Thursday, August 23, 2012

Two Dresses (Fitting Room Reviews)

I was driving through Orange County, coming from Los Angeles heading home to San Diego. And I was almost certain that I heard something calling my name. I felt this odd magnetic pull drawing me to South Coast Plaza. And I knew that it wasn't just the mall - I had a feeling that it was something specific. And as it so happened, it was two something specifics.

(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!

23 comments:

  1. Those kids are the best accessories for the pretty black dress!!!

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  2. They are so flipping adorable!!!!!! Both dresses look fantastic on you! I took home the pointe as well. It's just so vey flattering and comfortable at the same time. And you're right, so easy to dress up and down.

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    1. Thank you! And yay for the Ponte dress! It really is great.

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  3. Cuteness all around! I don't blame you for grabbing both...I mean when the universe points you in a certain direction, why fight it? =) Can't wait to see some OOTD pics with these great pieces!

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  4. I had that exact same experience at South Coast J Crew! How does that voice know both of us??? I tried on both dresses too but I think I should have sized down in A line Ponte because the proportions were a little off. I'm a shortie too. I popped into Fashion Valley yesterday and think I saw the Ponte yesterday but not the polka dot. I may have to make another trip... Both dresses look wonderful on you and you're right, the blank canvass is going to be so fun to accessorize. Surely you won't top the two cuties in the photo but they might get a little heavy after a while. A scarf is easier to throw in your purse.
    Mechelle

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    1. Wow! The voice knows you too! :D I love it! And yes, that's a really good point regarding the two kiddos as possibly getting too heavy. A scarf IS much lighter - not to mention quieter, overall. ;)

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  5. Both dresses are very cute on you but your little ones really steal the show! They're so sweet and such hams.

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    1. Thanks, Jess - they really are such hams. :D

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  6. I'm so glad you reviewed the Ponte dress as I have been eyeing it! :-)

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  7. Those are great choices! I think the little black dress could easily pop with color on a belt, or shoes, or hairband... easy fix! ;) Your kids are super cute!! http://katejones.me

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  8. Oh I love both of those dresses!!! Just gorgeous on you.

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  9. You kids are adorable. I love that your son gave you a rating. Both dresses are good choice.

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  10. Both dresses are great timeless pieces. What's your secret in taking your kids shopping? When I take my 4 year old, he will ask every 5 minutes "are we going tomthe Lego store yet?"

    Alice
    www.happinessatmidlife.com

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  11. totally I agree with your comment "when the Universe speaks, listen." I did the same with 2 new dresses at Anthro as well! My little boy even commented, "those dresses fit you perfectly, Mom!" Love taking the kids for company when shopping, especially times like this.
    Love your blog, I found you this past winter. I respect your blog and your posts very much. Thanks for everything!

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  12. I love how you and your kids look so happy on your shopping trip. Love the smiles =)

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  13. aww.. I love me a comfy black dress to use as a canvas for my accessories. I'm keeping my eyes out for the black dress to come back.

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  14. These were tops on my list. I procrastinated on the Pointe dress online, but managed to find it locally and it fits divinely :)). Can't wait to wear it and accessorize with so many things. I love the polka dot dress too, but the tie gives me pause. I have flashbacks to when that was all you could find in blouses and didn't like them then. I would definitely have to try that on on first.

    They both look excellent on you :))

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  15. The kids are adorable! This post inspired me to try out the a-line ponte dress and you are right, it is a winner. Can be worn many ways so I will get lots of mileage out of it. I was lucky to find it at the store since it's sold out online. Thank you for the tip!

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  16. OMGeez, so cute! Both the dresses and the kiddos :-)

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  17. I can't believe you reviewed THE two J Crew dresses I've been wanting for a while! Your reviews really help because we wear similar sizes (although I'm 5' 7"). Can't wait until my 15-month-old and 2-month-old boys are old enough to be able to have fun in a fitting room!

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