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By Pauline Weston Thomas for Fashion-Era.com

 

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The Magic Slimming Dress - Consumer Review

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The Magic Slimming Dress

Some weeks ago I heard about Marks and Spencer's new Patent Pending special Magicwear ™ Short Sleeve Double Crepe Dress intended to support and slim the body.  I was dubious that a dress could magic away lumps and bumps.  But this is no ordinary dress.  This magic slimming dress is designed to have an Elastane Lycra support in the design of the lining and the seaming of the dress.  I decided to do a road test on the dress and write up a consumer review for the website.

Like many women, I feel my body is never going to recover from the ravages of being lived in!  It would take a miracle, I thought, to improve my silhouette.  So rather than contact Marks and Spencer's press office I decided to be Mrs Average Consumer and tackle the consumer review that way.  I visited their online website and found several MagicwearTM garments on offer.  They say the garments have a '... Firm control inner lining that is cut and seamed to control and lift in all the right places - holding in the stomach and lifting the bottom and bust...'

Magic slimming dress sounded good to me, sounded worth a try, so I proceeded and placed an order.  Some of the magic items I ordered are on a month wait or more. If it were to fit me on arrival, I felt this basic black dress was a perfect plain dress to go under streamlined jackets and coats.   
This dress is for UK Delivery only (more information See Marks and Spencer.)

Well this morning my black magic slimming dress arrived from an internet order placed just 3 days ago.  You are supposed to be able to wear the magic slimming dress without a bra.  So after a shower and still braless, I unzipped the magic dress and tried it on.   I was quite taken aback.  The  Magicwear ™ Short Sleeve Double Crepe Dress really did do what it said it would.  There I was, with no make up and with uncombed hair, yet here was a curvy streamlined silhouette looking back at me.  I looked a size smaller.  You will have gathered - I really liked the magic dress!  This was a big tick in my consumer review box.

The dress slimmed me down, but even better, it pulled me into a curvy hourglass shape and this was without the help of a bra.  I felt I could wear it as it was, however, being a D cup, it could look even better with a bra.  In fact, I knew that once I scrubbed up, this dress would transform me.

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The Cut of the Magic Slimming Dress

Half an hour later, with hair and makeup done and by then wearing a multiway bra (probably the ideal bra for such a scoop neck) I tried the dress on again.   I was very pleased with the result.  This is a superb well cut dress, fitting in all the right places and it does exactly what the PR advertising says.  If your figure has been wandering freeform, then this dress certainly reins it in again - just like magic!  The cut is superb.

I'd mentioned the new magic dress several times to my husband in the week leading up to its delivery.  So, as one does when feeling particularly fetching in something new, I modelled the dress for my husband and managed to get him to unglue his gaze from the computer monitor.  'You look all woman ' he said.  Isn't that the very compliment we all want to hear.  I cannot wait to wear it out.  I felt very womanly wearing it.

I can honestly say this dress is magic in the way it knocks you into curvaceous shape.

Despite the fact that the dress really pulls you in, it gives you lots of support especially around the midriff, which is my number one personal 'hate my body spot'.  The dress really feels very comfortable to wear.  The inner lining is firmly supportive, without being uncomfortable in the way that a girdle can pinch.  Take note, this fabric weight will be perfect for autumn and winter.

The dress is very well cut, with interesting contoured seams on the back and some front asymmetric side draping.  The upper front bodice also has a seam at the bustline which is part of the design to make a bra unnecessary.  Whoever cut the pattern for this dress knew what they were doing.  I'm sure it will thrill consumers who were also fans of Roland Mouret's Galaxy dress, but could not afford one or even acquire one if they could afford it.  They will love the hourglass shape this dress gives them - and at a tenth of the price.  These magic dress is a winner for Marks and Spencer in my opinion.   Realistically it is not a Roland Mouret dress, but all the same it is very nice dress and uses the principle of an inner power support in a similar manner to the Mouret dress.

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The Technical Details of the Magic Dress

The inner lining of the Magicwear™ Short Sleeve Double Crepe Dress is made of 23% elastane Lycra and 77% polyester.  The double crepe top fabric is made of 49% Viscose, 49% polyester and 2% Lycra.  Crepe yarn, being a highly twisted yarn that curls back on itself making it very resilient, is naturally more resistant to everyday creasing.  This double crepe fabric has the advantage of just 2% Lycra (and we all know what a difference that makes in jeans) and it's mixed with polyester which does not crease easily either.

Polyester has a low moisture regain of 0.4%.  On the other hand, the moisture regain of viscose, a regenerated fibre made from cellulose material, is much higher at 13%.  The result of the combination of polyester and viscose is a winner in terms of wearing comfort.  The viscose element will draw off body moisture helping retain comfort in wear.  The same combination of properties makes for easy washing.  Viscose is weak when wet, but polyester and Lycra are both very strong so the fabric mixture wins again.

Minor Dislikes About the Magic Dress

Nothing much.  I love it!
But to be complete, any good consumer review will seek out the negative aspects, so whilst I think this dress is a 9/10, it does have a few elements I want you to know more about.

The model looks good, but I don't think the pictures here really do the dress justice.  The dress has a quality look, is neither too revealing, nor too prim.  The photos of the model also cannot let you know how good and pulled together you personally would feel in the dress.

My very minor pet dislikes are the four small buttons at the centre back skirt seam, which can be lumpy if you sit on that seam part.  For example, if you scrunch around in your seat when at the computer, a situation you might find yourself in at work. 

Because of the fibre content, especially of the support lining, the dress might be quite warm in a hot club or on a hot humid day.  But let's face it, I am sure you have been prepared to suffer in order to look good many times before.  The hourglass figure and looking one size smaller will compensate for any worries on overheating.  Once you put this dress on, it performs its magic, not only on the body, but also on the brain!

Bearing in mind the thicker than average lining support fabric, it looks as if the only realistic way to construct the dress has been with a double-lap zip method.  This method has been very well applied to my dress.  But, as someone who is able to sew and tailor, I'd prefer a single lap or invisible zip, rather than the double lap zip method used here.  I'm being picky here, really this dress is excellent value especially when one considers the great cut.  It's a good dress and I am not parting with mine.  This is one little number I won't be returning. 

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Sizing of the Magic Dress

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Despite the fact the magic slimming dress makes you look one size smaller, I think you need to size-up if my experience is anything to go by.  If you wear dresses from M & S in say, sometimes a UK size 14, but sometimes a UK 16, then in that case opt for a size UK 16.  If you wear a size UK 16 and a UK 18 occasionally then again go for the UK 18.   The smaller size did fit me and I did do the zip up unaided, but I felt as if I was in a straitjacket.  The next size was so much more comfortable still pulling me in, but I did not feel bandaged up like a mummy.

I have not found the shoulders oversized in the larger size I bought, which is a blessing.  So often when you go to the next size in mass produced goods, the shoulder grading is overdone and shoulders get too wide and as a result the dress loses its snappiness.  But I think that because this fabric has stretch, the shoulders are fortunately cut meaner than usual.

The sizing range of this magic dress appears to be UK size 8-22.   Our American visitors should remember UK sizing is two (sometimes three) sizes larger than USA sizes.

Dress Length

The dress length of the  Magicwear ™ Short Sleeve Double Crepe Dress is just a little longer than I personally like to wear in a straight sheath dresses.  But it is far easier to shorten a straight dress than add inches that are not there.  The magic dress is the same length on me as the model in the picture here.  The skirt sits just below the knee, but I'd like it just a tad shorter.  This is nothing unusual to me since I am just under 5'4" - 5'4" is the average height of a British woman - I regularly have to shorten things if I don't want mid calf or mid ankle looks.  For a short dress, I like it so that the hemline just hits that area around the knees, that's the fit that suits me exactly.  However had I opted for the smaller size the length would have been perfect.

Most dresses and skirts even in Marks have 3 inches between lengths so getting just the exact length can be a tall order.  On some garments it is not so crucial, but on a slim sheath dress the perfect length for an individual can often vary.   My legs are the bit of my body I don't mind, so I prefer to draw attention to that good bit at knee level, rather than that thick waistline of mine.  Most of us know our figure faults and also most of us know the little good bits.  The rules are play up the good bits and play down the imperfect bits.  The magic dress will give you a head start.

The length of my dress off the rack, is very wearable, but I'll be lopping 3cm off,  primarily because I want to wear it under a gold Damask semi-fitted coat that I bought last season.  The coat is princess line and fits almost like a coat dress so needs a smooth dress beneath it.  This dress is perfect as an under layer and it has a short sleeve making it more wearable than a sleeveless dress.  Nothing looks worse than a dress dipping below a coat hemline when it is not intended to show.

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Other Magic Garments

I'm really thrilled with my magic dress - it's so grown up and understated.  A true LBD - well a little black magic dress!  So thrilled am I that I've also ordered their sleeveless red dress in the same fabric range.

My sister opted for a grey version in similar fabric because her hair is silver and thus she no longer likes to wear black, finding it too harsh.  This may also be a consideration for you when making a colour choice. 

You could also be a Lady in Red.  So get checking it all out now.

Finally there are magic skinny jeans and a  Magicwear ™ Crepe Pencil Skirt all in the same fabric types at Marks and Spencer.  You can also find a selection of magic underwear all using similar fabric technology at M & S. 

Great stuff - Well done Marks and Spencer.  You get my vote for taking note of what people said when you were in the doldrums and are to be commended for acting upon consumer advice.   Marks and Spencer were the first to introduce the of use Spandex/Lycra into the UK in the last century.  It's good to see they can still pull off a technological challenge in this century.

Update October 2007 - Marks and Spencer no longer sell this version of the dress, but they do have a great magic underslip and do sell many Lycra mix garments.

Delivery

Update Nov 2008 -  Marks and Spencer products can now be delivered to many parts of the world.  This article was first written in 2006, so by now this dress is not part of current stock. However many dresses Marks and Spencer now sell do contain a percentage of Lycra.    If you need more shipping/delivery costs and details please visit the Marks and Spencer website and check delivery details information there.

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(Page Date 18 August 2006, updated Nov 2008)

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