A relaxed, versatile style in our refined, sophisticated viscose jersey. Sleeveless silhouette. Fitted bodice with V-neck front and back. Long wrap-tie at waist. Falls to knee; 22 1/2" from natural waist. Import. Machine wash. Catalog/jcrew.com only.
I ordered this dress in a size small, in the dark charcoal color. I know the tropical palm color looks very lovely on many of you, but olivey greens are just not my thing. I think this dress fits true-to-size. While there is definitely some stretch (and thus a little extra room) in the small, I still would just stick with my regular size, because I think it might be a bit too tight around the waist in an extra small, even with the stretch.
My love for J.Crew's jersey dresses is no secret, and this dress is no exception. The jersey is a nice, midweight jersey that flows and drapes very nicely. It is a soft and cool fabric, and the dress is cut in a flattering silhouette that creates a neatly defined waist. The waist sash is attached at the side, and wraps around the middle, and can be tied in the front or the back. I think the length of this dress is nice - it hits a tiny bit below the knee for me. I would have liked it to hit where it hits on the model, but it's not so long that I need to get it shortened, which is always a plus.
This dress is cut a bit more fully than some of the straighter jersey dresses, and that helps prevent any unflattering jersey cling, especially in the midsection or on the rear.
The back of the dress looks pretty much just like the front. Even though the back is a bit deep, I was still able to wear a regular bra with it, which is good. My one issue with this dress is the sleeves. I prefer the sleeveless style on this dress, as opposed to the cap sleeve, which is the way the sleeves sort of naturally fall. While you can scrunch the sleeves up to make the dress strapless, I couldn't find any way to make them stay, which was disappointing, as I think the dress is much cleaner looking as a sleeveless dress.
Overall, I think this is a really cute dress, especially once I can figure out the sleeves. I really like the silhouette, and I think this dress can be really simple and casual, or dressed up with the right accessories.
What do you think? Do you like this dress? Do you own it? Which color do you prefer? How would you accessorize this dress?
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