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January 29, 2010

Yesses and Maybes from Igigi

Filed under: Fashion,Yes. No. Maybe. — Francesca @ 10:37 am

Francesca has been mulling some of the new offerings at Igigi. (Yes, Francesca knows that their customer service leaves MUCH to be desired, but  there is no getting around the fact that their clothes are distinctive, feminine, and flattering for many “difficult” body shapes.)

What say you about the Ayla colorblock dress? In the back it is all black.

Part of Francesca is thinking “kewl,” and part of her is thinking “that episode of Star Trek.”

Here we have the “Brilliant Ideas” dress in green, which would look superfantastic on the top-heavy or hourglass woman, but is sadly terrible for the woman of apple-ness (the oval-shaped).

Look! The beautiful “Francesca” dress (natch) now comes in a gorgeous shade of purple:

Finally, before we head off for the weekend, what say you about the “Exceptional Ruffle Dress,” shown here in Chocolate?

Francesca loves the belt and thinks this would look terrific in the office, but cannot bring herself to embrace the ruffle.

Ruffles have been showing up with increasing frequency lately on the fashions, and despite her love of lace and feminine styles, Francesca is not excited. “Lacy” and “Frilly” are not the same and do not have to go together like love and marriage.

Anyhow, have a happy weekend! xoxo


  1. Hmm, I getting a 403 error on all those pictures. Boo! Can’t see the pretty.

    Comment by Mrsbug — January 29, 2010 @ 11:42 am

  2. Me too. Even when I just try to go to I get a 403. They must have some server issue.

    Comment by Orora — January 29, 2010 @ 11:51 am

  3. Same here :(

    Comment by Sarah — January 29, 2010 @ 12:43 pm

  4. Igigi does have TERRIBLE customer service, it is true (they’ve screwed up more orders for me than they’ve gotten right, and they never respond to emails unless you call and beg them to) . . .

    BUT, their clothes are really nice, and fit well, and hold up well, and are cute. So I buy from them despite their terrible service, and I just assume that it will be difficult and annoying to get them to send me the right stuff.

    Comment by Chiken — January 29, 2010 @ 1:45 pm

  5. I’m well endowed chestationally and know for a fact (from a sad mistake on my wedding day) that a big button in the middle of big busoms is a no no. It makes them seem to go on forever and never perk. At least in my experience. Thank God my photographer was an expert cropper.

    I cry, though, because I really really like that dress.

    Comment by amber — January 29, 2010 @ 10:33 pm

  6. Ayala colorblock dress…something the Joker would wear…too schizo for me.

    Maybe it’s the green color, but the Brilliant Ideas dress looks a little too “Austrians singing Do-a-deer on a mountain top” to me… and I was never that fond of the couture from “The Sound of Music”.

    The Francesca dress in purple is sublime!

    The Exceptional Ruffle dress looks like it has a bib…i outgrew bibs years ago…don’t even THINK about approaching me with one when I order lobster. I’m a classy adult…I KNOW how to eat a lobster/crab/shellfish without splattering myself. Please, designers, stop making dresses with embellishments that look like bibs. A ‘bib necklace’ when well designed doesn’t look like a bib…just the poorly designed ones. But I digress…remove the exceptional ruffle and it’s a great dress.

    Comment by that redhead — January 30, 2010 @ 1:03 am

  7. Colorblock and Brilliant Ideas are No.

    Exceptional Ruffle is a No in chocolate, a maybe in black and without that silly ruffle.

    Francesca is a yes, yes, YES.

    Comment by theDiva — January 30, 2010 @ 5:06 pm

  8. I like the last dress and can even accept the ruffle. I’m just wondering if the belt would be flattering to my huge apple tummy.

    Comment by brooklynshoebabe — January 30, 2010 @ 5:54 pm

  9. I am not mad keen, necessarily, on bibs – but I’m not sorry if we get a year of lace and ruffles!

    There. I said it. Lace AND ruffles. And flounces, which are not the same thing as ruffles, AT ALL. I love them! Alas, I have learned to be VERY cautious about where they live on a garment, because a Stiff Ruffle Of Anything sticking out from my Vast Tracts Of Land just isn’t a look I care for. Not on me, at least!

    Comment by La BellaDonna — February 1, 2010 @ 2:08 pm

  10. Francesca, I’d like to draw people’s attention to a new show available tonight – it’s Blood, Sweat and T-Shirts, and is a look behind Where Clothes Come From. In Philadelphia, at least, it will be on Planet Green, at 10:00 PM, I think, and I strongly encourage anyone who’s interested in clothes to watch it. And for the folks who complain that they can’t find CHEAP clothes in their sizes the way non-plus size folks can – I DOUBLE recommend watching it, so that maybe they’ll rethink ANYBODY’s entitlement to cheap prices for clothing. It’s not cheap for the people who make the clothes.

    Comment by La BellaDonna — February 1, 2010 @ 2:15 pm

  11. Oh my no, no, no!!!

    Comment by Peaches — February 1, 2010 @ 10:28 pm

  12. I adore the Exceptional Ruffle dress! And I’m dizzyingly chesty. That said, I want to love the green one, but with the lighter panel Right There, wouldn’t they make us top heavy girls look even more boobular?

    Comment by emmme — February 4, 2010 @ 3:44 pm

  13. I’d wear the ruffle dress. But the first one is a no-no! If Two-Face had a female sidekick, that’s what she would wear.

    Comment by Bree — February 6, 2010 @ 5:22 pm

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