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Igigi by Yuliya Raquel review and $50 gift certificate giveaway

Igigi by Yuliya Raquel

Disclaimer: I received the dresses reviewed in this post for free from Igigi in exchange for publishing a review and hosting a giveaway.

Last year I reviewed an Igigi dress and a few months later a reader commented to tell me she found the perfect wedding dress there. That made me feel rather good, particularly because I know how hard it can be to find pretty clothes when you’re plus-sized.

Igigi sponsored my friend Wendy‘s annual Weetacon party again this year and gave the larger ladies another opportunity to get a free dress in exchange for a review. Or at least that’s what Wendy told us when we sent in our top three picks a month beforehand. Then she took us out to the parking lot on the first night of Weetacon and pulled out all three dresses we’d each requested from her magical SUV which like a TARDIS must have been bigger on the inside than the outside. There was much squeeing and jumping up and down and the experience was as close to the “Favorite Things” episode of Oprah that I will ever get.

Anyway, you too might get to have a mini-Oprah moment if you enter the giveaway explained at the bottom of this post, but first here’s my review.

First choice: Carmella Lace Dress
Retail: $176

Carmella Dress

I’ve never owned a wrap dress before, so getting into this thing was a bit like a Westerner trying to put on a kimono. The ribbon goes through a hole in the dress and then you have to wrap it around in a certain way and tie it in the back, which was a bit tricky, but looked great once you figured it out. They say wrap dresses flatter every figure, and I think that’s true. I’m glad to have a little black dress in my wardrobe that I can wear in the evenings, or God forbid, to a funeral. (Nobody die on me, please. I don’t need to wear this dress that much.) I like the lace and the way the fabric flows when I twirl. I love to twirl. Do you love to twirl? It makes me feel like a six-year-old again in the best possible way.

(There is a scene in You’ve Got Mail where young Meg Ryan and her mom twirl in the book shop and it is my favorite scene in that whole movie.)

Second choice: Claire de Lune Dress
Retail: $152

Clair de Lune Dress

This dress reaches almost to the floor, which makes it the longest dress I’ve ever owned. It made me feel like I was wearing a ball gown and I was dressed up to go somewhere super fancy. It would probably be good in the winter since it covers you up so well. I think it’s designed for a big-chested girl, but because this is also a wrap dress the top parts can be pulled tighter so there isn’t a gaping canyon of fabric falling off your chest. The ties in the back are really long, so be sure you tie a bow with big loops so you’re not dragging them on the floor.

This dress also twirls well.

Third Choice: Isobel Dress in Garnet
Retail: $112. On sale: $89.99

Ok, this is a pretty dress that looks great on the web site, but it did not look good on me. Had I paid attention to the “Shape Stylist” tab on their web site, I would have realized this and requested something else. I am a triangle shape and the site clearly says which shapes this dress flatters, but a triangle is not among them. Igigi knows best! Wiser women than I shall listen to them! So, instead of showing you how I looked in this dress, here’s how Wendy McClure looked because she is totally rocking it:

Wendy totally rockin' it

That said, I love the red color and the fabric is a nice and soft. It’s made from a jersey fabric, so I bet you could wear this all day and be perfectly comfortable. This dress doesn’t twirl well, but it has many other fine features.

Because there were several ladies running around in Igigi dresses, I also got to experience that Damn-it-why-didn’t-I-order-THAT-dress moment. For whatever reason, the Boulangerie Wrap Dress didn’t pop for me on their web site, but looked really great on the ladies who got it. In a perfect world I’d trade the Isobel dress in for that, but I already got several awesome dresses for free, so I will shut the hell up.

Boulangerie dress in purple

The Igigi web site does a good job of photographing their dresses from several angles and letting you see close ups. They’ve also got videos of models walking in the dresses for a few items, which gives you an even better sense of how they look and flow in real life. I used their size chart, but I think I should have requested the next smaller size than I chose. There you go. I’m not as fat as I think I am. It didn’t matter that much on the wrap dresses because you can adjust them. The Isobel dress isn’t a wrap dress, so the looseness in the wrong places was another reason it didn’t look so great on me.

Honestly, I probably would not drop $176 or even $152 on a dress no matter how pretty it is, but I’m kind of a cheapskate (which you know if you’ve read this blog, ever). I usually go to Macy’s and might find something in the $50-$80 range. But Macy’s does not have the fantastic selection Igigi has. I usually end up with only 1 or 2 real choices there, whereas Igigi has dozens of flattering options. Their clothes are really well made too, so if you do ante up for one of their dresses you definitely get what you pay for.

Giveaway! (What you really came here for.)
Igigi is letting me give away a $50 gift certificate to one of my readers. Anyone can enter, but if you live outside the US please be aware of Igigi’s shipping prices to your country. To enter, leave a comment below describing which item on the Igigi site you would wear to Prince Charles William and Kate Middleton’s wedding and why. One winner will be selected randomly. Giveaway ends at 11:59 Eastern time on Tuesday, April 5, 2011. Due to misbehavior in the comments, I decided to end the contest early at 11:40am Eastern time on Friday, April 1, 2011. My apologies to everyone who did behave respectfully.

There are also several other opportunities to win a $50 Igigi gift certificate on the other Weetacon attendee’s web sites. Here are the links so far:

ETA at 11:00pm: Here are a few more links:

ETA on 3/30/11 at 1:30pm: And a few more:

You can watch the @Weetacon twitter feed for announcements of any more reviews/chances to win. Actually, just visit this page for a complete list of the giveaways.

BTW, if you do buy an Igigi dress, tell them Weetacon sent you! They’ve been a very gracious sponsor, so I’d like for them to know their promotions are actually working.

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Beverly • March 29, 2011 at 3:18 pm

How much fun! Reviewing these dresses. I love Igigi. I bought a dress from them because of your first post about them. If I was going to the Royal wedding I would totally rock the Keira Lace Dress. So fancy!


Dee • March 29, 2011 at 3:23 pm

To the Royal Wedding, I would wear the Igigi Lapis Lazuli Gown. Because it is on sale! And pretty.

By the way, I first ever heard of Igigi through your blog, fell in love, and eventually bought something there to wear to a wedding. Like you say, great resource for the plus-sized gal!

I want to Igigi to come up with a lululemon-esque line, because I’m tired of being left out of the cute-workout-gear lifestyle!


Jackie • March 29, 2011 at 3:28 pm

I would absolutely get the Boulangerie Wrap Dress! And I’d hope I’d look as hot as the model.


Rosemary Riveter • March 29, 2011 at 3:36 pm

The Kimberly lace dress, because it’s clearly in need of a ridiculour royal-wedding hat to complete the look!


Lia • March 29, 2011 at 3:44 pm

To a royal wedding, I’d have to go with the Estrella gown in Hyacinth. It looks incredibly elegant, I love the length, and I love the DRAMA!

If it wasn’t for that silly don’t wear black to a wedding thing I would love love love to have an excuse to wear the Luna gown. It is just *stunning*!


Harmony • March 29, 2011 at 3:46 pm

I would wear the Misaki dress, because I would already have bought it to wear elsewhere and it’s fancier than most of my other dresses. But for the wedding I would wear it with an enormous hat, possibly with feathers. And fabulous heels.


psychsarah • March 29, 2011 at 3:59 pm

I’m with Beverly-the Kiera Lace Dress looks so sophisticated. I don’t wear black that well, but this sort of mimics the little black dress idea without some colour, which is kinder on my complexion. I would feel so fab wearing this to the royal wedding (I’d just need one of those fancy hats the Brits wear to weddings!)

I too am frugal, so I’ve lusted over Igigi dresses in the past, but not been able to bring myself to part with my cash, but if I win, I’ll be able to talk myself into buying it :)


Wendy • March 29, 2011 at 4:02 pm

Love IGIGI I have the Tres Chic dress and love it! I would probably get one of their wrap dresses to wear to the Royal Wedding. I think I first heard of IGIGI here and have definately dropped some bucks because of your webstie.


Kelli • March 29, 2011 at 4:23 pm

I would wear the Francesca dress in black to the royal wedding. Its simple, yet classic design will look great while not competing for attention with my yet to be found, perfect hat( that will probably be purple and have feathers). I haven’t received my invitation yet. The mail in the states is frightening slow. I think I’ll take my crown jewels out of the safety deposit box now so I won’t be rushed.


Jessi • March 29, 2011 at 4:23 pm

I thought you looked so lovely in that blue gown! Yay!

I would definitely rock that crazy Tropical Beauty Maxi-Dress to the royal wedding…it’s so lush and colorful, and think of the hat options!


Jessi • March 29, 2011 at 4:24 pm

@Lia – Check out my review of the red Estrella dress. It IS that lovely in person, and had that color option been available before, I might have chosen it over the red. I do love, love, love the red, though!


Wendy Bix • March 29, 2011 at 4:27 pm

@Kelli – Great choice! I have the Francesca in two colors and they never fail to get compliments. It’s one of those “you can’t wrinkle it” dresses that I always pack on trips because I pack like an eight-year-old boy and would always look like I slept in my evening wear otherwise.


Melinda • March 29, 2011 at 4:42 pm

I would have to go with the Alicia dress if I was going to the Royal Wedding, merely because it has a crumb catcher bodice so I would be able to catch all my crumbs without them hitting my lap!

Oh, and also, it is HOT and the color would totally make my eyes pop and have all the royals wondering who the steamy American was.


Aine • March 29, 2011 at 4:51 pm

I would choose the Venice lace dress or the Celebration wrap dress in jade. I think I could wear the heck out of either of them. :)


Donna • March 29, 2011 at 4:59 pm

The first one is definitely the best.


Leigh • March 29, 2011 at 5:15 pm

Catherine Middleton is marrying Prince William, not Prince Charles. :)


Becca • March 29, 2011 at 5:33 pm

the celebration wrap dress in any color, probably black because its flattering on me and useful for many occasions (although if i was of the calibre invited to a royal wedding I don’t supposed frugality would matter)


Liz Remus • March 29, 2011 at 5:51 pm

I would choose the Sicilia dress.

I like the shape of the neckline, how it’s not a v-neck. I just feel like v-neck isn’t a wedding type of event.

I like the lacey sleeves too and the fact that I can still wear a regular bra with it instead of some fangled strapless contraction that never works right.

Plus I like the cinching belt and the twirly factor of the dress :)


Elizabeth • March 29, 2011 at 5:52 pm

I would wear the red wrap dress that Wendy McClure is modeling because if you can’t marry a prince? You can look bangin’ in a red dress.


shauna • March 29, 2011 at 6:01 pm

gorgeous frocks and gorgeous women!

i would love to win the Boulangerie, not only because I am a huge fan of boulangeries, but the colour is stunning (loved Weetabix in it) and purple is a very regal colour and ideal for redheads :)


AquaMarine • March 29, 2011 at 6:39 pm

I’d wear the Champ-Elysess dress. As an inverted triangle I need something that will create curves! I’d LOVE to try an Igigi dress but I worry about just how much I’d need to spend to have it altered. I’m only 5 feet and the models look like they’re about 5’10”. I’d be sweeping the floors with the Claire de Lune dress!


Kate • March 29, 2011 at 7:02 pm

Ummm I am more of a sweat pants kind of gal but for fun….I picture myself looking smashing in the Francesca Dress in Black.


Jennifer • March 29, 2011 at 7:32 pm

Probably not the most appropriate dress to wear to a royal wedding, but I really like the Tres Chic Dress in Plum.


Rachel • March 29, 2011 at 7:33 pm

I’d go with the Belladonna dress. It’s the most elegant-looking of all the figure eight dresses, I think. And I could accessorize with any color!


Sara Griswell • March 29, 2011 at 8:08 pm

I would get the Sicilia dress! It’s best for a diamond shape like me, and I like the boatneck-style neckline.


Melissa • March 29, 2011 at 8:31 pm

Definitely the Boulangerie Wrap dress! It’s beautiful and would lovely on my daughter (21) as well.


Susan Grace • March 29, 2011 at 9:41 pm

You are quite lovely in the black lace. Put it on and come visit me…we’ll sit on the front porch and sip juleps. I would wear my Brigittte dress to the royal wedding, darling, because I’d look so suave.


ladyloo • March 29, 2011 at 9:51 pm

I would wear the Keira Lace Dress to The Royal Wedding. It’s so over the top – I mean, where the hell else could you wear that dress! And it is so begging for a giant purple hat!


Merry • March 29, 2011 at 10:00 pm

Oooh, that garnet dress looks awesome! But the others look good too. Nice twirling.


Jen • March 29, 2011 at 10:17 pm

I love IGIGI!
I know wearing black to a wedding is a no go, but I would still wear The Belle of The Ball Dress.


Dabney • March 29, 2011 at 10:44 pm

I really like the new Sachi dresses. The print looks really nice, and you could probably dress it up or down. I would definitely wear it to my SIL’s wedding in June, but could also wear it to the office or to dinner with my husband.


she overflows • March 29, 2011 at 10:55 pm

I have to say, the Boulangerie Wrap Dress looks suitable for a royal wedding!


fredlet • March 29, 2011 at 11:46 pm

I think you would love the Boulangerie! (then we could be twins!) I’m drooling over the Champs Elysees myself .. or maybe the kimono tops.
I know what you mean about the price, but when I tally up all the cost I spent just trying to have a couple of decent outfits (that I still end up kinda hating and being uncomfortable in anyway) compared to one dress that looks this awesome, this comfortable and all straight off of the hanger, I’m willing to invest.


Suzy Smith • March 30, 2011 at 12:03 am

I want the Clair de Lune now, and I would have the sleeves shortened! Or the last one that you didn’t like on you,but the blue of the clair is very flattering on you.


ms mezzo • March 30, 2011 at 12:13 am

I’m sorry, I think they all look terrible on you. Take them off right this minute. I WANT to like them because you seem to. Even though they were free? I would return them. And no, I am not being snarky, I am being honest.


Cat • March 30, 2011 at 12:28 am

I’d buy and wear the Francesca dress to the big wedding. It would be fancy, but not soo fancy that I’d show up the bride. I think that with igigi’s lively trench, the pairing would be perfect for spring in London.


Amy • March 30, 2011 at 2:02 am

I would wear the Misaki or the Jackie in Royal blue. All the dresses are amazingly gorgeous!


kathy • March 30, 2011 at 8:54 am

Hi, I follow you on an off but have always wanted to ask you how your weight control is going. I haven’t seen a picture of you lately. But, I need to be honest now. Have you gained more weight? I don’t want to be rude, but this is what the site is all about right? Or am I missing something? Will check in regularly to see what you are up to. Sorry for any offense, I struggle with weight also.


Jas • March 30, 2011 at 9:53 am

I have to say, I’m not sure of the clothing etiquette for a royal wedding, but the Keira Lace Dress looks like a fun dress for a party, and I think William and Kate will definitely have a party!


Karen James • March 30, 2011 at 10:22 am

I would totally wear the Isobel, and look so amazingly beautiful that Kate would weep at the sight of me, more stunning than her! Hee hee!
Gorgeous dresses!


Karen • March 30, 2011 at 10:51 am

Love the action videos! Love the Carmella lace dress – if I went lots of fancy places, I get that in a heartbeat. But I don’t, so I’d love to add the Tres Chic to my wardrobe – perfect for work, perfect for brunch, perfect for anything!


suzanna danna • March 30, 2011 at 11:28 am

Jennette, you are a genius to post videos of you twirling the dresses. I am partial to black (for my wardrobe) so the Camilla Lace Dress was so pretty on you, but that blue pop of color on the Claire de Lune dress was gorgeous. I had some of those “Hey, why didnt I pick THAT one!?” too. Wendy, did look spectacular in her dress. I love the Tres Chic dress that everyone was wearing but I think I would pick the Ishiko Top in Chocolate as a go to for all seasons type of top. I love the belt!


terri • March 30, 2011 at 12:09 pm

i would wear the Nina Origami Dress in Royal, i would be comfortable and feel like myself but sophisticated too. this is a new site for me, very nice…


Emily • March 30, 2011 at 12:23 pm

Aaaah, Igigi! So good! And perfect timing, too… the Francesca (or maybe the Sachi!) would be perfect to wear to a wedding… in real life! But not for me, for my Mom. I’m getting married this summer, and Igigi would be the perfect place for her to shop for her gown!


Bozoette Mary • March 30, 2011 at 12:57 pm

I am so pissed that I missed Weetacon this year because I missed this fabulous opportunity. Anyway – you look wonderful (as everyone does)!! I would wear the Sachi dress in Merlot to the Royal Wedding, because it is lovely and is suited to triangles (we share that trait). And I would totally drink merlot in it.


Lisa (a.k.a. your Rally Buddy) • March 30, 2011 at 12:59 pm

Wow. I’d never heard of IGIGI before. Thanks for posting about them. There are several dresses on their site that would work, but I think the winner for me would be “Tres Chic” in that snazzy black and white print. Because it looks like something I could wear to a cricket match (with appropriate headwear, of course).


deb zwez • March 30, 2011 at 1:47 pm

The Boulangerie Wrap Dress in Merlot Grape haiku:

‘A dress I could rock!
Wrap me in merlot grape cloth,
Fashionable Me!’


science_cyrano • March 30, 2011 at 1:52 pm

Dear Queen Jennette,

I think the Lace dress looks great, but if you get it you should consider getting it hemmed so your adorable knees can coyly peek out when you twirl/swish.


Connie • March 30, 2011 at 2:57 pm

For me, it’s ALL ABOUT the Boulangerie Wrap Dress -the color, the style, the length. It’s JUST RIGHT. I would accessorize with a fabulous hat (which would not take away from the happy couple, natch). Harry might suddenly decide that a May-December relationship really COULD work…. with me! (hee!) Thanks for the chance to win.


Rachael • March 30, 2011 at 3:05 pm

I am in love with: Sachi Printed Wrap Dress in Merlot

I would totally rock it at the royal wedding because it is classic yet stylish. And purple is a royal color!


Teresa • March 30, 2011 at 6:04 pm

I’ve never heard of IGIGI before. Thanks for the heads up. :)

I would wear the Love at First Sight Dress. I think it has a “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” vibe that I adore. Thanks for the chance to win. :)


Krista • March 30, 2011 at 8:09 pm

If I’m going to the royal wedding I would wear the Francesca dress, I wish it came in a different color though.


Tobey • March 30, 2011 at 11:05 pm

I love the Alicia dress, which I would wear with a shawl and a large wedding hat (I love those!)


TeresaM • March 30, 2011 at 11:18 pm

I would wear the Keira Lace Dress – so lovely!


Amanda D. • March 31, 2011 at 10:57 am

So jealous. You girls were so lucky to get a shopping spree! I am kind of obsessed with the Boulangerie, too and I’m determined to scrape together enough dough to get it before it vanishes. I remember the L’amourette you wore last year…I totally missed out on it and I’m still kicking myself. Le sigh.


Neena • March 31, 2011 at 11:24 am

I love the Francesca dress in black and would totally rock it out at the royal wedding!


Jessica Sides • March 31, 2011 at 11:42 am

Love love the francesca dress as well!


Jessica Sides • March 31, 2011 at 11:53 am

dang forgot the garment thing I would wear!

I think I would totally wear the Gianna Dress to my girlfriend’s wedding this summer..


Sara • March 31, 2011 at 12:34 pm

I love the Babette Curvy. And I hope you are enjoying your new city…I loved it when I lived there.


kristy • March 31, 2011 at 12:38 pm

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the gloria dress is fab! I might even wear it to work, but could definitely wear it out to dinner with my husband!


Angela • March 31, 2011 at 6:42 pm

I’ve always wanted to try Igigi but just never did. I love the Gloria Dress in Bordeaux or Sachi in Merlot. I think either would be perfect for a upcoming wedding I have to attend in June!


Alice • March 31, 2011 at 8:22 pm

Hmm – my default choice for a wedding – the Tres Chic – seems like it’d be a bit too bland for the royals. I think I’d go for the Estrella in red – it seems like it’d hold up to one of those British Wedding Hats really well. (But I’d totally go with the Tres Chic if I’m ‘attending’ the wedding via TV, as is the more likely choice.)


Lydia C • March 31, 2011 at 11:18 pm

Jennette — you look very pretty!

Francesca for me — black is always great.


Gayle • April 1, 2011 at 12:09 am

You are much too young and attractive to be wearing those dresses! The hemlines are much too long and the styles are frumpy!


Shelly • April 1, 2011 at 2:21 am

I would be thrilled to wear the third dress to the royal wedding, or just to dinner on the town, which is entirely more probable.


Naantje • April 1, 2011 at 5:50 am

I’m feeling lucky: one of the few times non-US residents can participate, and it’s for something I’d actually be delighted to win!

For the royal wedding, I would wear two seperate dresses. For the ceremony I would wear the Imperia lace dress in black/white. It looks very festive, but comfortable enough to sit through everything.

For the evening party, I would wear the Estrella Gown in Hyacinth Violet, which I think would be more apropriate at that time. Also, I ADORE purple, and it generally really flatters me.

PS: Ignore the rude comments. I was walking my bright green coat through the park this weak, and that was enough for a bunch of people to start screaming out “UGLY… UGLY!!!” If people dare to do that in real life, what does the internet bring out of them? Be true to your self :)


J.M. • April 1, 2011 at 6:05 am

Honey, no. Those dresses are terrible and they do not flatter your cute face and personality. :(

I looked at the Igigi website, and they actually have quite a few really cute dresses! The Florentia is really pretty, and so is Vilenna.


Amanda L • April 1, 2011 at 7:26 am

Not sure what the etiquette is for a Royal Wedding, but I love the belle of the ball dress. I figure if I’m a big girl, I might as well flaunt the plus size bosoms that come with it. Plus, it looks like it has great twirl-ability.
Second choice would be the Catherine asymetrical dress in red, but I read somewhere that you shouldn’t wear red to a wedding, it is a sign that you’ve slept with the groom.


Mama_Dee • April 1, 2011 at 8:29 am

I would totally wear the Kimberly Lace Dress because I am almost down 70 pounds and would SO rock it! :)


Rah • April 1, 2011 at 8:31 am

If I could have any dress I wanted, it would be the Celebration Wrap Dress in black. But since you’re not supposed to wear black to a wedding, I would have the same dress in jade.


Jenn • April 1, 2011 at 8:32 am

I love the Boulangerie Wrap Dress! I don’t know if it’s royal wedding appropriate, but I don’t care– I’d look hot in that!


Kate • April 1, 2011 at 10:01 am

Even though I think black is probably improper for a royal wedding, I just love the Sicilia dress! So that’d be my choice.


Rhonda • April 1, 2011 at 10:18 am

The Isobel in garnet just like Wendy is wearing is def my favorite! I have not worn a dress for so long. I love to, but it is just easier to go for my same ol’ work garb every day. Maybe now that spring is here? I can try to shake things up a little. And by the way- you look very lovely in those dresses!


Nancy • April 1, 2011 at 11:12 am

I would wear the Bridgette dress, because I think I would look very womanly and stylish in it!


PastaQueen • April 1, 2011 at 11:20 am

@J.M. – What part of SHUT THE FUCK UP do you not understand? Is it the SHUT, the THE, the FUCK, or the UP?


jdsa1 • April 1, 2011 at 11:26 am

@ms mezzo –
Kind of harsh, Ms. Mezzo. If you’re going to be that critical you might at least offer something in the way of explanation. Too long? Bad color? C’mon.


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