Realisation Par, means ‘Made By, Styled By’ in French, is an Australian brand founded by Alexandra Spencer and Teale Talbot in 2015.
Realisation is known to create individual season-less pieces rather than collections. Everything is silk (made in China) and is affordable (considering it is silk!). They do have a cap of $250 which means the most expensive thing is $250. Have a peek at their website to see it for yourself first if you don’t already know about the brand, here. They have feminine dresses and tops with very unique prints, wrap style, corset fitted style, short-sleeves, long fluffy sleeves, spaghetti straps, mini and midi length, skirts and even scarves that can be worn as tops. A little bit of everything! They have a long list of celebrities and models wearing their pieces as well as countless Instagram people on Earth. My explore feed is flooded with girls in their animal print skirts this season, and I get tired of seeing everyone wearing the same stuff. And i will get into this later on in this post!
Their fabric: SILK. Silk is a natural fiber, and you can easily Google what silk is, how it is made, and why it is so expensive. I know that silk is a delicate fabric and have respect for those who can cut, construct, and sew silk pieces well. I’ve worked at my aunt’t tailoring shop for years and learnt that dealing with silk needs an experienced hand and a sewing machine with special needles. All of that is why silk is so expensive.Later I learned that Realisation silk is silk crepe, a cheaper type of silk, cheaper than silk satin or silk chiffon but still more expensive than synthetic ones. And their silk felt a lot thinner and easily creased than my other silk shirt I owned from Equipment (a silk shirt brand with the $300 price tags). I wish I knew more about the behind-the-scene process of silk making and could explain different types better next time.
I made the decision to make a purchase also is because of my love for silk. It took me a while and lots of back-and-forth thoughts and moments when I thought to myself, ‘is it worth it?’ I finally pulled the trigger after over a year of being obsessed with everything they’ve put out. I think being a fashion blogger also gives me a perfect excuse to buy things and try out new brands. I wanted to see Realisation for myself, so I bought the Amelia dress in Poison Ivy and the Bianca wrap top in the cherry print.
Their sizing. Realisation runs from XXS to XL. I’m 5ft5, wear US size Zero or XS-S. I don’t like silk pieces to be super fitted on me, so I think Realisation Par’s XS works fine for me.
Shipping and return. There is a return address located in California for those who live in the US, but everything is shipped from China. This was something I was surprised by but not too surprised by knowing the fact that China is known to work and make silk for millions of years. I hope that their stuff is made by hands of people who care and get fair compensation. Realisation offers free shipping on any order over $300 otherwise it’s $15 to ship internationally. I just hate paying for shipping, so I just order two things. Keep in mind that exchange is accepted, but they will charge you that $15 shipping fee once you return something.
$210. Size XS
I adore the fit of this dress, the square neckline, the tiny spaghetti straps, and especially its green color with white florals all- over it. It’s refreshing for the summer and easy to transition to the fall with a light layer of a cardigan or a leather jacket. It is a midi-length which is my favorite length to wear! I’ve seen people styling it with sneakers for a casual look which I’ve tried to do here, but I do think Realisation Par dresses are much better paired with slim heeled sandals.
$140. Size XS
This wrap top came by surprise as I did not expect that style of wrap top. It is tied in the middle, and there is not stopping as you can tie it as tight or loose as you’d like! However, it does run super low, so I’m not quite sure it would work for bigger chested girls. I used the long necklace trick to kinda cover that low neck cut, and the knot got loosen a few times when I first wore it. So double knot it is! The red cherries are super cute, and below are two ways I’ve styled it with, shorts or jeans, flats or heels. Again, Realisation pieces are super easy to dress up or down, and I love the versatility of each piece.
I asked you guys on my Insta-stories to submit any questions you have about Realisation and got a very interesting one which I’d like to discuss more about:
Casey @dresstocode asked: I just noticed the top dozen or so images on the hashtag (I did use the #realisationpar in the question box, so she clicked on it and saw countless photos of girls Realisation animal print skirt, a very popular piece end-of-summer and fall season). When do you feel that an item is oversaturated?
My answer: It is pretty obvious that from searching a hashtag #realisationpar, you can literally see thousands or more girls wearing the same thing. Realisation Par doesn’t sell a lot, hence the same stuff is seen on so many girls. But hey, I know that it doesn’t matter because my intention to buy and wear Realisation is not to look like everyone else or to stay trendy and cool. I don’t believe nor follow any trends, but fashion people like it. I think trends are often set a few seasons ahead by designers who put their designs and key features such as the colors, certain styles or cuts or fabrics, anything! Then there are trend-setters or fashion insider people who are sellers and buyers at big retail houses, for example, Net-a-Porter, they ‘predict’ and set what they want to make even trendy-er for the upcoming seasons and actually put them for sale. Factors such as how many pieces they will be able to sell also come into place when deciding on what pieces they want to call ‘trends.’ And of course, there are countless street-style trends that are being copied of they are good. People are just inspired by each other, plus the power on the internet, everything can be shipped within days and Afterpay is even an option these days. Brands that I know such as Glossier pay out a certain amount for celebrity makeup artists to use their makeup products so that they would use on celebrities. Celebrities attend big events and award shows and is photographed by thousands of photographers. That particular Glossier product is now famous even before their products are launched. That’s how they create a hype and a long wait-list. So I’m not surprised if Realisation has utilized this type of tactic. Feel free to Google celebrities in Realisation to see it for yourself. It’s all about the advertising strategy, and I think the girls behind Realisation is pretty smart!
I don’t mind paying $200 or more on a dress that I know I will reach for again and again. As outfit examples shown above, I can really dress up or down Realisation pieces and would totally rewear and could style them endless ways. I did not buy it just because, or if I want to be trendy like everyone else, trust me!
How is it compared to Reformation? Reformation is a well-rounded company that is known for its sustainability effort. They do make their fabrics, design, and produce in-house. Their pieces are well-made, look and feel quality, however, I’ve found some of their pieces don’t work on my body type. Their tops and dresses or anything with sleeves doesn’t fit me well around the chest/upper body area. Their jeans also fit me oddly, and sadly I had to return some pieces. Realisation and Ref’s price range is pretty competitive as tops are at the $100-$150 and dresses being $200-$300. Realisation reminds me a lot of Ref for some reasons, and that is why I keep comparing the two brands. But honestly, they don’t share anything in similar. I just find even for being known as such great brands (both!), I’ve found that some things work, and some don’t. One does not have to stick with one and wear only one brand. I need options since I have a different body type and shopping needs, and so do you!
I made a second Realisation order. I ended up returning both the Amelia dress the the Bianca top and paid $15 for the initial shipping. This was back in June. Did I mention the reason that I returned the Amelia? It was the side zipper issue, and it puckered. The zipper wouldn’t stay flat, and this is due to the technical sewing problem. The waist and hip didn’t fit me well as I wore it a few more times. Again, I know it is difficult to work with silk, and installing an invisible zipper is not that easy on silk! And I fell for the trap again couple weeks ago when their Zodiac 1996 slip dress came back in stock. I bought it, saw and touched it, loved it, and I will never let it go!!! I also bought the Stevie – Sunflower just because I could get free shipping. But really, no! You know my love for sunflowers. I have a sunflower tattoo, and it is my favorite flower. It is the same wrap style with pretty low cut even when it’s tied super snuggly. I returned the Bianca for this reason, but I am okay with the Stevie just because I loveeee sunflowers so much. You can see the fit and how it looks on me, here. I know you’re judging me so hard right now, but please hear me out! I have my own reasons to buy and to keep things, especially if they have certain emotional connections to me. I love the Zodiac. I love the sun, stars, and moon, and everything is embroidered on silk, not printed, embroidered! This is pretty sure going to be the inspiration for my next tattoo. In addition, I have been wanted a slip dress for so long, and I have no regret paying $250 for it. I have a wedding to go in California in November, so I’m saving this dress for that! Or I might shoot it this weekend if there is sun, who knows!
I think Realisation Par is worth the price tag. I hope that their makers in China are compensated fairly, and their pieces are handled by the hands that care. The one thing I noticed that they only regram supermodels or celebrities wearing their stuff, not normal people who truly love their stuff and wear them with such pride. I think they need to step up their inclusivity game, or maybe they just don’t think it’s necessary? Nonetheless, I would buy from them again, and certain pieces are worth it to me! I am not planning to buy anything from them anytime soon, but I would recommend you guys to give the brand a try! I a just a sucker for silk (knowing it’s a b**** to maintain!) and pretty prints that mean a lot to me personally.
What do you think about Realisation Par? Will you buy or pass? Share it below in the comment section as I’d love to hear your thoughts!
Thanks for making it till the end! You’re awesome! Talk soon!