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Monica Dress in Black and Silver Lurex Knit

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$186.00
One of the most glamourous dresses we've ever made, the Monica in Lurex Jersey is an absolute wonder. A built-in stretch Bengaline shaper for the bust, waist, and lower hip gives support, structure, and holds you in, while the gathered outer fabric disguises the internal structure and gives you a sleek and clean silhouette. The beautiful crossover bustline features soft, clear elastic to hold it to your skin and allows the sleeves to sit slightly off-shoulder. The result is an incredibly sexy and attention grabbing wiggle dress with the structure to have you looking your best. An invisible side zipper keeps the shape clean, so please use the size chart for your proper size.
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Cautionary taleReview by CarrieBlue
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Ok I'm going to get the most important part of my review out of the way first... You must, absolutely must, step into this dress from the top, and not do what I did the first time and pull it on overhead... I immediately found myself immersed into total darkness while a substantial amount of fabric blocked all but a modicum of air from getting into my lungs... What proceeded afterwords can only be described as mild panic, followed by 7 solid minutes of trying to get into the dress... At one point I felt like I had broken free and was able to breathe fresh air once again, only to realize that the entire dress was bunched up over my boobs, crushing both them and my will to live at the same time... If I had been a smart woman I would have cut my losses and pulled the dress off then and there and tried a different tack... Instead I pulled and pushed and strained (a boob) and finally got the dress in place... I was out of breath, sweaty and totally demoralized... I then realized that I had to repeat the process in reverse or otherwise I would be picking my kids up from school looking totally fabulous but way over dressed!!! I lost another 5 minutes of my life trying to pull the dress up over my head... Mistake number two... I ended up with t-Rex style arms as the dress was bunched up over my chest and shoulders once again... I thought all was lost and I was just going to have to lay on the floor and cry when I had the brilliant idea (if I do say so myself) to use the doorknob on my bedroom door to lift from behind while I used my stubby arms to pull from the front!!! It worked!!! Praise God I was free!!!!

It took me a few days but I worked up the nerve to try it on again , this time stepping in the top (as I read on some reviews here a day late and my dignity short). I shimmied right into it, no need to use the zipper (that I am terrified will break anyway)!!! Voila, I looked like a total diva rock star without breaking a sweat!!! So my advice to you dear readers is to please, please step into the dress... And if you don't... You can't say that I didn't warn you!!!!

This dress is truly gorgeous... I'm looking forward to wearing it to my vow renewal in the spring... I plan on looking so amazing that my husband will think His yoga pants loving wife has been replaced with a super model!!! If you are on the fence about this dress at all... Just buy it, you won't be sorry... Well unless you try to put it on over your head!!!! XOXO (Posted on 11/11/2015)
Love this dress!Review by Jessica
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I needed a silver dress for a gig I was doing. I just about swallowed my teeth at the $ but this dress looked so pretty I bit the bullet and bought it. I'm so happy I did. It looks amazing! I'm 5'2" so this dress is a little long on me. Also because the waist of this dress is longer than my natural waist the built in shaper cuts into my waist a little strangely. But, easy fix! I just wear a firm body shaper with boning under it, and that keeps the dress from cutting in! I love the way I look in this, my husband loves the way I look in this! I get so many compliments when I wear it! I bought it in black and I want more! I'm a 32D, 27, 37 and bought this in a small.

Keep the Zipper zipped and slide into this dress feet first to put it on. Then undo the zipper and wiggle out of it to take off! (Posted on 11/8/2015)
Fabulous dress!Review by Doris
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I bought this for my officiant to wear for my wedding. It is beautiful on her and now I need one!!! (Posted on 9/10/2015)
Beautiful but difficult to fitReview by JJ
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I wish I could love this dress. It is gorgeous and really well made, but for a "pinup" dress, it's not terribly bust-friendly. (It's also not petite-friendly, but that's a personal issue...y'know, for the 50% of the population that's under 5'4"...but I digress). So, the specs. I am 5'0" tall, approx. 37-28-37, 30FF/32F bra, and usually wear a size 6P. Based on other reviews, I went up a size and ordered the medium. This seemed to be the correct size, and I had no problems shimmying into it even without using the zipper, if I stepped into it from the top. The it was a touch long on me, as I always expect--and I didn't mind, since I bought it to wear to a formal event. It was also long in the torso on me. The waist fell about 2" below my natural waist. Not a dealbreaker, but (a) I would have been yanking it back into place all night and (b) it made me wish it came in petites sizes (see: 50% statistic, above. Seriously, look it up). Now, this aside, the dress was hella flattering from ankles to hips to waist to arms to ribs to...Uh oh. The bust looked...okay from the front once I swooped and scooped and tucked and re-tucked and shimmied and stomped around and settled. It sort of had the Renaissance Faire effect of creating cleavage by squashing, rather than lifting. But from the side? WHERE DID MY BOOBS GO? WHY IS MY STOMACH BIGGER THAN MY BOOBS? I tried again with my Wonderbra Ultimate Strapless Bra beneath--a miracle of structural engineering if there ever was one, and the dress actually CRUSHED the hard plastic inner structure of the bra! So, regretfully, I'm sending the dress back. It's a gorgeous piece, but the designer really needs to re-engineer the inner bra structure. (Note, I ordered this in black/silver and champagne/silver and am posting the same review on both.) (Posted on 7/6/2015)
Accidentally out-shone the bride... #sorrynotsorryReview by Jennifer
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Hot Dang this dress is babalicious! I wore it to my older sisters wedding and got mobbed with compliments and questions about where I got such a glamorous getup. I am a size 2XL/16 and am 5'7" , with measurements of 45-35-48 , and this dress definitely showed off all my favourite bits while covering up my bashful areas like a pro. The lining does such a great job of smoothing and supporting I felt like I didn't even need undies let alone shapewear, but when I buy this dress in white for my wedding next year I think I'm going to just go all Jessica Rabbit cartoony by pairing it with a corset just to explode all minds and eyes within a 10k radius.

Warning, this dress makes you deliriously confident. I AM THE SEXIEST WOMAN ALIVE!!!!! (while wearing the dress that is.... trust me you'll want to scream the same thing once you slip it on yourself)

Way to go, Laura Byrnes. You're making us ladies look and feel like goddesses from Old Hollywood one stitch at a time. <3

ALSO... this dress is the perfect balance of vintage and classic. Sometimes vintage inspired dresses can look "costumey" for lack of a better word. This dress just looks elegant and sexy and timeless. No regrets. (Posted on 7/4/2015)
Fab dress - helpful hintsReview by Sweetsinger26
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the dress is fabulous. Fabulous. Fabulous. I have a 2X based on my measurements, but my normal dress size is a 14/16. Here's the deal - you have to adjust and play with the fabric. The interior lining is doubled, and the seam faces the outside of the dress, not in toward the breasts, so be weary of that. It might look a little funny. Play with the shoulders, because they can either accentuate your bust or diminish it. Also, pull the liner down from the waist, it tends to gather when you slip the dress on. WEAR A SHAPER. ANY SHAPER. I almost returned the dress after trying it on without one. Do these small things - I guarantee you'll be ecstatic! (Posted on 1/16/2015)
AmazingReview by Miss Voluptuous Vixen
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I have been wanting this amazing dress in this colour for awhile now but was out of stock,i ordered this dress on Friday boxing day sales and it arrived the following Tuesday to Australia ! The only issue i have is it is a little longer on me as i am short 5'3 so i may get it taken up.I have the 2xl as i ordered the black Monica awhile ago in a 3xl going by measurements and it was just to big...i personally recommend going down a size...2xl fits nice a snug in all the right places (Posted on 1/1/2015)
Pretty but not what I expectedReview by Kira
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I loved the photos of this dress, I already had the gold Monica so I ordered it. But when it came it was much lighter than I thought it was going to be. Very silver, not much black at all. It is a pretty dress, and if I didn't already have the gold I'd keep it. It's so similar to the gold it doesn't make sense to keep it at the price it is. As far as the sizing I've found to make the chest fit properly for a natural chest you need to go down a size because the chest sits very high and to get a large chest to sit that high without a bra you need the tightness. (Posted on 12/31/2014)
sparklyReview by lizzee
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wow what a dress. very nice. surprised to have all the support underneath but that was great!! i have a problem with one of the bra cups. it is sewn a little off and won't fit like the other one. not sure what i will be able to do about that. the dress was a lot more silver/grey than i anticipated. i thought it would be more black with silver but it was vice a versa. i wear a 2x in PUG and they are just roomy enough but that is fine with me.
thought the dress was a little expensive. i hope they fix the bra thingy cuz others obviously had same issue. i will keep it...my husband loves it. service was good as i received the dress very quickly. (Posted on 2/28/2014)
Surprise!Review by Kylie D
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I live in Australia & so wait impatiently for my PUG to arrive., but it does & super fast too! When I received this dress, to be honest I thought "it doesn't look like much" when I took it out of the bag. Then I put it on & OMG! Va-va-voom! Transformation! As I'm not very tall it's longer on me but it COMPLETELY does everything it should in all the right places! I actually could have gone down a size for a little tighter fit, but it's coming to winter here so a bit of room too move is fine. I CANNOT WAIT to wear this out. PUG you can do no wrong! And you make every girl no matter their size feel & look AHHHHMMMAAAZZZZIIINNNNGGG! 5 stars from moi!
(Posted on 2/6/2014)

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