Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Urkye Review: Tuba Dress (aka The Minnie Mouse Dress)

Urkye has stocked their Tuba style dress for a while, but they just released three new patterns for Summer 2015: two paisleys and a polka dot.

Image from Urkye.com

The red polka dot dress reminded me of Minnie Mouse, so obviously, I had to buy it! Since we go to Disneyland now and then, it seemed a perfect choice, especially since I've never come across a red polkadot dress that was bust-friendly before.

I was going to get some photos at Disneyland when we managed to go this past weekend, but as luck would have it, a torrential rainstorm happened (in California... I know, right?). So, sadly, most of the time I was looking like this (you're welcome):

The Teacup ride was closed :( Good thing I had an emergency jacket and umbrella in the car, though! #beprepared

However, I did manage one slightly-less bedraggled photo!

Underneath an overhang!
As a positive, the dress held up really well in a day spent trekking through crowds and riding rides despite the damp, rainy, humid weather. It's pretty ideal for warm weather, and the material (a viscose/polyester blend) is such that you can wear colored undies without having to worry about show-through.

The color of the Polka Tuba dress is a very slightly orangy-red; note the comparison between the Minnie Mouse ears bow. This was fine with me, but something to be aware of.

The fit I found true-to-Urkye-size and just like the Tuba shirts in the top (I went with my usual size of 36oo/ooo). Like with the Tuba shirts, the little fabric "tubes" on the sleeves can be slid up and down to create a slightly different neckline. The bust portion of the dress is, as usual with Urkye, fairly generous/forgiving.

The body of the dress is fairly clingy overall, something to keep in mind if you have hips/tummy that you'd prefer not to draw attention to. As to length, the dress hits me about mid-knee. I'd personally prefer the dress to be a little shorter on my 5'4 frame, so I may try to hem it, but it's not bad.

Don't mind my walking shoes - I promise I had cute sandals on later!
All in all, this is a stretchy, comfy dress style that's perfect for summer days out and about. Though it's more of a casual piece, the Tuba dress can easily be dressed up a bit with a cute cardigan or accessories.


(As a bonus, here's a look at another, older print of the Tuba ("Paws") that I also own):



There are 10 colors/prints of the Tuba dress currently available on Urkye's website, selling for 109-119pl (about $30).

4 comments:

  1. And the award for least flattering dress name goes to....*drumroll*

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    1. Haha, I know! I wonder if it's something lost in translation? The Polish name of the dress is "Tubowa" and it's translated on the English version of the site as Tuba, but I think the name is supposed to be referring to the fabric adjusters on the sleeves...

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    2. Urkye generally goes for rather funny names, and seem to not care if those names sound appealing or not. It's a part of their style and apparently it works all right.

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  2. That dress looks great on you! For some reason I was expecting a fit and flare but I'm glad it's not because it looks great and I think this is more of your style.

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