I love how clothes can change…everything. I love how certain patterns, colors, and styles can minimize or enhance certain characteristics of our body. Black tends to be slimming, dresses with larger prints are usually flattering to us tall girls, and a skirt with horizontal strips can balance out a body that is considered top-heavy.
Of course, you should wear whatever you want. There is also no standard one must meet to be beautiful or feminine.
That being said, I have always loved what peplum tops and dresses do for my figure. Peplum dresses and tops have an extra piece of fabric that flares out around your hips. Peplum style clothing is very versatile as it gives the appearance of hips to those who lack curves, but for those who are a little shapely it draws attention to other parts of our body.
Glamour Boutique recently sent me several dresses to model and to review and I am excited to share with you the first of those outfits. I have modeled for Glamour Boutique in the past and I am excited to continue to work with them.
When I first started to build my wardrobe, I tended to gravitate towards black dresses as they were not only slimming, but they also gave off a sense of sophistication and class. After a while, I drifted more towards brighter colors, bold patterns, and different styles. I hadn’t added a black dress to my closet in years and I was at a point where it would take a really amazing black dress to be added to my closet…
…Such as Glamour Boutique’s Black Crossdresser Peplum Dress. I looked at this dress on their website and I thought it looked cute, but nothing too spectacular. When I opened the package the dress came in I was struck by how the photos didn’t really do it justice. The dress was cuter than it appeared to be.
And then I tried it on.
Wow. The dress gives me a little more curve, and the skirt is short enough (always a plus in my opinion) to show off my legs. The top of me is pretty square-shaped so its not easy for me to pull off a hourglass look, but the cute little flare that cinches around my waist gives my body a lot more shape.
The bottom of the dress is in the style of a pencil skirt and it’s meant to be tight and straight. This style helps even out my square shoulders and gives me an overall proportional look. If you are tall like I am, it’s usually recommended to not pair a peplum look with heels, because this style can accentuate height, but as you can see I kept my stilettos and paired this dress with black stockings for a classic look.
The dress itself is true to size and when you order it please take your measurements correctly. I went back and forth between two sizes and went for a size up and I am glad I did. If a dress that is my size doesn’t fit me its usually because of the shoulders and not the hips, however this dress fit like a dream. I was comfortable in it, I looked good in it, and even though I don’t drink, I felt like going to a cocktail party.
This is a fun, flirty dress. The peplum style adds a little extra to the traditional little black dress but does not take away any of the style, timelessness, and sophistication. I am so happy this is in my closet and I am excited to show it off the next time I go out to dinner.
Thank you to Glamour Boutique for providing this dress for this review.
Makeup by Corrie Dubay
Photography by Shannonlee McNeely