About a month ago, I received an email from The Kewl Shop (“kewl” is pronounced like “cool”), asking if I wanted to collaborate and offering me my choice of a bandage dress in exchange for a review. My first reaction, honestly, was “Ummmmmmm…. Me in a bandage dress? I dunno.” Another (male) friend’s reaction was, “A bandage dress? Like a mummy?” LOL. And my husband’s reaction was, “YES. DO IT.” 😉
If you’re not familiar with what a bandage dress is, Hervé Leger made them famous in the early ’80s — they’re body-conscious dresses made of bandage-like strips that showcase the feminine silhouette. A librarian in a bandage dress?! Kind of sounds like one of those “sexy Halloween costumes,” doesn’t it?
But I have an open mind and a lifelong love of research and exploring new ideas, so that’s what I did. I explored The Kewl Shop’s website and found myself quite impressed at the following:
- Transparent and informative details about their company AND their core principles
- Free shipping internationally — and the shipping is FAST, y’all!
- Excellent customer service (including chat) — and I can confirm this! Really personable, really easy to work with.
- Detailed and down-to-earth posts on their blog, including posts about “How Much Should I Pay For A Bandage Dress?” and “Can I Wear A Bandage Dress Over 40?“
- Customer reviews and photo upload options
- Detailed sizing chart
- Variety of clothing options in general, as well as the variety of bandage dress options — you can narrow down by color, print, neckline, etc. PLUS, there are a lot of machine-washable options. 🙂
I was glad I kept an open mind and found myself getting excited at the prospect of finding a bandage dress that would fit my style. I even created my own Pinterest board of “My Kewl Shop Faves” — and eventually decided on the butterfly-print, a-line bandage dress. I was intrigued by both the print AND the flared hem — two things I had never associated before with bandage dresses.
I took the plunge, ordered it, and within a week, the dress was hanging in my closet. I left it hanging facing out in my closet, because I just kept staring at the print, which is so unusual and eye-catching.
The print is GORGEOUS, and the quality is high. The print matches up on the sides, and the material is quite thick and stretchy, as you can see above. And it fit, y’all. With it all zipped up — and yes, I had to have my husband help me, which he was delighted to do, hah! — I felt very secure, with everything in its place. 😉 I also felt confident. It’s a strange-but-exhilirating feeling that I am excited about wearing a bandage dress!
The dress also has black side panels that are visually flattering, as they nip in the waist. Below are some informal selfies of me wearing the dress, both a front view and a side view. Next week, I will explore both work-appropriate and nighttime looks with my bandage dress — with better pictures — so stay tuned!
Two things that I do need to address for a thorough review: the length and the price.
- Length: There are a handful of maxidress bandage dress options, but they’re more formal styles. Most, but not all, of the bandage dresses are quite short in length. Choosing a flared option might actually accentuate the shortness of the hem — therefore, I plan on wearing this dress with leggings and/or opaque tights. The Kewl Shop does have plus-size options, but I also wish they had tall-size options, for us taller ladies who prefer longer hems. Or at least include a filter to narrow down to the longer-length options?
- Price: The prices for The Kewl Shop bandage dresses are not insignificant, as most fall in the $100-200 range. The dress I chose retails for $154, and it is easily one of the most expensive items in my closet right now. But I do balance that with the high quality of the dress and structure, as well as appreciation for the fact that these are NOT cheap-o bandage dresses. The post about “How Much Should I Pay For A Bandage Dress?” was illuminating about the hidden costs of cheap bandage dresses out there.
I also requested a reader discount for anyone who’s reading this who may now be interested in trying out a bandage dress for yourself. The reader discount is LIBRARIAN15, which is good for 15% off anything at The Kewl Shop, and best of all, the code NEVER EXPIRES. For starting point inspiration, please check out my Pinterest board of “My Kewl Shop Faves.” 🙂
Blogging about my personal style journey the past couple of years has really boosted my self-confidence, and it has provided outlets to new possibilities and ways I can try different things and incorporate them into my own personal style. Inspiration is everywhere, and I thank The Kewl Shop for the opportunity to try something new!
And remember — next week, I will explore both work-appropriate and nighttime looks with my bandage dress. Stay tuned!
Full disclosure: I received a bandage dress of my choice from The Kewl Shop in exchange for a review. All opinions are 100% mine and 100% honest.