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When Trashy Diva released their Olivine print, I loved it– but I was worried it wouldn’t fit in to my wardrobe color palette due to it’s bright, Spring green base. But looking at it more and more (plus seeing it in person), I realized this was the perfect dress to work within my color palette, while expanding a bit. The vibrant teals, purples, and pinks, paired against dark burgundies and pale greys means I can mix and match it throughout the year. And let’s not get started on all the shoes I can wear with it!
When Trashy Diva released the 1940s dress, one of my favorite silhouettes, in the Olivine, I jumped at the chance to try it on. I was secretly hoping I could persuade Mallory to pick it up for me (with her employee discount). When owner Candice offered it as a gift, I’m pretty sure I made some inappropriate squeaks and squeals in the shop.
Some details about Trashy Diva dresses: I’ve found, no matter what my size, that they tend to run a bit small in the ribcage. So I’ve always had to go up a size to accommodate my ribcage/high waist (which is where the “waist” on this dress falls). The exception to this is definitely the Trixie dress (which has an elastic smocked back), and perhaps some of the new styles I haven’t had the opportunity to try on– but I find it’s true for their 1940s dress, the Ashley dress, the Day dress, and ones with a similar silhouette.
Because of this, I find that the sizing on their new plus dresses (sizes 20-24) runs small. Typically I’m a solid 18/20 in dresses, but found myself in a 24 in this dress to get it zipped over my ribs. If you’re a plus-sized gal, but run more narrow in the waist & ribs, you should be okay in this. I find that their size chart runs true to size (meaning this is actually a tad small in the waist).
I made one little alteration to the dress, which was nipping the seams at the bust… just so cleavage could peak out a bit more! Though it’s likely I’ll adjust the sleeves on the dress, too, either tightening them or removing them, as they run kind of wide (as you can see below… and my bra!).
Even though I actually felt really self-conscious after seeing these pictures, I love Trashy Diva dresses because I always feel so great in their clothes. The bias cut skirt is so, so flattering on a lady’s stomach, and they always manage to skim the body in a super sexy way. They recently added a Trixie Dress in the Pearl Harbor print going up to XXL, which naturally means I’m coveting it. AND my birthday happens to be coming up, too…