The strapless cut and tiered ruffles are rich, feminine flourishes on this streamlined, modern silhouette. Laid-back cool style for the hottest of summer nights, with a removable tie that can be worn at the waist or around the neck. Cotton. Straight bodice and skirt. Fully lined. Falls to midthigh. Import. Machine wash.This dress can be styled as a strapless dress, a halter dress, or a tie-waist dress. It was styled as a halter dress on the mannequin in the store, and seemed cute enough. This dress is alpha-sized, and I tried this on in a size small. The fabric on this dress is a cotton gauze, and it's a little too rough for me as a regular dress, but I think it works well as a beach cover-up.
The dress has a two-tier ruffle at the top hem, with a loop inside the dress at the bust to hold the tie if you want to make it into a halter dress. The length on this dress is pretty nice - it's not as short on me as it is on the model, but I prefer it this way, even for a beach cover up. As a straight-up strapless dress, I think it is pretty boring - it's shapeless and verges on being unflattering. From the side, it reminds me of a floral pillowcase.
When you use the tie to create a halter, I think the dress improves a little, but is still pretty shapeless around the waist. The halter does add a little more to the dress, which is nice.
Here is a close up of the halter tie and the top ruffles. I wish I had known that tying the tie around the waist was another styling option, as I think it looks kind of cute that way. It would certainly help with defining a waist.
What do you think? Do you like this dress? Which way is your favorite way to wear it? Would you wear it as a beach cover-up or just a day dress?