Dress 1Designer: Macy's INC International Concepts
Description: In a dramatic ankle-length silhouette and paisley print, INC's petite maxi dress strikes an elegant pose.
The Lowdown: I tried this dress on in size Petite/Petite at the start of the summer. I loved, loved, LOVED it, but still could not justify paying nearly $90 for a summer-y dress. Since then, I have been keeping my eye on Macy's website to see if the price drops. Well, I just recently saw it listed at $69.99. This is still not low enough for me yet (but see Dress 2 below), but I'm holding out hope that I'll eventually be able to pick up this dress for $40 or less. If I do, dear readers, I'll model it for you in a future post. For now though, here's the scoop:
- Machine washable (no pesky dry-cleaning bills)
- Made of polyester/spandex (no pesky ironing either)
- Sleeveless with bra-friendly straps (because peeking bra straps are a no-no!)
- Built-in soft cups (in fact, we A-cup petites could probably go bra-less altogether)
- Appx 42.5" from backline to floor (FIRST and ONLY maxi dress that I wouldn't have to hem)
- Paisley print (pattern is fun yet sophisticated, and it complements my skin tone nicely)
- Price (maybe it's just me, but I don't want to pay $70 for a polyester dress...)
- Fabric at bust (a slight white shines through -- visible on hanger, but not so much when you put the dress on)
Dress 2Designer: Banana Republic
Description: A silky blend of rayon and spandex makes this dress comfortable as it is stylish. Knotted halter straps, a deep v-neck and an empire waist give it a sexy, summertime ease. Our designers added a touch of navy for an unexpected twist.
The Lowdown: I tried this dress on in size XSP yesterday. OHMIGOODNESS! It is L-O-V-E-L-Y!!! I felt oh so sophisticated and effortlessly chic the second I slipped it on. (Sorry, no dressing room pics. But I'm buying an iphone when I start making a salary in a few months, so I'll rectify that moving forward.) The dress feels like pure silk against your skin, and it had such clean lines and a beautiful drape! There was no way I could walk out the store without it -- even despite the hefty price tag. So you know what that means? It means I'm the proud owner of my very first maxi dress ever! :-) Now all I need is a bit of tailoring (see Cons below) and the perfect little sandal to complete the look.
- Made of rayon/spandex (but feels silky like super-soft jersey)
- V-neck with knotted halter (perfect to show off toned shoulders and arms)
- Empire waist (I felt like my legs were a mile-long when I caught a glimpse in the mirror)
- Color (stunning shade of gray with a pop of blue along the halter back -- it's GORGEOUS!)
- Length (it was about 2 inches too long for my 5-foot frame, but my dad's tailor is going to fix this for me)
- Dryclean only (oh phooey!)
- No built-in cups (a little surprising that BR left this detail out)
- Sold out online (but you can check your local store for it like I did)
Now what about you, dear readers? Have you had any better luck with your search for the perfect maxi this summer?