Monday, January 23, 2012

Shabby Apple Dress Review (and a discount!)

Aaaand we're back.

I know it's been awhile since I've posted anything. We spent (a long overdue) 4 weeks in Utah visiting family over the holidays and we're just now getting back into the groove of things.

Before I left, Shabby Apple (remember their giveaway last month?) offered to send me a dress to review for you all. The one I chose was called "Ballerina." I chose this one mostly because the reviews said it was a good one for nursing, and since I happen to fall into that category at the moment, I decided to give it a try.
My thoughts? Well, here goes...

Things I like:

-The dress is made of a jersey fabric, which is quite forgiving as far as hiding extra flubber (of which I have plenty.)

-The dress has a built-in lining in the skirt, so you don't have to wear a slip with it--added bonus in the nursing department, but convenient even if you aren't.

-The color is a dark purple (not light, like pictured on the model on the site.) I look better in dark shades...pastels aren't my thing.

-There is plenty of bust-room (maybe even a little more than I'd like) which is hard to find.

-It falls a little below the knee, which, being LDS, makes a big difference to me. (Isn't it amazing how many cute dresses out there are just *this much* too short?!? SO frustrating.)

-The dress travels well. It doesn't get too wrinkly, and it washes up nicely (which is a plus when you get spit up on regularly.)
Things I don't care for:

-The ruching below the bust. In the description it says, "This dress flatters most body types and is particularly nice for new mothers as it hides a tummy!" Well, maybe that's true for some, and I suppose it doesn't make my doughy stomach look WORSE than it is, but I don't think it really does me any huge favors. Actually, I am quite narrow-hipped in proportion to the rest of my body, and I feel like the ruching sort of adds extra hippiness to my look. (Not in a good way.)

-The sleeves. There is a pro and a con to them: The pro is that they aren't "capped," so you have pretty good coverage of your shoulder, armpit, and upper arm. The con is that I feel like they are a little floofy, which makes me feel like I look more broad-shouldered than I should/am.

So would I recommend the dress? Yes. To most people. For someone who has my exact same body type, though...I don't know that this particular dress is the most flattering thing I've ever owned. BUT it is functional with the whole nursing thing, and it IS hard to come by dresses that are long enough, so bonuses there.

Am I glad I have it? Yes.
Will I wear it? Of course.

I would definitely buy Shabby Apple items in the future. After wearing this dress, I feel like I can vouch for the construction, the quality of the fabric, and the fact that it runs true to the size and length it is described at.

There are a TON of other adorable items on their site I'd love to give a try, too.

Like this:
And this:
And this:
And this:
I was looking on the Shabby Apple website this afternoon, and right now they are running a promotion: 20% off sitewide (excluding their side-saddle line). So many great women's dresses and skirts!! Just use the code NEWYEAR at checkout.

Full Disclosure: I was compensated for this post but opinions are all my own.


Garage said...

All dress look really wonderful and colorful.All are with different style.It look so cool.

Lisa said...

I am so happy you blogged this. I've been looking at Shabby Apple for a couple weeks now trying to decide which dress I want. I love how that dress looks on you!!! I told you that at church. Darling

TiffanyM said...

i'm looking for a good dress to hide the baby weight! Looks like a good one! :)