Review: Gap Petite Jersey Maxi Dress

Here is my quick review on the Gap Jersey Maxi Dress. This dress comes in “jade stone” and “true black,” and is also available in three striped variations. Sizing ranges from Petite, to Regular, and Tall, from XS to XXL.

Dress: Gap Jersey Maxi Dress in Petite XS
Heels: Mossimo Palani Gladiator Sandals sz 5.5 (similar)

Likes: Soft, drapy material. Grecian-inspired pleating is pretty, and higher waistline elongates legs.
Dislikes: I’m on the fence about the length. Also, my chest can’t seem to fill out the pleated area.

Verdict: Unsure. Got this for 50% off. I’m probably keeping unless I find a more affordable version from F21/H&M.;

Here’s how the length looks with flats on. It’s more of an ankle-length dress than a full-length maxi, so it’s not maximum lengthening for the legs. However, the ankle length made it very easy to move around in – no tripping. See how the Petite XS looks on Cher, who is a little taller.

Flat Sandals: Miss Trish of Capri for Target (old). I collect these cute, affordable flats every year. Check out the adorable version for little girls this year. I would just cut the middle horizontal strap off. Sz 3 or 4 in little girls should fit like a womens 5 or 6.

In other shopping news, Khatu and I popped into Ann Taylor’s new “concept store” in Chestnut Hill, MA. The store is the same, but got a major face lift complete with easier-to-browse sections and pretty pretty chandeliers. I left with this striped boatneck tee that I am now in love with (marked down to $17.99). Outfit posts to come soon : )

Readers – At what length do you prefer your maxi dresses to hit?

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  1. Anonymous wrote:

    Hi, I'm kind of stabbing in the dark, but did you end up keeping this dress? If so, do you still wear it? If not, would you consider selling it to me? I'm xs petite but this year, gap's completely out of all xs sizes of this particular dress. If you would like to sell it to me, please email me at I love you blog!!!

    Posted 4.1.12 Reply
  2. Krecipe wrote:

    I have many maxi skirts and dresses since it's daily dress in hawaii. I think when the length is long enough to cover your heel(bare foot), it's the best.
    Maxi skirt can make us look taller however it really show our true height.
    So I always wear it with high wedge sandals. If the length is bit shorter like yours, wear it with flat looks always better. Just my opinion 🙂

    Posted 1.11.12 Reply
  3. Jennifer wrote:

    Below the ankle I mean. As long as you can get it without tripping…

    Posted 6.28.11 Reply
  4. Jennifer wrote:

    I feel like the dress should hit right near the ankle. I am on the search for the perfect maxi dress too! Nicole Richie is petite and she wears them all the time! Perhaps she gets them hemmed?

    Posted 6.28.11 Reply
  5. I just got some maxi dresses from H&M; that fit quite well. If you get them in size 2 and then belt them, then it doesn't really matter if the length is a little long to begin with. I've gotten tons of compliments on a black viscose knit maxi with back embroidered detail that I got for under $18 🙂

    Hope you find a good sub for the Gap dress! I agree with you– if the fit isn't great, don't keep it.

    Posted 6.22.11 Reply
  6. MizzJ wrote:

    Hmm I like the color and the length (anything longer would be annoying and only possible to wear with heels), but I'm not sure about this maxi on you. It looks a bit too big up top, and I'm not sure still how much I like maxis on shorties like ourselves.

    Posted 6.20.11 Reply

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