Hi everyone! Hope you're all having a great week. My week has been busy with work but otherwise good. I'm putting myself on a self-imposed shopping ban for a little bit - well, at least until the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale in July (EEEEEEE!!! My favorite shopping event of the year!), and then definitely for quite a while after that, to make up for my Jason Wu and Kate Spade indulgences over the last couple weeks. This doesn't mean I won't do my duty by you, and scope out what's pretty and in store (and even what's not in store yet - Fall 2011 pre-orders are taking place at a lot of the department stores right now).
So, here's who I found hanging out together in Nordstrom's Individualist department...
I spied this dress on Nordy's website last week and tweeted about it - the whimsical print and the brightly colored bead-embellished birds are just the sort of whimsical touch I love in a dress. I was definitely intrigued by the retro, mod-ish silhouette of the dress as well. I'm wearing this in Ted Baker's size 1, and it fit well, overall, considering that it's somewhat shapeless and shift-like. It's definitely a mini, and has sheer, blousey sleeves, which I thought could have stood to be a touch less blousey. Also, had the dress not had a raglan shoulder, I think I might have liked it better. It's got an exposed back zipper (see product shot here) and is dry clean only. Overall, super cute, but I think I'd wait for sale on this - except for the fact that it seems to be flying out of the stores (UTC only had this one left, and it was on hold for someone else. The SA was kind enough to let me try it on for size).
Kate Spade "Stella" Dress:
This little dress is classic Kate Spade, all silk and fully lined with a playful print, ruffles, and patent skinny belt. I'm wearing it in a size 0, and while it was super cute, the fit was all wrong for me. Pros: super cute ruffled neckline and dips into a flattering but-not-too-low "v," and good length on the skirt, hitting right at the knee. Cons: the bodice was too long on short-waisted me (you can see how the fabric breaks under my chest), the waist uncomfortably snug (I'd just eaten lunch, but c'mon, a girl should be able to eat and not suffer for it), the skirt a little too roomy in the hips, and it's dry clean only (not really a surprise). Sooo...if you're longer-waisted than me, with no belly but fuller hips (or no hips at all), then this could be the dress for you. ^_-
I'm wearing the Lola Dress in a size 2, so it was a bit big on me everywhere, as I think I'd need a size 0. But otherwise, this sheath-style dress was just perfect - pretty and ladylike and well-made. The lace-printed fabric is a cotton-silk blend that manages to be light and substantial at the same time. The dress is fully lined, there's a back zipper, and it comes with a skinny patent belt. It's dry clean only, as most Kate Spade garments are. Simply lovely.
I found this lone Vince dress hanging on a rack, and as I'm always intrigued by these odd, not-quite-drapey-artfully-shaped-to-seem-artlessly-shapeless dresses, I decided to give it a try. I'm wearing it in an XS, and couldn't find a link to it on Nordstrom's site, so the product link above goes to another retailer who is carrying the dress. It's hard to see in these photos (you can get a clearer view on the product shot here), but the sleeves on this dress are asymmetrical, much like those of the Neo-Refinement Pullover, only shorter. The dress is lined, dry clean only, and a pull-on style. I liked it, but found it a bit dear (Vince tends to be), even at the sale price ($174). Still, if you like this sort of thing, I'd recommend it.
Rebecca Taylor Wrap Dress:
This is a lovely plum-colored version (sadly, these photos don't do the color justice - it's much plummier than the purple you see above) of the python print dress I tried on a few months back (post here). For some reason, I wasn't able to find this purple version on Nordstrom's website, nor any other sites for that matter, so the product link above is for the python-printed version. You can probably call Nordstrom though, and ask for the "purple Rebecca Taylor wrap dress with the ruffle and belt" and if the SA has seen it, she'll probably know what you're asking for. I'm wearing the dress in a size 0 here, and the details are exactly the same as with the python-printed version: 100% silk, fluid lines, faux wrap-dress with elastic waist (covered by the belt), pull-on styling, dry-clean only. The skirt was a touch too long on me, but otherwise, this dress is lovely, lovely, lovely.
That's it for now. Do you have any occasions coming up for a pretty dress?