Monday, July 13, 2009

J.Crew FO: Marguerite Dress

This is the Marguerite Dress from J.Crew Outlet. I picked both dresses up about a month ago. The dress retails for $79.50, but I was able to get it for about $47 after promotions and discounts. The dress is numerically sized, and was available first in the navy floral pattern, and then in the black polka dot pattern. I don't believe that these patterns were both available at the same time at my local outlet.

I picked up both dresses in a size 4, and I believe the dress fits true-to-size. It's a very comfortable fit. Size is mainly determined based on your bust size, as it is an empire waist with a more voluminous skirt.

The neckline is a thick, twisted rope-like neckband, and is a nice detail, in my opinion. The fabric is a stiffer material, and I believe it's cotton. The fabric is very smooth, and the skirt has two layers of fabric. Because the material is a bit stiffer, the skirt doesn't move or flow really well, but I don't think it's meant to be a flowy dress. The skirt itself is a bit voluminous, owing to the shirring at the waistband.

The dress itself is very comfortable. It doesn't create too much of a waist, but it is very forgiving on your lower half. If you're uncomfortable with poufiness or extra volume on the bottom, then you should definitely try it on yourself to see how it looks in person. I personally like this dress silhouette, but I know that it's not for everyone.

I think this dress works well as both a casual dress and a more dressy one. I think you could leave it as-is and throw on some casual sandals for a dressed-down look, or dress it up with a wrap or a pretty sweater and the right accessories and shoes.

What do you think? Do you like this dress? Which pattern do you prefer? Have you seen it or tried it on? Do you own it yourself?


GingerSnap July 13, 2009 at 6:01 PM  

I LOVE POLKA DOTS!! I think they are WAY under-rated and need to be in stores everywhere. Aren't they darling? I only have a couple of pieces because they are so hard to look great!

Julia July 13, 2009 at 9:45 PM  

I didn't see this dress at my outlet!! I LOVE the polka dot one, it's so bold and happy! Great finds! :)

Kristie July 13, 2009 at 10:39 PM  

Oh, how I LOVE that polka dot dress! It is so beautiful! I would love to have one! The closest FO is about 4 hours from where I live! If you happen to find another one, let me know!

HeidiG July 13, 2009 at 11:22 PM  

Like both, but love the polka dots! What great summer dresses!!

mensfashiondeals July 14, 2009 at 1:45 PM  

Both patterns are great. Looks like the perfect dress for a hot summer's day to me.

Stacy July 15, 2009 at 1:05 PM  

i have the dress in blue and am a huge fan. its comfortable and versatile....exactly what i need in a summer dress.