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5 Little Black Dresses for Full Busts!

Everyone needs a classic little black dress, but finding one that fits your curves can be a challenge! Here at Bolero, we love the little black dress for the reasons everyone else does: It can be dressed up or down, worn for any occasion and always looks chic and fashionable. Today we're featuring some of our favorite little black dresses that will take you from retro to resort!

All of these dresses are made with wrinkle resistant fabrics that pack easily, which means you will never be caught without a great dress to wear on the road.

Sweetie Dress in Black:

Our Sweetie Dress features a sheer polka dot mesh panel and sleeves on top of a retro inspired dress body! It's hard to find sheer styles that work with a standard bra, but a bra in your skin tone will disappear under the polka dot mesh. We love this look dressed up in the 1950's style that inspired it or worn with modern accessories for a fun night out. 

 

Monica Dress in Black: 

 

 

Occasionally our love for the 1980's comes out! We love a good sheer sleeve, so we couldn't resist dressing this Monica dress up with one sheer sleeve and a classic dress body. You can pick your sash color that comes with the dress, so you can go with black on black or pick a pop of color to add to your look. 

Sweet Heart Dress In Black:

 

The animal print sheer sleeves on our Sweet Heart dress give this basic black dress an edgy look. The classic sweetheart neckline is supremely flattering on curves, while the full skirt drapes beautifully. You can pick your sash color with this dress as well, so you can choose to add some color to your look or keep it all black. 

 

Besame Mucho Dress:

 

This little black dress gets some extra style points from the red lip charm on the bodice! This is a classic shape that works for all seasons and occasions, from the grocery store to a big night out. The 3/4 sleeves provide coverage without creating extra heat, while the full skirt flows beautifully over curves. 

Carmen Dress:

This sleeveless dress has a mesh inset panel at the waist, which gives a modern look to this classic dress silhouette. Wide straps ensure that your bra straps remain hidden, while the the lined top hides any lumps or bumps underneath. Wear this as is during hot weather or add some warmth with our Bolero Shrug


Bolero Blooms: New Prints and Patterns For Summer!

Summer is finally here and we are so excited about it! We had an unusually cold winter (even in sunny Florida) so we’re ready to break out our warm weather bust-friendly dresses. We’re introducing several beautiful new prints and patterns this season. New prints always make us happy, so this spring we’re doubling down on the colorful prints and offering a mix of classic, trendy and dramatic dresses that everyone will love. Read on to check out the new prints as well as some of the dress bodies that they come in - and then have fun picking out your new favorite dress! To buy a dress that you fall in love with, just click on it's name to get to the product listing. 

Prints and Patterns:


“Yellow Fun” Print:
We couldn’t pass up this summer inspired yellow print, which reminds us of both tiki bars and the 1980’s. This is definitely for those of you who like your prints dramatic and bold, but we know that many of our customers fall into that category! This print is made from a high quality Lyrca (don’t be scared of the whole bathing suit association that Lycra has!) with four way stretch to perfectly conform to your curves. It has great recovery and washes and dries well.

“Watercolor” Print:
This print is a classic, from the beautiful abstract print to the soothing blue and green tones. It’s refreshing, elegant and perfect for spring and summer dresses. This print is printed on ITY (Poly/Spandex mix) and has a wonderfully soft hand which makes it wrinkle resistant. This dress will come out of your suitcase looking as wrinkle-free as it went in, even if your destination is on the other side of the globe! This is a perfect print for the beach, but it also dresses up well for
dinners out.

“Galaxy Print”:

There are lots of galaxy prints out there, but we fell head over heels for this unusual Lycra based print as soon as we saw it. The teal, pink and purple colors look wonderful made up into a dress and make this print suitable for dressing up or for casual wear. Like the “Yellow Fun” print, this Lyrca has great recovery and four way stretch to skim over your curves beautifully.


Dress Bodies:
These prints will be available in a wide range of dress bodies, but make sure to contact us if you want a dress/print combination that you don’t see on the website. Here are some of our favorite dress bodies that use the new prints!

Angie Dress:
This dress features a beautiful sweetheart neckline with flattering bodice ruching and a full circle skirt. We’ve added pockets for you to carry around all of your warm weather necessities and paired each dress with an obi belt so you can create different looks with it. This curve-friendly dress will easily fit up to an H cup bust with zero modifications.


Weekend Maxi Dress:
We love this maxi because it is the ultimate summer dress: it can go from the beach to a fancy restaurant with a change of shoes and jewelry! It’s also wrinkle proof and washable, which makes it great for travel when you’re trying to minimize how many clothes you take on the plane. The long skirt is elegant and provides sun coverage, while the elbow length bell sleeves add movement and an extra dose of fun. The back bodice is lined for a nice smooth silhouette and the contrasting sash works perfectly as a casual belt. This dress fits H-cup ladies with no modifications and the v-neck won’t gap or show too much cleavage!



Any Day Dress:
This easy to wear dress has elbow length sleeves with classic cuffs, making it great for those slightly cooler spring evenings. The panels are used in conjunction with princess seams to make a dress that highlights curves, while the ruched front bodice adds shape. We’ve built in pockets so you’re never without your favorite things and included a belt so you can change the look of
the dress. This dress fits a range of curvy figures well, up to an H-cup!


Princess Ella Dress:
If you’ve been following us on Instagram lately, you’ve seen the Princess Ella dress! This combines a unique system of princess seams and back lacing to create a killer hourglass figure. The lacing in the back gives you a way to adjust the dress to get a custom fit, but also can be used to change out the look of the dress. The dress can also be worn without the lacing for a different look! We’ve designed it so the loops on the back blend in rather than stand out without lacing. This is a fit and flare dress with serious capacity for customization. Check out a recent review of this new fan favorite on Hourglassy!



Sleeveless Maxi Dress:
Everyone loves pajama dresses and this is our version. It’s so soft and comfortable that you’ll want to wear it all day! The 2” wide straps ensure that your bra is covered, while the gathered front and draped skirt help highlight curves without clinging to them. The dress is ankle length and can be customized to your height - just let us know!

What Bolero dress will you be wearing this spring?


Paloma Collection: Bolero’s First All White Collection!

Today we’re doing a sort of sneak preview of a new collection that will be coming later on this summer and represents a new facet of Bolero: we’re doing a line of all white clothing! We’ve been asked about doing something like this for years by customers, but our lead designer’s trip to Spain this winter got her inspired to create something. Later this spring, we’ll be welcoming the Paloma collection to our online store!

Paloma is a common name in Spain, but it also means dove in Spanish. When Patricia came back from Spain, she had white doves and an all white clothing collection on the brain. The collection will include a wide range of pieces, from dresses to convertible separates to pants. Some of the dresses will be versatile enough to work for casual warm weather brides to daily wear. Lots of cities have events based on white clothing as well over the summer, which
makes this collection perfect for those of you who are looking for all white outfits for art or music events. Read on to find out some of our plans for the Paloma collection, along with some sneak peeks and pictures.

White Lace Strapless Maxi:
We made a version of this years ago, but it was designed to work well on DD cups only. This beautiful dress has been reworked substantially to fit beautifully up to an H-cup and incorporate ties that can act as a halter top or convert the dress into other silhouettes. Since it uses a beautiful white lace, this dress can work for a beach wedding or as a dress for evening events. Functional and comfortable strapless dresses are incredibly hard to find in larger cup sizes, so we’re looking forward to releasing this completely unique option.

 

White Lace Pants:
Our pants don’t get as much attention on social media, but they have a strong fan following! Like our dresses, these pants pack beautifully and don’t wrinkle, so they’re perfect for traveling. Our standard inseam is 32, but we can make whatever your in-seam is at no extra charge. These pants are lined, so you get a semi-sheer effect but still have plenty of underwear coverage.

Convertible Top:
We’ve always built Bolero pieces to be adjustable, but we’ve never gone into the realm of fully convertible pieces before. This top can be worn a whole variety of ways, from strapless to one shoulder to off the shoulder. We’ve lined the bodice for coverage and comfort. This workhorse top will become a staple in your summer wardrobe, from parties to beach vacations. This isn’t a style you see in larger cup sizes, so we’re thrilled to be able to put out something so beautiful
and useful that still fits H-cup bra sizes!

Convertible Skirt:
This skirt can be worn in a variety of ways as well, from a sleeveless dress to a long skirt! We love it with the top as a set, but it’s also a great basic to pair with your own t-shirts, blouses and halter tops this summer.

Sweetie Dress in White Polka Dot:
For the first time, we’re dabbling in dresses that could be used for a more casual bride! We love this gorgeous 1950’s inspired polka dot dress, with trendy sheer polka dot sleeves. The entire dress is lined for coverage and comfort, which also creates a wonderfully smooth silhouette. This is a great piece for a party dress or for a curvy bride looking for that vintage look who hates getting things altered.

Halter White Lace Dress: 

This is the classic Marilyn Monroe halter dress, but with a design that highlights all of your curves and has room for your bust! This classic piece is perfect for vacations, summer weddings or every day you want to channel your inner vintage goddess. 

Are you planning on wearing a white dress this summer? Which piece of the Paloma collection are you most excited about?


How Can I Customize My Bolero Dress?

One of the things that we are most proud of here at Bolero is how wonderful our customers look in their dresses - and how many photos they take and share on social media! Unlike other brands, we have far more photos of real customers in our dresses than we do of professional models in our dresses. For several years, we’ve been working with customers behind the scenes to help adapt dresses even further to match their bodies or their style preferences.

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