Tuesday, June 26, 2012

A Smattering (Fitting Room Reviews)

Hi everyone! Hope your week has gotten off to a great start. This past weekend, I was at the mall, hosting an early-morning birthday party for Rowan (he wanted to go to a Lego Store Club meeting with some of his friends) and well, as those of you who live in San Diego may know, the Lego Store at the Fashion Valley mall is in easy eye-shot of both J. Crew and Anthropologie.

Really, what sort of friend would I be to you if I didn't pop in and do a couple fitting room reviews? A very poor one indeed. Which is why I risked all, made the great sacrifice, and donned pretty dresses.

It's a hard life. 



Let me begin by saying I REALLY HATE SHOPPING BANS. This is J. Crew's Lucille Dress in Lace - an eye-popping yellow lace - which I tried on in a size 0. I was a little afraid to put this dress on, mostly because I was highly skeptical that I'd be able to take it off. I really, really love it. I love it despite the fact that there's some slightly awkward bunching going on over my rear (I suspect it's because the aforementioned rear is larger than optimal for this dress - see photo above right). It reminds me a bit of the fantastic DVF dress Chloe wore that I wanted so badly, it hurt. It makes me think that despite the fact that I probably own 2 dozen party dresses, I really want this one to wear to a wedding in a couple weeks. It makes me think that even though I'm supposed to be saving for a grown-up camera, I could manage to swing this dress, somehow. Did I mention that it's got pockets? And that I love it? There's a back zipper, it's lined, and it's dry-clean only. Want, want, want. The skirt hit at my knee and the whole thing fit me comfortably everywhere else. VERY wishlisted. 


Stripe Derby Dress:


I loved the Stripe Derby Dress on the hanger. On me? Hmm...not quite as much. I'm wearing this dress in a size 0, and overall, the dress fit very comfortably. The skirt hit right at the knee and the bodice fit nicely. The spaghetti straps were a touch long for petite, short-waisted me, but shortening them is a super easy fix - something even I, with my very limited sewing skills, could manage. The dress is a linen/cotton blend which is lovely for summer, has pockets, and is machine washable. There's a side zip that's a bit sticky over the waist seam as these things often are, but not a deal breaker. So why didn't I love it? Well...I think it was the horizontal stripe and how it made me feel...wide. Now, you all know that I'm a fan of horizontally striped dresses, but something about this one - yeah, hm, I'm not sure. In these photos, it doesn't look that bad. What are your thoughts? Do I look wide in this dress (particularly over the hips) or is it just my imagination? Wishlisted for further consideration at sale time.


Garment-dyed Drawstring Shirtdress:


I saw the Garment-Dyed Drawstring Shirtdress and was immediately drawn to it because...well, it's a shirtdress. And it was on sale. With an extra 30% off. Soooo...I thought, what could it hurt to try on? Well, I'm glad I did, because if I hadn't, I wouldn't have ever known how much the sleeves of this dress  kinda suck. I'm wearing the dress in a size 0. Overall, the dress is great - casual yet not sloppy, comfy, and machine washable. No side vent pockets (booooo!) but that wouldn't have been so bad. I might still have been tempted to bring this home. Except for the sleeves. Surprisingly snug! Very difficult to remove. I had to do the world's wiggliest shimmy to get my arms out of those sleeves without surgical tools. Just saying, in case you see this dress in-store and decide to try it on - you have been warned. Pass for me.


So, what about you? Are you eyeing anything in J. Crew or elsewhere? What do you think about these three?

16 comments:

  1. I love the Lucille and bought it in purple eyelet. I've worn it to work with a little white tee under it (similar to styling in catalog... I mean, "style guide") and it instantly made it less party-like. Just saying...

    I also picked up the navy shirt dress but did not have problems with the arms. Maybe you had a one off? For the instore sale price, it was a great deal!

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    1. Oooh, a little white tee! What a great idea! Maybe I did have a one-off with the shirtdress. It WAS a great deal with the extra 30% off, which is why I was trying it on, hahaha. I'm glad yours is better - because it seems like a great dress otherwise.

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  2. I actually bought the lucille dress in purple eyelet too... Ironically for summer weddings and various parties I have to go to this year... And because I felt I could dress it down and wear it to work. Great dress. :)

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    1. Oh... And I personally love the stripe dress on you... But don't break your ban! More dresses will come along! :)

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    2. Thanks, Ms. JR! I'm trying to stay focused...

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  3. This may be just me, but I don't like the collarbone fit of the Lucille dress on you, sticking out in the second photo. Although the color and style are both gorgeous, I would personally have the top tailored.

    Stay strong on your shopping ban!

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    1. Good point about the neckline...and yes, I'm doing my best to be good. :D Your support is greatly appreciated!

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  4. I also prefer the stripe dress on you than the lace dress....I think it looks great! But what I really want to know is where are those shoes from??? Gorgeous!

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    1. The shoes are Lanvin sandals, that I scored during Nordstrom's Designer Shoe clearance a few weeks ago. :) I love them - thanks!

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  5. I really love that stripe dress, it looks so perfect and comfortable for hot summer days!

    Mal @ The Chic Geek

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  6. I think the stripe dress is super-cute and now I want it. And Carol...how could you EVER look wide? You are teeny!

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  7. I love the second dress on you but the yellow one was my favorite! I'm always surprised when I find people that find JCrew clothes well fitting. I hardly ever do. I love some things about J Crew but the clothes rarely fit me as well as they need to.

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  8. Of all of them, I LOVE the Striped dress! I'm not a huge fan of stripes either, but WOW it fits you perfectly (better than the model online!)!! Keep an eye on that one, as I can see you getting a lot of use out of such a comfy and cute dress!! :) KateJones.me

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  9. Love the yellow dress Carol! It reminds me of this Karen Millen I've been coveting...http://www.stylemetv.com/shop/dresses-1/broderie-dress.html

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  10. The yellow lace looks gorgeous, and likely I'm just very lazy at making sure things fit well, but it looks like a pretty great fit to me! The striped dress looks great too!

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