Monday, May 11, 2009

J.Crew FO: Pleated Eyelet Trim Dress Review

This is a dress from the J.Crew Outlet, which I've called the Pleated Eyelet Trim Dress (item #12549).  This dress is alpha-sized, and was available in a few different colors, including this pink, a vibrant green, and a white.  It retails for $59.50.  (I feel compelled to note that I bought this dress a little while ago, and during my last trip to the outlets, I don't recall seeing it, but I also didn't spend too much time looking around.)

I tried this dress on in a small, and in the pink color.  I thought it looked really cute on the hanger - very summery and feminine.

This dress has an empire waist, with small horizontal pleating at the bodice.  The fabric is nice and soft (cotton, I believe), and moves a bit.  The dress hit me just at the knees, so it would probably be a little bit shorter on you taller ladies.

The bottom of the dress had an eyelet trim that went up about 2 inches from the bottom of the dress.  I thought this was a cute detail, and I thought it worked nicely with the pleating detail at the top.  The Boyfriend wasn't crazy about this dress - he said it made me look preggers, and, well, from the side, I can't say I totally disagree, but I don't really mind it on this dress.

I really liked this dress, so I ended up picking up this dress in the pink color and also in green.  As with the outlets (and any clothing store, I suppose), it's always a gamble - do I pick it up now when they have my size/color combination, or do I try to wait it out for a bit to see if it goes on sale, and risk not being able to get it?  I didn't want to risk not being able to get these dresses later, so I took them home.

What do you think?  Do you like this dress?  Did you see it, or one similar, at your outlet?


HeidiG May 11, 2009 at 2:35 PM  

It's very pretty. I think I may look for it this weekend when I'm at the outlets. Thanks for posting!!

JTS May 12, 2009 at 9:40 PM  

Hi HeidiG - I saw a couple at my local outlet on the clearance rack tonight, and the outlet was also running a 20% extra off clearance sale! It was also available in a melon-y orange color. Hope you can find it! :)

HeidiG May 13, 2009 at 6:11 PM  

thanks, I'll check it out and let you know if I find any!