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Kate reads this blog.
Kate likes Universal Standard.
Universal Standard had a giveaway on Instagram. Tag a friend in the comments to win the Katy dress.
Kate tagged me.
I then tagged Kate.
Kate won the giveaway!
Both Kate and I won dresses!
Universal Standard reached out on Instagram to let me know that both of us ended up getting a Katy Dress for free. I decided on teal because I have enough black dresses in my closet (for now…). I said I wanted a small, which is a 14/16 in Universal Standard. They asked if I wanted to size down since it runs big. Eh, I'll stick with the Small, I'd rather have to belt it than have it too tight over my bum.
I think I may have done better with the XS. This dress does run big, but in a cool, devil may care, oh it just slipped off my shoulder but I still look chic kind of way. That is, if you're not short. On me, being this loose and long, it looks like a super elegant hospital gown. I mean, I still have worn it sans belt, but I need high heels, big hair, and a statement necklace to not look like I escaped from a high-class ICU. I tried my obi belt, I tried an oversized scarf, I tried the wider version of this belt, I tried a skinny leopard belt. All looked terrible. Then one day I tried this silver belt and loved the effect. I wore it to work, people complimented me left and right. I wore it after work to a fitting for last week's Strong Women in Fashion event and a woman stopped me to ask where I got the dress. For while the dress is too big, it's oh so good.
The fabric is satin-backed crepe. Outside it looks like traditional crepe, but it has this weight and drape that is so chic. And inside… silky smooth satin with this gorgeous luxe lustre. This dress really proved to me the quality of Universal Standard. And please don't judge the dress by my wrinkled photos; I took it off, threw it over a chair, other things ended up over it, I pulled it out, hung it in the bathroom while I took a hot shower and thought it was good enough and rushed out the door. It wasn't. But seriously, if you care for it properly (do as I say, not as I do) or hit it with a bit of steam if it does get crumpled, it will look gorgeous. If you're short, size down. If you're taller and like versatility, go with your regular size.