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Billion Dollar Baby Dress | Stop Staring!

It’s not often that you’ll see me out of a swing dress but every once and a while I love to flaunt my curves in something a little more form-fitting. While I love the ease and femininity that a voluminous skirt brings, there’s something about a wiggle dress that makes me feel empowered – probably because I feel so good in them despite feeling for years that I didn’t have the ‘right’ shape for them.

As someone with a large difference between my hips and my waist, when it comes to wiggle dresses, stretch is my ultimate friend. If I don’t get something super stretchy then I’ll end up having to size up to accommodate my hips and then pay to get my waist taken in which can be tricky if there’s detail at the waist or lining.

The Billion Dollar Baby Dress is one of Stop Staring’s most popular styles and I can see why! It comes in a variety of colours and prints and this classic black and white polka dot version is one that is to be making it’s debut in October. Made out of their popular millennium stretch fabric, this dress is perfect for hugging your curves. The fabric feels very similar to a bengaline but has slightly more sturdiness and weight to it than other bengaline pieces in my wardrobe.

The Billion Dollar Baby has a wrap twist detail at the bust and cap sleeves with a ever so slight puff to them. It features a fitted skirt with subtle gathers on one side which aren’t quite as apparent on a print like this, but you can see more easily on their solid colour styles like this gorgeous Coral.

I love love LOVE, the bust and sleeve details. Cap sleeves with this level of mild puffiness is probably my favourite and the twist detail at the bust really enhances your *ahem* girls. After years of my weight yo-yoing in my teens and early twenties, my bust isn’t particularly full or perky so I do love a dress that pushes things up a little!

My measurements are currently about 37″ at the bust, 27″ waist and 42-44″ at my hips/upper thighs. Because of the stretch of the fabric, you can easily size down if you are between sizes but I was surprised to be able to size right down to a Small! My measurements put me between a Medium and XL but the Small actually fits really well, especially on the top. The skirt is definitely very fitted so perhaps a Medium would have been a good option to give me a little more room there and perhaps a touch more length- that is one thing to bear in mind with sizing down in stretch items: the more something has to stretch across, the shorter it’s going to be.

To really enhance my curves, I decided to wear a corset underneath this dress. I rarely wear them but they are fun every once and a while and this isn’t cinched too much tighter than my natural waist, it’s just defined things more.

Full Outfit Details
Dress | Stop Staring!
Corset | What Katie Did
Hat & Gloves | Vintage
Belt & Shoes | Collectif Clothing
Earrings | Bow and Crossbones
Faux Fur | Collar from thrifted cardigan

The Billion Dollar Baby Dress in Black & White Polka Dot will be released in October for US$159 and go up to size 18. In the meantime, there’s several other Billion Dollar Baby styles already on the Stop Staring! Website.

Thank you to Tigz Rice for these vampy photos, I feel like a real Femme Fatale! Thank you also to Mr Fogg’s Gin Parlour for allowing us to take over for the afternoon – if you are in London or planning a visit, I highly recommend stopping for a cocktail here… the décor is so wonderful! You can also watch my Behind the Scenes YouTube video here.

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Disclaimer: Whilst this dress was gifted to me, I never accept anything that I do not truly love and all opinions expressed are honest and my own. The integrity and honesty of my blog is very important to me as are my readers.

5 replies »

  1. I love your outfit. You look amazing! I love your reviews It wasn’t until my mid 30s that I discovered my hip to waist ratio wasn’t abnormal 27″ waist and 40″ hips. I used to wear goth clothes but mostly they were designed for people who had little variation in measurements and I used to cry because if my waist fitted, then my hips didn’t and vice versa. Ok I cried and ate cake! Isn’t that what you’re supposed to do?

  2. What a fabulous look. It’s is a change from your normal swing dresses – but I love it! it also encourages me to think again about wiggle dresses! Kx

  3. Holy moley! Babe alert! You look like a total bombshell in this dress. You’re right, if you’re gonna put on a wiggle every so often, it better be as remarkable as this one!

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