Have you ever dreamed of owning the most luxurious dress you ever laid eyes on, only to continuously deny that inner desire with a million and one excuses? “You’re too curvy & short, that style won’t suit you, it is too expensive, where will you wear it, …” Suddenly one by one, each excuse slowly disappears and after four long years you find yourself faced with the ultimate decision…do you dare seize your Holy Grail? YES!!! My only regret is that I did not take the plunge long ago to purchase the Dita Von Teese Bon Bon Maxi Dress from Tatyana.
Available in sizes 4-10 ~ MSRP $578 on sale for $144.50
It would appear that the sizing in the Dita Von Teese Clothing line is rather inconsistent with the size charts. The limited online reviews make it rather confusing as some say they followed the charts with no issue meanwhile others state they were really inaccurate. Luckily with the recent 50% off sale at Tatyana, there was a plethora of ladies that scooped up the Bon Bon Maxi Dress who were eager to share helpful sizing tips with the rest of us. Based on my measurements (36-27-39) the size chart indicates that I should be size 8, but thanks to the latest customer feedback I ordered a size 6. The overall consensus was to order down as the Bon Bon Maxi Dress ran one size big with ample stretch in the hips but none in the waist. Although I waited for four long years to actually purchase this dress, the anticipation for it to arrive was rather bitter sweet. The first time I tried the Bon Bon Maxi Dress, I was completely unaware of all of the inner structure that needed to be adjusted in order for the maxi skirt to drape flawlessly on the body. There is a built in bra strap to fasten along with a thick inner lining in the upper bodice that must be smoothed out, something I completely missed and was baffled why the waist was all bunched up. Once I had that all finally in place, I was instantly in awe with how the Bon Bon Maxi Dress fit me effortlessly and hugs my curves in all the right places. The Bon Bon Maxi Dress features a 1930’s silhouette made from silk crepe de chine, a subtle sweetheart bodice, stretch velvet straps, velvet belt, lined bodice, and inner grosgrain waistband, with back zipper closure. The stunning silk print features bold red flowers, illustrated with Dita Von Teese’s signature and her signature half-moon manicure. At 5′-4″ tall, the skirt drapes to the floor wearing 3″ heels.
The very first time I saw the Dita Von Teese Bon Bon Maxi Dress in person was at the Bettie Page Store (now Tatyana) at the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas in 2012. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think that it would fit me (no, I did not venture to try it on) or afford the $578 price tag but that did not stop me from daydreaming. It was one of those treasures that always lingered in the back of my mind but it simply wasn’t meant to be. Fast forward four years when Tatyana had an incredible sale, the stars finally aligned. With years of anticipation, the Bon Bon Maxi Dress did not disappoint one bit. Normally I steer clear of all maxi style dresses as they always make my body look ten times bigger than it is and just plain frumpy on me. That is why I believe there is truly something magical in the Bon Bon Maxi Dress as it fits my body as it was handmade for me and requires ZERO shapewear or specialty undergarments. As I mentioned earlier, the well structured inner workings really make the dress drape and hug the body effortlessly. The silk crepe de chine is so luxurious with ample stretch yet not too delicate that you fear wearing it out. The unique colour combination with the soft blue and cherry red truly makes this a a statement piece wherever you go.
When wearing such bold and unique novelty prints such as the Bon Bon Maxi Dress, I would shy away from wearing any accessories unless it were subtle accents such as matching earrings or a bracelet. By pure luck, my bold red hair coordinates perfectly with the red accents in the print. I chose to simply pair the maxi with my cherry red Madden Girl Pumps. For cooler days, I would pair it with a simple and sleek red bolero.
The more I discover about the remarkably talented Dita Von Teese..the more I adore her; sharing her gifts is empowering women around the globe. Capturing your Holy Grail is such an overwhelming feeling of pure bliss. With the Bon Bon Maxi Dress being such an spectacular jaw dropping success, I could not resist also scooping up Dita Von Teese’s Follow Me Dress also on clearance at Tatyana.