I fell in love with J.Crew's Cotton Poplin Sydney Dress (item #97372) when I saw it (online), but went back and forth about buying for a little while. After my tax return came, I decided to treat myself.
J.Crew describes the dress as such:
Our easy, all-occasion dress tailored to fit in comfortable, crisp cotton—it's a wardrobe essential. The fitted bodice boasts a scoopneck with pleating at the front and back, and a slight A-line skirt with two sets of pleats also at the front and back. It's a great piece to dress up or down. Sleeveless silhouette. Non-adjustable straps. Side-seam pockets. Back zip. Fully lined. Falls above knee; 21" from natural waist. Import. Machine wash.The dress showed up a few days ago, and I have to say, I still love it! The fabric is nice and smooth, and also very light, which makes it a very nice spring and summer dress. I was kind of worried that the fabric might be too stiff, but that's definitely not the case. I will definitely be throwing a cardigan over this and wearing to work when the weather gets nicer!
I also love the color, which J.Crew calls pewter. It is a very pale grey, almost white, but I also feel like it has some blue undertones, and I just think it such a nice, light color.
As for the style, it is pretty true to what they show online. The bodice is very feminine looking, and while I'm normally not a fan of pleats, they are not too bad on this dress. I think the lightness of the fabric probably helps with that. As for the fit, it was a little looser on the top than expected/shown in the picture, but not so bad that I would consider returning it for a smaller size. This dress wasn't offered in petite, so it is just a shade longer on me than on the model.
IRL pictures below. (Don't mind the wrinkles - I had just taken it out of the bag!)
This dress also comes in navy and black.