Reviews: Asos wrap dress, pointy pumps, and cap toes

I found this post in my drafts and apologize for the belated review, but it’s less fun blogging about items that don’t work out! Last month, I was determined to add some fun shoes to my collection full of AT work pumps (btw, friends & family at Ann Taylor and LOFT has begun! Use FRIENDSAF for 40% off your entire order. Tried the crepe shift dress (c/o AT) on here). First and foremost I wanted neutral pointy toes, as pointy has made a comeback and are great for lengthening legs. I was also interested in classic cap toes, and entertained the thought of a fun printed/patterned pump:

Before we get to the shoe-mania, here is a quick dress review. Last month when I ordered this bright blue peplum dress (now 40% off, see review), I also picked up this yellow number as a cocktail prospect:

Asos petite long sleeve belted wrap dress in US1, comes in 3 colors. Thrift store shoes, H&M; clutch

This dress is a petite exclusive, and since the models are definitely not petite, I was hoping that it would have a little more coverage and length than shown in the stock photo…

Unfortunately, it’s just as plunging and short in-person as it looks online, so this is less cocktail-appropriate and more like something I wore on spring break many moons ago. A big issue for me was the back wrap design – it’s a faux wrap and ends awkwardly in the black center, like a flapping tail. I also want to note that arms are snug, and the belt is much too loose for the dress unless you punch extra holes. Returned.

Eek – not at all sure what happened to the colors in this photo! This dress is a true canary yellow color.

Onto the shoe reviews. I apologize for the veiny foot closeups, but I wanted to point out some fit issues and what I look out for when shoe shopping. Out of all the shoes, the only keeper for me was the pre-owned pair of Louboutin Pigalles from eBay that conveniently knocked out my desire for both neutral pointies and cap toe pumps. Out of the non-keepers, I will start with the best out of the bunch:

BCBGeneration Cielo pump, available in 8 colors. The “vachetta” color (pictured) is 33% off
This is a nicely-made shoe in the perfect neutral, and a nice, matte leather with covered heels (important to me…I prefer no wooden stacked heels w/ leather pumps!). The shape is classic with a 3.75″ heel. Fit is true to size and felt comfortable, but the smallest I could find in this color was a 5.5 (I’m between 5-5.5) and it was just slightly wide on me. I have shoe inserts at home, but I reserve those only for after shoes stretch out – which most real leather shoes will do with wear.
Next up, the Corso Como Del quilted cap-toe pumps (also available in non-quilted, non-capped solid colors like nude or red) that start in a teensy size 4. I’ve seen these at many stores, but only good ol’ Nordies has them in extended sizing and for 40% off! I hope Nordstrom never goes away, because no other retailer offers this spectrum of shoe sizing, a great price matching policy, plus free ship both ways.

Unfortunately, the beige looked green against my skin and I was disappointed in the silhouette of these. “Sleekness” is probably my top criteria these days for shoes, as a sleek silhouette can really streamline shorter legs and make non-designer shoes look more expensive. The toes on these are very round from all angles. Look at the BCBG’s in the above left pic and see how they taper down towards the toes and are fairly flat, and compare that to these which appear thick all the way to the end. Also, the puffy quilting adds about 0.5″ total outer width to each foot. If you want a sleeker alternative, I adore how these pointy cap toe pumps look on Wendy, plus they start at sz 5 and come in three color schemes.

As for fit, these run true to size. I got these in 5 and they were very snug on me. The inside (as with all Corso Como pumps) is heavily padded to cushion the balls of your feet, and are comfy. In my experience, Corso Como shoes tend to be for medium to wider width feet (vs Louboutin which runs very narrow), and women with such feet tend to love them. See Elle’s review.

This is the third time I’ve ordered Asos brand shoes (keep in mind they carry other brands too) and I think it might be the last. The first two times I got ankle boots that almost sliced off my ankles with every step. The blue woven pumps here are part of their pricier “Collection” line and had decent craftsmanship, but ran at LEAST one size too big and were very stiff. The nude pumps had such a high gap in the toe box (this is hardly ever an issue for me) that I could fit my hand in there. The faux-leather was very plastic-y in-person. I only wanted to try these because ASOS carries size 5 at affordable prices with free ship & returns, but the value to me is definitely below that of Target shoes.

Readers – Have you brought your pointy pumps back out?

128 thoughts on “Reviews: Asos wrap dress, pointy pumps, and cap toes

  • Jackie April 18, 2012 at 11:35 pm

    Yes!! It's getting warm and the pumps and more and more being pulled out to wear…Is it okay that I'm excited about this? Now to find the perfect pair of nudes…

    I hate that heel gap! I've had to size down AGAIN in most shoes because of getting that gap so much =/ Fortunately, I haven't had to size down so much that I'm sized out.

  • Kat April 18, 2012 at 11:41 pm

    I have had the same issue with ASOS shoes. For a moment I thought I rec'd the wrong size. When I looked inside, it was the "right size". I think I will also not order them again 🙁 It's a shame because they're so cute you WANT them to work!

  • Petite and Hungry April 18, 2012 at 11:42 pm

    that dress looks absolutely amazing!

  • Peggy April 18, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    If you had to choose one, would you go for pointy- or round-toe nude pumps, Jean?

  • The Little Dust Princess April 18, 2012 at 11:48 pm

    Shame about the ASOS shoes! I have a pair of ASOS wedges from a couple of years ago that I've worn to pieces. They were my fave wedge sandals of ALL time last year and I even wanted to buy another pair as backup! I really like the yellow dress on you, but the "flapping tail" in the back would be an issue for me too.

  • Anonymous April 18, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    The color and the fit look amazing on you. You look stunning as always.

  • lisacng April 18, 2012 at 11:51 pm

    As always, a detailed and informative review. I will keep my eye out for "sleekness" when I shoe shop too!

  • Anonymous April 19, 2012 at 12:10 am

    Jean, sorry for leaving this her but your copycat moderates comments and I am concerned for you! I came across her eBay before and it was scary how the purchases were your exact clothes, shoes down to makeup and hair stuff. I came across her eBay again this week and she hunted down your exact cc quilted broach the same day you posted, like copying you and getting a fake wasn't already enough!;=reallypetite&ftab;=AllFeedback

    She copies you and wendyslookbooks style so much and uses it as her own and making money with it. Just wanted to let you know about this in case there's something you can do. I'm going to stop reading the bloggers who support copying and lying. Yes lying! Ive asked if she reads or heard of your blog and she felt out said no!

  • Anonymous April 19, 2012 at 12:29 am

    Whoa! That's freaky.

  • Leslie April 19, 2012 at 12:30 am

    I noticed that the ASOS size chart for shoes converts a UK 3 to a US 5, and a European 36. I usually wear a 35/5 therefore am wary of ordering from them. I have a feeling that a UK 2.5 woukd be about right.

  • CzechBlondýn April 19, 2012 at 12:45 am

    Beautiful shoes 🙂 Very very nice!

  • Rachel April 19, 2012 at 12:49 am

    I just ordered a couple pairs of flats from ASOS today. One is their own brand and other is by New Look. I'm a solid 5.5 and ordered 5 in both. Hopefully I'll have some success this second time around.

  • Suzie Q April 19, 2012 at 12:55 am

    Whoa, great shoes collection in the first photo! What is the pair at the very left end? I also love nude and cap toe pumps as they are classic, chic, and work appropriate. I actually own the Corso Como (which I initally read from Elle's blog review). I personally adore it despite the rounder toe =)

    Style Cue by Suzie Q

  • Fashionable Memories April 19, 2012 at 12:58 am

    Look great Jean!!!=)

  • Mary Ann April 19, 2012 at 1:07 am

    I love the blue fabric ones – too bad the don't work out for you! I've been bringin' pointy-toe back!

  • LAURA April 19, 2012 at 1:28 am

    yeah…i will never buy asos brand shoes again! i bought these nude heels and they are the most uncomfortable shoes to wear! i also bought these bright orange court shoes and they also had the toe box gap and seemed very cheap =[

    i did buy some gel pads from the shops to try and make it work though…but deiniftely no more asos shoes for me!

    Laura x

  • Genie April 19, 2012 at 1:37 am

    I love your reviews they're always so detailed and your opinions are back up with supporting evidence (like an blogger's version of an argument paper, lol) I don't usually shop at ASOS, but if I do, I'll keep your review in mind. I'm definitely pulling out my pumps, I'm so excited because they make my short legs look normal 😉


  • Anonymous April 19, 2012 at 1:56 am

    even her youtube videos are an imitation!

  • anon April 19, 2012 at 2:29 am

    She definitely knows Jean. She's mentioned Jean in some of her posts! How shameful of her!

  • Sheila April 19, 2012 at 2:45 am

    So sad, the Perfect pumps are already sold out =( I might buy the snake print ones because they're about the same price as the regular leather since they're on sale now.

    Thanks for the heads up!

  • Unknown April 19, 2012 at 3:07 am

    Hi Jean, I stumbled onto your website while searching for the perfect nude pump and spent the whole day glued to my screen. Thank you for sharing all your fashion tips and info, including before and after pics. I've learnt more from you than from books.

    I've added your blog as my favs even though i'm not petite (asian, 5ft 2inch to 5ft 3 inch). Do you know of any other generous blogger whose around my height? So so so happy to have found your blog as i've never figured out how others always look so elegant and "put together".

    thank you!

  • Unknown April 19, 2012 at 3:09 am

    oops, not sure why my nick isn't showing up.

  • Anonymous April 19, 2012 at 3:10 am

    Hmm..seems like you are a little too obsessed with that girl. It's quite normal that people get ideas after reading each other's blogs. Even I have bought numerous things after reading this blog.

  • A Petite Treat April 19, 2012 at 3:35 am

    I think that yellow looks beautiful on you Jean!

  • Anonymous April 19, 2012 at 3:58 am

    The only comfortable shoes I bought from ASOS are some laced booties in leather. Otherwise I agree with you. Their pumps and flats cut my feet. And a pair of brogues I got had a slippery sole!!


  • Anonymous April 19, 2012 at 4:02 am

    I try not care too much about trends but try to wear what I love anytime I want even if they are seven-year-old, foam green with pumpkin orange bow-trimmed, super pointy-toed shoes. If it's inherently a well-designed item, it should look good anytime despite what trends it references at the time of manufacture. It's hard because we all want to fit in and not look out of place, but I try to listen to my inner voice and not sell myself out so easily.

  • AubreyOhDang! April 19, 2012 at 4:09 am

    before seeing your review and slowly scrolling down, my favorite was the bcbgenerations. i like matte nudes better than patent nudes.

  • Jane April 19, 2012 at 4:24 am

    True, but if you look at the layout of her site and even her twitter background it looks pretty darn similar to jeans website and twitter. It's not even just clothes and accessories she copies.

  • Carla Krae April 19, 2012 at 6:35 am

    5'4" and under is petite, hon, so you fit right in.

  • Katie April 19, 2012 at 7:44 am

    I actually just purchased the BCBG vachetta cielo pumps. I'm between a 6.5-7, and I bought them in a 7. I'm definitely in love with them, they make my legs look so much longer, the leather is very forgiving and stretches slightly to mold to your feet, and the color looks great.

  • phiphis blog April 19, 2012 at 7:52 am

    eep – thank you for the review! i'd been curious about asos shoes, but seems it's best to leave them on the screen! i love the yellow dress on you – have you considered a full length slip to cover the front plunge?

  • Elle April 19, 2012 at 8:03 am

    Holy mega review post! I like the BCBG pumps on you…pointy toe shoes are definitely something I've been trying out but also something I haven't found a lot of success in (darn wider feet!). Will have to give these a go and find out. Thanks for the review!

  • easy petite looks April 19, 2012 at 8:05 am

    yup, have been wearing the pointy pumps recently and am loving them! i just did a review on the J. Crew valentinas vs. Zara court shoes and really like them both. Zaras does have a bit more toe cleavage, but they are a very pretty shoe for the price!

  • Natasha Fatah April 19, 2012 at 8:19 am

    Love your shoe collection Jean!
    Especially those bright blue printed ones!

    ~Natasha Fatah~
    ~Natasha Fatah~

  • Anonymous April 19, 2012 at 9:20 am

    There's a HUGE diff between getting ideas from someone and trying to BE them on your own "personal style" blog. Anon also pointed out something I never thought about which is how much money is earned from the advertisements and clothing links using copied ideas. I mean it could be a lot. This has been brought up a million times before. this girl is just SO shameless.

  • Arts April 19, 2012 at 9:45 am

    Hi Jean

    I love those BCBG pumps, so sad they were not your size. With the other shoes review, I tend to agree with you, just by looking, they don't look quite fashionable 🙂

    As for the dress, I do like the front part, I got a similar one from Macys, can't wear it without an undershirt, and sewing a button where the dress wraps though. Fortunately there's no wrap at the back.

  • Anonymous April 19, 2012 at 10:14 am

    Agree with Anon at 6:20. That blog is a bad copy of Jean's!!


  • Anonymous April 19, 2012 at 10:16 am

    I wear 35.5 and UK 3 is usually perfect for me. The equation UK 3 = 36 is not always right if you ask me… Of course it also depends on the brand.


  • LL (aka. Cass) April 19, 2012 at 11:12 am

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  • LL (aka. Cass) April 19, 2012 at 11:13 am

    Hi Jean,
    I'm so glad I found your blog! I myself am a petite gal and it's great to see you do really comprehensive posts about your wardrobe and how you went about altering (if you did) them. I'm about to graduate from university this year so it's great to see how you mix and match pieces for the workplace! (Sorry previous post was deleted since I posted a blog link =P)

  • dietingfashions April 19, 2012 at 11:16 am

    I have brought my pointy shoes back out. I had all those pairs ready for the donation box, however trends were calling out to me. So I put them back in my closet.

    ASOS shoes are very difficult. I find that they were just not as well made as say Steve Madden or even Zara for that matter. No cushioning or only a tiny bit of padding, inconsistent craftsmanship, and it feels like I'm wearing cardbox on my feet.


  • Anonymous April 19, 2012 at 11:34 am

    Her Ebay page has been updated and there is nothing listed there! Needless to say, she has been here and seen the conversation.

  • Angie April 19, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    At first I really liked the yellow dress on you, but then you pointed out the flap. Eeks! At least I do think the color is very flattering on your skin 🙂


  • Amyyyyyyy April 19, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    same thing happened to me with the ASOS shoes….even though they're pretty cheap, will probably never be ordering shoes from them again. i bought some nine west rocha pumps and they look beauuuuutiful 🙂

  • Emma April 19, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    lol funny how she says she doesn't know jean. she has commented on here before and plus, she said her blog is inspired by EP. she even uses "verdict" like jean!

  • vanillachai April 19, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    Aww, it's too bad the yellow dress and the blue woven shoes didn't work out for you! I thought the items were really cute and the colors compliment you nicely.

  • My Dressy Ways April 19, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    I love this color on you Jean! Your complexion and dark hair look so good with the canary yellow, it's too bad about the back of the dress. what is that all about? Sometimes, I shake my head at the way clothing is made. I love special details, but some are just plain crazy! What woman is going to wear a flap across half her rear? Lol

  • Midori April 19, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    holy crap…i'm never going to buy asos shoes. glad i saw this!

  • Anonymous April 19, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    I recently purchased the BCBG pumps, I love them. I had these on for 6+ hours at a wedding – it endured hours of standing and dancing and my feet weren't too sore afterwards. There seems to be some cushioning where the balls of the feet and it really helps! – Quinn

  • With Each Passing Day April 19, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    At first glance I like the BCBG and ASOS pumps. It's too bad both shoes didn't work out but. So I went ahead and order the ASOS peplum dress. I hope it work out. =)

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