It is time for another Hidden Gems Of Amazon. If you missed the previous posts in this series this is where I buy low cost plus size items on Amazon from unknown brands. I try on the clothes for you guys and give you a full report on the sizing and quality.
This time I am trying on a sleeveless skater dress from CowCow. CowCow is not as unknown as the previous brands I have done, but I feel like it’s still unknown enough that it was safe to include it. I mean I still hear at least once a month someone tell me they never heard of Torrid, so I know there are tons of people who haven’t heard of CowCow.
I actually had been thinking about giving this brand a try for a little over a year now. I first heard about it in a plus size vintage inspired BST group on Facebook. Many of the women in that group, like me, really like cute and kitschy prints. I hesitated for a long time debating over their sizing. This is a brand that comes out of China I believe, so you know how sizing can be. But I had many conversations with people and it just added to my confusion. You see I was told everything from they run true to their sizing chart to you should size down two because of how stretchy the material is.
For reference here is their size chart:
What I ended up hearing the most was size down one compared to their size chart. I am usually a 2X or 18/20 at most plus size stores. My measurements are bust: 49″, waist: 42″, and hips: 54″. Since the size chart would put me closest in a 3X I decided to go with a 2XL. Also for those of you who do not fit in these sizes, they have recently added sizes 4X and 5X. However I could not find the size chart for those. But I think you can pretty easily estimate measurements based on the sizes above.
This is the CowCow Golden Unicorn Sleeveless Skater Dress. However this is not the dress I ultimately am showing you picture of me in. See when I listened to other people about sizing, it didn’t fit. I should have just went by the size chart.
I did not take a picture of me in it, but it was very tight. I was able to put it on. But there was like a ring of fabric that formed around my waist, especially right above my butt. It was kind of like the roll effect you get when you wear spanx, except this was in the opposite direction . So I ended up selling it. I do think that sizing may be a bit depend on two things 1. your body shape 2. your personal preference on how form fitting your clothing can be.
I wanted to reorder this same dress in the next size up, but at the time I was placing my order they were out of this pattern (they have since restocked if anyone is interested and it runs anywhere from $17.99 to $19.99 depending on the size you pick). So I went with my next choice.
This is the CowCow Black Unicorn Sleeveless Skater Dress. It sells for anywhere between $18.99 and $20.99 depending on the size you order. This time I ordered a 3X and the results were much better for me.
I paired it with a simple charm necklace I bought from a vintage store and a pair of light pink satin heels from Mootsies Tootsies. They no longer make those shoes and I honestly could not find anything even close to this style.
The fit is much better in this size 3X. I do still have a bit of the wrinkling of the fabric just above my butt. However I think its pretty minimum, and if I sized up I more it would be too loose for my tastes.
For those of you who haven’t heard about this brand, the material they use is unusual. And my understanding is they use the same material on everything they make. I have heard it described as swimsuit material. I don’t personally think that is accurate. It is definitely similar to that kind of material. To me it feels closer to some active wear I have owned. But if you decide to order something, just be prepared that it’s not your average item.
They have lots of patterns, from the more sedate to these fun kitschy prints. There is something for everyone’s taste.
They have more than just dresses as well. They also sell leggings, shirts, and socks. Not all categories are always available on Amazon though. There is a much bigger selection available as well as more customization available through the CowCow Website. There are definite plus and minuses to either way you order. The biggest being prices are cheaper ordering through Amazon, but there is less selection than on CowCow’s actual website.
Another cool thing about their website is if you happen to be an artist that always wanted to put one of your prints on clothing, you can do that and make money through CowCow. Take the time to check it out. And let us know in the comments below if you do have a print on CowCow that we should check out.