have enough green dresses and this is my most favouritist shade. I would describe it as a deep blend of emerald and forest greens. The shape is a very traditional fifties silhouette with its neat waist and full skirt. The underlayer is a taffeta which has enough stiffness to hold the dress's shape, while still hanging prettily under the mesh overlay. The mesh overlay is accented with a piped floral lac, and the dress has a tie to the waist which I have chosen to tie in a knot rather than a bow. The designers have been clever - they have actually kept the design quite simple, which compliments the rich, sumptuous fabric choices. The sleeves, at their three quarter length, are great if you feel self conscious about you arms. And the back of the dress has a keyhole detail which adds a little extra. 


I always love this shape of dress, but was a little worried about the high neckline, longer sleeves and straight bust line. I was concerned that this would make me look a bit blocky on top. However, the mesh overlay means that the solid colour of the under garment form the shape of the dress, and the mesh just softens it making for a lovely, hourglass outline. The round mesh neckline is open enough to ensure that you don't feel like your choking (I can't bear a tight neck). I am still on the hunt for a decent strapless bra, but so far have found nothing that doesn't make my bust line look rather sad, so I did the next best thing a wore a green bra with thin straps. I was happy that it didn't ruin the lines of the dress at all, and I still felt comfortable and supported. 


Fit wise, I am wearing a size 22 and find it a good fit. It hits me over the knee (I am 5'8) and fits snugly into my waist - which is important to give this dress the desired hour glass shape. Unusually for me I felt comfortable to wear it without my usual shapewear. I may have had a slightly smaller wasitline with it on, and been able to pull the tie in tighter but it's quite pleasant going without the shapewear, particularly in a dress that already has a few layers. I have quite meaty arms and did find it quite a snug fit on my upper arms. If I was slightly bigger I think I would have found it more comfortable to size up to the 24, as mesh is not the softest of fabrics so you don't want to be squeezed into it or it will chafe.  


Me wearing the Yvette at a wedding in Minnesota. 
Black peep toe pumps - Primark
Yellow floral Alice band - Her Curious Nature

I think you will probably agree this is a very special dress, and deserves a special occasion. Those of you who follow me on social media (if you want to, I am on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) will know I recently went to the States (Minnesota to be exact) for a family wedding. It was an incredibly special day, which deserved an incredibly special dress and I was too pleased when the Yvette dress arrived in time for me to wear it. I honestly have never had so many compliments on anything in my life. Minnesotans are known for how lovely they are ("Minnesota nice" is actually a thing) but still, I couldn't walk a few meters without someone complimenting my dress. I chose to pair it with some plain pumps (for comfort and dancing) some dangley earrings and a hair fascinator - and this dress doesn't need anything else. It was pretty warm on that August day but luckily there was a nice breeze or I think I might have been a little sweaty. But it wore well and didn't crease and I honestly felt like a queen in it. 


My first experience with Studio 8 has been amazing - if this is a flavour of things to come, I just can't wait. They really do incredibly special showstopper pieces in their occasion wear, as well as having some great everyday pieces. If you have something special coming up that needs something remarkable I would definitely recommend popping over to Studio 8 and having a look. I am looking forward to wearing the Yvette around Christmas time too I think, as she is pretty much the perfect festive frock. 

What do you think of the Yvette Lace Dress? And the Studio 8 collection? Have you got anything from them yet? 
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22 comments

  1. This dress really does look like it was made for you! Everything from the full skirt to the colour (seriously you rock the emerald green) had you in mind
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    1. Aw Jodie, you are a love. I basically want to wear this dress all the time - is that okay?

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  2. Isn't that stunning! Love the colour and the lace, and I rather like that floral Alice band too.

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    1. Thanks so much. And the Alice band is great. So comfortable to wear too, as I find some of them squish my rather large head!

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  3. Wow! You look amazing in that dress, the colour though it suits you so well <3 The lace detail just look so pretty and delicate!

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    1. Thanks so much Janet, it is beautifully made and feels amazing on!

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  4. What an absolutely gorgeous dress! I love the colour so much, it looks amazing on you!

    The Velvet Black // UK Style & Beauty Blog

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    1. Thanks so much lovely. It's too pretty!

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  5. omg you look amazing in this ! I love it! x

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    1. Oh Katie you are such a honey. And I get wait to see you all dolled up in S&J tomorrow!

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  6. You are absolutely stunning, and in this dress you remind me of a mermaid princess or Ariel, you always look stunning and incredible!
    Love, Amie ❤
    The Curvaceous Vegan

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    1. Aw Amie you total love. I do feel special in this dress and there is no higher compliment than to be called a mermaid x

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  7. This dress is a gorgeous colour and it looks amazing with your hair! x

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  8. What a beautiful fairytale dress. You look stunning.

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    1. Thank you so much! I do adore it and feel like a princess in it :)

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  9. Stunning. The colour is perfect with your hair.

    www.somethinginthewayshemoves.me

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