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November 7, 2007

Review Revue: Igigi x3

Filed under: Fashion,Review Revue — Francesca @ 10:28 am

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.

They did.

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.)


  1. 3. Princess Seams are our friends.


    And I say that as a pear, even.

    Comment by Kate Harding — November 7, 2007 @ 11:25 am

  2. I’d also like to clarify that in person I did not especially care for the off-shoulder dress. It went straight to the donate pile. Such a shame, it’s so pretty in the picture.

    Comment by Plumcake — November 7, 2007 @ 11:55 am

  3. That off-shoulder dress with the rhinestone things? I got it in red and was very disappointed. It’s bad on pears too. I guess I’ll have to try Igigi again. They promptly refunded my money, no problems.

    Comment by Sara — November 7, 2007 @ 1:00 pm

  4. For what it is worth, when I had to return a sweater to IGIGI it was handled seamlessly. No problems here.

    Also, I’ve got a ton of compliments on my wrap dresses from IGIGI (solid black and ocean), and even a jealous look when I had to tell a skinny friend they don’t come in her size. I wish they’d get those solid 3/4 sleeve classic wrap dresses back in stock.

    Comment by Pinkleader — November 7, 2007 @ 1:19 pm

  5. I bought the off-the-shoulder dress after reading your blog and loved it. I am 5’4, 180 lbs, and have a very curvy, hour glass figure. I think it looks great on–slightly a-line, no cling, fetching color, cocktail dress vibe. I really feel like I need to slip the dress on, book a trip to New York City, sit in chic bars and sip martinis. All because I bought this dress on sale for $23.00.

    Comment by Mimi Stratton — November 7, 2007 @ 2:23 pm

  6. I too coveted the dress, ordered it, and returned it for the same reason – it hung straight down from my ample bosom. I could have hidden a ham or a baby under there. I was VERY disappointed.
    Had also been considering the asymetric tunic, but it looks like it could be so overpowering, but if Francesca digs it, I will give it a try.
    But for what it’s worth, I’ve never had a problem with Igigi returns.

    Comment by G — November 7, 2007 @ 3:02 pm

  7. Out of the blue, Igigi shipped me someone else’s pants. While I was tempted to keep them because I’m evil like that, I felt bad for the person who did order them, whose order sheet was inside the bag. I sent them back to Igigi (they paid) so they could reship. Hope that doesn’t happen to anyone else.

    Comment by The Betsy — November 7, 2007 @ 3:22 pm

  8. Molte grazie to the Francesca for these reviews; the Annalucia may now refrain in good conscience from ordering the blue dress with the rhinestone trim. Perhaps the stance of the model ought to have sounded the warning – hip up, hand clamped in front, and does it not appear that some of the fabric of the bodice has been pinned up in the back?

    So far the Igigi has not really tempted the Annalucia – the styles, they are too young for her – but oh, the colors are so beautiful.

    Comment by Annalucia — November 7, 2007 @ 5:27 pm

  9. Mimi Stratton – you really should! What better reason do you need? Or: What Would Holly Golightly do?

    Comment by Margo — November 9, 2007 @ 1:38 am

  10. Hello all, This is Ozlem from IGIGI. I would like to correct a few comments made here. We do ship outside the US and we do issue refunds for 60 days. We also have a myshape feature where you can identify your body type and shop accordingly to determine the best flattering outfits for you. Please feel free to contact me if you have any comments at Thanks. Ozlem

    Comment by Ozlem — November 9, 2007 @ 1:49 pm

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