A few weeks ago, Francesca ordered 3 items from Igigi. Since they do not ship outside the US, it took a looooong time for Francesca to receive them. They went to Francesca’s parents, who mailed them to Francesca’s friend, who happened to be coming abroad for a vacation to the very same locale where Francesca is on an extended stay. So, Francesca just got them a few days ago and meanwhile two of the items are no longer even available on their website.
Still, I know someone at Igigi is reading this, so here we go . . .
First, we’ll start with the item I am keeping, and which is still available for sale!
It is the Asymmetric Hem Tunic in Cobalt. There is nothing not to love about it. The fabric is buttery soft, the color is stunning, the neckline is interesting and feminine without being too revealing (for the very conservatively dressed Francesca!), and the asymmetric hem is divine. I. Love. The. Hem. It is swingy and flirty and makes Francesca feel like she could do anything. I’d been afraid that the shirt might be too long, since I’m Petite, but it’s fine. More than fine. I. Love. It.
The only caveat: This is a clingy material, and Francesca feels she will have to do some sit ups and tighten up the love handles before she’ll feel 100 percent comfortable in it. Princess seams would have been nice. However, past the love handles it is great. Very good even for my Appley build.
Now, for the other two items.
After Plumcake recommended this dress, Francesca could not help but to try it.
Francesca strongly considered keeping it. Again, the fabric is lovely. The adornments are beautiful and unique. The color . . . oh, how I love the color!
And yet, even beyond the incompatability between this dress and love handles . . . Francesca felt that the dress was boring and not structured in a way fitting for Apples. Perhaps on a Pear it would be better, but on Francesca, well, it hung like a very beautiful potato sack. There was the pretty detailing on top and then . . . nothing but a blob of blue. For Apples, this dress desperately would need Princess seams or darts of some kind.
Finally, Francesca took her own advice, and ordered a dress with a feature (empire waist) which she always assumed would look bad on her, in order to test those assumptions and see if they held.
However again I must say that the fabric and color were beautiful. The dress was waaaaay too long though.
Finally, I received an email from Plumcake that she had terrible, terrible problems with the customer service at Igigi, who sent her an item in the wrong color and then messed up her store credit when she tried to return something. I will allow her to post details if she wishes, but meanwhile I promise to update you all on my own experience, after I return the two dresses. Let’s see if this was a one-off problem or a symptom of a larger concern. I’m already a bit miffed that, since more than 30 days have passed since my parents received the items, that I am no longer eligible for a refund, just store credit . . . which I will surely use, but still.
So, to summarize for Igigi:
1. Keep it up with the great fabrics and colors.
2. I agree with Kate Harding, who reviews your yoke-wrap dress here, you guys really need a Petite line! You would become my new best friends!
3. Princess Seams are our friends.
4. Can you please start shipping outside the US?
5. Always get your returns straight, because you never know which of your customers might be Plumcake or Francesca.
6. I still love you, even with your flaws.
(CORRECTION: Igigi does ship outside the US. Francesca thinks that perhaps she had opted to have her items shipped within the USA because paying $40 for shipping on a purchase of about $80 seemed silly, but it is not Igigi’s fault that Francesca was being cheap. Also, one has 60 days to return items, though this does not help in my case as it took 2 months for my purchase to get to me on the other side of the world.
Sigh. Being a Big Girl who travels much of her life outside the 48 contiguous states is often very expensive and inconvenient. But I apologize to Igigi for my errors.)