NK iMODE Review: Ophelia Long Gown
“Aside from the sumptuous silk, my other favorite feature of the gown is the beautiful lace detail. The lace features a delicate floral pattern in contrasting white thread.”
by Rachel O’Donnell
Sometimes, being a seasoned lingerie addict can make you a bit of a disbelieving Grinch. I had heard of NK iMODE for a while and had seen their collection on The Lingerie Journal before being offered the chance to review their new Ophelia Statement Silk Long Gown.
The images looked lovely but how many times had I been promised luxurious silk only to be greeted later with a scratchy poly-blend with a satin finish? So, it’s with great surprise that I write this review being completely impressed by this new brand and their gorgeous new nightwear. Call it a lingerie holiday miracle!
First impressions matter, and nobody knows that better than the people at NK iMODE. Their delicates came in a luxurious black box with the item wrapped neatly in white tissue paper. In addition to the wrapping, there was a care card placed underneath the items. The care card was nicely designed and promised “…Darling, follow these easy steps and your silk will last longer than any lover!”. I can just imagine an old Hollywood iconic, like Greta Garbo, languidly saying these words as she reclines in her boudoir with a long cigarette.
After removing the silk gown from its luxurious wrapping, I sighed knowing the painstaking process that usually comes with steaming the wrinkles out of silk. I was surprised that the fabric wasn’t crushed and hung the gown in my shower for a ‘preliminary steam’.
“This is an ideal gift as it is generally sized, flattering and comes in beautiful wrapping. The black and white coloring of the garment also compliments all skin tones.”
Once I was out of the shower, I was shocked to see all my work had been done for me. The gown features 93% Silk / 7% Elastane Stretch Silk Charmeuse for the body, which means that you get all the wonderful qualities of silk without the clingy and easy crushed nature of the textile. When you’re a lingerie lover on the go, things like this matter!
Finally, it was time to try on this long silk gown. If you haven’t heard, NK iMODE has its own version of sizing: a small is “Darling”, a medium is “Amazing” and a large is “Alluring”. I wore their size small and generally, I’d say I’m close to a dress size 2. I’d say their sizing runs true to size and dress size 0-4 could wear the “Darling” size comfortably. The length of the gown is also very elegant and could even accommodate heels if you wanted to complete the look. At 5’6, the gown was a nice length without dragging too much on the floor.
The Ophelia Statement Silk Gown is expertly patterned and designed to flatter. The silk body of the gown is flowy and doesn’t cling to your belly as some silk gowns from other brands do. It lays nicely and doesn’t cling to every lump and bump of the wearer. The Ophelia gown also has a decent amount of bust support and can fit a range of bra sizes.
Aside from the sumptuous silk, my other favorite feature of the gown is the beautiful lace detail. The lace features a delicate floral pattern in contrasting white thread. The lace is a nice quality and seems durable and not easily snagged. The lace on the back of the gown has a scalloped detail that lays directly on the skin. A very high-end touch, indeed!
The Ophelia Statement Silk Long Gown retails for just under $300 USD. It’s a beautifully made garment that’s designed well and will work on multiple body types. While the price is a bit steep, the quality of the textiles and patterning makes it well worth it.
This is an ideal gift as it is generally sized, flattering and comes in beautiful wrapping. The black and white coloring of the garment also compliments all skin tones. Being in my mid-twenties, I find the length of the gown not perfectly aligned with my personal aesthetics and would probably opt for the shorter Ophelia Seduction Silk Slip. After this review, I can say that I am pleased with the quality and design from NK iMODE and look forward to seeing more from their collection!