Shoes: Chie Mihara
Tokyo was just amazing, and both The Sophisticate and I are half-seriously considering throwing in the towel with our Grown-Up Jobs and moving to Japan for a few years to experience the country more thoroughly.
We did a lot of sightseeing, and of course we had our Shinto wedding to attend, but I did take the better part of a day to do some shopping. I didn’t have a lot of luck in the shops for clothes or shoes (surprise surprise) but I did manage to get a lot of Christmas shopping done.
I’ve come back to a reasonably cool Melbourne (thank heavens for the weather Gods, they’ve obviously decided to ease us back into the summer weather) and I’ve also come back to the missing dress that I ordered for the wedding. Typically it arrived the day after we left, and I will write a full review soon, but suffice to say I’m delighted with the dress, but disappointed in the service.
Thank goodness for Igigi though. After I posted about my dress dilemma they sent me an Isolde for review. As usual it arrived incredibly quickly, and was of excellent quality.
In the end I decided it wasn’t quite formal enough for the wedding, and went with my back-up dress, the Eliza Parker Monaco: I felt a little…. boobie next to all the slim-as-reed Japanese guests, but hopefully as a gaijin I got away with the extra cleavage.
The Isolde is a wonderful dress for travelling though: it’s comfortable and crush-free, made of a fully-lined thick, textured jersey. The raglan sleeves with the long narrow cuffs make your wrists look dainty, and the higher neckline is great for more demure occasions, though it would probably be more flattering on a smaller bust than mine.
The belt is fabulous, and is designed to wrap twice around your body before belting. I had to take it to a cobbler to have a few extra holes put in, which has made the buckle sit asymmetrically, but I almost prefer it that way. It actually reminded me a little of an Obi belt, which was apt, considering.
It’s currently on sale at Igigi which suggests it’s going to disappear soon, so if you like it I’d suggest you snap one up quickly!
I feel your pain. Shoe/clothes shopping in Asia is for tiny people only 🙁
I think the asymmetrical belt looks perfect! If you hadn’t mentioned that it was due to adding holes, I would’ve assumed it was on purpose. And you are being really nice & polite – I would be LIVID that a dress I ordered 3 months ahead of time didn’t get there in time. But you look lovely in the dress you wore, & I’m sure everyone there thought you looked gorgeous too!
You look smashing!
My hubby Ben narrowly missed out on a consulate position in Tokyo. We always talk about THE job that got away.
I say go. You are young and you have brains. Go be a pioneer!
Your dress looks gorgeous- love the belt with it and the color! And does have a touch of japanese stylin’ about it!
Love the belt and the earrings with this dress! very stylish 🙂
I would love to read Frock and Fru Fru from Japan! That would be amazing! I agree that the belt looks great. I like the dress too.
I bought a lovely 14/16 plus dress from igigi. even though my measurements are 14/16, but i question if 18/20 would fit better. I want to order the isolde dress. Would u recommend sizing up on this one?
Mmmnnn. It’s hard to say. If you’re bigger down the bottom it might be worth sizing up, but if you carry most of your weight up top you should be OK.
Thank you! I decided on a wrap dress from Eliza j. I do love igigi and hope to order one on sale soon! Merry Christmas.