Sunday, 18 September 2011

ASOS Curve: Pussy Bow, Godet & Bow Collar Knitted Dress...

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About a month ago, I ordered a few dresses from ASOS Curve and raved on this blog about one of those dresses: The Asos Curve Lace Waisted Dress...

Love Love Love.

At the same time as buying that lace dress, I bought a couple of others, which are now on sale; The Fan Print Tea Dress (too big and billowy) and the Summer Floral Dress (too tight in the chest)... At the time, I wondered about the difference in sizing, but let it go...

So. Erratic sizing. Asos Curve.

This week, I bought three dresses from Asos using the Fashion Week Code "happylfw" - all of them are going back. I have never bought dresses before, rejected them and the posted them here on my blog... BUT, due to the fact that I think there's a bit of a tailoring issue and we ladies can't try these clothes before we buy them, I've decided to post them.

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I really like this dress and on the site it looks stunning on the model... unfortunately for me, it doesn't quite fit. It LOOKS like it fits okay in the picture, but it pulls uncomfortably across my chest. This is really unfortunate, especially since I should fit this size perfectly. That being said, the material is light and floaty, the high-waist is in the right spot and the neckline and pattern are really cute!

ASOS Curve Review,Pussy Bow Dress

I am sure that quite a few of you will look gorgeous in this Print Dress with its Pussy Bow and wish desperately my breasts fit the cut of the dress.

Godet Dress

I don't even know what to say. This is seriously one of the ugliest, most poorly fitting dresses I have worn in a long time. The very definition of Fat Lady Tent Wear - REALISED. I understand that sometimes a look needs work. HOWEVER, I inherently believe that clothing should fit from the get go. The chest is all wrong, the waist is sitting in an awkward location and there is nothing particularly pretty about any of this. I would never usually post a dress I dislike this much, but, something is up with this little number. If you own it, let me know. I would love to see how this works on other women. And if it works, does it work because it fits naturally? Or have you had to tailor it for your own shape? I am VERY interested!

Finally - I do appreciate that some of you may think this looks nice, but, because I think the "Godet Dress" looks bland, it is destined for Return.

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This last dress is litreally a BEAUTIFUL colour. I took it out of the bag and was in awe of how vibrant the blue is. Style wise - I find that the waist and neckline aren't right on me. I have a real issue with the waist, to be honest, the slight cinching does little for the shape of the dress and it feels more like an afterthought than a structured feature.

Bow Knitted Dress

I find the dress droops to a waist line off the curve of my breast. I tried it with a belt, which improves it greatly...

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I feel that with a belt this dress becomes a much nicer garment as regards both fit and style. The knit fabric is lovely and would be well worth your trying - it may fit you like a glove! It might just be awkward on me!

I am a big fan of ASOS Curve... I think the retailer does an amazing job at creating clothing for us which is interesting and pushes a few boundries as regards what's available for plus-size women. In fact - for the most part, the designers do a fabulous job. Lately, I have been a little disappointed. While quality remains high, the cut, tailoring and shape of the garments seems a little inconsistent at the moment and slightly slap dash. I am sure many of you Curvettes have opinions on this and I am curious for your take... so tell me?

Are the shapes working for you? Or are you having to work to get your shape?

Let me know.
xxx.

PS - All dresses in this post were tried for my purchasing purposes. I took photos after putting the dresses on, immediately after checking for sizing. All dresses remain tagged and none have been worn "out".

PPS - My Anna Scholz Reviews continue this coming week, so see you soon! x.

15 comments:

  1. WOW! I had a similar experience earlier this year ordering from Alloy and Romans. It is the worst, when something looks so great online and then you get it and it fits like the curve bow and the 40's Godet dress. The pussy bow dress does look great on you in the picture. I wish for you, that it wasn't so ill-fitting across the chest. I am sad for my self also, because I would love to order the dress but it is tight across the chest on you, I have no hope. Well, I am glad you posted this because I plan to make a big ASOS order soon and dresses were on the wishlist.

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  2. I've only bought two things from ASOS curve, my only real complaint on either of the things was the top ended up being a tad too big (which was probably my fault for ordering a size bigger) and the secondly, the dress I bought from them is gorgeous but has tiny little straps that dig into my shoulders and hurt like anything.

    Although I like the pattern of the first dress and the color of the last dress I can see how frustrating the sizing seems to be and ultimately you should feel comfortable and feel confident and if neither of those are happening it's a no-go.

    You'd look pretty in everything in my opinion, hope you can return/exchange these for something you are happier with.

    Honeysuckelle

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  3. I've been a big fan of ASOS Curve for more than a year now and have only had a few mishaps. I live overseas so only return items which cost more than £20, otherwise it's not really worth it when paying the postage to send back.

    I usually struggle to NOT buy things - because its so blooming easy and international delivery is free - but lately, nothing has really grabbed me much.

    Having said that, I'm waiting on a big order - two pairs of trousers, two dresses and two tops - so will report back when they arrive later this week (10 days to wait for international!!)

    I think the first dress looks great, but if you can't move your arms for free of breast-ripping bodice then it's no good. I agree the red dress is just very badly put together. I also think ASOS Curve does too many dresses with a high neckline, making our boobs look even bigger than they are. I've had a couple of dresses altered to lower the neckline a couple of inches and it makes the world of difference. Obviously you couldn't do that with the blue one because of the collar.

    Such a shame though!

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  4. I think the 1st one, the print dress looks gorgeous on you, but if it's pulling on the bust, then it's obviously a return!

    I saw the red one on the site myself and thought it looked gorgeous. I thought the cut would be really slimming and flattering, especially for a larger bust, but you are right, it really is awful on a real person! It looks like it isn't cut roomy enough in the bust area and for some reason it does look frumpy.

    The blue dress is a gorgeous colour, and the colour looks beautiful on you. I think the shape and fit of this one look lovely on you

    I have only ordered one dress from Asos curve, and that was after seeing how gorgeous it looked on you a while ago! I'm not a dress wearer, and felt I was too fat to wear it, so sent it back! x

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  5. I totally agree with you Em. I have been less than impressed with the things from Asos lately, in face I have actually being buying more from CC which is so unlike me. But the clothes seem a little frumpy from Asos at present and nothing like the usual edgy, fashion forward pieces they used to bring out.. remember the dress with the wire ruffle.. and the mullet maxi.. they need more stuff like that!

    You still look fab though, that smile of yours is lovely!!

    Jessica xx
    www.toomanysequins.blogspot.com

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  6. I am so pleased that so many of you are responding. There is something "up" with the sizing at Asos Curve at the moment... a while ago on facebook they were looking for a fit model, so hopefully, things will resolve soon. x.

    Gen321 - I am a 42F and bought these dresses in a 22. I was REALLY surprised by the lack of movement in the first dress and lament having to send it back. It is lovely, I just wish they got the sizing right. IF I went up a size in this, the dress would be too billowy. I am glad my post might have helped with your order! x.

    Honeysuckelle - Thank you for your compliments! I must say, I hope ASOS take a look at what we are all writing. While we are a small demographic, people are certainly concurring on here. I might bide my time with ASOS for a while now. I might wait to read some really positive reviews! x.

    Lindsay - I completely agree about the necklines. I like the last dress well enough, but feel it is a little boxy for me - and that's because of the neck. I had never thought to have a neckline lowered, so thank you for such a great tip. I will be really interested to hear how your purchases go! Fingers Crossed! x.

    KayTee - I bet you looked wonderful in the dress you ordered. Like yourself, for the longest time, I didn't wear dresses and it really took some time and getting used to when I started wearing them agan - as you can see, I am now addicted. The Red Dress was a real shock. That is literally the first time (in a very long time) I have put something on and thought back to a time when "plus size fashion" didn't seem possible. It was actually after putting on the red dress that I decided to do this post. I was like... people should know about this...! x.

    Jessica - Thank you hon. x. I must say, you have been a go to girl for many of us with all your ASOS Curve purchases and lately I have totaly noticed less of them. I was thinking today - WHERE is our current WIRE dress? What happened? Where has that style of dress gone? It is so strange to associate the word "frumpy" with Asos Curve. You know, when the collection was launched (with that initial limited number of pieces), I thought - well - it is a little bland, but at least it is well cut and they have some interesting prints emerging... They then ROCKETED into innovation - I wonder where that has gone? Even the Salon range - which WAS beautiful, wasn't particularly "whoa!" making. It will be interesting to see what happens next. x.

    EVERYONE - as ever, thank you for the comments. Hopefully Asos Curve will check in and see them! x.

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  7. Hm. I don't know but to me the red dress just looks fine. I think the waistline is pretty much perfect. ;) They really made it look like a 40's dress. And I think the blue dress also looks reall good on you. But you're the one who has to wear them, so... ;)

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  8. This was an interesting read/view.
    The first time I ordered from ASOS a few of the items were gynormous but I still loved them. The next time I ordered I thought, ok I'll order a size down... nope. Too tight across arms and chest. Something else I noticed, super thin fabric. I ordered a dog tooth skirt in my last shipment and it was see through. There was a dress in a previous order that was so see through I turned it into a nightgown (luckily it was on sale).

    I have been eying that print pussy dress from day one and think it is gorgeous on the model too. I actually think it looks great on you but I'll take your word about the bust fit issue. That pink dress is hideous and the blue one definitely looks better with the belt (the collar is so cute). That first pink dress by the way is so awesome.

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  9. I agree with you Em. I used to get most of my clothes from ASOS Curve and they all fitted my G cup bust perfectly. However in the past six months ALL of the stuff has gone back. The cut is different, far too small on my boobs and upper back. Jeans and skirts are too small as well. For example I loved the suede drape skirt but it was too tight on my thighs and belly and far too short when i sat down. The best stuff i ever bought from them was a black cotton waisted dress, stripey t and the leather jacket from the first collection. Please return to form ASOS!

    P.s love your blog Em

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  10. Miss Temple - It just goes to show... different tastes! I think the problem I am MOSTLY trying to highlight in my post is one of inconsistent sizing. I am wearing my Asos Curve Floral Workwear dress today, and it fits me PERFECTLY. Like a glove. None of these items did and none of these items felt like they were even trying to... I think lately sizing and tailoring HAVE declined at Curve - so posted to express that. I do love that you have come in with another opinion though! x.

    Moe - I took a shot of the dress fit across my bust, but it was little bit porn - what with my breasts BURSTING out all over the place! Fingers crossed they look at the sizing, and soon! x.

    Peahy - I have been shocked with the sizing. The breast thing is a real issue... and I think if a size says it will fit a certain measurement, then it should. I am an F, so can only imagine how much harder it must sometimes be for a G. x.
    Love that you love the blog... <3

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  11. Ladies, just wanted to let you know my gorgeous friend bought a 40s tea dress from ASOS this week in a size 10 and it was really awful - she said it was like a sack! So perhaps its not just the Curve range taking a knock right now...

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  12. Hi Em,

    I've just found your blog and love it! Thanks so much for all the effort you are putting into it. I have just made an order from asos (my first one) and I just wonder if you could generalise about how the sizing compares to city chic? It sounds like their sizing is a little erratic. If you have a moment could you let me know? I love the lace dress on you. Siggy

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  13. Hi Siggy! I find I can be more certain with City Chic, especially since in the last six months they have revised their sizing and paid more attention to how people were finding things...
    The thing with ASOS at the moment, is I should be able to order a size 22 and have it fit me perfectly. This just isn't happening. Literally - in SIX dresses, the only one that fit was the lace dress. There is an inconsistency in all sorts of ways... one I tried was too billowy (in the bust), while another is too tight... You can see from the red dress that the fit on me is nothing like the fit on the gorgeous model (Bree).
    ASOS can and do nail size - sometimes... but right now, none of the customers I have spoken to, or read comments from (on here or Facebook) seem satisfied. Let us know how you find your items! x.

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  14. Just need to give ASOS some love as I've received two pairs of pants (work trousers and jeans), two dresses and two tops in the last few days and they are all perfect!! The blue lace dress, with the long sleeves is really lovely and I'm so pleased with it. Also got the pleated dress with the embellished bit at the collar which comes in navy or nude (went for nude) and its lovely.

    So... here's hoping this is the start of something a little more consistent...

    Emma - you mentioned ASOS was discussing this issue on their Facebook page but I couldn't find it - could you send a link? I can't seem to find anything Curve-related on the FB page...

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  15. EM...

    Before i delve into the fit YOU ARE GORGEous!Seriously... twitter has a way of making pics small (at least on my tweetdeck) you are beautiful!

    As for the fit, do you think that they may have changed fit models? Or maybe are using a much smaller one and scaling from there? That is probably one of the things I could think of... as my recent purchases have been lackluster in fit.

    AND could they please adjust the length in some of the skirts? I am not trying to show my name, phone number, or address with some of those lengths (the blue suede skirt)
    MUAH!

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Hi there! Thank you for leaving your post. Due to some blatantly obvious spammers I have had to turned comment moderation back on with word captcha for older posts. Hopefully the spammers will bugger off and I can take some of the settings back to normal quickly! Thank you and smooches! Em. x