Biking Through Brussels Dress Review
About the Dress: How incredible is this dress?! I've loved it since it hit the ModCloth website back in August and I am honestly shocked it took me for forever to purchase it. I was starring at it and everything during the ModCloth IRL opening, but somehow I managed to escape without taking it home with me! The name of this dress is the Biking Through Brussels Floral Dress in Houndstooth, and I'm definitely in love with the style of the Biking Through Brussels Dresses! (I own three!) I love that this one is a classic cut with the always classic Houndstooth print, but it has a funkier flare to it with the floral print over it. There's something very 70s about this dress to me, which is rarer for an above the knee style as so much of the 70s fashion was about either bell bottoms or maxi dresses.
The Fit: I was wearing the Biking Through Brussels A Line Dress in Forest to the ModCloth IRL opening, and the CEO, Matt Kaness, asked if I had owned any of the previous dresses they released in this style. I own the In Bloom one from last year and he asked if I noticed a difference in the fit. I answered honestly and said that immediately that I didn't and I asked why he asked. He explained that they narrowed the chest on the fit model they used to cut the dresses, so it should fit better up top in smaller sizes. (I'm an XS for measure).
I read through some reviews raving about the change and within the next week or so wore the In Bloom dress for comparison and I did find that one to run a little bit bigger than my Forest one, or now even my Houndstooth dress. That said, I don't think anyone would notice that it was slightly looser on me--I didn't even totally notice because I'm not only on the smaller size bust wise, but I'm very narrow in the rib cage area in general and I tune out dresses that aren't perfectly snug in that area because it's basically white noise to me. This all said, now that all of this has been brought to my attention, if you're built similarly to me, this dress will fit great but it won't be necessarily as snug as a bug in a rug around your chest.* But again, this would have been white noise to me if all of this wasn't pointed out.
The long and short of it: the newest Biking in Brussels dresses are more properly sized. But depending on your measurements, there still may a little bit of, um, "room to grow"*, regardless. BUT...you'll love this dress and I couldn't be more thrilled with this purchase!
*I realized upon writing and reviewing this before publishing that I may not have the correct capacity to accurately measure how much this dress has changed. Between a busy first half of my summer and a chronic illness flare up since August, I have lost some weight from not eating enough initially due to my schedule and then losing a lot of my appetite. I don't believe it's noticeable to the naked eye, but some of my clothes are fitting differently. I have some skirt posts coming up where I'm fully prepared to disclaim this information because the fit of my normal sizes are looser on me. I did not initially think twice about how that could be biasing my review of this dress, but as these are some of my favorite pieces I'll be sure to wear them again and will update how I feel about the fit once my ducks are in a row health wise. My stance that this version is a little tighter in the chest is accurate though--just by how much is where I may be corrected.
Style Details: Though I believe this can be a year round dress, something about the yellow just screams fall to me! Navy is just a great autumn color as well, so I decided to oversaturate with navy!
Sunglasses- Forever 21
Cardigan- Banana Republic
Bangle- Banana Republic
Bag- Kate Spade
Hope everyone is having a great week! I was a little more MIA from blog world this week than intended, but I'm trucking along and enjoying being back in general! XO