Sadly there are very few vintage inspired dresses that are more suitable for winter and living in Canada really limits dress season during the cold winter months. When I discovered the Stop Staring Samantha Dress, it went straight to the top of my wishlist and I was lucky to snag it for 25% off from JBR Clothing. Black Friday resulted in a fabulous haul of beautiful clothes at incredible discounted prices.
Available in sizes XS to 3X in black with white dots – MSRP $149USD
If you own other Stop Staring dresses, the Samantha dress fits completely different since it is made from a beautiful sweater knit material. Normally I wear a Large but was able to comfortably size down to a Medium (measurements: bust 36, waist 29, hips 42). The Samantha features 3/4 length sleeves with a scooped rolled collar and a subtle flower to add a touch of elegance. The swing skirt is generous in length, falling a few inches below the knee. The polka dot knit material is so warm for those cold winter months, it feels like your body is wrapped in one giant sweater.
Let me just say, the Samantha dress has to be one of the MOST perfect dresses for winter and utterly comfortable in every way. If you’re having a body image day, this dress will snap you right out of it in an instant. The fit is suitable for ladies of all shapes and size. The polka dots are imbedded in the knit material and not a cheap applique that may wear over time. That being said, the black dye does have a small tendency to bleed and actually discolored my nails to a slight purple hue but doesn’t harm the white dots oddly enough. Just be weary of light surfaces where color transfer could be an issue. It is recommended as dry clean only and will not risk washing myself.
Adding a belt will not only break up the polka dot pattern, it will cinch your waist to define a lovely hourglass figure. Shown is a simple bow belt from Heartbreaker, only $12.99. The Samantha can go from day to evening with no extra effort, simple accessories is all you’ll need. For extra warmth, pair it with tights or back seam stockings.
Of the many dresses I own, the Samantha has been worn numerous times to variety of events as it’s a perfect staple for winter. Who doesn’t want to be wearing such a stylish dress while keeping them cozy and warm?
After doing a little wardrobe reevaluation in the spring, I noticed there was a lack of solid staples and did not own a go to “little black dress”. The first style that came to mind in hopes to fill the void was the Stop StaringBillion Dollar Baby Dress that I had seen on many celebrities and always lusted over on the JBR Clothing website. Oddly enough I skipped the black and went straight for the rich red as it screamed my name.
Available in Sizes XS to 3X in Red, Black, Pink, Dove Grey & Aquamarine. – MSRP $135USD
If you have read my previous Stop Staring reviews, I always have to mention their sizing is very consistent. Following their size chart, I fit perfectly into the Large comfortably (Bust 36, Waist 29, Hips 41). The Billion Dollar Baby Dress features cap sleeves and wrap twist bust and bodice suitable for all sizes. The side rushing is perfect to conceal any trouble tummy area while not losing the form fitting silhouette. Made from Stop Staring’s famous millennium stretch bengaline to hug your every curve.
Since the material is ultra curve hugging, I suggest to pair it with your Rago 1294 Girdle for a sleek silhouette. The rushing definitely conceals the shapewear perfectly and no one will know your little secret. The Billion Dollar Baby Dress falls just below the knee, no need to hem even at 5ft 4inches. The only alteration required was to take up the shoulders as I have a short torso and quite narrow up top. This stopped it from sliding off my shoulders. For anyone else, it should fit well right off the rack.
Be ready to go out for a night on the town with this knock out dress! Pair it with your favorite platform pumps and accessories. It will become your little black dress for all occasions and don’t be surprised if you end up with a Billion Dollar Baby Dress in every color! Be prepared to receive many compliments and be the center of attention as this dress does not go unnoticed in a crowd. This style is even suitable for those non vintage lovers as it is figure flattering to all shapes and sizes.
There is a long list of celebrities that have been spotted wearing the Billion Dollar Baby Dress…and now you can too! The most recent sighting was on New Girl worn by the lovely Zooey Deschanel.
I can definitely foresee adding another to my wardrobe staples in the near future…I still need a little black dress after all. Another fabulous wardrobe staple to add to your collection.