Thursday, July 12, 2012

Review: J Crew Puckered Dress

I've been on the hunt for the perfect white summer dress, so when I came across J Crew's Puckered Dress, I thought I'd give it a try.

J Crew describes it as:
Fresh cotton with a puckered feel lends subtle dimension to a sweet summer dress. Fashioned in a clean and classic silhouette, with a perfectly shirred skirt sure to put some swish in your step. It's the ultimate blank canvas—for bright ballets or a neutral heel—and destined to live in your closet for years.
  • Cotton
  • Sleeveless
  • Fitted
  • A-line skirt
  • Falls to knee
  • Lined
  • Hidden back zip
  • Side-seam pockets
It retails for $128 and comes in periwinkle and fresh kiwi, as well as, white.

The positives:
It's lined, so there's no see-thru issues.
It has pockets...love those.
It's a good length...I'm 5'5 1/2" and it hits just above my knee.
It's tts....I'm wearing a 4 but I would need to size up to a 6 (my normal dress size).  It's a little tight in the shoulders and bust.

The negatives:
It's a little too voluminous for my taste and a bit too cutesy.  I kind of feel like my hair should be in pig-tails and I should be skipping along carrying a big lollipop.

So, for me, the hunt for the perfect white summer dress continues.  At this rate, summer will be over before I find it.  :o)

19 comments:

  1. I know exactly how that dress feels. LOL

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    1. Yep, My age has way surpassed this dress. :o)

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  2. That's the best time to find the perfect anything. July always bring summer sales, so take your time. I'm sure you'll find something fabulous. If it's not in time to wear this summer, at least you'll have it for next summer.

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    1. You're right, maybe I'll get lucky and find the perfect dress on sale! even better! :o)

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  3. You know, I tried this dress on twice! Each time, I walked away from the store without out. And yet, I still obsess over it online. I have an issue with this dress for the same reason you do --- it feels puffy in the waist (for me) but everything else fit fine. I don't know, maybe it's the white? I love it though because it would be perfect for Mexico in September...

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    1. Haha I've been there, done that...with the J Crew minnies. I've tried those things on three or four different times...wanting them to work so badly. and Somehow the outcome never changed. :o)

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  4. simple but so lovely
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    1. Thanks Yuli...there's nothing like the perfect white dress. I'm persistent...I'll find it eventually. :o)

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  5. YES! I have tried this dress on twice. I love the idea of it, though it does something strange to my chest (almost like it flattens it, even if the 00 is large on me). You can't beat the price, but there is a reason why I left the store twice without buying it.

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    1. We'll just keep looking for that perfect dress with the perfect fit...we'll find it eventually! :o)

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  6. I have awarded you the On Lovely Blog Award on my blog in tonight's post.

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  7. I would like to make a suggestion. Go on the J.Crew website and take a look at the Strapless beach dress in white. It's reminds me of the Lorelei and I believe they have your size available for 49.99. I don't know if the final sale clause scares you, but take a look anyway.

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    1. Thanks Angie! Final sale does scare me but I will definitely take a look...plus, I'll have to check in store...that way, I can try before I buy. :o)

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  8. Take a look at the Ella Dress in Petal Eyelet.

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  10. Hi, I LOVE your blog. I'm a teacher and you give me a lot of inspiration for work outfits. With regards to this post about your search for a white dress -- I was able to buy the J. Crew "bow back" dress in white yesterday on sale in the B&M for $59.99 plus all the discounts. I think it is a fabulous white dress with many options. HTH

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    1. Aww, thank you so much...you're so sweet!
      I need to get in store and check out some of the great deals and I will check for the bow back dress. My store is smaller so sometimes they don't have all of the inventory, but I will definitely look. If it weren't for the dreaded final sale, I would order it and try it that way...ugg! :o) Thanks for the recommendation!

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