Newsflash – July Burda Style Preview Posted

Ok, so I know I wasn’t going to be posting for a while, but July Burda is worthy of an exception.  Well, maybe “worthy” is not the right word, but well, it gets an exception none-the-less.  I know this is the summer edition, end everything is supposed to be all easy-breezy but seriously?  Although nothing got close to the atrocity that is the bikini from the June issue, the styling for July left me scratching my head.  They have their “Romantic” section, which should probably have been labeled “Dowdy;” the “City” section which leaves me to think, yes, let’s wear all black when it is 110 outside; the “Beach” section which is really more like the 70s disco section; the “Holidays” or “Rest” section (google translate couldn’t decide) which features a lot of designs I probably would wear around the house, but I don’t think I could go out in them.  And then there is the plus section, wherein Burda laughs at all of those who lost weight to fit into June bikini.  Because while the normal size ranges give giant oversized bags, the plus sized ladies have a selection of some of the most gorgeous dresses I have seen.  Stunning.  Sigh.  Alrighty then, on to the pictures!

Firstly, I must note, this is the FIRST time I will be reviewing a Burda magazine without a shirt dress.  *Gasp*  I almost don’t know what to do with myself.

Secondly, Burda is once again featuring a “designer” dress in this issue.

Who could actually wear this?

I don’t know how to feel about this.  On one hand, I can see how it is very designer/fashionable, on the other hand, what normal woman could wear this?  There is just so much going on around the hips… I don’t know.  I can’t say I hate it, I just don’t think anyone who isn’t runway-model sized could pull it off. Ah well.

Moving on, Burda’s other favorite trend – the potato sack!

Potato sack with trim!
Also available as a shirt.

So there weren’t as many potato sack dresses in this issue – because Burda has moved on to a new trend – the tube!

Tube top.
Tube romper.
Tube skirt.
Tube pants.

Apparently the 80’s are out and the 70’s are back!  Check out these shorts:

70s shorts.  My mom had these.  I seen them.
Disco sequin jacket!  Except Burda thinks we should wear it to the beach…
70s disco romper (part of the tube collection).  Burda also thinks this is  appropriate for fishing.

Aside from disco at the beach, there were a few questionable fabric choices that left me thinking “avocado goiter.”

Not as cute as last issue’s bubble dress, and an ugly color to boot.
This dress totally added 20 years to the model, just because of the color.

The other thing Burda liked this month – asymmetrical tops:

Yes, the sleeves are NOT the same – on purpose!
The neckline is crooked here too.

Despite the majority of styles being underwhelming, there were a few I did really like.  Firstly, despite all odds and against all reason I really like this:

Ok, so it is just a sheet.
Even on the dressform it isn’t too special.
But I want to wear this at the beach and look this fabulous.  I don’t know why.

Also, more pants:

Not the flare look I am usually drawn to, but I like this style.

Also, this jacket I find fabulous:

Love the style on the front.
Like the fitted with one button look.

There were a few other things I liked:

Simple dress with pockets.
Really basic dress, but I like it.
Perfect LBD.
LBD line drawing.
I really want to make a kimono for lounging about in or something.  I just like this.
I like the length here – I wouldn’t have to adjust the pattern at all.
Skirt with pockets, I like!

Then, of course, there are the plus size designs which I LOVE:

Plus size doesn’t mean sexy isn’t an option.
Simple but pretty.
Seriously, wow.
I love love love this dress.
So jealous.

Ok, so maybe there was more to like than I realized.  But, a lot of it is plus sized and I don’t know how much grading I want to do.  For the pink dress, it might be worth it.

Although I already went on about the tube-trend, it can’t escape this month’s rendition of BTWF:

Ok, I don’t know what it is, but this jacket just seems so bulky and masculine.  There is just something unappealing about the shape.
These pants make me think of chicken legs.
Sequins for fishing, seriously?

Ok, so there wasn’t so much to laugh at in this issue really.  I mean, I can’t criticize the loose beachy look too much because it is summer.  Just isn’t too inspiring.  In any case, it is that time, once again – time for the best and worst awards.

The Best of BS Award for the month of July goes to:

Love this dress!  Sadness for the plus sizing.  I may have to grade down because I love it so.

And this month’s BWTF award goes to:

Chicken thighs.  That is all.  No, wait.  Is that a baby crocodile?

And that’s July!  Not all of it – if you want to see more you can see the official preview here.

The verdict: I may have to order this one as well!  I really like the one jacket and the pants, but there are a few dress patterns I really like too.  So, ummm, yeah.  The Burda bug has bit, and it is bad.

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