May 7, 2013

Forever21 Fit & Flare Floral Lace Dress

Shopping for summer clothes with a larger chest is "not fun" to put it politely. Life in general with a larger chest in not fun. You never hear the end of how "lucky" you are to have a chest that some women are paying thousands for. Rarely do I feel lucky and I'm sure a lot of chesty girls agree. All you get is unwanted looks, street harassment and beauty magazines that cater to making smaller chested girls feel better by telling them they'll never have to deal with gross, saggy boobs and guys are sooo put off by big chests anyway. You know, like you're not supposed to notice they're using your gross body for a self esteem boost because you're obviously dumb as rocks and obsessed with nothing but male attention if you're bigger than a D cup.

Summer clothing is just the cherry on top of it all. The trends are all flowy tops and neon bandeau bras and backless dresses or strappy designs. I can't wear a top without a defined waist or else I look third trimester level pregnant. I can't wear bandeaus or "pop of color" bras or tops where the arm holes go halfway down your sides - I'm overexposed as it is in a V neck. I can't go out in a backless dress or a strappy top - I don't mind visible bra straps but seeing the entire back of my bra would defeat the whole point of the dress. And going braless? Not an option. Sometimes I even run into problems with crew necks. I once bought three drab solid colored long sleeved crew neck t shirts from the Gap thinking I'd camoflague my chest once and for all and somehow nothing draws attention to my bust more. There's no winning. This just flashes in my head whenever the weather warms up and I pull up a website to online shop:


I'm sure I'm preaching to the choir here but when you're chesty and find an article of clothing that fits AND looks cute it's like finding the Ark of the Covenant. I'll buy it in multiple colors if possible and I always feel obligated to shout it from the rooftops. I've found it! I found one thing that fits people like me!

One such item is the following dress from Forever21, the Fit & Flare Floral Lace Dress
Admittedly, I'm not sure how great the quality is, how well it will hold up after washings and whether or not it will dye all your socks pink in the machine. It's made of nylon, spandex and polyester which are far from high quality materials so proceed with caution. However, it is under $20 and those materials mean the dress is stretchy which is always a plus for my chest.

I love this dress. Love it. It's so bright, a hot medium neon pink. The color is like a real life exclaimation point to an outfit. It has a cute lace overlay that's attached with two stitches to the shell underneath that makes the dress really comfortable. The best part is the fit. I was kind of skeptical based on the above online photo but it's pretty perfect. I'm 5'4 and the dress hits right in the middle of the above-the-knee and mid-thigh mark so it's not too short (a frequent issue with Forever21 clothing) and not too dowdy, although I'm not sure if neons can ever be considered dowdy. The waistband hits me right at my natural waist and gives me a nice hourglass figure whereas a lot of summer dresses barely show any distinction between my stomach and chest. Best of all, the neckline exposes almost no cleavage and the straps are thick which makes it great for even the most heavy duty bras and for the days when you feel a bit more modest. I'm sure it would be great for people gifted with bigger hips or butts too because of the flare fit. It's an all around adorable and fun dress that's really cut with curvy people in mind. 

The dress fits pretty true to size if you're planning on making an online order. Just consult the size chart with your measurements in mind and order accordingly. It's not one of those Forever21 nightmares where the XL fits like a child's small.

The dress is also available in a neon yellow that would probably look awful on my perpetually pale skin but would look incredible on darker skin tones.

 I'm sure this dress looks great on the under D cup set but it's a real diamond in the rough find for people who have a tough time dressing for their chest. It's one of the few articles of clothing I feel cute but still covered up in for the days when I don't really want to flaunt my cleavage. I love having a dress where I don't have to sacrifice looks or fit for a modest look. Like, I have dozens of dresses for being unmodest but sometimes I just want to go to a family party, you know?

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