Reviews: Hello Good Day Dress, Cooling Magma Dress, Chalk and Charcoal Skirt, Secured Corsage Tee

Friday, February 26, 2010

This post could also be known as "the post in which Roxy rushed from lower Manhattan to 16th St/5th Ave at 7:15 PM before Anthropologie closed at 8 PM to see if the Drifting By Dress ($168) was out yet for Kim and made it but couldn't help trying on a few things too and by the way no the dress is not out yet but oh well at least I got yummy Whole Foods dinner out of the deal." But that would be too long to fit easily in the title area.

This first review is for a good friend from college -- papers&packages. She has got to be one of the best paper designers I have ever seen. Her company, {lavish} design studios creates fun parchments like calendars, cards, wedding invitations, etc. and every time I see a new design on her blog I'm just floored. She's a pretty cool gal too. If you live in the Seattle area {lavish} is going to be mentioned in this month's Seattle Magazine. Check out her stuff!

The dress requested is the Hello, Good Day Dress ($118). Once again I landed in the nice, big & bright dressing room so I took advantage with a full shot. I want this room everytime! The dress is a combination of jersey on top over a voile bottom. That leaves me a little concerned that this little yellow button frock will stretch over time. The skirt has a pouf in just the right place to hide my hips and thighs and make me look much leaner and straighter. I just guessed wrong on sizing -- I grabbed my true size medium which was too big. I'd size down to a small to buy this. The scoopneck is just a bit lower than I'd like but overall I was quite pleased with this dress. It's on sale at Soho (marked down by just $10 at the moment) so I'm hopeful it will hit the regular sale section sometime soon.

The dress I love the most in the March catalogue has to be McGinn's Cooling Magma Dress ($258). Continuing my impractical affinity for all things strapless I stopped in my tracks upon spotting this one at the store. The print kind of reminds me of Christian Siriano's Spring 2010 collection. I sized all the way up to a 10, unsure of how the cut would work over my bust. Good news -- there was plenty of spare room in the 10 both around my hips and my bust. So I'd probably be fine sizing up just one size to an 8. This dress even has pockets!

The front pleat style is annoying for me as a curvy chick. They're meant to create curves on straighter shapes but if you already have them, well, it's unnecessary. I don't think they detract too much. This dress is pretty fancy but I want to wear it aott (all of the time).!

Hooray for bold prints! This mod black and white skirt is We Love Vera's Chalk And Charcoal Skirt ($88). The waistline is elastic which I applaud. It's also adorned with cute white buttons. I grabbed my normal size 8 and thanks to the flexible waistband it fit. This skirt is very full so I'd recommend staying with your true size or maybe even sizing down one if your waist has enough room to breathe.

This dress has what looks like 2 seams in the front and back where the black and white-based fabrics meet but incredibly there are actually side seams too! We Love Vera missed a huge opportunity. I was angry to see that the side seams didn't match up. On a bold print piece like this that's unforgivable. What a wasted opportunity. It immediately knocks the skirt down from being a high-end piece. Blargh. I've wishlisted it anyway but won't pay full price.

I realized I had not run my review of Deletta's Secured Corsage Tee ($58) even though the Landing Field Skirt ($118, review here) got the treatment last week. Apologies for that! Especially since it's such a fun little top, albeit a sheer one. Frowny face, Anthro! I am making it at your decision not to go with opaque fabrics. It's getting ridiculous at this point.

I grabbed my normal size small which fit great. The corsage is a bit silly I admit. I like it anyway. Though green is my color I found I liked the ivory version better because the corsage looks more like flowers. The sleeves are OK -- somewhere between capped and tank. Wishlisted for sale time. Hometown Queen tried this top on for today's post as well...synergy.