This is a guest post.
Introduction to BiuBiu
For those not familiar with BiuBiu, here’s a quick introduction to this Polish clothing company for full-busted women. Clothing is fit according to waist, hips, or the European clothing size you would wear if not for your breasts, and your bust size. For stretch fabrics, there are two options: B/BB and BB/BBB. Breast room is often more generous than the sizing chart indicates for stretch fabrics, but not for tailored clothing like button-down shirts. Prices are comparable to what you find in a department store, and quality is usually quite good. There is an English-language version of the website, and orders can be paid by credit card or Paypal. Packages are usually received within a week if you are also in Europe and may take a bit longer further afield. Returns and exchanges are not a problem, but because of exchange rates and shipping costs many people prefer to resell rather than return.
Summer 2013 Selection
The summer shirt selection this year includes Portofino (79 zł, equal to about $28, €21 or £17), Venice ($21,€15.50/£13) and Verona ($35,€26/£21.50) in several different colors. The dress options are Fields ($42,€31.50/£26), Marsala ($42,€31.50/£26), Martini ($56,€42/£34.50) and Gomora ($59.50,€44.50/£37).
I couldn’t purchase everything, so I settled on the Peony Fields dress and three different Venice shirts: the slightly more expensive limited edition with a lace pattern, coral and teal (which is more of an azure). With the exception of the Venice lace (size 40 BB/BBB), all are size 40 B/BB. I am 5’3″ (160 cm) tall and measure 40.5 inches (103 cm) in the bust while wearing a bra, 31 inches (79 cm) at my natural waist, and 39 inches (99 cm) around my hips. I’m wearing a 34GG or 36G bra in all the photos.
I found all items comfortable, although the Venice lace is slightly too large in the chest as it was ordered before my recent decrease in size.
What immediately attracted me to the Venice style was the lace, broken by bold vertical seam lines.
The look is unusual and striking, while the cut is basically that of a t-shirt, which meant I had a good idea of how it would fit me before I ordered it. (See my recent comparison of BiuBiu and URKYE’s t-shirt styles for a more detailed analysis of the fit.)
When I first saw pictures, I thought it had a lace overlay on a white shirt, so I was somewhat disappointed to learn that it was a print and that the other Venice shirts were monochrome.
I’ve since grown to appreciate them because they are so versatile, easily dressed up or down.
(Please excuse the sunglasses and squinting, summer has hit us full force. These lightweight shirts are proving very pleasant to wear to work.)
Peony Fields is a light casual dress which you can simply throw on and not worry about.
I wore it for the first time to a BBQ, but I’ll wear it to work next week.
Bonus: Summer 2012
BiuBiu still has some items from last summer at a reduced price. The Fado lazur (turqoise) is just one of the pieces still on sale in limited sizes.
I won’t be wearing this one to work, however.