I had a feeling when Stop Staring said they would choose a dress for me to style on the blog that they were going to send me one of their wiggle dresses, and sure enough I received the Uma dress in soft pink. While this was fully understandable as they are known for their incredible wiggle dresses, it was still a little daunting for a girl who doesn’t get her wiggle on too often! Read on to find out the Uma dress helped me get over my wiggle fears.
The Uma dress is made of Stop Staring’s signature stretch millennium fabric which moulds to your curves while at the same time smoothing to create the ultimate hourglass silhouette. There is plenty of ruching around the bust and cap sleeves as well as pleating at the left hip, which all gives amazing texture to the dress. This clever piece of design work made me feel much more confident in such a figure-hugging number, especially as the pleats at the hip then created diagonal ruching across the stomach area which I am most self-conscious about. The dress has a peekaboo opening at the back, closing with a button at neck and a centre zip below the cutout. If you’re worried about showing bra strap at the back (or just want to go braless) there is a built-in padded bust, and there is a kick pleat at the back of the dress so you can move around easily. I paired the Uma dress with navy accessories to offset the pale pink colour, including a fascinator I found at a vintage sale just an hour before! It definitely makes it feel very evening glam, but this is also a dress that could easily work in the office with lighter accessories.
I am wearing my usual Stop Staring size for the Uma dress, which is an XS. As I hadn’t tried one of their wiggle dresses before I was pleased that the XS still worked for me in this style; I’m often wary of buying more fitted things online for fear that they won’t fit my hips, but the combination of Stop Staring’s brilliant millennium fabric and great design luckily meant that wasn’t an issue. My hip size is actually bigger than the XS sizing (the Stop Staring size chart notes measurements of 32”-24”-35” for an XS, while for reference my measurements are 32”-24”-37”), but I’m glad that I had the XS as there wasn’t any noticeable tightness in the hip area and going up a size would have meant the dress was way too big everywhere else. And despite my wiggle dress fears I feel really comfortable and like I’m totally slaying, which is the most important thing I can ask for in a form-fitting dress! If you are unsure about sizing though I recommend contacting the Stop Staring team as they will be happy to help you figure out the best size for you.
The Uma dress is currently available in most sizes via the Stop Staring website, and retails for $167USD/$228NZD. If soft pink’s not your thing, then you can also get the Uma dress in olive or army green, red, black, or even this breath-taking rose print which is available from today! Worldwide shipping is available, and postage is free in the US. They also have numerous boutiques and stockists around the world if you would like to shop in person.
Full outfit details:
Fascinator, necklace & gloves – vintage
Heels – Mixx Shuz
Coat – Collectif
Thank you so much to the Stop Staring team choosing such a stunning dress for me! Make sure you’re following them on Instagram as they have wonderful new styles coming out all the time. Thank you as well to @cmjsnz for snapping these pics in St Kevin’s Arcade. Check out past Stop Staring posts here (Genesis swing dress) and here (Summertime swing dress), and look out for more of their dresses coming to the blog soon!
Miss Hero Holliday