Monday, June 8, 2009

J.Crew: Embossed-Cotton Dip-Dye Lorelei Dress Review

This is J.Crew's Embossed-Cotton Dip-Dye Lorelei Dress (item #15200), which also comes in petite (item #15488).  It is numerically sized, and is available in navy and papaya.  It retails for $110.  J.Crew describes the dress as such:
The perfect little dress for sun-filled days, uniquely dip-dyed with a special technique. Beautifully textured cotton in a sweet strapless silhouette. Fitted bodice, with boning and elastic along the top edge to hold it up—so you won't have to. A-line skirt with box pleats. Straight neckline. On-seam pockets. Back zip. Fully lined. Falls above knee; 23" from natural waist. Import. This dress is machine washable, but we suggest dry cleaning to keep it looking newer, longer.
I tried this dress on in a size 4 regular in the papaya color.  I have actually tried on this dress at least twice, maybe 3 times.  I really like this dress.  The dress fits very true-to-size.  The dress has a band around the bust that hooks in the back to help with support.  It is a very comfortable fit, fitting very well around the bust as well as the waist.

I own a few of J.Crew's embossed-cotton strapless dresses from past seasons, and the reason I fell in love with this dress is because of the material.  The embossed-cotton in past seasons has been heavily textured, with fairly heavy embossing.  This embossed-cotton is incredibly soft, and only very lightly textured.  It is also a bit lighter than the other embossed-cotton, and moves a bit better.  (This is true even when comparing to this existing season's embossed-cotton, which is admittedly softer than past seasons' fabric.)  

I also feel that this dress does a better job of having a cleaner line between the body and the skirt.  I felt that past dresses of similar style kind of cut me in half, and I think the transition from bodice to skirt is a lot nicer.

I do like the dip-dye pattern in the papaya color, but I don't really care for it in the navy color, as I think it's a bit too much of a contrast.  I think the papaya color works really well without being too heavy of a contrast, and is a nice, sweet color for the spring and summer.  The color transitions fairly well.  I think the pleats are just okay.  They can stick out a bit in the back, but other than that, they add a bit of shape to the bottom of the dress.

After trying this on multiple times, I finally ordered it in a petite 6 size, which also fits well, and is an inch shorter, so doesn't make too much of a difference in the length.  I am really happy I finally picked up this dress, because I really like it, especially with the new fabric.

What do you think?  Do you like this dress?  Which color do you prefer?  What do you think of J.Crew's embossed-cotton strapless dresses in general?


dinagideon June 8, 2009 at 11:34 AM  

love it...and good for you...the petite will look so pretty!

Cate June 8, 2009 at 12:00 PM  

love it- looks adorable on you. i have a couple of these from other seasons as well, but none from this year... i may get this one as my birthday present to myself :)

Kendra and Gary June 15, 2010 at 11:31 AM  

Question for you... how does this dress fit compared to past years.. I own oen of the embossed dresses from like 2007...


Jenny June 23, 2010 at 8:16 PM  

Hi Kendra (posting from my other Google account, but same JTS who wrote this post :)) - I'm afraid I can't comment on this fit versus previous years, as the previous years' ones I have are from the outlet and have a slightly different cut to them. I would say though that I thought this dress was cut a teensy bit narrower than other dresses of the same size, especially in the bust area. It's tough, because it wasn't enough to size up, but enough that I'm remember it a year later :)