Thursday, June 2, 2011

Day Dresses (Fitting Room Reviews)

Hello, everyone, and happy Thursday! Can you believe the week is nearly over? Me neither. I've been suffering from a migraine the last couple of days and can still feel a dull ache and pressure simmering under the meds I've taken, to try and cope with it. When I was a kid, I used to think math class was the bane of my existence. Now I know this isn't true. Migraines are the bane of my existence.

*grumble*

Still, I've been sitting on these fitting room review photos for a couple weeks now, and I've decided since there's just a few of them, I'd go ahead and write them up for you. These reviews cover my favorite type of garment - the day dress. If I was going to be allowed to wear only one type of outfit for the rest of my life, the day dress is probably the type I'd choose. Typically, these are dresses that are casual enough to wear during the day (ostensibly at work or home or to run errands around town, etc), but often versatile enough to dress up for evenings too, should the case warrant it. Anthropologie usually carries a terrific selection of day dresses - over 2009 and 2010, there were so many great ones. This year, I feel like the choices have well...not been as compelling. But, we're only halfway through the year yet, and still, there's a lot to be said for what they have been carrying. Here are a few I tried on recently.




This is the Kumo Leaf Dress, and I'm wearing it in a size 0. I actually felt this one tended toward a little big, so very petite ladies might find themselves sized out of this one. Overall, it fit okay - and as it's all cotton and machine washable, I'd probably wash and dry it in hot water a time or two, and see if shrinking it a bit helped at all. As it is, I liked the dress, but didn't love it. There's a removable belt at the waist that's held by belt loops, functional buttons down the front, and while I can't remember clearly, I'm pretty sure there were pockets. This dress is versatile and appropriate for any number of occasions, including a day at the office to grocery shopping. Wishlisted for further consideration at sale time.


Readymade Dress:


The Readymade Dress is a fantastic, summer-ready day dress. Cute and simple and easy to both wear and care for (machine washable, whoo!), it's high on my wishlist. The only catch? I kinda feel like $128 is a lot for this very casual, not very versatile dress. Putting it on, my first thought was, "I love this! It's so cute!" My second thought was, "Wow, it's really really casual," as in "maybe-even-too-casual-for-the-office" casual.  I'm wearing this in the size 0, and I found the fit to be comfortable. The top was not overly blousy on short-waisted me, the way I was afraid it might be, when I viewed it on the hanger (always a danger with ensemble dresses) and the skirt hit right at the knee, so it was a good length. It's got pockets and a side zip. I see that it's already sold out online (boo!) but am fairly certain that it'll be in stores still (right? *fingers crossed*). I'm going to hold out a teeny bit longer while I weigh whether this is actually worthy of being a full-price purchase, or whether I'll see if it makes it to sale ever. What do you think, friends? Should I bite the bullet and buy it now, or should I wait?


Wayfarer Dress:


Here's another ensemble dress - the Wayfarer Dress - which I'm wearing in a size 0. I have to say, I was surprised that I liked it as much as I did, when it was on, because on the hanger, I found it to be decidedly, "meh." Once I was wearing it, I found it to be much improved. It has a decidely "safari" feel to me, and overall, I found it to fit well. A word of caution, though, for the longer-waisted women out there - it's a pretty short-waisted dress. It felt a little short, with the waist of the dress hitting barely above my natural waist, on me, so I can almost imagine that if you're 1) longer-waisted and 2) have a bigger bust than me (not unlikely), then this dress might almost verge on an empire waist sort of look. The dress is cotton, machine washable, has a side-zip, and pockets. It hits all the necessary points for a good day dress - wearable to work, wearable to the grocery store, could be worn to a less-dressy dinner out. Wishlisted it for further consideration at sale time. 

Well, that's it for now. Just a quick reminder that our shopping event at Anthropologie is coming up next week, on Sunday, June 12th, from 5-7 PM. It's sure to be a fun event, and we're planning on grabbing dinner together afterwards at one of the nearby restaurants, so if you're local to the San Diego area, please come and join us. RSVP to me at carol.prettythings [at] gmail.com to let me know if you're coming. 

Thanks for reading!


20 comments:

  1. I can totally relate.  I haven't been that excited by the dress choices over the past 6 months myself. There are very few things that I see right now that get my heart pumping.  Sometimes I'd be overwhelmed by all the pretty possibilities but now, not so much.  I've been tempted more by ebay and the trademarkets with old J.Crew and Anthro!

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  2. My pick out of this lot is the Readymade dress. It's casual enough to be worn with sneakers, yet I can see it being dressed up with a pair of heels/pumps and fancy necklace. But then again, I don't know whether i could pay $128 for it. It does seem like a lot for a casual-ish dress.  Umm...i'd hold out until sale. Maybe for a week?

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  3. I have the wayfarer on my wishlist too, and seeing you wear it has it inching up on my list now ...

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  4. I recently tried on the readymade dress too and its odd that in stores its 128 and online its 118.  Once before I noticed something was less expensive online.  Does this happen often?  Of course with shipping it kind of evens out.  I really liked the dress but thought it was a bit expensive for what it is.  Still, its one of the few pieces tempting me at Anthro lately so maybe I shouldn't let it go.  I love a cute, casual dress that is machine washable since I have four kiddos I chase around after all day.

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  5. I really like the Kimono Leaf Dress on you. The others look good too, but I don't really get ensemble dresses. I want a dress to look like a dress, not a skirt and top that are permanently matched. Am I the only one? Perhaps someone can explain the allure of the ensemble dress. Having said that, I love the look of the Readymade as a skirt and top, I'd just want more versatility.

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  6. The readymade dress is still available online so I'm not sure why you think it's sold out...  But with that said, I definitely don't think that dress is worth 128. I feel that it's not even special because I could easily create that outfit by getting a red stripe top and a navy skirt. 

    But it certainly is pretty on you!  I say wait for a sale. :)

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  7. Alison, I TOTALLY agree.  I'm not a huge fan of ensemble dresses either.  That said, and I mean this in the most loving way Carol, I'm not a fan of any of these dresses.  At those prices especially.  If I'm paying that much for an article of  clothing, it has to knock my socks off.  : )  Honestly, these dresses look like they could be from Kohl's or Loft.  Save your $$$$!!!!!

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  8. Migraines suck- I get them when it rains and they last for days!!

    The readymade is the cutest here, I think, but definitely try and hold out for sale!

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  9. Great reviews!  I really like the two emsemble dresses on you.  Even though the Readymade Dress is a bit too casual, it has me wondering if I could re-create the look.  All I need is a semi-blousy striped top and a blue skirt and I'd be golden. 

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  10. All of these dresses look fantastic on you Carol, but I think my favourite is the Wayfarer. I love the Safari look!

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  11. carol_prettythingsJune 3, 2011 at 5:30 PM

    Thanks, Lisa! You'd look adorable in it, I'm sure. =)

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  12. carol_prettythingsJune 3, 2011 at 5:30 PM

    Thanks! And yes, I agree re: recreating the dress with separates. That's another reason not to spend so much on the dress, right? 

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  13. carol_prettythingsJune 3, 2011 at 5:31 PM

    I think you're right, and I think I will. Though, it's funny. So much ambivalence about these dresses isn't promising, is it?

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  14. carol_prettythingsJune 3, 2011 at 5:31 PM

    Thanks, Vanessa!

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  15. carol_prettythingsJune 3, 2011 at 5:42 PM

    Fair enough. =) Some ensemble dresses are great - the Maeve "In a Moment" dress from fall 2009, for instance. I loooove that one! But neither of these inspire quite that level of affection in me, and that's just the truth. 

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  16. carol_prettythingsJune 3, 2011 at 6:11 PM

    I think sometimes, they just make mistakes. For instance, the dress is back at $128 online now. And I agree - I like this dress for the same reason you mentioned. But I'm on the fence about it at full price, which may be a signal to me that I probably shouldn't spend that amount of money on it.

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  17. carol_prettythingsJune 3, 2011 at 6:18 PM

    Oh, I bet it'll be adorable on you, Lisa! 

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  18. carol_prettythingsJune 3, 2011 at 6:19 PM

    Hahaha, yes, definitely Jen. I agree - sale it is. The great thing about writing a blog is when I have these instances when I'm not so sure about something, all of you help me work it out. =D Many thanks!

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  19. carol_prettythingsJune 3, 2011 at 6:22 PM

    Right??? I don't know what it is at Anthro this year, but it's been uninspiring. Good for my various and sundry shopping bans, but sad for my closet...or something. ^_-

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  20. I just got the readymade dress, and I have to say: I love it and I think it's worth the price! (I ordered the petite, and those never make it to sale, so I bit the bullet.) It makes me feel like I should be bicycling through Paris...it's just so pretty, soft, simple, and sophisticated. I know I'm going to wear it a ton this summer and fall, so, considering the cost-per-wear, it's worth it. The fit is what makes it so special: I have striped tees and denim skirts, but they never fit so well when paired together.

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