While I rarely photograph myself in actual clothing on the blog, fashion is a huge part of my life. I adore dressing up no matter where I go and I'm always looking for a perfect fit in my clothing. However, being very petite with an hourglass shape, it's often hard for me to find items that flatter my body. While petite clothing from stores like Ann Taylor, Banana Republic and Nordstrom usually suits my proportions, petite sizes are usually cut for an even smaller bust than regular sizes. For reference, a size 00P at most of my favorite retailers usually equates to a 31-32" bust, a 25" waist, and a 33" hip, which results in a too-small bust and too-large waist. Even before my breast augmentation, at a 28DD, I had the same problem of items fitting far too large in the torso and tight in the bust.
On the flip side, of the full-bust clothing options that have emerged from Poland and Britain, none make petite sizes and generally start with the equivalent of a US size 2 or 4. That leaves women with my body type with few options, none of which are ideal. The general rule is to fit the largest part of the body and tailor everything else, which can get expensive and tedious.
When I contacted Biu Biu, a Polish company that makes full-bust clothing, I was thrilled to find out that they offer free hemming on their garments, which is the best of both worlds! Biu Biu was happy to send me a few items to review on my blog, and I'm excited to finally talk about the items I received after my long hiauts. Biu Biu kindly gifted me the Cusco top, the City dress, the Helen long-sleeved sweater, all of which I will review separately.
According to the size chart, with a 35" bust, a 24" waist and 33" hip, 34BB was the closet size for structured items and 34B/BB for stretchy clothes. I expected the items to be a little bit large in the waist and hip, but I wanted to give it a try anyway. I was sent the Cusco Lily top in 34B/BB and because of the gathered fabric of the top, it could not be shortened as it does not have a simple hem. However, I figured that since I wear these types of tops tucked into skirts or with casual pants, the length wouldn't bother me.
When my package first arrived, I couldn't get over how nice the Cusco top felt to the touch! It's made of a soft viscose material that's thin and breathable, but it doesn't cling to the body too much or show every bump and curve. The top is structured with a seam in the back, rouching in the bodice under the bust, and a draped neckline. I find it to be really flattering on the bust and super comfortable. The sleeves are short and loose-fitting, so this top would look great with a cardigan over it or just by itself.
The 34B/BB fit reasonably well in the torso and bust. If a 32B/BB existed, that would have been perfect for me, but the 34 is not a bad fit at all and definitely wearable. I wore a Freya Deco underneath the top for a smooth silhouette and the top draped nicely over my chest. As expected, I would have preferred the top to be a few inches shorter, but I still like the look and proportions.
Here, I styled the top with my favorite Joe's Jeans bootcut jeans and Clarks leather loafers for a casual look. For a dressier outfit, I can wear the Cusco top with a beige or navy pencil skirt, a long necklace, and pumps. The lilac color is versatile for wearing with both dark and light neutrals, as well as more playful colors like dark purple.
Overall, I was really pleased with the Cusco top and can't wait to tell you about the rest of my Biu Biu order.
Have you tried full bust clothing companies before? Which is your favorite?