Oh, J.Crew online final sales…I usually try to steer clear, but was reeled in last month by this playful seahorse print. A few of you warned that it was sheer, but I was still unprepared for the paper-thin “dress” that can scrunch up to fit inside my palm. In my haste to order, I mistakenly overlooked that this was filed under “beach coverups” and not dresses, so can’t complain too much!
This dress has indeed served as an easy beach cover-up, but I’ve also tried to stretch the number of wears into the office. The sheerness was easily addressed with the aid of my trusty skin-colored bra and slip skirt (have this one in both colors – XS fits well). I dressed up the casual cotton material with some vintage pearl cabochon pieces and gold accents, plus a basic blazer.
Off the rack with no styling, this dress was dubbed by Nick as my “hospital patient on the loose” gown. I got a regular XXS which I suspected would be long, but it is also a roomy fit throughout (some J.Crew tees in this size are very fitted). Measurements of mine are 14″ across the shoulders, 16″ across the armpits, 18.5″ across the bottom hem, 33″ length – hopefully the 100% cotton will shrink a bit in the dryer.
I considered hemming this dress to wear as a shift mini, but decided it’d be more versatile left as-is. Until I get it in a dryer, this old trick of belting a too-long straight dress came in handy yet again. If you like this print, it’s also available in the form of shorts (kids size 12 remaining, but final sale) – see them on Tam.