So, a while ago I wrote about a new company, Piol, that makes made to measure dresses in the US, and recommends silhouettes, colors, and prints based on your coloring and shape. At the time, I had a lot of questions about the site, the company, and the quality of the dresses.
Well, Piol got in touch, and they graciously gave me a dress to help answer some of my queries. I filled out the form and waited a couple weeks. Honest MaterialConcern disclosures: I don’t love the prints they have, so I went for black silk. Also, none of the dress shapes were exactly my style, so I went for a classic little black sheath dress.
When the dress arrived, I was pleasantly surprised by the weight and quality of the silk fabric, and the silk lining. The zipper was also high quality. The seams (both inside and outside) were smooth and straight. This was a very well made dress.
I had thought that I might not be the best person to test how great their fit is, as generally, things in my size fit right, right off the rack. However, things off the rack don’t fit like this dress does….which is to say it fits extremely well:
So! Answers to our questions: Piol does a great job on fit and quality is silk and sewing, and it does take a long time, but they keep you posted on progress.
I’m not sure how many woman can support Piol as its currently set up & targeted. It could be really great for Bridesmaids or more casual brides. And if the company had the capability to let you upload your own print it could be amazing. Eventually I’m sure they’ll adding more sophisticated prints as well as more silhouettes…I’m now dreaming of a custom blazer!
In the meantime, I need to figure out where to wear this super flattering dress…please let me know if you know of a board meeting I can commandeer, an episode of Scandal that needs a background actor, or a French president’s funeral where I can freak out the real mistresses.