Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Gap: White Chevron-Striped A-Line Dress Review

This is Gap's White Chevron-Striped A-line Dress (style #620797), which retails for $59.50. It is numerically sized, and is also available in petite and tall. It is available in this one pattern, railroad. (However, the same style is available in black/pinstripe as style #620794.) Gap describes the dress as such:
An understated chevron print seamlessly highlights a flattering A-line silhouette, making for an elegant dress that you can count on for any occasion.
I tried this dress on in a size 6, as it was the only one close to my normal size 4 that they had in store. The size 6 fit very well, and was a very comfortable fit. It was just tiniest bit loose in the bust, so I would have liked to have tried on a size 4 for comparison, but the 6 definitely worked. Because I wasn't able to try on my regular size, I can't make a judgment call on how true-to-size this is. I would suggest starting with your regular size, and then potentially sizing up based on how it feels in the bust.

The fabric is a really nice, midweight cotton, almost like a twill or chino fabric. It is fairly soft, and moves very nicely. The A-line shape in combination with the empire waist and the band underneat the bust helps to create some shape, while still allowing the dress to move and flow.

The pattern is a very pretty pale grey all-over chevron stripe. It reminds me of seersucker stripes, but without the texture. Only the bottom half of the dress is really chevron though, meeting in the middle and creating a line down the front. The rest of the dress has the stripes either horizontally or vertically, and usually in a contrasting direction to the adjacent parts of the dress (if that makes sense). Overall, I think it's a pretty cute pattern. The monochrome allows you to do a lot in terms of accessorizing this dress with colors, and with dressing it up and down.

The bodice of the dress has 3 patterned buttons down the front, which are also a cute little touch. I like that they are also done in the same pattern, keeping with the contrasting look, because it's a cute enough detail on its own to make the dress interesting, but still subtle enough that it can be worked into however you style it.

The dress was a tad too long for me for a summer dress; I would have preferred it a couple of inches shorter. (I know, I know, ongoing issue.)

Here are the product details. I am almost always a fan of topstitching in casual clothing.

I think this dress is very cute. I didn't try it on with the strap because it was all curled up in the little envelope and I was getting tired of trying on clothes this trip, but it does look cute with the strap on the model. Even though this dress was a pretty good deal and I had a coupon, I left this one behind because I just know I probably wouldn't wear it that much.

On a separate note, I also would have liked to be able to try this on in a petite, just to see how it differed in fit from the regular size, especially in the length.

What do you think? Do you like this dress? Have you seen it or tried it on? Do you own it? Are there any other colors you would have liked it in?


Lily G. June 10, 2009 at 10:19 AM  

That dress is adorable! Perfect for summer.

dinagideon June 10, 2009 at 10:28 AM  

very very pretty. if you got a petite, it would be PERFECT! :)

HeidiG June 10, 2009 at 10:33 AM  

Dress is totally adorable! Love it. Wish you could have tried the petite!

AppGal June 10, 2009 at 11:42 AM  

This is way cute on you. I hope you can find it in petites because it is super-flattering!

gigiofca June 10, 2009 at 12:06 PM  

That is really cute!

JTS June 10, 2009 at 8:48 PM  

@LilyG - It is even cuter in person! Very comfortable and cute pattern!

@Dina - I didn't even realize they had it in petite until I did the review - Gap has an amazing petites selection!

@HeidiG - Are you going to look for it? Th length will be great on you!

@AppGal - Thank you! If I knew I would wear it, I would look for a petite. I'm also afraid of ordering petite, because then I will be more tempted to keep it :)

@Gigi - You should definitely look for it! It is very nice fo summer :)