Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!

If you’ve read many of my previous reviews, one thing is consistent throughout the majority…I tend to fall in love with most dresses at first sight. If I lust after it, I end up falling in love all over again when it lands in my personal collection. BUT, there’s the odd item that just doesn’t seem to tickle my fancy and believe it’s best suited for other lovely dames. Well, sometimes it takes time for love to ignite but when it does, it burns ever so strong. Case in point, the Deadly Dames Tie Me Up Dress in Fetish Print. I thought it was a lovely dress but could not imagine owning it since bold prints are not exactly my cup of tea. Why? Simply, I tend to play it safe and gravitate to more basic wardrobe staples. How did I end up with the Tie Me Up Dress you ask? I saw it on Ebay at an incredible price and decided to venture out of my comfort zone for a change.

Available in sizes XS-2X in Black or Red Fetish Print ~ MSRP $144USD

DDTMUAs an avid connoisseur of PUG, I know their sizing like the back of my hand. Thankfully for those who are not quite so savvy, you can trust their size charts to be very accurate and PUG will even mention to size up or down depending on the style. Based on my measurements (36-28-40), I would fit in the size Medium comfortably. The Tie Me Up did not disappoint and I was so happy I ventured out of my bubble. The sizing fit perfectly and it was quite simple to adjust the bust area with the ties at the shoulder. Finally there was no need to alter for my short torso! Bear in mind, tying the straps can prove to be a little tricky and I would recommend doing so before wearing so the bows sit flat against your shoulders. The crossover neckline features a fully lined bodice in stretch charmeuse. Honestly, it feels so utterly elegant against your skin. If your not a big fan of excess cleavage, try adding a lace camisole for a more conservative look. The full circle skirt looks fabulous with or without a petticoat and falls a few inches below the knee at 5′-4″.

DDTMU2What makes the Tie Me Up truly unique is the risqué vintage fetish print with corsets, whips, bullet bras, and masks. Although some might find this a little over the top, it makes for a great conversation piece. Every time I wear it, people can’t help but comment about how great the print is and is quite out there. We all know this would not be suitable for an afternoon lunch with grandma or a more conservative type occasion. Be cautious of your audience as it’s definitely not for everyone. The Tie Me Up Fetish Print is perfect for date nights or a gathering with a mature crowd as it’s bound to start up a great conversation amongst your friends.

DDTMU4One thing I did notice, it’s a bit difficult to accessorize the Tie Me Up dress with a bolero or cardigan due to the bow straps. It tends to look rather messy and I prefer to wear a leather cropped jacket if it’s a bit on the cooler side. Pair this with your favorite round toe black pumps and you’re ready to go. I tend to keep my accessories to a minimum with bold prints as I don’t want the ensemble to be too over powering. If you prefer solids, the black Tie Me Up would be a unique Little Black Dress.

DDTMU3If you happen to see the Tie Me Up for an incredibly low price on Ebay or the Swap & Sell Page, have no fear as it may be a sample that was sold as a second by PUG. There’s nothing visibly wrong as I’ve spoken to a few ladies who snatched one up and I believe mine is a second as well. The Tie Me Up may have not been love at first sight but is now one of my prized possessions that I can’t help by love.

No Way, No How…

In retro fashion there are a several styles of clothing that suit a variety of body types but I personally did not feel this was plausible for the high waist cigarette pants. We all know they look fantastic on tall ladies with a perfect hourglass figure; so how the heck am I going to pull them off being short and un-proportionate? Thus, I steered clear of any high waist pants altogether. My curiosity got the best of me when Deadly Dames re-released their high waist Cigarette Pants in a more flexible fabric to ensure a better fit on a variety of shapes and sizes.

Available in sizes XS – 2X in a variety of colors & prints – MSRP $76-$86USD.

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The DD Cigarette Pants are definitely a bit tricky to pin point your sizing as you have to factor in your thigh, rise and inseam in addition to the waist and hip measurements. Based on the size chart, I fell in between the Medium and Large but opted to size up since I tend to be more bottom heavy when it comes to proper fitting pants. When they first arrived, I tried them on and quickly put them aside as it seemed they just didn’t look good on me and was disappointed from getting my hopes up. I figured it was best to try them again with some shapewear and decide if it was a complete loss or not. On my second attempt armed with Spanx, the fit was definitely more positive and considered it a step in the right direction. The DD Cigarette Pants are made from a heavy weight cotton spandex stretch twill that molds to your curves and allows give in the waist without losing its shape. The back zip with button closure proved to be a bit tricky to fasten but got easier each time.

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The fit on the DD cigarette pants is considerably difficult and there are a few issues that leave me undecided. First, the high waist is a bit too big as my measurements fall in the medium but needed a large to accommodate my hips. That being said, the high waist fits comfortably in the stomach area but dips several inches lower in the back having a fuller bottom. Pairing them with a top that is tucked in doesn’t look all that flattering unless you add a wide belt to conceal this gap.

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At only 5 ft 4 inches tall, the length falls just below the ankle rather than above. Surely not a deal breaker but calls for a nice high heel to elongate your legs. Lastly, if you have stomach area concerns you will require some tummy control shapewear with the cigarette pants. From the first time I tried them on, it was clear that the high waist style accentuated the tummy pooch which is not what we want with any style of clothing. A high waist short shaper like the Rago 6201 would work best. These challenges are surely due to the fact I’m short with a very curvy bottom with a severe gap in my waist to hip ratio which exceeds 13 inches.

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Cigarette pants can be paired with a multitude of tops, ranging from casual to an evening out. The options are endless since they are a classic black dress pant. I do highly recommend pairing it with your favorite high heels; add a pop of color with fun animal prints or bold shades.

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Although I am still on the fence with the fit on the DD cigarette pants, I am willing to give them a chance as the style makes a great staple piece for any retro wardrobe. Since taking the review photos I have trimmed down, so I’m really hoping to overcome my fear of form fitting pants and wear them with pride.