Monday, July 9, 2012

Urkye Review: Turkus w kiesce dress

The second item from my recent Urkye order is the Kieska (Pocket-dress) in turquoise!

Bras I Hate tried this dress recently as well with good results. Since she thought the 36oo/ooo was a little roomy for her and she wears a few cup sizes larger than I do, I decided to try the 36o/oo size in the dress.


From the front, it looks pretty good. Like the Francuski shirt, it's a thicker material, has some stretch to it (and is fairly clingy), and feels quite comfy.


...However, the back gives me the same problem that I got with the Francuski, but in a much more pronounced way - it wrinkles up quite a bit at my narrowest point. Some knowledgeable blogging friends pointed out that the wrinkling issue I get is most probably due to a few things:

-My body type. As mentioned before, I have a sharp curve to my back, a short torso, a broader upper back/shoulders, and higher-set/wider hips. All of these factors combined make it so I tend to get extra fabric in this space in my back - in particular, there's more fabric here than torso, and the fabric also gets "caught up" in my waist because my hips flare out so suddenly.

-The dress itself. It's simply made for someone with a slightly narrower overall frame, less extreme instant-hipcurve, and perhaps slightly longer torso than I have. The consensus among knowledgeable friends was that it was most likely a body-type issue rather than a sizing issue (i.e. wearing the dress in a larger size wouldn't really fix all the issues, and would make the dress too large overall). The dress is maybe slightly tight on my bust and right below my waist, but much of the wrinkling problem goes away when I "fix" the short/very curved torso issue by lengthening out the curve of my torso by raising my arms:


It's really a pity that the dress just doesn't seem to be made for me. :( I do love the side profile it gives me:

You can still see the wrinkling that I get in the back of the dress, though. Bras I Hate pointed out that in the pictures of her wearing the same dress in a 36oo/ooo, you can see how much more gradually her back curves as compared to my sudden, sharp curve, so even though she does get a bit of wrinkling in the back of the dress (perhaps just because of the way the dress is), it's much less noticeable on her torso (which, while probably longer than mine, she still describes as short). She also pointed out that my hips/bum stick out more, which also affects the fit; while the dress hangs about evenly front and back from the legs on her, the bottom of the dress is clinging to my legs in front and sticking out in back instead on me (rather than being 50/50 hanging in front and back of legs).

I'm still deciding if I want to keep the dress. I like the shape and it's definitely comfy, but it's just not as well suited for my body type as it would be for most others. If you're considering the dress, I would say give it a go! Who could resist those pockets? ;)
[ETA: I ended up passing along the dress to Muscular Hourglass, and it worked out much better for her!]

Check out the other Urkye review posts:
-Francuski Blekit
-Groszki Latte & Kontrast w fuksji

11 comments:

  1. Oh girl, here goes my idea of ordering that dress. While I have a longer torso, my hip-waist and my back curve are even more pronounced...
    I wouldn't keep it. I mean it looks okay, but it's not really spectacular. Would you mind telling me how tall you are?

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    1. Oh, I forgot to mention that, sorry! I'm just about 5'4. :)

      Did you check out how the dress looks on Bras I Hate? It might give you an idea of how it would work out on a longer torso. I feel like if my torso was longer, the dress would work much better for me even with my back-curve and waist-hip ratio (based on the picture where I'm stretching)... just guessing?

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    2. Thanks!
      That's that for me than anyways. I am 5'9. I have enough dresses I only feel comfortable in wearing opaque tights/leggings.
      I saw Bras I Hate's post, It looks fabulous on her. However, her torso is much straighter than mine. I guess I am ordering one of the tops/ T-Shirts next month, when my budget isn't as small as this one's.

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    3. I can definitely recommend the tops - I'll have a few more posts on the rest of the shirts I got soon! :D

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    4. Another thing I forgot to say in the post - if you check out what the different models look like in the different colors of the dress, you may be able to get a better idea of how the dress might work for you. The main model for the turquoise dress, for example, is thin, has very curvy hips, and a longer torso (from what I can tell).

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  2. I think it looks great on you, but it could definitely look better. If I didn't already know how those puffed sleeves look on me, I would seriously want to buy one of these now based on the reviews. But puffed sleeves are a no-go with my bigger/ wider upper arms, they hit me in the widest spot.

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    1. Thanks! :) I know what you mean about puffed sleeves - they aren't my first choice either. But these didn't look too bad for me, and they're not really all *that* puffy (the Kontrast shirt was definitely puffier in the sleeves, for instance). But they do have a bit of volume to them!

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  3. Front and profile are OK, but back - as you said, is not - to many wrikles in waist:/ I guess it might be connected with torso length and also with curve of backbone/spine - if it's very curved (I don't know how to say it properly;)), it might give such result. Basing on your pictures, I think that this is connected with your torso length, because your backbone/spine curve looks normal :)
    Hard to say what to do... Question is how you feel in it, because this is the most important thing :)

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    1. Muscular Hourglass actually decided that she wanted to try the dress, so I sent it off to her! Hopefully soon we'll get to see the comparison of how it works for her body shape :)

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  4. Thanks! Now, I don't feel as bad that I'm too busty for the size range! Considering that I'm between 5'4 and 5'5, that my torso is ridiculously short and that I have relatively broad soulders and back, I'd probably run into the same problem...

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    1. It could be that some of the stretchier shirts would work for you, though (like the Groszki maybe?), if you felt like trying them out!

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