I have previously tried on J.Crew Elinor dress in polka dot and I have been disappointed with the fabric and the fit and I thought it was also priced too high for a simple summer dress.
I saw Polka-Dot Cotton Shirtdress from Ralph Laurem on their website some time ago, but the full price was also pretty high ($144) and, since I have never ordered a dress from them, I decided to pass. But few days ago Fabulous Florida Mommy had it featured on her blog and she alerted us in this post that it went on sale and it was now at $59.99 and with free shipping!!! FFM has a great taste and I trust her recommendations, even if we have a different body type (she has a tiny waist which I sadly lack).
The price was too good to pass on, so I ordered it the same day. I decided to go with bigger of my two sizes, based on FFM recommendation.
FFM did her own review of the dress and after seeing the dress on her I was awaiting it impatiently. The dress arrived today, wrapped in the tissue paper and wrinkle free.
Size 8 fits me well with no gaping. The dress is not lined but the fabric has a nice weigth and the dress feels sturdy and structured. I think it is actually a benefit that it is not lined, as this is a summer dress and I would not want any polyester between my body and the dress. But of course you can add a slip, if you want. The length is perfect and so is the placement and the depth of the pockets. The fabric is smooth and the navy is dark and the dots are crisp white.
|Nice length and pockets!|
|Elinor dress in polka dot|
Two small cons:
- The shoulder are cut narrow and you may need a racerback bra or you need to add bra snaps. This is minor and the dress design benefits from that narrow cut because it has a collar it reduces the bulk on the top.
- The belt is not removable so you are forced to use self tie. I am not a fan of self tie belt, because it is fun to change belts and it creates bult in case you want to wear a cardigan or a blazer. Looking at the construction I think that you can carefully remove the stitches or have it done at the tailor and this is what I am planning to do.
|Sturdy but soft fabric|
Other than that it is a perfect dress and I am very happy with it.
You can also read Fabulous Florida Mommy review here.
***What do you think?
Which one do you like better Elinor dress of Ralph Lauren?