I was sent the Dreamgirl Black Diamond Plus Size Fishnet Garter Dress for review by Lovehoney. I had meant to get this review up sooner, but shingles has kicked by butt!
This is the first garment of it’s type that I have owned. Being a big girl, it’s only really in the last few years I’ve started venturing into more daring lingerie as I have developed better body acceptance.
First out of the packaging, it looks tiny, in the same way a pair of tights look doll-sized before you get them on. Don’t panic, with it being fishnet, that is to be expected and you’ll be surprised how much it stretches and conforms to your body. This also means if you’re going away for a night, it takes up barely any space in your luggage, which could prove to be very handy indeed.
First of all, this calls itself a “dress”. Maybe on a slimmer girl you could call it that, but I’d say it’s a lot closer to a body stocking, as it’s made of fishnet. Speaking of slimmer girls, you’ll notice the promotional shots I have for this are of a particularly slim woman. The pictures Lovehoney use are of a curvier, yet (in my opinion) by no means “plus size” woman for the “queen size” listing of this dress. I am presuming this is what Dreamgirl see as “larger”.
|Screenshot of Lovehoney’s product page and model.|
Now, as I am 5’11″ and fluctuate between 22 and 26 depending on the outfit, I got the “One Size Queen”, which is stated as fitting UK 18-24. I am aware that in terms of clothes size this should be the right size for me, but that in height I am outside the “normal” range of women by a couple of inches or so.
With that said, I found that the fit of the garment overall was much better than expected. The legs are long enough (near enough a miracle), nothing looks too short and everything I’d expect to be covered (or as covered as a fishnet body stocking dress will do), but the shoulders are a problem area. I have fairly average size shoulders for my overall build, but found that the shoulders on this slip, a lot. In reality, it’s up to you to judge whether that’d bother you or if what else you might be getting up to at the time would distract you sufficiently!
Considering it is made of fishnet material, it’s less scratchy and more comfortable than one might expect. I like the way it’s all in one, as stockings and suspenders can be awkward to find in plus sizes.
In terms of where I’d wear it, I’d certainly pick it out for the bedroom. The design means you have the option to allow your partner very easy access and it’s definitely raunchy. My partner said he found it very sexy. I could see this being worn to sex or kink parties, at least by the more daring attendees!
Overall, not the type of attire I’d normally pick out for myself, but something a bit different and provided you’re comfortable with your shape, something I’d recommend trying.
PROS - Comfortable, sexy, small when not worn for easy packing.
CONS - Shoulders are a problem area for fit.
OVERALL - Mostly a good, if daring, choice. Shoulders will fall down.