This is not a review, per se. It’s more like a rave!
Lend me your ears, O’ gentle readers! And allow me to regale you with a tale of struggle, success and sparkles.
I was planning a cultural presentation for a huge upcoming corporate event. My collaborator suggested that we perform a beledi/saidi number. This all sounded great – until I opened my closet door and saw nothing but flashy cabaret costumes. Egads! I had sold all of my beledi gear and had to procure something appropriately folk-y, stat! I looked high and low and saw nothing but tacky, ill-fitting (and pricey!) options. Then, several of my friends from Bhuz suggested that I order my beledi dress from L.Rose Designs. So I did.
L.Rose is a godsend. For those who have never ordered from them before, it’s a small California-based company run by a dancer. L.Rose specializes in made-to-order belly dance basics. Beledi dresses, circle skirts, trumpet skirts, gauntlets – you name it!
When I ordered my beledi dress, Lora was so sweet and helpful. She entertained all of my petty questions about fit and assured me that this would be ready by my deadline. And it was! About two weeks after I placed my order, it arrived safe in the mail. How easy was that?
My beledi dress exceeded all of my expectations and was even prettier in person. I chose the regular “straight” beledi dress, with a medium neckline and 3/4 sleeves. For a fabric, I selected the black-and-silver “twilight” velvet, a velvet with tons of brilliant glitter deeply embedded into the fabric. The shine is exquisite. And I love the medium neckline, because you can wear a bling-y bra underneath, but it’s not so low-cut that you look like Freddy Mercury’s doppelganger. The dress is so versatile, you can pair it with anything from a simple sequin bra and a hip scarf to a formal bedlah. Such a tasteful costuming option for conservative venues or folkloric dance – or if you simply feel more comfortable dancing in something a little more covered.
I couldn’t be any happier with my L.Rose experience. Some of us may balk at the idea of spending a little extra money on custom-made belly dance gear. In my case, it’s the most economical option. My proportions are so petite, most stuff never fits off the rack. I have to bring everything to the tailor for repairs before it’s wearable. And even then, a lot of “ready-to-wear” belly dance pieces are still unflattering – especially the folkloric stuff. For a fraction of the price of those cheesy mass-produced beledi frocks with candy cane stripes and old lady resortwear appliques, you can get something slinky, sophisticated and tailor-made to your measurements, in your choice of cut and fabric. L.Rose satisfied not only my size requirements and my budget, but also my discerning taste!
I can’t wait to place my next order with L.Rose. VIP customer service, a top-notch product, a perfect fit and made in the USA – what’s not to love? As God is my witness, I will never buy anything off the rack again.