Earlier this month, I decided to take a “window shopping” tour around ModCloth, a vintage-inspired clothing retailer based out of (wait for it) Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The best thing about the retailer is how connected its customers are as a community. The way their product reviews were structured made it a lot easier to pick the right size for my body’s dimensions.
I’ve never taken the plunge and purchased a garment without trying it on, but I spotted a potentially knock-out dress called the Talk Show Sweetheart. I had been looking for the perfect fire engine red peplum dress for a while, and was hoping that this would be “the one.” The red was vibrant, the plunging neckline was conservative enough for a formal and the fitted bodice was sure to show off God-given curves in all the right places. I opted for a medium because the site had indicated that dress runs small. However, to my misfortune it was still not large enough.
Lucky for Lien though, the dress looked much better on her than on me so we decided to style it for her more petite body:
There’s nothing like red, black and gold for some “Betty Boop” inspired fun. To further emphasize Lien’s small waistline, we belted it right at the seam of the dress. I also decided to accent the black in the belt through the necklace and the pumps.
VERDICT: This dress is best suited for someone with curves to highlight but petite enough to fit into the top half. Smaller shoulders look best with their awkwardly cut capsleeves.