Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Reviews: Breakfasting Dress, Vappu dress, Sunwashed Dots Shirtdress, Rushing Ruffles Dress, Rising Vapor Dress (redux)

Headed for some fun in the sun.

I hadn't really associated Deletta with making dresses but this year they've released several cute ones. I'm always surprised when I see the tag -- Deletta?? -- and each time I try their frocks on I'm pleasantly surprised.

That trend continued with the Breakfasting Dress ($138). The website reviews range from curiously harsh to fangirl raves. Count me in the latter group. I will concede that the waffle-knit fabric is a bit thick for summer and there is some unusual gathering happening around the hips. But my hips already protrude somewhat anyway and I didn't feel the dress projected to a cartoonish degree. And as for the material I can see wearing this to a winter ball so it doesn't bother me. I love the trio of flowers and the folded pleats along the neckline.

I tried on a small in this brand, as I always size down in Deletta. It was a comfortable if not loose fit and I debated whether to try an extra small or not. The slim and petite will find themselves sized out of this one. I'm not getting married but it's that season and this strikes me as a wonderful rehearsal dinner dress. I can see wearing it to outdoor parties on the beach where the wind calls for a more structured materials. In case you can't tell I'm smitten by this dress. I hope it continues to get bad reviews so I can snap it up on sale. Wishlisted!

The Vappu Dress ($98) from Maeve is getting a lot of love in the community and even on Anthro's site. So of course I had to see what the fuss is about. I didn't have much luck with last year's Jacqueline Dress and I found myself apprehensive about this one. First the things I liked. The dress is comfortably long and the material is nice and I light. I love the golden yellow of the skirt and the little sweetheart tucks on the bodice portion. Plus there are pockets! The price is appealing by Anthropologie standards at under $100.

My usual size 6 fit but was a bit tight around the chest. I'd probably buy in an 8 for comfort. Unfortunately I think this dress is going to be hard to wear with a normal bra which reduces its appeal to me. The back is smocked but pretty low cut so even a strapless bra is going to be a tough sell. I'm left less than enamored. Very cute but not for me. At least not at full price. Wishlisted for sale reconsideration.

The curious name of Porridge's Sunwashed Dots Shirtdress ($128) comes from large, clear sequins plastered light circular burnouts all over it. They catch the light and sparkle a bit to earn the dress its name. It's that little touch that makes this dress an Anthropologie number, since without it it'd be dress x from any generic store.

I tried on a size 6 which is my normal size. The dress was pulling a bit around the chest and so I'd have to go up to an 8 for purchase. There's no zip on this one so build some time into your schedule to undo enough buttons to get in and out. I like the versatility of this dress as it would be a great work to Happy Hour piece. I wish the sash were the nice vivid color in the product shot. In real life it's a nice green but much closer to lime than lemon. It is pretty thick though on the dress I tried the sash looked like it had been folded over or something.

The nicest thing? It's cotton. Real cotton! No poly, no rayon, no crap. Cotton with a cotton lining. Real stuff never felt so good. Wishlisted.

The British Anthropologiest tried on the Rising Vapor Dress ($128) in a guest post way back in January for the community. Recently a taupe color was unveiled so I decided to take the dress for a spin myself. And spin I could have as the waves on this dress kind of remind me of a brushless car wash.

Ric Rac (Ricrac?) has been pretty quiet this year which makes me sad. It's my favorite Anthropologie brand and I'm used to buying my spring/summer staples and finding the familiar label inside. C. Keer seems to have supplanted them and I found myself nostalgic while slipping this dress on. I tried on the medium and found it a lovely and comfortable fit. The material feels light and loose, so much so that I fear this dress may stretch over time. I felt like I was wearing a tutu. The waves on the front weren't overpowering but I feel like having them on the back is overkill. Then again without them this dress would look quite plain. I like this dress but I am confused by it. Waiting for sale.

I have already reviewed the Rushing Ruffles Dress ($188) from Bailey 44. Sometimes I forget though and that was the case here. At least I grabbed the grey this time instead of the black.

So how did this dress fare in warmer weather? About the same. I find the dress very appealing with the diagonal ruffle and easy stretchy fit. A medium fit fine though I think the black was more flattering. It's the price that makes me stop in my tracks -- $188? Please see: Dress, Vappu above. If this dress were $88 I'd probably own in both colors. But at $188 I am still waiting for sale 3 months after my original review.


Desert Flower said...

I tried on both the Vappu (in navy/white) and the sunwashed dots on the weekend. I agree on the Vappu, it is a bit challenging to hide your bra. It didn't work for me because I'm long waisted and the bodice is pretty short. Still, a nice summer dress and good price.

I'm obsessed with the sunwashed dots. I think it's a great substitute color and stylewise for those of us who couldn't get the J. Crew vintage zebra Blakeley dress. It fits a bit small in the bodice. I sized up to get a comfortable fit, and I'm a 34b. This dress is a bit short at 36". I bought it but I'm holding it until I receive the magnifying glass dress I ordered. I have a feeling that one will be the keeper and I'll return the sunwashed since the colors are too similar to keep both.

JennaLynn said...

Roxy, thanks for the reviews. I want to try the Sunwashed Dots but grey does me no favors. I also loved the Hinterland Dress on you and if it works on me I may buy it just to have for when the occasion arises--so beautiful!

Did you see all the new arrivals today??!! Oh my gosh!! The Time Gone by Dress, the Damson Lace Blouse, and the Trimmed & Tied Espadrilles. Wow! Almost makes me want to skip the sale this week in favor of the new arrivals. Almost ;-)

roxy said...

Desert Flower I can't wait to hear how the Magnifying Dress works out for you! Such a you dress too...I agree the color is pretty similar to the Sunwashed Dots. Excited to hear which one wins for you. :)

JennaLynn - I have seen the new arrivals and I am drooling. The Graces Tank caught my eye while I was writing this post as it seems like the Vapor Dress in shirt form, no? Deletta knocked it out of the park with the Obscured Flora Dress too. I just started a new wishlist because my old one had almost 500 items, and already this one is close to 50!!

Emm said...

Lol about the Rising Vapors dress flapping like a carwash, but you know what? That dress, the vappu, and the rushing ruffles all look wonderful on you and emphasize your tiny waist.

Thanks for the reviews. I'm lusting after the vappu myself, along with the belt. Would pairing them together just like the anthro stylist be too lamely unoriginal?

tres tippy said...

I tried on the sunwashed dress over the weekend and while the shape is cute, the colors did nothing for me :( Would love to see it in a prettier color for summer!

lauramartinsemail said...

Roxy, Thank you so much for your excellent reviews. These are so important to me living in a NO ANTHRO area in CA. I have Wish Listed both the Rising Vapors Dress and Sunwashed Shirtdress.

Sorry to change the subject. I see you are wearing the White Sands Wedges. Do you like them? How is the fit? I normally wear a US 8 or an EU 38.5. Are these running TTS?

Regards, GeoInCalifornia

Bronzi said...

I was waiting for the Sunwashed Dots dress to appear locally and got a call when it did. They didn't have a size 6 so I tried on the size 8 and although a 34B I can see where the top might be a problem.

Rushing Ruffles dress is fabulous. I broke down an bought it last week hoping it was going to get marked down and the quantity online was dwindling. It looked great on you.

Tracy said...

Wow - no hesitation with the Rising Vapors is stunning on you - the cut, colour, everything. Thanks for the reviews, as always.

Cindi said...

I've been eyeing the vappu dress for a while now and I'm not sure if I wanna take the plunge since I've spent an unspoken amount of money this season at Anthro. To justify it, I do have a rehearsal coming up, and you're right, this would be totally cute! ;)

Caroline said...

I love Vappu in navy, but that is one low back. I was wondering if this would do in lieu of a bra, but I think its back is too high and that it might be overkill:

Thank you for the photos. You look fabulous, and I can't wait to try those on, myself.

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Traci said...

I bought the Vappu dress and wore a strapless bra with it (and not a tiny one as I am a 36DD) and I had no problems. You could always have the straps shortened to take it up in the back. I think that is a problem for a few people on the website. Non-adjustable straps always look nice but they can pose problems.

sarah (SHU) said...

the sunwashed you tried had sequins!? do you mean just in the print? mine is all cotton with no adornments; just faded dots in the pattern (see it on me here).

now i want the vappu - it looks gorgeous on you!

Debbie said...

I love the Rushing Ruffles dress. I'm confused about the color though. I only see it in navy online. Does it come in gray only in the stores?

Desert Flower said...

Sarah (SHU), I was wondering that, too. Roxy, you mentioned sequins in your review. My sunwashed dots dress does not have them!

JanAlyssa said...

The Rising Vapor Dress looks fabulous on you!! Even the colors looks great. I like the Vappu, too! When I looked at the title really quickly, I thought it said "Breastfeeding dress" rather than "Breakfasting dress" - and I was like...wait what?? Haha.

roxy said...

Emm - not at all, and if I get the Vappu that's exactly how I plan to wear it. :)

tres tippy - I'd love to see the dress in more colors too. Good call.

lauramartinsemail - they run TTS, so I got the size 9 which in this case corresponds to the brand's 39.

Bronzi - thanks! I am hoping it's among tomorrow's markdowns.

Tracy- thank you!

Cindi - it would be so very cute for a rehearsal, consider me your enabler. ;) Do you mean rehearsal as in play? Concert? I am intrigued.

Caroline - Hmm, I also wonder if the back is too high though I like Traci's suggestion about shortening the straps. But WOW how did I not notice that eyelet top before? *grabby hands*

drizellaqt - oh, I think it's about time for another spotted for less post...thank you for the link.

Traci - fabulous suggestion and I think you just tipped me back towards wanting the dress now with that. ;)

sarah (SHU)- you're right, I guess the way they caught the light made me think they were sequins but they're not. I'll correct the post in a moment, thank you for catching that.

Debbie - grey is sold out online.

Desert Flower - apologies, sarah (SHU) is correct and I'll fix the post to reflect. :)

JanAlyssa - hahahaha...

Lauren said...

The Breakfasting Dress caught my eye the second it popped up online, but reading all of the reviews about the material has made me wait it out until I can see this baby up close and personal for myself. However, I really like it on you! I think it's an adorable dress, and it suits you :).

Also, I know that you closed the comments on your last post, but I did want to say that the Hinterland dress did not appeal to me when I saw it online, but seeing it on you has made me give it a second look :)

Bronzi said...

Debbie: I saw the Rushing Ruffles dress it in Black/Grey/Navy at the Short HIlls, NJ store about 2 weeks ago for sure. I still think I saw a grey last week,not sure of the size last Thursday.

Marcela said...

I loved the Vappu dress and also that beautiful belt with a flower that the model is wearing. I haven't worn the dresses I bought a few weeks ago on sale, and I am already drooling over the new ones! I have to draw the line somewhere: if it's not fabulous, I am not buying. The Vappu dress is lovely, but it's not fabulous... or I try to convince myself of that!

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Sieun said...

I could not write a comment on the right post anymore because of a weird comment. So sorry that I am writing here…. I really wanted tell you that you look great in the hinterland dress! I got the dress too and I had the exact same feeling about it. I really wish that they would make a dress like this again – though the waist was little big on me. I got size 0, so I could not size down. But, still, as you said whoever the fitting model was, I love how the dress fits :)

phyllis said...

Tried on the Vappu dress today and it was total LOVE. Looks unimpressive on the hanger but it fit like a glove on. I couldn't help but take the navy home with me though I have to admit I didn't check my back close enough...I may have to reassess the dress once I get home, but I truly loved everything else about it :). Feels like summer!

I was hoping to see some of the new arrivals but I didn't spot any of the pieces that had caught my eye online. Next time perhaps :)