Review and Giveaway: Karina Dress – Gala


Karina Gala dress
Karina Gala Dress


The dress has really made a come-back into my wardrobe in the past year or two.    You can dress them up (sorry, terrible pun) or down.  Add layers for winter, or take off the extra layers for summer.  I rarely wear trousers these days, apart from jeans.  The rest of the time I prefer to be in dresses or skirts, with boots in winter and sandals in summer.  They’re just so much more comfortable than pants.

Karina Dresses sent me the Gala dress to review.  It’s in their latest paisley print.   I can vouch for the dresses uncrushable fabric as it came through the post from the US to Australia and didn’t need any ironing or even to be hung to be worn straight away, no creases.  This makes it an ideal garment for travelling.   I know I’ll be wearing and wearing this dress through winter to summer and back again.

Because it’s midwinter here in Australia at the moment, I’m wearing it with a long sleeve merino wool knit and leggings, but in summer I can imagine it will be fantastic on our  hot summer days.

This dress would suit an A shape, X shape, 8 shape, and some H, I and O shapes (depends on your unique shape and proportions) but best avoided by V shapes or those who have square shoulders and don’t like to emphasise them any more as it has a puffed sleeve.

Size wise it’s a one-size fits up to size 12 US, but I’d say it’s a small size 12, or for one with a more defined waist than me.  I generally fit size US size 8-10 and I wouldn’t have wanted any less wrap on this wrap dress than is there.  A smaller bust or waist than I have would make a difference if you’re a little larger than me.

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Some information about the dresses from the lovely people at Karina Dresses:

  • Made from imported microfiber blend fabric; 4 way stretch; machine washable; limited edition prints, constantly changing selection because we do perpetual small-batch production in our own Brooklyn facility.
  • Some of our styles fit up to a traditional size 20!
  •  Classic and fashion-forward; karina dresses are easy to wear , and easy to care ~ machine washable , never need ironing – great for travel and gals on the go!
  • But don’t get too attached to a print because the line is made from limited fabrics & they sell out fast!  Just pick a style of dress that works for you and rest assured there will always be plenty of gorgeous colors and patterns that help you shine in every setting.
  •  And each and every one is made with love in Brooklyn!
  • So whether you live in the country or the city, the dresses will breeze you through a busy day straight into the night, feeling as beautiful as can be.
  • If you purchase a dress and love it as much as I do, here’s a little insider knowledge: the company is quietly seeking brand ambassadors in all 50 US states to participate in its upcoming home-based selling initiative.
  •  Connect at or to feel the love!
Now wouldn’t you LOVE to win your own Karina Dress (I can tell you I’ve worn this dress about 5 times the past fortnight since it arrived in my hot little hands!  )
To win all you have to do is LIKE Karina Dresses on Facebook and leave a comment here on my blog (with your email address so that you can be contacted).
Competition is open internationally but if you are outside the US you’ll have to pay a $20 – 25 shipping fee (depending on location) for your dress.
As patterns, colours and styles change regularly there is no guarantee of the fabric that’s on the website right now of the style you choose, but they will find you something great!
So, go on – Enter NOW!  Competition Closes 17 August 2011 and winner announced later that week.


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  • I haven’t worn a dress fro probably twenty years – but I really like the look of some of the Karina dresses (plus I love the name) and I could be convinced to try a dress for a change 🙂

  • Love the dress!! It looks great. As a stay at home mum I am always looking for something lovely and easy to wear to get me out of my mum wardrobe of jeans. Perfect for my 8 shape

  • Can I just say I love this dress. I have been on the look out for a dress that can fit our winters/summers (tho’ winters in Perth aren’t that cold, I know…) but that can take me from chasing my 2 year old son to nights out – and its indestructible!?!?! Sounds like an absolute winner to me…..

  • Hi and greetings from Finland!
    I’ve been reading your blog for some weeks now and I absolutely love it. Found my way here when I was searching for information about body shapes. Never actually fitted into any on the traditional categories, I was excited to finally find what I (think I) am, which is a figure 8 but with somewhat wider shoulders. Being quite slim I still think I can carry off many kinds of clothes, but there of course are some garments I avoid, and have done so intuitively, like all boxy items and ones with too much ruffle etc.
    Then to the dresses… I used to be a trouser/jeansgirl, but during the past years I’ve more and more become a dressgirl. They are really so comfy and you can really change the look easily. I still wear trousers and especially jeans, too, but dresses more often. The dress you are wearing looks fabulous! I really like that shape in dresses myself.
    I’d like to participate in the competition, too. 🙂

  • Love the range & versatility of styles …definitely some there that would suit my shape & age 🙂 …love easy , layer wear….and as I am crazy about travelling ,Karina dresses …just perfect ! Also love the dress …style & colour… that you are wearing …well modelled 🙂

  • Pretty! I love these dresses, perfect for teaching or just wearing casually. Have liked the page, please enter me in the competition too 🙂

  • What a fabulous dress! Great for so many occasions and flattering to many body types! Beautiful patterns too. Hope it comes in different lengths for us shorties! Thanks for reminding us in the midst of Winter that we can still feel feminine and glam, Imogen! love your work! Pls enter me in the comp.

  • I’m in my 70th year, under 5 feet and “curvy” and get lots of compliments when I wear a Karina dress. I’ve got 2 Megans and 2 Penelopes and I love a sweetheart neckline, so Gala may be the next one ;~) Karina has gotten me into wearing dresses that are oh! so comfortable, easy-breezy care and feminine!

  • Hello Imogen,
    What a great look, you look wonderful! It attracted my attention that you mention that you wear skirts/dresses or jeans most of the time. I do the same thing, and it has been working great for the most part, thanks to your blog. The main thing that I learned is that I am X-shape and I should belt over skirts/dresses, I enjoy having a defined waist and I like how it looks. My problem is with jeans – I am short waisted and if I bel over, it looks like I have to long of a rise. If I don’t belt it and choose a slim top it looks better, but I am so used to waist definition that I don’t like that look anymore. I am also not a big fan of layering, for me the simpler, the better. I am wondering if there is anyway to work out the belted look into my predicament (X-shape, short waist)? If not, what is the simplest way to layer to achieve waist definition?
    Thank so much in advance!

  • I love the Karina dresses! I’m saving up my money to buy one soon! But, I would rather win one (and I would definitely pay the shipping and handling).

  • Yippee, just what I have been looking for, I have been trying so hard for the last 2 years to feel good in a dress. I have had a pathetic avoidance of both dresses and patterns for most of my life. Have liked on FB too and will now spend some time considering the possible styles to suit my shape.

  • Hi Imogen, I enjoy reading about all your ideas on Facebook. I really like the Gala dress and have liked Karina Dresses on FB 🙂

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