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It's been a minute since my last review, but I've had quite a few goings-on since the last one.
In my sadness that the black Monica in a 2XL didn't work for me, I procured the Erika in vintage rose 2XL. That didn't work for me either. I reviewed both on my blog, and managed to get my hands on the 2XL Colette in green instead.
I was not convinced that it would work at all. Button-front items are notorious for gapping with larger busts, so I expected that to be an issue here. Plus, from the photos I'd seen, I wasn't in love with the color.
Pardon me while I was just wrong on both counts.
I am aware that I am a difficult figure to fit. Without shapewear, I am 46/7 - 35/6 - 48/9. I wear a 36J or K UK size bra (American bra manufacturers do not have an equivalent size). The measurements for Colette in 2XL are a 44-45 bust and 36-37 waist with open hips. That makes the bust a tad small and the waist a tad big, but I'm glad I gave it a go.
You can see in the second photo that there is indeed some pulling at the buttons. You can also see that this is not a snug fit at the waist. Allow me to say that I don't care one bit! The separate sash belt, which ties in a multitude of ways, helps to cinch in the waist just enough. The top is not uncomfortably tight, although the collar does tend to curl just a touch from the strain.
If it helps to know what color this is, it is green Crayon green. My son dropped his green Crayon into my lap while I was wearing this, and I couldn't find it! It blended right in!
I have my hands in the pockets in every photo because POCKETS!
I mean, I'm a new mom. I need pockets. But I need to look girly and cute. That means I need skirts with pockets! I really wish every swing-skirted dress had them! This little perk alone means that I need this dress in every color.
The skirt is full enough to wear with a crinoline, but I didn't wear one for these photos. There is a pleasant swish to the skirt without the fullness, and skipping the fluff makes mommying a little easier.
You can see where my excessive bust measurement is pulling the armholes a bit forward, but the gaps are not nearly horrific or uncomfortable. Behold the collar pop, though.
The buttons are extraordinarily secure. I have no concerns that they'll just pop off, which is certainly an issue that I look for. I'm used to re-sewing my buttons when I buy items which feature them, but there was no need here.
The cotton sateen this dress is made of is sturdy, yet soft. The lining of the pockets, sleeves, and anywhere else the insides might be visible is smooth and silky. As usual with PUG items, there is so much quality and attention to detail in the stitching! And I love the pleats on the bust! I wish I had a bit less bust to contend with, since the excess kind of distorts the design, but still, this just works so well.
I should note that I am wearing a Freya Deco bra in 38GG (UK), which is too small in the cup, too large in the back. That is why the back strap is not set correctly, and I've got a bit of cup overflow. I am not wearing shapewear for this shoot.
I wore this to the bar I work at when I picked up my paycheck, and I got tackled by several folks I know. I ended up sending them all links to this dress via their Facebook walls. The bouncer talked to his wife and insisted that she friend me on Facebook so that I could give her the link - it turns out that her constant gripe about skirts is the lack of pockets, and he wanted her to know she has options to fix that. I think I have her hooked.
I also wore this to my Papa's memorial (I told you I'd had a busy few weeks), along with black patent Fluevog Listen Audrey pumps, a black 3/4 sleeve cardigan, and a black crinoline. My Papa always loved it when women dressed well, and my beautiful Grandmother certainly dresses in a feminine and lovely fashion. I figured that wearing this would be a fitting honor to him in look while I honored him in speech. I had quite a few compliments on the dress as well.
The model wearing this on the PUG site must have much longer legs than I do, because this comes to just below the knee on me. I'm 5'4", for those who need to know.
I've got it paired with patent leather Madden shoes in taupe with a hidden platform. I'm using the fashion trick of wearing open-toe shoes that are a similar color to my skin to:
a) elongate the leg and make me appear taller and
b) eliminate the need to try to color-match shoes with this dress.
The earrings are something I picked up ages ago, but have hardly worn. They are a delightful coppery bronze set, which I love. I got them in all colors - matte black, gunmetal/pewter, gold, and this color. They are a bit edgy without being over the top.
Other ways to accessorize would include the aforementioned black accessories. If I had the black Colette, I would also use that sash with this version from time to time. I'm also a sucker for a green and purple combo, so I'm sorely tempted to buy the purple belt intended for the Christina dress and wear it with this bad girl. That would also be an excuse to find these in my size and wear them, too.
I plan on buying the black pin dot and the red versions as well, but I would love to have this in royal blue, purple, or rust. There have been plenty of days where I have just put this on, even though I was only staying home with my son, just because I wanted to feel fluffy and pretty. The Colette definitely gets the job done!