Novella Royale is the culmination of two things; a considerate design ideology and the raw vision of its founder/designer, Mary Myers. Mary is a salt of the earth, third generation seamstress who cut her teeth designing accessories for larger fashion manufacturers. While grateful for the opportunities presented to her, she could not ignore the nagging desire to take charge of her own destiny. She decided to couple her reduce, re-use, recycle design philosophy with her fate and took the plunge, jumping headlong into the creation of her own brand which she named after her young daughter, Novella Royale.
The dress is very true to the picture. The fabric is extremely soft, stretchy and comfy, and the print is quite lovely. I am 5'7", 123 lbs, and a 32B bra size and the small fit well. However, the top is large enough though that it could accommodate C size too. The only reasons I did not give this dress five stars are: (1) There are some odd gathers right below the waist that don't lay correctly - they kind of ripple out; while you can pull it down to make it lay flatter, it's somewhat annoying; and (2) It is quite low cut. I will have to wear booby tape to keep it in place. However, these negatives aren't enough to make me not like the dress and keep it. It is very flattering - sexy but not over the top.
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