Quick Review: ASOS $19.80 Drape Sleeve Little Black Dress


Asos drape sleeve dress (2 colors) US sz 2, Valentino rockstud pump sz 35, Chanel wallet on chain
*Please note: dress is very black – I lightened this photo to show the torso and draping detail*

For a limited time, ASOS is having extra 10% off their large sale selection with code PERFECT10 (shipping & return shipping are always free). I tried on a dress recently that I unexpectedly fell in love with. It was for a post later this month, but I wanted to share now while it’s still in stock and on extra discount.

I’m not usually drawn to plain little black dresses, but the silhouette of this one is easy and elegant – perfect with statement earrings for events where you want to look conservative yet chic. The stretchy poly material is comfortable and cool to the touch. The bottom portion of this dress is definitely more fitted than what I usually buy, but is partially balanced out by the looser top half. I’m wearing Spanx Simplicity Girlshorts (sz S) that I “invested” in last year to help smooth out lumpy butt. If anyone’s interested, I can do a review on those later.
This was my first time buying something outside of ASOS’ petite section, and I expected items to run bigger and longer. Unstyled, this dress looks a bit like like a muu muu on me and hits at mid-calf length. Fixing this though was easy – I simply secured a black belt around my waist and pulled the extra length up, letting it hang over the belt as part of the billowy torso. The one alteration I had to make was take-in the torso down the side without the sleeve, using a basic straight stitch that can be done by hand or on a machine. I’m also contemplating shortening the sleeves (currently have them pinned up 2-3 inches in the 1st photo).

Readers – Would love to hear your input on the sleeve length, and whether this dress looks better with or without a visible waist belt!

76 thoughts on “Quick Review: ASOS $19.80 Drape Sleeve Little Black Dress

  • Reply Anonymous January 13, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    You look so chic and lovely in that dress! The sleeve definitely looks better shortened as it gives the dress more symmetry. The dress works both belted and unbelted, it just depends on the look and feel you are going for. Keep up the great work.

  • Reply lisacng @ expandng.com January 14, 2013 at 10:31 am

    Looks great on ya, showing off your figure! I'd say the sleeve length could be a bit longer, maybe right at the wrist. I like the "over drape" you did with the belt, giving it even more volume on top. I like it with the exposed belt, but I feel like the drape gives the dress more elegance and class. Good luck with your decision!

  • Reply Mia January 14, 2013 at 11:35 am

    I love your blog! you inspired me to tackle some long-needed alterations for clothes that have been sitting in the back of my closet waiting to be tailored! and to put a little more effort into my work attire. now I frequently get compliments for wearing cute outfits 🙂

  • Reply Christie January 14, 2013 at 11:59 am

    This is such a classic look. I love how you styled the simple little black dress to something more fabulous and chic. Also, I love the shoes!!



  • Reply pretty little things January 14, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    that first dress looks gorgeous on you — and so in love with those Valentino heels! xo


  • Reply Richelle January 14, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    ah! how chic 🙂

  • Reply Estee cha January 14, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    Wow, beautiful, lovely 🙂


  • Reply Petitetomatoes January 14, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    Beautiful dress! I just saw those pumps on Wendy's blog. Love it!

  • Reply PetiteAsianGirl January 15, 2013 at 12:26 am

    Hi Advo! I love the kitten heels on others but am personally not much of a kitten-heel wearer … I usually prefer to go low and sturdy, or all out with high heels. With the ankle straps I wanted as much height as possible to combat that area being visually cut off a little. I was also confused by the nude color options. On some sites it was labeled nude or beige but on Nordstrom it was "poudre." This one is a taupe-nude and I confirmed with blog friends Fast Food & Fast Fashion and WendysLookbook that they have the same color. I haven't seen any other shades of nude for this specific style in-person.

  • Reply PetiteAsianGirl January 15, 2013 at 12:27 am

    Thank you very much for the tip – I really like the billowy look of the sleeve, but I think some others who don't may find this suggestion to be useful : )

  • Reply PetiteAsianGirl January 15, 2013 at 12:29 am

    Erin – thank you so much for your kind comment. To be honest with you, a very similar thing happened at my first internship as a freshman in college. I was mortified and resolved to put more care into my professional atire. Thank you for reading along, and I appreciate hearing from you : )

  • Reply PetiteAsianGirl January 15, 2013 at 12:30 am

    Thank you – that means a lot to me! have you considered beginners sewing classes? I love my sewing machine manual pretty early on, and classes (although they were back in China, so I have no suggestions for in the US) helped a lot.

  • Reply PetiteAsianGirl January 15, 2013 at 12:31 am

    Thank you for the heads up!

  • Reply PetiteAsianGirl January 15, 2013 at 12:32 am

    Thank you, Mia! I'm still working on tacking my own pile of long-needed alterations!

  • Reply Stefanie Z January 15, 2013 at 12:40 am

    Definitely lose the belt, and alter the sleeves! Great dress

  • Reply Holly January 15, 2013 at 3:32 am

    Hey Jean,
    I wonder if the dress is more like thick ponte fabric or thin jersey (like those American Apparel tees, which are sort of "see-through")? I had some bad experience with ASOS dresses (in darker colours)being so thin that the colour of my bra was showing! I had to wear nude colour underneath at last… usually i prefer to wear black underwears with black dresses, just to prevent some unexpected flashing moments 😛

  • Reply Anonymous January 15, 2013 at 5:31 am

    instead of shortening the sleeves, I suggest that you hem the end of the sleeve to give it the "bubble" hem on your wrist, which is ruching at the sleeve where the opening is on your wrist (you can use an elastic band under for comfort & easy fit). I know this may sound confusing, but just an idea.

  • Reply Anonymous January 15, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    This dress looks great on you and is very figure flattering! i love it!

  • Reply Tien January 15, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    Hi Jean,
    Gorgeous find on Asos! I would vote for altering the sleeve as it looks slightly long on your tiny frame. Love the tips on altering the torso – I usually just send the clothes back a packing feeling like 'nothing fits!' and I too bought a pair of spanx shorts recently too!!


    Tien xo

  • Reply Unknown January 16, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    Erin I also recommended you fastfoodandfastfashion, is a blog from Elle, whom is the right person to look forward for offices pairings too. She is also friend of Jean and both share incredibly founds for petites gales.
    I hope this help you too.
    Jen: The belt option makes and amazing bridge between two textures of your dress, making the union disappear under the belt line.

    Greetings from México

  • Reply sodium1415 January 17, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    This dress looks great on you!
    PS: Please do a review on the Spanx shorts.

  • Reply sodium1415 January 17, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    This dress looks great on you!
    PS: Please do a review on the Spanx shorts.

  • Reply Melanie January 20, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    You look so gorgeous in this dress !

    Love xx
    Melanie ~ http://www.mlncrd.com

  • Reply Anonymous January 23, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    Quite an ugly dress that doesn't compliment your figure. Bad pick. 🙁

  • Reply Anonymous January 24, 2013 at 2:51 am

    This dress looks great with the belt : )

  • Reply Jenni Lee February 4, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    Can you do a post on belts?

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