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Sale (in stores) for Poppy & Navy: $89.99
So let me begin first by saying I am not sure why this dress is back to full-price online for the Poppy and Navy shades, when those colors were on sale for the longest time. If I remember correctly, they were on sale for around $130. This is considerably higher than the in-store price of $89.99 (before any discounts either). So if you are interested in either color, I would suggest checking out your local J.Crew store. (If they don't have it or one in your size, use their red phone to get the in-store price and promotion.) Okay, back to the dress...
J.Crew describes this easy-to-wear dress as follows:
The wear-to-work statement of the season is definitely the shirtdress. Try it in supple silk with a breezy drape that adds a bit of romance to the buttoned-up classic. This style features a hidden button placket up the front, a sash at the waist and a delicately pleated skirt for swish and sway. Silk. Long sleeves. Button front. Chest pockets. A-line skirt. Partially lined. Falls above knee. Import. Dry clean.I saw both the Navy and Poppy shades in my store— the colors are amazing. However I just couldn't pull off the Poppy. (It was too bright for my skin tone.) The Navy is a classic color (and their stock photo accurately represents the hue.)
Sizing. It is important to get the right size in this dress. My main store only carried size 2. I tried two different times and both times the dress did not fit me right in the waist and under the arms. The belt didn't seem to fit properly either. When I went to cinch the belt, the waist did not sit right with the excess hanging out below. I left the dress thinking it just didn't work for me. I stopped by another store and they had a size 0. I thought I would give it another try, the last try. Well, what a difference! The waist & belt fit perfectly. No excess fabric at the waist or under the arm. (For reference, I am a 34B.)
The belt is a really nice touch. It has a simple, yet beautiful leather buckle. The holes are properly positioned to fit your waist. Moreover, the dress looks beautiful with the sleeves rolled up for a more casual look- or- left down for a more upscale look.
The fabric is absolutely lovely. It flows very nicely and does not cling. However, it is a dry clean only material. I don't really care for that.
I am also a pear shape (size 6 in bottoms). Some dresses, with an A-line skirt, do not work well for my figure. Thankfully, this wasn't the case with this dress. I found the size 0 dress fit me very nicely in the hips. (To clarify, this skirt is not full, but it is not a straight a-line shape either.)
Maybe another reason I adore the Blythe Shirtdress is because it slightly resembles Kate Middleton's blue dress (refer here) for me. (Especially now that I found my right size!)
For other reviews on this dress, please check out:
- 1 More Shopping Blog: "J. Crew Red"
- All Dressed Up and No Place 2 Go: "J.Crew Reviews: Blythe shirtdress, Maisie dress, and Liquid silk skirt"
- In Pursuit of Pretty Things: ""Research" (Fitting Room Reviews)"
- kelinda.KELINDA: "j.crew reviews -- a whole mess of skirts"
- Life is Short...Buy the Shoes: "J Crew Fitting Room Reviews"
- Modestly Styled. Modestly Me: "Fall J Crew Fitting Room Reviews"
- Musings on the Mountain: "J.Crew Fitting Room: Fall 2011 (pt. 2)"
- NY - C : Clothing, Calories, and City-life: "Review: J. Crew's Blythe Shirtdress"
- ShOperaRach: "Fall arrivals from J Crew"
- Shopping on the Fly: "J Crew: a Flair skirt, a Blythe shirt-dress, and a..."