Sunday, May 17, 2009

Reviews: Deletta roundup (Necklace Tank, Sun Goddess Tank, Moonbeams Top)


The Necklace Tank ($68) by Deletta has everything I want in a summer top. It's a light color, it has chiffon flowers with a bit of sparkly and it's so, so darling. I was excited when I saw this top in-store. It's not really obvious from the product photo so I want to point out that the tank has two layers. Look at the edge of the second flower from center on either side in the photo above. See how there's an extra layer? It creates large pockets, like a kangaroo pouch of sorts. It does not really add bulk to the shirt. I liked it.

Something is up with Deletta fit this summer. Until now I've consistently been a small in their tops. But I needed a medium in the last four tops I've tried on from them: this review, the Mythical Phoenix Top ($78, reviewed here), the Sun Goddess Top ($68) and the Moonbeams Top ($58). I'm not sure if their summer stuff is just running smaller or if I got bigger. Either is possible. I've also found that their shirts are running short this summer which is so incredibly frustrating. I think that is contributing to my fit issues. I put on a Deletta top and it's showing belly it's so short. I pine for a long option.


From the back the top has contrast fabric between the shoulder blades that matches the color of the flowers and contrast strap. It looks pink to me on the website but in real life it was actually brown. I like how the top has dual straps as well. It's a halter and a tank! It's a hank!!



Close up, the flowers were so pretty. No fraying or stray petals. Just a lovely, lovely touch. The flower was held in place by small rhinestones in a caramel color. Such high hopes for this shirt! The only thing I was worried about was the length with the bubble hem and dontcha know that's what screwed me. I put on the small and groaned. So cute but just a drop too short. The bottom hem was hitting above the top of my jeans. It looked like I was 13 and had just experienced a growth spurt. So I tried a medium and it was better but still not perfect. Just for kicks I grabbed a large (thank you, patient Anthro staff!!!) and it was just not right. With a high waist skirt like the Enchanted Beans Skirt ($98) I'd be fine. For now though the shirt was sadly a pass.


Next up was the Sun Goddess Tank ($68). I'd seen this displayed nicely in-store also loved this Polyvore set by Rosefever. The shirt is made of viscose so it's pretty slippery like silk and it's a gorgeous deep purple jewel tone. I had no idea how it would look on me and the truth is, well, pretty silly. After my experience with the Necklace Tank I knew to try this in a medium and while I wanted to like it on I couldn't. The waist cinching plus the flyaway bottom made me look too wide. I felt like the cinch waist was a skidge higher than I wanted -- in the product shot above it hits high hip but on me it was at my natural waist. When I pulled the shirt down it looked better. But it wouldn't stay like that so this was sadly also a no-go.



My last Deletta option was the Moonbeams Top ($58). It's a grey/taupe jersey with silver and gold stitch accents around the neckline. And hooray it was a winner! I liked the ruching around the neckline and the length was perfect, hitting me midhip and creating a nice straight line. Again I was happiest in the medium. This shirt is a great casual option for the spring transitional months and I'd probably pair it with walking shorts. I didn't buy it on the spot but it is getting a spot on my ever-growing wishlist.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

So did the size Medium fit you on the "hank" top? Or was that loose/weird? I too am usually a size small on their tops so I was wondering if I should order it a size up? Also does the bust size matter? And if its not to personal what height are you, since you said the shirt was too small in length? I am pretty short so was wondering if that would change my sizing. Thanks a lot for all the reviews. Also hope you had a good time =3

roxy said...

The medium was the best of the three. It was just shorter than I would have liked, probably by 1/2 an inch. I am 5'9" and wear a 34d. I didn't think bust was an issue at all on this tee -- it wasn't fitted enough to make it an issue. Hope this helps!

Jamie said...

First, I'm glad that you had a good time on your vacation!

Second, I just got the Mystical Phoenix top and am debating on whether to keep it. It's very flattering, but the pleating around the middle's bugging me (the tops of the them are only sewn to the rest of the shirt at the sides, with a stitch at the front and one at the back). Also, it's hard to find a supportive bra that works with the cut.

Any suggestions?

roxy said...

Thanks Jamie! Congrats on the buy. As long as the pleating is hitting you low enough I think you'll be fine -- they will encourage you to sit up straight to avoid creases! (Or am I the only one who thought that?) You can also iron the shirt gently on low heat before wearing to encourage the pleats to sit correctly.

Agreed the bra is a really tough call with the mythical phoenix top. For shirts where I can't wear a real bra I swear by this one by Lillyette. It's the best strapless I've ever owned. Nothing replaces a supportive strapped bra but this one prevents spillage without creating the good ol' single boob.

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Farmer Jo said...

I just picked up the necklace tank in yellow, I love it! But, I think I am going to cut off the ribbon halter part. I feel like it interfers with the lovely chiffon back.

roxy said...

Oh that's a neat idea Farmer Jo. Are you going to trim at on the front where the straps start? I'm interested to know how that works out.

Farmer Jo said...

Yup, I trimmed off so that it didn't show from under the flower trim. I wore it Saturday with white slacks and felt like a million bucks! :) You are right, it is a fabulous top, great fit, super flattering. A new favorite!

Anonymous said...

I'm usually a size small in other stores, but trying on a bunch of tops today in-store, I found that XS were more perfect fits. So I ended up buying two Deletta tops today in XS. So people should try on the tops themselves before sizing up or sizing down.

roxy said...

Spot on Anonymous. After a summer of having to size up I'm back to my normal small in Deletta tops for fall. You're right though -- different shapes may need to make different accommodations.

Nicole-Lynn said...

I want this top in a size small so bad! Does anyone know where I can still purchase it???