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

  • Anonymous April 23, 2012 at 11:32 am

    I realized the gift card incident,too. I do not trust her giveaways. They think that the readers are dumb.Well, I have news for them, we are not.

  • Anonymous April 23, 2012 at 11:33 am

    Hey – I know PPFGirl and there's just no way she would be playing along with Annie. I saw that comment from her on Jean's Chanel post and I guarantee she was confused because Annie had JUST purchased hers and had posted about it just a few days before Jean. She must have thought that she was on Really Petite's blog. Honest mistake!

  • Kimberly April 23, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    For the record, I had no idea there was a plagarism problem going on and I started reading the other petite blog before I was ever made aware of or came across yours. I didn't know which one of your blogs came first until now. I whole-heartedly apologize if any of my actions seemed fake or like I was playing games…that is certainly not true nor was it ever my intention. I am an honest person and try to support all other bloggers I come across. Jean, I completely respect you & admire your style and am truly sorry that you are having to deal with this issue.

  • Anonymous April 23, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    I saw PpF's response at the bottom. I don't think it's fair to drag unsuspecting people into the copycat's web of lies. I also don't think bloggers and companies are smart to "support everyone." just as in real life and work, do you go around blindly hugging everyone? It doesn't take a genius to see it. When I first saw the 2 blogs, the names themselves flabbergasted me. A quick look told which came first. Back then, the blogs looked identical. I was confused ALL the time.

  • Anonymous April 23, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    I had no idea about PPF, but I saw her comment below and respect her mature response. I completely agree that bloggers and companies should think twice before "supporting everyone". There's a difference btw respecting someone you meet and immediately supporting someone before knowing what they stand for.

    Based on previous incidents, I think the copycat will continue as long as the attention is there. For readers, we should resist the urge to watch the "train wreck." For other bloggers who would care, I would suggest no longer interacting with her. It would personally put me off from reading your blog and would only indirectly encourage her plagiarism.

  • Anonymous April 23, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    I could not agree more. There were a couple of blogs that I was following, now stopped following because of their interaction with copycat. They should not support her, or even talk to her. You don't have to be really smart to see what she is doing. It is really annoying.

  • Anonymous April 23, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    I admire PPF for her mature response. I believe PPF did not have anything to do with winning RP's LOFT giveaway, but I do have a feeling that Annie chose her instead of drawing a winner. If you notice, a lot of the petite bloggers do not interact with Annie anymore. And those that do seem to do so out of courtesy or because Annie continues to badger them. I think Annie is flattered that she has an unsuspecting blogger like PPF supporting her.

    On another note, I welcome everyone who has an opinion on this issue to discuss it on an online forum instead of here on Jean's lovely blog. There is a Really Petite thread on

  • Anonymous April 23, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    I also agree with Anon @10:03 am. I think RP continues to blatantly copy other bloggers because it gets her attention and the website traffic that she may otherwise not have.

  • Anonymous April 23, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    Anonymous @ Apr 23, 2012 08:26 AM

    I do not think it is fair that you are dragging another blogger into this mess. I'm pretty sure PPF had ZERO IDEA Annie was copying Jean.

  • Anonymous April 24, 2012 at 9:50 am

    I used to be RP's follower because she had her own originality and style back in the days until one day I noticed her and Jean consistently wore the same items on the blogs and etc. I thought it was just me that noticed the pattern or just a coincidence at the beginning but later it got way too obvious. It IS nice to see the same items on different people but it's not right for her . I remember at one point she even changed her banner to look almost identical to Jean's (profile/side face on the top right). Later on she just kept changing it back and forth but it seems like she's not comfortable with her own style and that's just sad. I can see how PPF did not mean to get involved in this mess at all but I DO see how RP intentionally picked her as the winner of the giveaway because PPF is a well known blogger and showed support to her. If it was chosen randomly, why not post a screenshot of the winning person from If this is true then she doesn't deserve any readers.

  • Anonymous April 24, 2012 at 10:02 am

    I am planning to write to loft about this.

  • Anonymous April 24, 2012 at 10:14 am

    Type the copycat's blog name into slowly and watch the auto fill. Thats when you know it is bad. Loft did not do their research.

  • Alison April 24, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    Sigh. I’ve been aware of the copying for a very long time now and have read past and recent comments but avoided adding my two cents in hopes that it will eventually be resolved. If you’re reviewing the same item, yes, maybe it’s a coincidence as many petite bloggers review the same or similar items. But it’s not a coincidence and it’s not considered being “inspired” when you copy everything from styling ideas, to diction, to font, to blog format/layout, to poses in photos, to mannerisms in videos, etc. I know imitation is the sincerest form of flattery but it’s not applicable since Jean has voiced and reached out to express her concern/dismay over this issue. Jean works hard to provide informative, fun, and stylish content to her readers and shouldn’t have to deal with this kind of frustration. Although a personal blog is not copyrighted material, it is absolutely and completely unacceptable to take someone else’s work and portray it as your own.

    I’m not petite (5’8”) but I absolutely adore Jean’s blog and have been a loyal reader for many years now (and to come!). Her style evolution has been phenomenal and it’s evident that she has grown a lot from blogging. I think Jean is intelligent, kind, and fun – a fine young lady with impeccable style and I know she will move past this issue with the dignity and grace that she has shown.

    Just wanted to let you know that as readers, petite and otherwise, we love and support you, Jean! Good luck on your exam and keep up the great posts!

  • Jen April 24, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    Alison, I believe that blog content is copyrighted the minute they are published online (see Annie is fortunate that legal action has not been taken against her blatant and continued acts of plagiarism of Jean and other bloggers.

  • Anonymous April 24, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    Did anyone actually get a response from LOFT? I would like to write, but I have never heard back from ANY company before.

  • Anonymous April 24, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    I wrote to them, have not heard from them yet.

  • Anonymous April 24, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    just facebook message them? since they seem to be pretty active on fb.

  • Anonymous April 24, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    Well,I sent an e-mail. Their responded in a fairly short amount of time.

  • Anonymous April 24, 2012 at 4:31 pm


  • Anonymous April 24, 2012 at 4:42 pm
  • Anonymous April 24, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    Thank you.

  • Anonymous April 25, 2012 at 3:20 am

    I've also written to and CC'd into it. I hope sponsors like LOFT will start to do more research before they decide which bloggers to feature on their Facebook page.

  • Anonymous April 25, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    Annie is smarter now and more surreptitious. She posted about bug eye shades and said she was keeping them. I just checked back and mysteriously she returned those and just got tortoiseshell Chanels..hmm, sound familiar? Like what jean wears in every other post? And she "desperately" wants a beige swing jacket. Hmm. If her pinspiration outfit looks familiar, look up Jean's "crochet blues" post. These are not coincidences. The blog description copying mentioned by McKenna is the cherry on top.

    I read PPF's response here as mature and responsible. Until I just saw her comment on Annie's post, a day after apologizing on here. I am definitely unfollowing bloggers that condone plagiarism.

  • Anonymous April 25, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    Seeing Penny Pincher Fashion comment on copy cat's recent post after apologizing and empathizing with Jean on here and Tweeting, "For the record, I do not support plagiarism…" makes me think her comment was insincere and was just for PR purposes. She just lost my readership.

  • Anonymous April 26, 2012 at 12:01 am

    Do you know any brand/website that sells heels(size4!!!)?????????
    I have difficult finding it and even i find its either expensive (200-500) or cheap ones/weird looking

  • Kholá April 28, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    I actually like this length as I usually have to take 4 or more inches off my wrap dress.

  • Vina August 24, 2012 at 7:53 am

    Hi Jean! I noticed that you always wear pumps with heels that can go high as 4". I love wearing heels but my feet couldn't last an hour, especially the ones with flat surface in the front 🙁 How do you manage wearing yours?

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