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Hello Colour My Old Friend

18 September 2018

Ale by Alessandra

It’s about time I started to wear a bit more colour!

When I saw this print, I knew I had to have this dress. I loved the pink + red colour combo… and everything about it screamed spring celebrations. Colour! Flowers! Ruffles!

The dress is the Miranda Dress by Ale by Alessandra via Revolve.

The brand has a “Brazil-bohemia meets Malibu chic” kind of feel, featuring lots of colourful resort-style wear.

The print comes in two other dress styles: the Xiomara Dress, the Marcella Dress (on sale) and a Carmela Blouse.

The fit of the dress was a bit tricky though.

This dress is a size XS. I’m a size AU 6 and this dress fit on the lower end of my usual size 6. It was a good, tight fit on me… but I still managed to wear it to a fashion show and go dancing after!

The chest section of the dress was a bit awkward – in that, I don’t think my boobs were big enough?! The top of the dress (with the silicone grip-strip) kept curling and flipping forward. So I had to put a bit of extra padding in my bra to “fill the cups” to make the chest panel sit right.

Haha sorry, I know this is too much information, but I thought I might share some tips!

Here are some fit tips: I have 2 different silicone, stick-on, adhesive cups. I don’t usually use them on their own. I mainly only use them with other bras, because I find they don’t sit quite right when I use them on their own.

I have one I bought from Bras and Things (link is not safe for work!) and one I bought from Big W (Hollywood brand), which I bought 2 sizes up, so it actually cups over my boobs and looks natural, as opposed to making my chest look weird and lumpy. Funnily enough I use the Big W one more, because it looks more natural under my dress. I don’t really like to wear them, and only do if the dress looks wrong/loose because it’s an awkward cut across my chest.

For this dress I wore a bra similar to this one, which features a slim (not wide) connector between the cups.

Another fit tip: After wearing the dress once, I’ve decided that I love it and I plan to take it to my seamstress to sew in some moulded cups (much like in a swimsuit)? Or maybe she can suggest some tailoring magic to make it fit better on me!

On the product page, there are a few reviews about the awkward fit at the chest, so I knew it wasn’t just me.

Anyway, other than that, I love the high split, the ruffles, the sheer layer and the gorgeous quality of the dress.

I seriously felt like I was in my 20s again haha!

(If you’re not willing to risk the sizing issue, I found some very similar dresses here and here.)

Also wearing:

3.1 Phillip Lim Alix Clutch

Schutz Cadey Lee Heels

Mezi Gold Tassel Earrings (old)