During a quick pit stop at H&M, I was drawn to these floaty sundresses with lady-like details. I loved the little collar, the flat gold buttons, the pockets (2 on the chest and 2 along the skirt sides), and especially the adjustable cognac and gold belt that can be re-worn numerous times with other outfits.
This is one of those easy dresses that are flattering on a wide variety of body shapes - the torso is not fitted to accommodate various chest sizes, the waist is elastic for comfort, and the A-line skirt conceals any hip/tush issues. Add the waist-cinching belt and you have a feminine silhouette.
Here's the yellow on me in a size 4, item #: 045992, $29.95:
A sz 4 was roomy in the chest and armholes for me. If there were a 2 I would've taken it right on home.
Continue reading to see the blue paisely on me...
Belted blue paisley dress in z 2, $29.95, item # 045992:
I only discovered the blue paisley when I left the fitting room to search for a smaller yellow. The print was so beautiful in my hands, but once I got home and tried it on, I don't love it. There's something about the full-on paisley polyester that feels "Forever21" to me versus classy chic. What do you guys think?
The dress has a 100% polyester semi-sheer overlay, and is lined everywhere except the back of the torso in a stretchy polyester knit. Measurements of a sz 2 are 16" across the armpits, 11"-16" across the elasticized waist, and 34" total length. Here's how the dress looks un-belted (left) and the bright blue lining (right):
I have another paisley dress which I absolutely adore, but it's not fair to compare the two. That one is made of luscious 100% silk, and even when purchased on final sale cost me around $200, including numerous alterations.
Comes in 4 colors total:
Apparently it comes in blouse form too (pricier at $29.95). So vibrant and pretty!
I couldn't resist trying on some pastel denim from the juniors Divided section. They're $19.95 a pop and I saw yellow, teal blue, a spring green, and more. The fit is very skinny but I had the usual non-petite denim issues... larger back pockets extending below my actual butt, creasing under the butt and behind the knees, and the waist was disproportionately high on me (even though I know it's a higher-waisted style).
Price is a reasonable $24.95 (item # 088191) and it has both front and back trouser-style pockets. Unfortunately, the 2 had a waist gap on me, and I didn't love the slit on both sides of the pant leg opening (but looked ok folded up, as shown below). If you're a little bigger than me in the waist, these pants could be a tri-season classic.
Readers - Do you prefer sunny yellow, blue paisley, or neither?