I recently had the pleasure of trying on some Herve Leger dresses at Nordstrom. The selection in both size and styles is really limited compared to a Herve Leger boutique, but they had quite a few new dresses that were unlike any that I had previously tried on. For my personal opinions on some of the newest fabrics utilized on Herve Leger dresses, read on. :)
For 2014, BCBG Max Azria added some new fabrics for Herve Leger bandage dresses. One was a tie-dyed fabric, and the other was a stretchy crochet knit. I was really curious to see how these fabrics would fit.
This first dress is the stunning Areca. It's as elegant as it is sexy. It has regular HL bandage material in a slimming black. The beading in the front further slims down the silhouette by emphasizing an hourglass shape and by covering the usual problem areas. There is beading on both the front and back and the extra glimmer makes this dress quite special. Runs true to size.
This dress had a new fabric composition. The pattern on the dress kind of looks like tie-dye. I didn't get to try on this dress in my usual size, but I can say that the fabric did not provide much hold compared to normal HL bandage material. In true Herve Leger fashion, the fabric had the ability to disguise many un-toned parts, but as far as shaping goes, it didn't do much.
close up of the fabric on the blue a line Herve Leger dress
There are quite a few 2014 dresses with this kind of fabric, a stretchy crochet knit. So, how does it compare? I definitely prefer the usual bandage material. Herve Leger over the years has come out with quite a few different bandage materials, some of them with SUPER FIRM shaping, and others with hardly any at all. This fabric falls into the hardly any at all. The good thing about it is it's incredibly comfortable and can be worn casually.
I reviewed this dress previously in black. The Carmen is a very good example of what most Herve Leger dresses look like. Good shaping and timeless style! It has the usual bandage finish and demonstrates why Herve Leger has such a cult following. The clothing is magic for the female form!
I saved the worst for last. I find almost all Herve Leger to be flattering. But, this dress had the ugliest fit on me. In fact, I've never had a Herve look this bad; it made my body look disfigured. Each style fits and suits people differently. On second thought, it might be the fact that the store didn't have my size for me to try on. This was 2 sizes too big, so most likely, I just didn't have enough on the lower half of me to fill out the dress. For me, the Haylynn was an absolute, "NO WAY!"
Hope that you found this post to be helpful and fun. :) Be sure to check out my previous Herve Leger reviews.
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