Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Old Navy: Smocked Jersey Maxi Dress

This is Old Navy's Smocked Jersey Maxi Dress (style #633407), which retails for $29.50. It is alpha-sized, and is available in black, blue, purple, pink stripes, and navy stripes. I had been resisting the maxi dress trend all year, but finally caved and tried one on when Old Navy was running a special on skirts and dresses (picked this one up for just $15), and was surprised to find that I actually liked it.

This is a size small, which is the size I normally wear in Old Navy dresses. I think the dress fits true-to-size. It's definitely too long, but the dress is also available in petites (and talls) online. The jersey fabric is a nice, medium weight fabric. It's soft and smooth, and moves and flows very nicely.

The dress has a medium V-neck with a triangle top and spaghetti straps. It has an empire waist with a band of elasticized smocking underneath, which adds some nice detail to the dress as well as a bit of definition. The dress flares out just a bit from the empire waist, and falls in a fairly straight line.

I think the dress creates a fairly flattering shape with a bit of a slimming effect, and I was honestly surprised at how much I liked it. I had expected it to make me look incredibly short, but when I tried it on in-store, I thought it actually had the opposite effect, which is nice. I would wear this dress mainly as a casual dress, and think it's a nice, basic piece. You can easily change the look of this dress with the right accessories, and the solids will work well with a lot of different colors.