Merry Christmas to all of my readers who celebrate the holiday (sssh...I'm a Jew, but I love Christmas trees and gift giving and holiday cheer)!
Today, I thought I'd write do a festive post featuring a warm and cozy wrap top from Biu Biu. The Helen top is another item I received from Biu Biu to review on my blog a few months ago and though this exact version isn't offered on the site anymore, Helen also comes in a short sleeve top version and as a long sleeved and short sleeved dress, which are equally cute.
The Helen is a heathered burgundy long sleeved wrap top made of a soft blend of polyester, cotton, and viscose. It feels like a thin sweater material, so it's extremely cozy but not too hot for California weather. When closed, the gathering on the chest is very flattering and can be adjusted to show a little more cleavage or be quite modest.
There is a hole in one side of the top that allows you to string the sash through and create a snug fit. I prefer this construction to tops and dresses that only wrap around the outside of the garment because you can play around with different configurations if you're feeling fun!
I paired the Helen top with my favorite Ann Taylor ponte cotton & faux leather leggings and BP ankle booties. For a dressier look, I've also worn this with black trousers and patent pumps.
I received the top in size 34B/BB and although according to the measurements the 34 is a little too big for my frame, it is still a nice, relaxed fit to wear with leggings and ankle booties for chillier weather. Although the length is longer on me than on the model, the tulip hem is very flattering and doesn't cut my legs off in an unflattering way.
Just like the Cusco top that I reviewed last month, the Helen top has a more complicated hem that couldn't be shortened. I asked for the sleeves to be shortened, but I think I measured incorrectly because they still ended up being a little bit too long. I've been meaning to go to a tailor to get professional measurements because I also had this problem with doing custom orders from Eshakti.
I'm really pleased with the design and construction of this top. I've worn it to work a few times and always get compliments on how well the burgundy color suits my skin and how nicely the top drapes.
While I do wish that Biu Biu made clothes in size 32 and offered petite options, I realize they are a small company and I am quite happy with the garments I've tried so far.