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Not everything I hoped for
on March 18, 2014
I should start by saying: the dress is pretty much as shown. You could probably take a picture of the dress I received and it would look like the product photo. So, there's that going for it.
Unfortunately, this just wasn't a very nice dress. Some things that bothered me:
- I'm 5'6" and wear a size 6. I ordered a "small 8/10" because the reviews said they ran small. Well, the torso fit pretty well (a little loose). The sleeves were more like 1/2 than 3/4 sleeves, but hey, I have long arms. The skirt, though, was barely long enough for decency (even wearing leggings); I certainly wouldn't wear it without leggings. I was expecting something which came maybe halfway down the thigh, but this barely reaches my thighs at all. Very short.
- The fabric is just really unpleasant. I was expecting soft, stretchy cotton, but this feels very coarse, almost like canvas. I'm a bit picky about fabrics, but I'm not sure how long I could stand wearing this dress. Itchy and uncomfortable.
- It also has an unpleasant odor. I haven't tried washing it yet, so not a huge deal, but it's just not a great first impression to open a package and have a musty, plasticky smell come wafting up at you.
- The belt that comes with it is very, very cheap in appearance -- the whole thing seems to be made of plastic. I'll definitely be substituting my own belt (the dress has belt loops, so it seems like you should wear something).
Since I own the dress, I'll probably wear it out of the house at least once, to appease my sense of duty. But if I had come across this on the rack, I wouldn't have bought it, even cheap for a costume or something. The unpleasant feeling of the fabric is just really off-putting. I would buy a different dress, if I were doing it again, even if it cost a bit more.