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The Banned Freedom Dress is just about the cutest print I’ve ever come across. It’s whimsical and kitschy- basically everything you could want from a novelty print. Before I go into a lot of detail, let’s look at how it stacks up in all the major areas, so you’ve got a quick reference.
Dress: Banned Freedom Dress
Where Did I Buy It?: Kitty Deluxe
Size: I’m wearing a 3xl, which according to the size chart is equivalent to an Australian size 20. This dress comes in sizes xs-4xl so it’s friendly for non-plus sized guys and gals too.
Boobs: There was plenty of room for my 20G bangers in this bodice, without any squashing.
Waist: The waist was loose, which is consistent for me in Banned dresses, and I like to add a belt to cinch my waist.
Length: Knee length, and I’m 5’2″
Arms: Capped sleeves with nice wide armholes.
Ease of Dressing: Just popped it over my head, and it went on easily.
Zip: Concealed size zip, but I don’t use them.
Material: Medium weight, 97% cotton, 3% elastane.
Steph, do I have to iron it?: I did, but I won’t judge if you can’t be bothered.
Stretch: Yep, nice amount of stretch here.
Pockets: Front pockets, but don’t get excited. They aren’t big enough for a smart phone, and if you try put your hands in them, you’ll look awkward.
Twirl Factor: Nice twirl, but keep in mind that this one is shorter than most Banned dresses.
Is This Dress Available In Other Prints?: Well, although it’s shorter, its very similar in cut to the Lone Traveller Dress (read my review here), Follow You Dress and the Vanity Dress. I own all these, and they are stunning.
Comfort: So comfortable. I wore it running errands, taking my daughter to a birthday party, and grocery shopping.
Overall Rating: I give the Banned Freedom Dress 5 out of 5 shots of whiskey.
Warning: This is the part where I talk about shit in more detail.
I’m wearing a 3xl in the Banned Freedom Dress and found it very generous. According to the size chart I measured up as a 3xl in the bust which is equivalent to an Australian 18-20 and a 2xl in the waist (Aussie 16-18). When your measurements aren’t quite right for both bust and waist, always go off your biggest measurement- in this case it was my bust. In hindsight, I could have sized down to a 2xl for a more fitted look.
It’s a little shorter than the average Banned dress, and comes to my knees- I’m 5’2″ for reference. The fabric is medium weight, with a bit of stretch. The sweetheart neckline is classic, and the high back is finished with a keyhole feature and fabric covered button.
The dress features a concealed side zip, but because the sizing is so generous, I just popped it over my head without using the zip. The armholes are generous, which is consistent with other Banned dresses I own, and the capped sleeves are sweet and flattering.
The Freedom Dress has front feature pockets, but they are merely decorative, and won’t hold a smart phone. They’re also awkward to put your hands into, I discovered. Repeatedly.
Because I was taking my daughter to a birthday party when I wore this, I decided to be playful with accessories. I’m wearing the Erstwilder Hundreds and Thousands brooch which is currently sold out and extremely valuable. Good news though, Erstwilder are bringing the fairy bread back soon! I’m also wearing Greetings from Gretel, which was a free gift with a purchase of 4 or more pieces from the Erstwilder A Kitschy Christmas Collection. My earrings are oreo’s by Crafty Cruella.
My favourite thing about the Banned Freedom Dress is definitely the print of party cats, balloons and confetti- perfect for birthday parties, or just to put a smile on your face. It’s also very versatile to style, and there are quite a few accent colours that look great with it, but I personally love mustard. I’m wearing a knit beret and cardi from Dangerfield, but they are both currently sold out. My belt is from Kitty Deluxe and they come in a rainbow of colours, and both regular and plus sizes. Everyone’s happy!
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