Asos Banded Dress Review (Herve Leger Look for Less)

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Off-Shoulder Dress c/o (3 colors), Valentino heels, DIY clutch (tutorial coming soon)

I’ve received a few questions about this ASOS dress, and wanted to share some quick thoughts…

Length: This is labeled as a “midi” dress, despite being shown to hit above the model’s knees. I used to alter my skirts / dresses to 2 inches above the knees without a second thought, but lately have been gravitating towards a longer hemline. I especially like them with either higher-waisted items (to visually lengthen the leg line), or with fitted pieces (to add some conservatism – ie. love this printed option).

For this dress, I experimented with all sorts of lengths before deciding on right at the knees (about 1″ shorter than option #2 below). Below the knee was a little truncating even with my highest heels, and above the knee seemed too casual. I used this old formula as a guide, and chose the length that showed equal parts skirt and lower leg (lengthened 4 inches here by nude pumps).
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Material & Design: Although the banded look of this ASOS dress is presumably modeled after Herve Leger bandage dresses, I imagine that the material weight and quality does not compare (must also factor in that it’s a fraction of the price)…
I have not tried any Herve Leger dresses personally, but from what I hear, the banded material is thick and sturdy. This supposedly aids in the “compression” effect (like built-in shapewear) for holding in trouble areas and enhancing curves. The poly/elastane blend material of the ASOS is thin and slightly see-through if you wear contrasting underwear. However, when pulled taut like it is here with no zipper, it nevertheless does have some compression and curve-enhancing effects.
asos_red_dress_review4 Sizing & Fit: The dress is labeled as a “bodycon” style, which implies a very tight intended fit. I’m not quite used to wearing skin-tight items, therefore wavered between two sizes for the longest time. I usually wear between US1 and US2 for ASOS, but debated between US2 and US 4 for this dress. The snug all-around fit created some cleavage and a slight hourglass shape for a body with minimal natural curves. In the 1st photo of this post, I am trying on the size US 2 with the hem folded up.

     Left: US 4    vs.    Right: US 2

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                                                             Left: US 4    vs.    Right: US 2
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Final choice: After going back and forth a few too many times, I ended up sizing up to the US 4 and performing the following alterations:

1. Shortened the skirt length
2. Tapered the skirt for a more pencil-shaped silhouette
3. Took in the waist
4. Shortened the shoulder straps
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Since the dress is unlined, the alterations were not complicated but did take me some time. The end result is fitted with less clingy-ness at the bum (my main reason for sizing up), but the bosom-enhancing effects of a smaller size were lost. If you don’t mind a very snug silhouette, I suggest going with your usual size and rocking it with confidence : )

Readers – What is your preferred length for a dress like this? Below, at, or above the knee?

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56 Comments

  1. Jean wrote:

    Sure!

    Posted 6.26.14 Reply
  2. Hi,

    Can I have your permission to print the photo of you in the three dress lengths in a local Asian magazine? The article is on how to dress for a petite frame, and I think this would be a great illustration. I will also feature your blog in the article. Thank you, Erin

    Posted 6.26.14 Reply
  3. I like the shape of this dress. It fits with you nicely.

    Posted 2.7.14 Reply
  4. Chi wrote:

    If you're still interested in the Herve Leger look, the RealReal has one on consignment in size XS for $395. Just a thought. 🙂 http://www.therealreal.com/products/herve-leger-bandage-dress-131?flash_sale_id=3631

    Posted 9.5.13 Reply
  5. Ella Ava wrote:

    i like branded dresses.. and its my favorite dress style… i will desperately wana buy this…
    http://www.apparelnbags.com/mens-shorts.htm

    Posted 8.10.13 Reply
  6. This dress looks perfect with your skin colour

    Posted 5.28.13 Reply

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