(From J. Crew!!!)
These two dresses have featured pretty heavily on some of my more recent wishlists and I couldn't quite believe it when I saw them both in the store, in my size. The Polka-Dot Tie Neck dress is already sold out online in my size, so I was doubly suprised and excited. I had my two little side-kicks with me, and they were game for a couple quick fitting room reviews (as well as some goofing around). In fact, Rowan even offered to rate each item on a scale from 1 to 10.
He's just helpful that way. ^_-
Polka Dot Tie-Neck Dress:
Please excuse my atrocious hair and tired skin. Anyway, I'm wearing the Polka Dot Tie-Neck Dress in a size 0, and I found that it fit very comfortably. The top was much more blousy on me than on the model in the product shot, but seeing as how I'm short-waisted and just plain short, this wasn't too much of a surprise. The skirt hit precisely at the knee, rather than above it as on the model, but that's totally fine as well. I tied the neck a lot higher than in the product shot, but I think both looks can work. The dress has a side zip, is made of silk, has no pockets, is dry-clean only, and is lined. I love it. The kids did too. Rowan gave it a 9 out of 10. He particularly found the pleated skirt fascinating.
I'm a little shocked that this dress has already sold out completely online as it hasn't been out for that long. I'm wearing the A-line Ponte Dress in a size 0, and again, I found it to be a very comfortable fit. This dress is slightly shorter than the Polka Dot Tie-Neck Dress, but only just, hitting at the top of my knee, rather than at the middle of it. There's a panel of fabric that wraps around the waist that's difficult to see in these photos and totally invisible in the product shot, which is about 3" wide at the center (front of the dress) and tapers closer to 2.5" inches wide at the side seams. I almost wish it wasn't there, but as a detail, it isn't a deal-breaker. The dress felt well constructed, the fabric was very sturdy, and while it's very simple and basic, it is...well, a great simple and basic black dress. The dress has a back zipper, but no pockets, and is dry-clean (boo!). Rowan gave it a 4 out of 10. When I asked why, he said it was a nice dress, but kind of boring; not very colorful or interesting. Which is true. But I'll point out that while boring, dresses like this are fantastic canvases for accessories - necklaces, scarves, belts, shoes - all of those things will really change the feel of a dress like this, pretty substantially, making it very versatile.
Rowan and Kate-shaped appendages sprouting from me. Strange, how that happens when there's a camera and a mirror around.
Both dresses came home with me, which was a little naughty of me, but look - when the Universe speaks, I listen. Especially when it speaks to me about pretty dresses. There are some things that one just shouldn't mess with.
Have a great day!