*dress clipped back 2″; original fit shown below*
This month has been a blur with work, moving, and lots of visitors, so please bear with my sporadic posting. We finished kitchen renovations and were so excited to have a less dusty corner to move into. My scatterbrained self unfortunately misplaced our clothing boxes, so my moving day ensemble (cutoff “jorts” and an oversized tee) got some prolonged wear. That outfit + no makeup resulted in the delivery man mistaking me for a 12-year old child, hesitating to let me sign for my darn appliances. I told him 12 was as bit extreme and had a good laugh, but the incident reminded me of this “How to Look Older” post and how little changes make a big difference.
On to today’s post – I helped a friend pick out this dress a while back and borrowed it to share on here. While browsing in-store, I caught a glimpse of the yellow lace and gravitated towards it like moths to a flame. For those previously interested, it’s a good dupe for my beloved Banana Republic dress, with the same see-through lace overlay at the top and full lining elsewhere. I’m a general fan of highlighter yellow (note: this one is very neon) but think the poppy or reef blue are more classic and universally flattering.
J.Crew regular sizing is not typically petite-friendly, but the waist placement and length looked decent to me on the hanger. Sure enough, the 00 regular ended up fitting my size 0 petite friend nicely. For someone my size it would need about 2″ slimming throughout the torso (clipped back below to show the intended fit).
Value-wise, this dress is not inexpensive and the lace is average quality, but I have to say I was pleasantly surprised for J.Crew. They have several other similar lace dresses that retail for a hundred or so more than this one. I was also confused by the label – the inside tag is a black “JCrew Collection” label which typically indicates their pricey higher-end line, but this didn’t feel like “Collection” quality nor was the price at that level. The yellow is currently on extra sale for under $100.Measurements of 00 regular: 15.5″ across armpits, 12.5″ across waist, 16.5″ across hips, 14.5″ from top of shoulder to waistline, 35.5″ total length. 100% poly with no stretch. Invisible back zip with button closure behind the neck.