Fox’s is a discount store that has become my go-to shopping source for one reason: they carry Byron Lars Beauty Mark. I’d heard that Byron Lars designs his clothing for women’s curves, but until I stumbled upon a rack full of his pieces at Fox’s, I’d never had the chance to try them. Wouldn’t you want to try clothes from a designer with the following philosophy:
Beauty Mark is about clothes that make you look better . . . it’s that simple. They often accentuate the waist, perk up the bust, flatter the booty and leave a girl standing in the mirror feeling quite taken with herself.
The largest Byron Lars sizes at Fox’s tend to be a size 8 or 10. I’ve lost weight and now fit a 32G Panache Idina, plus I’d heard that Byron Lars sizes are generous, so I decided to see if I could fit them. Before I show you the results, I have a theory that many Byron Lars styles will work great with broad shoulders. Here are closeups of two pieces to explain why I think this.
Now on to the fit of the dresses I tried. This navy laser cut lace shirt dress was my absolute favorite. I’m wearing it in a size 8, which I could get away with, but I would have felt more comfortable in a 10. And of course my favorite dress was the most expensive at $169, although that is nowhere near the full price.
Next up is the black and ivory optical weave dress that I like to imagine Clare Underwood would wear–after all, it has an asymmetrical back and an architectural drapey knot just below the right shoulder! Speaking of politician’s wives, I only learned this week that Byron Lars is a favorite of Michelle Obama. This dress cost $79 at Fox’s, a significant difference from the $470 price at this Georgetown boutique. I’m wearing a size 8, and it felt fine.
Next up, another sheath for $79. There was some underarm bra display, but I got rid of it by pulling it up at the shoulders–hence the too high shoulder straps that I would have had altered if I’d purchased it. I’m wearing a size 10.
Here’s a tailored shirt dress with a fun surprise–check out the back! Unfortunately, this size 10 fit everywhere except in the neckline department. With the scooped out back, I’m not even sure a Perfect Cami could help. Otherwise, I would have had a hard time saying no to this dress. I can’t remember the price, but it definitely wasn’t $495!
Not all the dresses were streamlined, and I include a flouncy dress at the very end, but I’m including one more sheath-like dress because if you’re tempted to try the Byron Lars line at Anthropologie, this is a version of the Lana dress, which has mixed reviews from a couple of busty customers (one with a 40″ bust found the size 12 gave enough room, and one with a bra size 32E found the size 2 too tight). I’m wearing a size 8, and a 10 would have been better.
Now for the flouncy dress, also in size 8. Here’s a closeup of the same under-bodice as the Lana dress.
Finally, I actually purchased one item–a white blouse for $35 in size 8. I’m not in love with how high the waist/knot sits, but the little details are AMAZING.
There’s also a Byron Byron Lars line on HSN! However, I’ve studied the video, and this twist front blouse is definitely NOT the same as the one I bought, so you’ve been warned. I’m VERY tempted to try one of the chambray fit and flare shirt dresses that are on clearance for only $29.95, especially since some of the reviewers have complained about there being too much room in the bust!