The chic cowlneck on this dress makes it a warm weather must-have forSo I'm not sure how new this dress is (it was at the back of the store, which isn't always sale items), but I have never noticed it before. J.Crew's website lists it as a new arrival, but you have to search for it by item number or name.
après-beach days. Cotton. Short sleeves. Seam under bust for support.
I tried this dress on in a coral color. (It comes in navy, brown (desert stone), and dark grey/black (dark slate) online.)
This dress is alpha-sized, and it's hard to tell if the dress fits true to size, because I'm not exactly sure how it is supposed to fit. I picked it up in my normal size, and it certainly doesn't look like it does on the model (but does it ever?). I don't like the "seam under bust for support" - first off because it is elastic, and I don't like the way it looks, and secondly, because this dress reminds me of the way some grandmas (mine included!) wear their pants - with their waist hiked up to right under their busts. Now I know some people (like grandmas) can pull off that look, but I can't.
Aside from the bust issue, I didn't like the fabric either. It is fairly thin, and I can see why this would be marketed as an "apres-beach" dress. As for other details, the cowl-neck was not styled as it is the modeled picture, but I imagine if you put a little time into it, you could get into to do more than just sit there.
This dress hit at just above the knee for me. The dress itself was a little roomy - the sleeves were not tight, and neither was the "seam" (elastic) under the bust.