LBD with Igigi

I’ve just arrived back from my last interstate trip of the year; this time to Perth to visit my WA sales team, and spend some time with my beautiful little sister.

Waiting for me when I got home were two lovely new dresses from Igigi’s range of party frocks: a glam, sequinned version of their classic “Francesca” dress, and a chiffon polkadot adaptation of the “Adelle”.

We’re deep into Party Season now, and it’s great to have a couple of pretty new LBDs up my sleeve for the celebrations.

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The Francesca’s a lovely cut that I’ve had my eye on for a while, so when this sparkly version hit the store I leapt at the chance to try it. It’s heavily embroidered with a swirly sequinned pattern that’s also available in the super glamorous, floor length Angelica gown. With elbow length sleeves this fully lined frock is perfect for cooler climes, and the striking fabric can play up the elegance factor without needing accessories.

I teamed it with black pumps and basic jewellery, and just let the fabric sing. The sweetheart neckline and crossover bodice can be worn wide on the shoulders bardot-style, or pulled up to frame collar bones.

The sequinned version is definitely a nighttime dress, but it also comes in a range of other colours and patterns including an absolutely killer red, and a smashing leopard-print which is no-doubt on the wish list of more than a few fashionistas out there.

If you’re looking for something a little less OTT (or if your Christmas Party season is shaping up to be a hot one!) you might like to check out the Adelle Dress.

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Igigi Adelle dress

Adelle Dress – Igigi

The Adelle dress has the same crossover bodice as the Francesca, but with cunning little cap sleeves, and a little elastic inserted into the edges of the neckline, so that it follows the contours of your bust without revealing more than you want it to. It’s a really clever design feature, and something I’d love to see in more wrap/crossover bodices.

Igigi Adelle Dress

The effect is good-golly-miss-molly excellent cleavage that didn’t need to be pinned or double-sided sticky taped into place.

The dress is a lot lighter than the Francesca, the bodice a double-lined jersey, and the skirt featuring a polkadot chiffon overlay.

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The empire cut elongates my legs and works with my short-waisted figure. It’s fun and flirty, and ultra comfortable to wear.

I played up the vintage-retro vibe, and teamed it with pearls and nude shoes, but it’s one of those dresses that could go classic or contemporary, depending on the accessories you teamed it with.

The fit was a little smaller too, which was good. Often the Igigi dresses are just a smidgen too big for me, but this one was perfect, so if you’re an inbetweenie who’s never been able to wear Igigi before this could be the style for you. There’s a gorgeously decadent version heavily embroidered in gold, and the floral and sheer geometric versions are currently included in the 40% off sale.

Dot To Dot

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Morgan Dress: Igigi

Shoes: Chie Mihara

There are polkadot people, and there are non-polkadot people. I don’t know what the non-polkadot people do (stripes?) but personally I adore a good dotty print, so when I saw this twofer dress on Igigi’s website I knew I had to try it.

The fun thing about spring, and autumn (fall!) is that all that new trans-seasonal stuff pops up on the UK and US-based websites and you can actually wear it straight away without having to wait six months for it to get cold/hot enough. The “Morgan” dress is actually part of Igigi’s fall line when all the northern hemisphericans are packing up their sunny sundresses and donning longer sleeves and hemlines in anticipation for the cooler months. But it works in the opposite direction for those of us down under. We’re just taking the first forays out of our cardigans and tights, and baring our ghostly white legs to the sun, and this dress is a nice one for that, too.

The skirt’s a gauzy georgette, fully lined so as not to be completely transparent and it flutters enticingly in the breeze. I like the large size of the polkadots – a smaller dot often just has the print fading into obscurity at a distance whereas this one is bold and clear.

I’m going to have to sew some bra-strap keepers into the shoulders, but apart from that little quirk the wide neckline is absolutely divine. It’s lined as well, and constructed from Igigi’s usual good-quality jersey. The outer shell of the bodice is designed to be a little blousy, so it’s a good style if you’re shy about the little rolls around your middle. The keyhole detail at the front’s a sexy little addition that gives a peek of cleavage without being overt. It makes the Morgan into a dress that will transition easily from the office to a party, and I’d be happy to wear it to a fancy wedding or for a picnic on the grass.

The waistband is fully stretchy, so even though the dress fastens with a zip up the side it actually possible to pull it on over your head, and it’s perfectly comfortable around the waist, even after a substantial lunch of fish and chips on the St Kilda Esplanade (not that I’d know anything about that!).

I like the monochrome myself, but you could easily add a brightly coloured belt and shoes, or even some blinging gold accessories. I decided to keep it simple, and teamed it with a simple little necklace from a great new online costume jewellery store I’ve discovered called “Totally Jewel

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Clover Necklace: Totally Jewel