A year ago, ShabbyApple.com approached me to do a review and offered me to select one from a menu of dresses. All were good-looking and some suited me better than others did. In browsing the site, I really like this feature, in which you can shop by body type.
I eventually went off the menu I was given and selected this dress, The Madison (listed at $76), which, I see now has been featured in O Magazine. Now it can add AllThumbsReviews to its already impressive resume.
Cute, huh? At the time I was, perhaps, influenced by watching Mad Men Season 1 from the library. I fell in love with this dress on the page.
But not so much out of the box.
Let's just say I should have paid more attention to the reviews. (The buttons on the sleeves are a bit weird in their placement, and I put the dress on and it's fit is really really bad. It looks like a bag. To be fair, there are positive reviews, too.)
When I tried on the dress, the chest was too tight (that never happens to me!) and the waist was too loose. I told my Shabby Apple contact that I wouldn't be able to review the dress unless I had it altered, and I offered to send it back. She indicated she'd wait for me to have the dress altered and then I should provide a review.
$41 later, I have a striking dress that looks WONDERFUL on a hanger. I do get compliments on it when I wear it -- maybe because I have matching earrings -- but the fit is still off. You be the judge.
Above the bust it poofs. At the bust it puckers. At the waist it's just blah. The arms are tight and the fabric just doesn't lay right. From the hips down it looks downright matronly, don't you think?
Other than all that it's a cute dress.
But not one I can raise my thumbs for.
-- Submitted by Lori