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dragonsarebest Mon 18-Apr-16 17:46:40

I've been looking at this dress online for a few weeks Is Whistles stuff generally well made, wash well, etc? Any thoughts on sizing, or if you'd recommend or avoid, would be really helpful. I'm a size 10-12 5'5 pear. I don't have a stockist near me unfortunately.


Floisme Mon 18-Apr-16 18:11:08

I can't get your link to work - is it this?

In all honesty, apart from their legendary (and sadly defunct) tube skirts, I don't think the quality is that great, considering their prices. However I think there's something about the way their clothes are cut that's quite clever. Their stuff hangs really nicely on me. I'm also a sucker for that laid back cool look and I think they do that very well. So I'm a fan but only when there's an offer or a sale on and I wash carefully e.g. on 'delicate' and inside a pillow case.

I'm a size 8-10 and somewhere between hourglass and pear shape and I would say they're normally true to size.

dragonsarebest Mon 18-Apr-16 18:37:54

Yes that's the one! Thank you, that's so helpful to hear. It seemed a lot of money for the fabric, but I do like the look of the dress and it's encouraging to hear they hang well. I'll keep my eyes out for a code. That dress is carried by a few dept stores online (but none near me grrr).

SalmonMaki Mon 18-Apr-16 18:44:45

Have you tried John Lewis, they generally stock Whistles and have a good delivery/return service.

I have a couple of bodycon-ish, rather fitted, dresses from Whistles - jersey ones and silk ones. They fit me well (curvy size 12 / 14), but I think that's the cut of those dresses in particular. The one you're interested in looks like one of their drapey, less fitted designs - maybe lovely on you, but I know it's look like a sack on me sad

All my Whistles dresses have washed and worn well btw.

dragonsarebest Mon 18-Apr-16 19:01:36

Good point about JL, thanks! Sounds like I need to try it on really...

Floisme Mon 18-Apr-16 19:04:26

I think I've seen it in our local John Lewis and it looks as if it would hang/drape really nicely. But yes, the kind of shape where you don't really now till you've tried it on.

Judydreamsofhorses Mon 18-Apr-16 19:53:22

I have the Lola dress which is very similar - it is really over-sized. I am usually a 10/12 and have the printed one in an 8 and the navy one in a 10 - the 10 is actually huge and the 8 looks better. (I'm 5ft 6 and pear-shaped.) I have quite a lot of Whistles stuff, usually bought in sales or with a code, and the odd thing my mum's treated me to - I think it works well on my shape and washes/wears well too, but I would rarely buy full price. (If you can't get it in JL, Whistles do quick delivery/returns.)

Judydreamsofhorses Mon 18-Apr-16 19:55:49

This is the Lola for comparison:

dragonsarebest Mon 18-Apr-16 21:40:19

Oh that's good to know, thank you - I was wondering about sizing. Definitely sounds like need to try some sizes on so I can swoop as soon as a code appears. The Lola looks lovely too.

IWantToLiveInPawnee Mon 18-Apr-16 21:49:32

Whistles definitely comes up big. I'm an 8 and I often wear 4 or a 6.

I have many whistles items but feel that they're a bit hit and miss these days.

It's no better quality than high street but the cut and fabric is better.

Judydreamsofhorses Mon 18-Apr-16 22:25:19

Alas, the code (Grazia) has just been. Is it on ASOS? They often do good discounts.

dragonsarebest Tue 19-Apr-16 08:52:40

Thanks everyone. Def need to schedule a daytrip to actual shops! Shame about the grazia code but I'm sure another will be along before too long smile

EachandEveryone Tue 19-Apr-16 09:02:15

I love that dress but I have at least four in my wardrobe they do them every season. They are flattering but not worth full price. Be careful of the lengths some can be very short. I do like Whistles but I don't know how they get away with their prices esiecially for accessories.

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