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Curvy Dress Review: Bolero Beachwear

Bolero Beachwear DD+ Dress

I’ve reviewed the DD+ line of dresses from Bolero Beachwear before, in the form of these gorgeous maxi dresses. Today I’m featuring a newer style, with all of the same curve friendly features.

Bolero Beachwear makes curve friendly summer dresses in a multitude of styles. They’ve developed quite a following among full bust bloggers: A Sophisticated Pair and Hourglassy are long time fans as well. Patricia, the founder and designer, was nice enough to send me this new shorter dress style to try now that the weather is getting hot here.

All Bolero Beachwear dresses have two features that make them great for hot weather wear: they come out of the washer and dryer looking like new and the drawstring neckline lets you adjust the amount of cleavage you want to show. This means that I wear these dresses for everything, from backyard barbecues to eating dinner out. I also don’t worry if I spill coffee or get dog hair all over them, which means they get a ton of wear compared to some dresses in my wardrobe.


I’m not sure what this print is called, which is sad, because I love it. Patricia picked for me and she clearly knows my home color palette. This print is incredibly vibrant but doesn’t feel over the top when you wear it, which makes it easy to throw on for just about any situation.


In terms of sizing, my best advice is to contact Patricia with your measurements and get her advice. Since this line is cut for curves, you’ll probably need a smaller size than you think. You can also order them through A Sophisticated Pair and ask Erica all about sizing – she’s an expert.


What do you think of this Bolero Beachwear style? Do you prefer short dresses or maxi dresses in the summer?



  1. This looks so adorable on you, Holly!! The colors are really beautiful on your complexion, and the fit is perfect. For sizing, I found Bolero is one of the more flexible manufacturers out there. I am currently at a size 8/10, but the small works well while my aunt is more on the 0/2 side and takes either an XS or S. In my opinion, it depends more on how you want the dress to fit.

  2. Not only you look stunning in this dress Holly, but also you make me feel so proud of such accomplishment: great fit for Busty girls!
    Each style is very carefully designed to provide this final result, it takes many prototypes and corrections -both, for fabric and patterns-until finally I’m happy with the result.
    I know sometimes people wonder about the price of Bolero Busty-friendly styles but to get to this point, it takes not only high quality fabrics and craftsmanship, testing the final product to make sure is care-free, things like lining the front top, trims etc but making dresses by trained sewers in the USA and not mass-produce them so you don’t find the same dress everywhere is not cheap!
    This print is our Beauty purple-teal and it just perfect on you!
    The best advise is to contact Bolero for sizing and Erica (Sophisticated Pair)is an expert in sizing as well. We are in the process of E-commerce website development to provide our styles everywhere. Our retail prices will be according to the stores and will have exclusive prints and styles not available in stores.
    Thanks again Holly for such amazing review, your photo looking so beautiful is one the most rewarding things for me as a Designer!

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