Trying out a new dress style from my favourites at Realisation Par. Sizing and review of The Devon Dress in Flower Power.
It’s been a while since I last shared a Realisation Par review with you guys and they are always one of the things that keep bringing people back to Inspiring Wit. You can find my other reviews below, with the famed Naomi Wild Things skirt and a bunch of the wrap dresses and more.
This time around I am reviewing the Devon dress in Flower Power, which I ordered for my birthday in September last year. It’s taken me a while to review! But the good thing is, I’ve worn it a few times now so I can fully go into how I feel about the cut and what it is like to wear.
Way back in September I created a poll for which Realisation Par dress to order next over on Instagram stories. Throughout the entire 24 hours the results came up 50/50 between two styles. Needless to say, the poll proved to be fairly un-useful. Hundreds of votes, but the split resulted exactly at a 50/50 split between the two dress choices.
The only natural conclusion? To order both! Haha! So thanks to the poll, for my birthday last year, I was given one dress from Mario and gifted myself the other.
SIZING AND LENGTH
When it came to the sizing I was a little apprehensive about how it would look on me. I ordered it in a size XS. The Devon is short, fully lined, fitted through the waist and bust with adjustable tie up spaghetti straps. I am usually a size AU6, 24/25 inch waist in jeans, but my bust size is much smaller.
Looking at the pictures on Instagram and on models wearing this dress I knew there was no way I would fill out the bust area as much. But the pleated detail around the bust is flattering and creates an optical illusion of a fuller bust. On me, there will never be any cleavage, but it fits nicely without gaping. There is also a tie at the front, which you could loosen to fit a fuller bust, for me I just need it tied in all the way.
I am about 163cm tall and find this hem length to be borderline too short, particularly when I sit down. Though, I don’t often wear A-line skirts this short, so maybe I am just not used to it. If I were much taller I think I’d have found it too short on me and would have needed to size up for a longer length. The waist is a perfect fit but I wouldn’t probably plan on eating a big lunch wearing it since the waistband is so fitted.
In terms of the style, I think it is very pretty and I love the pleated detail and print. The silk is beautiful. If anything I will say that I feel kind of bare in this dress, I am not as used to wearing short and sleeveless. Usually, I like to balance out a short dress with a sleeve or opt for a longer hem length in a sleeveless slip style dress. This is probably just me being conscious of my body showing a lot of skin and feeling the need to be on top of my fitness so I feel toned and confident. Particularly in my arms and upper thigh area. That’s definitely me being extra critical of my own body and how comfortable I feel. Generally, I am more confident when I have been working out regularly.
I did want to try one of these dresses out though, particularly for hotter weather. I’ve been wearing it in summer but tend to pick locations where I’m not going to feel uncomfortably bare. This probably wouldn’t have been an issue in my younger days. It may even just look better on me if I am also a bit more tanned. I only seldom use a faux tan, so I’ve not actually tested this theory out yet! Have you found a faux tanner brand that doesn’t smell like faux tan? Let me know! I HATE that smell!
WOULD I BUY IT AGAIN?
Would I buy the same dress in a different print? Hmm, only if it had a slightly longer hem. I’m looking forward to wearing it with a knit over the top heading into the cooler months. This pleated bust style also comes in a top version The Ana, which I think would be beautiful with jeans for a night out or a midi silk slip skirt. To be honest, I have never bought one of the Realisation Par tops purely because the cost of some is the same as the cost of a dress. I’d personally rather spend that money on a dress and buy a cheaper top. That’s just me though. I’d love to get a couple of the tops one day, but so far I have just stuck to the dresses.
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If you want to check out some of my other Realisation Par reviews find the links below:
- REALISATION PAR OZZIE DRESS
- THE LITTLE RED REALISATION PAR DRESS
- REALISATION PAR WILD CHERRY HANDKERCHIEF TOP
- THE NAOMI WILD THINGS REALISATION PAR LEOPARD PRINT SKIRT
- REALISATION PAR ALEXANDRA DUSTY BLUE SPOT DRESS