This is a sponsored post. I was given two dresses by Igigi in return for my honest review. Read down to the end for information on winning a $50 Igigi gift certificate.
Last month I attended Weetacon, the annual conference for bloggers who like to do good and feel awesome. Basically, I go on vacation with about 50 of my closest blogger friends. We travel in winter to Wisconsin, a place colder than Alaska to bowl/laser-tag, drink butterscotch schnapps in hot apple cider (some prefer apple pie schnapps), go on a horse-drawn sleigh ride and raise money for charity. It’s a little weird and a whole lot of right. Over the years, Igigi, a plus size fashion website, has offered a dress to women attending the conference who wear size 12 and larger. I am one of those women and this year we were all sent two dresses! Pretty awesome, right?
My favorite is the Leigh and don’t I look adorable? I love the fit. I love the plunging neckline. I should have worn sparkly earrings but I would wear this without a necklace because hello cleavage! For sizing information, I am 5′ 7″ and this dress is a 14/16. It’s a fancy little black dress and I am thrilled to have it in my closet. I would wear this to an evening concert and dinner, a cocktail party, pretty much anytime I feel like being the best dressed woman in the room. At $180 I feel like it is well worth the price and it is my precious.
Pics of me in this dress were taken by the inimitable Wendy McClure, my friend the famous author. You should buy her young adult novel Wanderville, or her road trip book The Wilder Life, about her love of Little House on the Prairie. On the last day of Weetacon, when my flight home to New York from Chicago was cancelled because of a snow storm, Wendy and her husband Chris took me in and gave me shelter. They are fantastic hosts and oh my god their apartment is gorgeous.
I wish I liked the Garnet dress in Beryl Chartreuse because it is beautiful and very well made. I love the pattern, the stitching is beautifully done, it’s made of heavyweight material and I love the draping. Sadly, for me, this was not a fashion success story. I did receive compliments while wearing the dress but it fit awkwardly. Even though the size is the same as the Leigh, the Garnet felt huge. You can’t really tell in this picture, but it was really baggy in the back and just did not fit me well. I think if you are a solid 16 then you might be comfortable with the sizing, but it’s so big on me that I have decided to give it to a very dear friend of mine who I know is going to love it. No contest for this dress because sometimes you just have to give a friend a present. Awesome pic taken by Wendy Wimmer Schuchart.
How to participate in the IGIGI Weetacon Giveaway: Go to the IGIGI website and pick out your ideal dress for a special occasion, important business meeting, date night or what have you. Then leave a comment on this review, telling us which garment YOU want and where you plan on wearing it. You can increase your chances of winning an IGIGI gift certificate by leaving comments on each of the other Weetacon IGIGI reviews at this page. Comments must be received by April 20 at midnight PST. Winners will be notified and announced on this page and the IGIGI at Weetacon 2014 page by April 25th.