Remember the cute Gap pleated striped dress at the bottom of this post? I loved the design but the cut unfortunately made me feel like a linebacker. When I saw Gap bring back pleated stripes in the form of this adorable “rugby” dress, I was eager to see if they made any fit updates…
Style: This dress comes in both a peach pink and black stripe, in a cotton blend (64% cotton, 36% poly) with slight texture that I tried to show in the above photo. There are on-seam pockets on both sides plus a concealed back zipper. The skirt is full but not too full which I loved, and the bottom half is lined.
Fit: Sadly, I thought the torso was still cut pretty wide. I’m also on the shorter side of the petite spectrum at ~5 feet and this dress hit 2-3″ above my knees, so the petite sizing might be too short for those a few inches taller. I didn’t think it was worth it to alter since I prefer my dresses to be a little longer, plus alterations would be complex (pleats would need to be re-aligned somehow after the torso is slimmed, side pockets may need to be re-attached, etc).
Measurements of a 0 petite: 13″ across the waist, 16.75″ across the armpits, 15″ torso length from top of shoulder to waistline (this part was perfect for me), 32″ total length.
Both colors of the rugby stripe material also come in skirt form (which frankly didn’t look too flattering being low-rise, scrunchy, and short) as well as shorts form, which looked pretty cute in-store with a conservative 3″ petite inseam. Please note online reviews indicate that the shorts seem to run big as well.Also in my order were these striped espadrille wedges, which come in a neutral color as well. I’ve been looking for moderately high wedges all summer but just haven’t found any that worked out. These are adorable and comfortable given the height, but I didn’t like how rounded they looked on my feet (personal pet peeve – hard to describe!) thus returned them.
Also I just noticed from this photo that there is dried glue caked on the back heel cup…tsk tsk quality control. Fit wise, these come only in whole sizes and I thought they fit true to size. For those who are interested and wear sz 6+ (5’s are online-only) I saw these marked down to $50 in-store plus extra 50% off!