Here’s a present for you: a review of the Jailyn velvet tank from an Hourglassy reader who is slightly smaller than the smallest size on the Jailyn size chart. This makes a nice contrast to last week’s review from someone who is slightly larger than the largest size on the chart. Her final photo proves this tank isn’t just for holiday parties.

When Darlene offered me the opportunity to review one of Jailyn Apparel’s new velvet tank tops, I jumped at the chance.

The tank top is made of a gorgeous rich velvet — with a surprising amount of stretch to it — and the quality of the stitching is impeccable. In these photos, I am wearing a size 2 full. For reference, I have a 35” bust and a 25” waist, and I usually wear a 30F-FF bra.

The cut of the top is quite modest, ideal for work or an office party. The neckline is high enough to completely conceal my cleavage, but low enough to show off a chunky necklace. My bra straps are securely hidden and not even my highest-cut bra peaks out from the armholes.

The top contours beautifully over my bust, but flairs out at the waist. According to Jodi of Jailyn Apparel, this effect is by design — the tops are meant to taper outwards rather than cling to the midriff, creating a more modest draping effect rather than a tight spandex-like second skin.

On me, the draping is more pronounced than I’d like at the front. My waist measurement is smaller than the 26″-27″ listed on the size chart, and my narrowest point is low on my torso — I’ve found much of the full-bust clothing world designs for a higher waist than mine. Happily, nipping in the waist is an easy alteration, and the princess seams on this top will make it easier still. I’ll be taking out about 3″ of material, so you may prefer to order down a waist size if you prefer a snug fit at the midriff.

For me, this is a perfect winter base piece to layer under a suit jacket. The texture of the velvet is warm and unusual, I find it lends a touch of femininity to the more severe styling of a jacket.