If you are a fan of dramatic, billowy sleeves, or love dresses that make a statement, Reformation’s Belgium Midi Dress might be the dress for you.
At first glance, the Belgium Midi Dress appears prim, but look more closely, and you’ll find some statement details that separate it from more classically cottagecore pieces.
Because of the flowier skirt, the high front slit detail is only visible when the wearer is in motion or is sitting cross-legged in a chair. And the flirty ruffled hem further tamps down the boldness of the high slit.
Even the square neck, which isn’t normally risqué, shows off a plunging neckline on average-busted people because of the seamed details and fitted bodice which pushes up breasts.
Lest you still think the style is uptight, there’s an unexpected v-back (which doesn’t affect how strapless-bra friendly the dress is) that bares skin in a way that’s more romance than raunch.
The fabric, a midweight (100%) linen, is non-stretchy and not wrinkle-resistant, so will likely require a thorough steam before wear if you plan to get photographed in this dress.
SIZING & FIT
Reformation styles generally run slightly small to size compared to mass market brands, especially in designs made from woven fabric. I’d recommend sizing up in this style if you are “apple-shaped” as the torso is fitted without much give. In the right size, the partially smocked back with contrasting zipper will facilitate “easy on, easy off.”
The dress in size 0, when laid flat, measures just short of 12″ across the waist, 14.5″ from underarm to underarm, and 9″ in the length of the bodice, and 38.5″ in total length. The side slit opens up about 21″.
The Belgium Midi Dress is available in sizes 0-12.
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Buy the Reformation Belgium Midi Dress at eBay, Nordstrom, Reformation, and Selfridges, and Shopbop.