Friday, May 15, 2009

Gap: Strapless Pom-Pom Dress Review

This is Gap's Strapless Pom-Pom Dress (style #585664), which originally retailed for $69.50, and is currently on sale online.  This dress is numerically-sized, and was available in coral, light brown, and off-white colors.  It is also available in regular, petite, and tall sizes.  Gap describes the dress as such:

This dress has all the right moves: the babydoll silhouette provides a flattering fit for all body types, while the artsy pom-poms and romantic shirring add texture and volume.
I had wanted to find this dress for awhile, ever since I saw it in one of the headers on Gap's website.  Unfortunately, I was pretty disappointed by it when I did finally find it.  I tried this dress on in a size 4, in the off-white color.  I am not a fan at all, I'm sorry to say.

The dress fits true-to-size, but I would note that it isn't super light.  The dress has a couple of layers, if I recall correctly, and while the fabric itself is pretty light, I think the detailing kind of weighs it down, both literally and figuratively.  The dress does move and flow very nicely.  It has an empire waist, and is fairly comfortable (granted, I only had it on for a few minutes).

I dislike this dress for two reasons: the pom-poms, which are the feature of the dress, and the unnecesary "romantic shirring" at the bottom.  It's not that I object to the shirring itself, but there's just so much of it.  It's so long, and I think it would have looked better if it were half as long.  I think it makes the dress unnecessarily long, too.  I can usually squeeze by in a "regular" dress as far as length goes, but this one is just ridiculously long.  I mean, look at the model - it's above her knees.  Mine is at least halfway to my ankles.

And of course, there is the elephant in the room to address, the pom-poms.  Ugh - this was the main feature of this dress?  The pom-poms are arranged in a couple of half circles on the bust.  Looking at them now, it almost looks like they were trying to emulate a double-strand pearl necklace or something, but I think they miss the mark a little.  The pom-poms are hard, and I think they are too big and clunky for the material.

Looking at the first IRL picture now, they don't seem so bad, but I disliked them immediately (even on the hanger), when I saw them in-store.  Here is a close-up of the pom-poms.

These are the product details from Gap's website.

I think it's fairly clear that I did not like this dress at all.  I think Gap had the potential for a pretty cute dress, but I think they overworked the details (shirring, bottom hem, pom-poms), and ended up producing a dress that looks weighed down, when it should look fun and flowy.  I passed on this one.

What do you think?  Do you like this dress?  Have you tried it on or seen it in-store?  Do you own it?


GingerSnap May 15, 2009 at 8:42 AM  

Alright, I have to be a dissenting opinion again... (don't hate me!) I actually LOVE this dress :) I first saw it featured in InStyle magazine in the bright orange color. I checked it out in-store and decided the super-bright color was not for me. I instead tried on the gray/brown? color and instantly LOVED it!! It has a easy-going vibe and I really like the pom-pom detailing :) I will probably wear it soon, so check it out when I do :) I can see however how this dress would not be for everyone...but it was for ME! :)

ashley May 15, 2009 at 9:46 AM  

its pretty cute! it reminds me of a "prairie" dress. very flowy and country-like. maybe try a different color to try on. :)

Anonymous May 15, 2009 at 9:53 AM  

It's not too bad, but that is a lot of fabric. I just tried on a skirt at the Gap that I thought I would love-- dropped seam and shirred bottom. It was beyond awful-- the seam was right at the widest part of my hips and then all the shirred fabric- yuck. I did just see the little pom-pom shirt/ jacket on a girl at my bank and it looked great on her, if anyone likes the pompoms it's a cute option.

coco May 15, 2009 at 12:33 PM  

I'm right there with you - I was coveting this dress since I saw it online a couple months ago. Now we are planning a trip to mexico so i thought this would be perfect for that. I went into the store last week and they had it at $49.99 with an extra 40% off. I have to say, even at that great price I wasn't in love at all. I too thought the pom poms were done wrong. And the empire waist and all that extra fabric? Yep, made me look preggers, so no thanks! Disappointing for sure, and the search for cute mexico dresses continues!

gigiofca May 15, 2009 at 12:47 PM  

Looks so cute in person, but I haven't tried it on yet. I think it's voluminous for us short ppl. You might like it better w/heels. Of course it may just be a pass. LOVE your handbag in the background.

KatyO. May 15, 2009 at 12:55 PM  

Thank you for doing this review! I am several inches taller than you, so I still might try it, or I might cut the bottom part and re-hem it myself. But I should wait to see it IRL before I even consider massive alterations. ;)

Oh, and I gave you a blog award. :) Glad you are back and going to start integrating more of yourself here. I swing by your cooking blog, but it will be nice to have it all in one place. :)

JTS May 17, 2009 at 10:06 PM  

@GingerSnap - I will definitely keep an eye out for your review - I would like to see a dissenting opinion! :)

@Ashley - Yes, definitely reminds me of a prairie dress, too, hehe.

@Stephanie - Was it their "spring skirt"? I think I tried on a skirt like that and I didn't really like it. I think I tried on the pom-pom shirt/jacket, but I didn't like it. :(

@Coco - you should check out the strapless eyelet dress from the J.Crew outlet - it is soooo cute, and would definitely be a cute Mexico dress! :)

@Gigi - I think it is a definite pass for me! :( And thank you! It is from the Coach outlet, but from last summer! I got such a good deal on it! :)

@KatyO - It is on sale now, so you should definitely check it out IRL! And thank you so much for the blog award, you are so sweet :)

Christina May 18, 2009 at 11:21 AM  

i love this dress and i think it looks really cute on you.

JTS May 19, 2009 at 1:37 PM  

Thank you, Christina! :)