A couple of weeks ago, I was contacted by a fashion brand called Femme Luxe Finery, asking if I would like to collaborate. I’ll be honest, I was a tad dubious about saying yes, for two reasons.
Number one – the reviews of the company online don’t appear to be entirely positive. However, this seems to be a growing trend among many online fashion retailers these days. I’ve seen ASOS, Boohoo, Pretty Little Thing, and plenty of others with shocking comments left on Instagram and other social media platforms. (Not that any of those are okay, either.)
Number two – I’m no fashion blogger. I’ve got lumpy, wobbly bits and I’m not good at/too lazy to go through the Photoshop rigmarole. I also have a very hard time shopping for clothes, and I can’t pose in front of a camera to save my life.
(It’s all working against me here, right?)
I gave Femme Luxe the benefit of the doubt, despite reading that clothes would often turn up damaged or frayed, or sometimes not even at all. I also figured I should give myself the benefit of the doubt, too. F**k the lumpy, wobbly bits and stupid poses.
I was wholeheartedly expecting to be let down by the experience, but I wasn’t.
Well, actually, I was a little bit …
I was told to order four things from a bunch of items — Bloggers Picks. Now, I’m going to be super honest with you and tell you that I probably wouldn’t have ever ordered from the brand had they not got in touch with me first. The clothes are nice, but they’re not *my* style of clothes. I don’t really know what my style is, but I know it’s not super glam and slinky … which is what half the stuff on the website seemed to be. Beautiful glam and slinky dresses, but not the kind of dress that a clumsy, spills-a-lot gal like me would dare to wear.
I chose four items that I felt would suit me the most, and that I would have the easiest time styling –
- Black Knitted Ribbed Long Sleeved Midi Dress – Ellie
- Grey Knit Long Sleeve Tie Front Wrap Dress – Star
- Black Knit Block Colour Jumper Dress – Ella
- Mustard Ribbed Knit Bodycon – Tasha
Hella cute, right?
Yeah, I thought so.
ON ARRIVAL …
After a slightly difficult delivery process (the courier’s fault, not Femme Luxe’s), I received my package. Unfortunately, it only had three items instead of four. I was missing the Grey Knit Long Sleeve Tie Front Wrap Dress – Star, although, luckily, that was my LEAST favourite of the bunch.
I didn’t email them to let them know that I only received three of four items immediately because I figured the final item might come in a separate package. It became apparent this wasn’t the case after a week or so, but I still haven’t emailed them yet. I know it sounds super daft, but it *was* a PR package. (Which means I didn’t pay for the items.) If I *had* paid for the items, I would have emailed them … obviously.
Again, I expected really shocking things in terms of clothing quality, judging from what I’d read, but I was very pleasantly surprised by what turned up. I’ve fallen prey to cheap eBay clothes before, with half of the items being so transparent that you might as well not be wearing them at all, and I had half-expected that to be the case with my knitted items.
The Mustard Ribbed Knit Bodycon dress is a tad on the transparent side. It’s definitely more transparent than what I would be happy with, and I couldn’t wear it without wearing some sort of flesh-coloured underwear. I have a tattooed torso, and you could see the outline/darkness of my tattoos through the knitted material. Although, hilariously, this isn’t apparent in my photos.
You’d probably need nude-coloured underwear for a dress like this.
The other items were fine. Ella and Ellie (the dress ‘names’) were not transparent. I mean, if you shone a light behind me you’d probably see the outline of my legs, but you couldn’t see my torso-tats through the material.
This is another thing that I was quite worried about. I don’t actually know what size I am. I lost some weight, and then I stopped losing weight for a bit, and then I put some on, and then I lost some, and then I lost some more. I went from a size 16-18 to what appears to be an 8-10. Thankfully (like, really thankfully), I didn’t lose all of my curves. I’d have been devastated if I’d lost them. They’ve gotten me through life pretty well … 😉
I actually measured the various sections of my body with a measuring tape, and then went with the size guide on the Femme Luxe Finery website to ensure that everything would actually fit me, and I don’t think the clothes are too far off. I’m quite short, but I can’t really complain about the length too much. I didn’t find anything was ridiculously long. It was all wearable, even for my 27-inch inside leg.
My measurements –
- Height: 5 feet 3 inches
- Hips: 33/34 inches
- Waist: 28 inches
- Bust: 32 inches
I ordered everything in an SM or 8/10 (UK).
Ella was the cutest dress of the bunch, in my opinion, and I ordered it because it was a bit 60’s-esque.
I personally thought this dress was a teensy bit too short for me to wear with just bare legs. I’d definitely need to legging or tight-up to feel comfortable. It’s not so long that you can’t wear it as a sweater, with jeans or a skirt, though. In fact, I styled the jumper dress both ways and loved it.
The arms of the dress are a bit weird – really wide at the end. It made them almost annoying. I’d probably lazily roll up the arms, maybe adding a little stitch just to keep one side of it in place or something like that?
Would I wear the Ella dress? Absolutely. I actually think this one might be in the running for my Valentine’s Day outfit if it’s chilly. Not that I’ve got anything planned …
*Unless I’m lucky and my fella surprises me!
Check it out for yourself here – Black Knit Block Colour Jumper Dress – Ella – £13.99 (from £26.99)
This is probably the dress I’ll wear the most. It’s one of those sweater dresses that you could wear both casually and in a more dressed-up sense.
I could see myself wearing it with funky Irregular Choice heels for nights out or dinner dates, switching them out for my rose gold Adidas kicks for more casual days-about-town.
To be honest, I expected the midi dress to be more maxi on my short wee legs, but it wasn’t so bad. I’m actually quite thankful for this new addition to my closet. I was already on the hunt for black rollneck something, I just wasn’t sure whether I wanted a sweater or a dress.
Check it out for yourself here – Black Knitted Ribbed Long Sleeved Midi Dress – Ellie – £19.99 (from £29.99)
This mustard treat was my least favourite … at first. The transparency kinda put me off, and I don’t really like the idea of wearing some Spanx-style item underneath so people can’t seem my ink/underwear through it. Despite that, I found that I could make a couple of decent outfits out of it. After trawling through my closet, I found that it went quite well with a black waistcoat/blazer thing I’d forgotten all about. I’m just not sure about the footwear I’d team with it? What do YOU think? Help a gal out.
I also thought I might rock it with a denim dungaree-pinafore dress I had but as soon as I’d put it on I realised just how Minion-esque I looked.
Also, the dress was a teensy bit too long to get away with wearing as a sweater under my denim dress. You can see the mustard material at the bottom, particularly at the back. It would probably work for a longer dress/skirt or a taller person, and I also love it as a sweater, with ripped black jeans.
I personally feel like this is a dress that I’d wear on less-bloaty times of the month. It’s figure-hugging, and it definitely shows off bra-splurge. I refuse to Photoshop my figure, but I wanted to sort that bra-splurge out SO BAD. That’s what it looked like, though. I ain’t gonna lie to you fine folks.
Check it out for yourself here – Mustard Ribbed Knit Bodycon – Tasha – £15.99 (from £24.99)
FEMME LUXE FINERY REVIEW — THE CONCLUSION
To be honest, my Femme Luxe Finery experience was much more positive than I thought it was going to be. I mean, yeah, I was missing an item from my parcel, but that happens a lot with me. It doesn’t matter where I order from (or how much money I’m spending), there always seems to be a problem somewhere along the line, usually a missing item.
The quality of the clothes was much better than expected, and I could easily wear all three of the sweater dresses in a number of ways, for a number of events. They’re super versatile, for me at least.
All of the items were under £20, which makes them an absolute steal. (Especially when you consider I almost bought a £35 black, knitted sweater dress just a couple of weeks ago.) They’ve also been washed a few times and haven’t lost their shape. I think this surprised me the most as it’s a very common occurrence with cheapy-cheap clothes.
I WOULD buy from Femme Luxe Finery. My little haul was so much cuter than anticipated!
Check out what else Femme Luxe has to offer in the dresses department HERE.
THE OUTTAKES –