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December 20, 2009

Twistie Gets Lucky

Filed under: Absolutely Fabulous,Cheap Thrills — Twistie @ 8:30 am

Oh yeah, I’m a lucky lady.

You see, recently Shop Translated picked several blogs to participate in giveaways of their clothes. I entered the prize drawing at Hyde and Seek, a blog I enjoy tremendously. As it happens, I was one of the winners. As a winner, I was allowed to pick one piece of clothing from Shop Translated. The only caveat was that it couldn’t be from the New Arrivals section. Fair enough.

It took a little while to make my decision, but when I saw the sleeveless wrap dress:

Sleeveless Wrap DressI knew I’d found my piece.

My new dress arrived on saturday. Considering that I won just seven days earlier, I call that swift service. The good folks at Shop Translated even congratulated me on my win on the invoice. Nice touch.

So what do I think of my win? First off, the picture does not do it justice. I thought it looked pretty in the picture, but it’s absolutely gorgeous in person. The splashy print is in purple, turquoise, and navy blue – my favorite colors – on a warm ivory background. And while the fabric is polyester, it’s a high grade of polyester. The seams and hems are finished impeccably.  Seriously, I haven’t seen such neat finishing for this price in a very, very, very long time. There are small vents at the sides of the skirt (just a couple inches), and while it looks sort of cap sleeved in the picture, it actually is sleeveless.

At 5’2″ I’m definitely shorter than the model, but I prefer to wear my skirts a little long, so that’s no problem. It hits about mid-calf on me. What’s closer to being a problem (for me) is the fact that the model is also more chestally endowed than I am. I’m a C cup and the ‘wrap’ bodice is inclined to open up a bit more than I’d like. As in, I had trouble covering up my bra. Still, it’s nothing a well-placed brooch or a couple of small tacking stitches can’t take care of. In the meantime, those of you in the D – DD range will probably get a perfect fit on the faux wrap.

In short, I consider this site an excellent place to look for something new to wear at a reasonable price.

Go, thou, and support a fine purveyor of attractive clothes for the more generously-sized lady of fashion consciousness.


  1. I really enjoy your blog, but the initial floating ad is simply hateful. I hope you don’t need to continue with this sort of thing. Several news blogs have been abandoned because of their opening, forced to be watched, ads.

    Comment by annie — December 20, 2009 @ 1:52 pm

  2. Sorry, annie, but I have no control over that ad. The ads are how we generate the revenue that keeps the blog going, and we’re stuck with what we’re sent.

    Comment by Twistie — December 20, 2009 @ 2:49 pm

  3. That’s a pretty dress! I heard of this site via Joy Nash’s blog and ordered some pieces on steep sale once. I was also very pleased with the quality. I didn’t get anything from their house line, but the brand that I purchased (Antica Femme, maybe?) was very nicely finished and the fabric was better than the pics led me to believe. I hope they prosper!

    Comment by Alexis — December 20, 2009 @ 3:52 pm

  4. Twistie, I know you haven’t forgotten the options of: wearing a camisole/tank top underneath; buying the camisole-top bra from Frederick’s; pinning a decorative handkerchief to your bra, a la faux camisole; wrapping a bandeau scarf around the bra area, tucking in the ends – another faux camisole; or, my favorite with the dress you’ve illustrated, a spangly black sequinned – what, tube top? – but worn OVER the bra, UNDER the dress, so that there’s just a flash of wicked dark sparkle under the dress! (I prefer to think of this as the “stomacher”, rather than the faux camisole.)

    Yes, those of us who might NEVER wear a tube top as outerwear, might want to consider adding as UNDER-wear-for-show. Long enough to keep from flashing your bra and its contents, short enough that it doesn’t add bulk around the waist.

    Comment by La BellaDonna — December 21, 2009 @ 7:46 pm

  5. The dresses on Shop Translated look so.. SHINEY… which is a) cheap looking and b) really unflattering.

    Comment by Christine — December 22, 2009 @ 4:18 pm

  6. Christine, I think that is an issue with the photography. Up close and personal, my dress does not look nearly so shiny.

    Comment by Twistie — December 23, 2009 @ 12:48 am

  7. I never did get to appreciate wearing wrap dresses. That dress looks so pretty, though.


    Comment by All Women Stalker — December 23, 2009 @ 11:16 am

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