Oversize polka dots make a sweet statement all over this vintage secretary-style frock. Finished with a retro tie at the neck and intricate box pleating at the skirt for a swooshy effect we love. Select stores. Fitted. Silk. Short sleeves. Button front. Side zip. Pleated skirt. Falls to knee. Dry clean.I fell in love immediately with this dress. What's not to love thanks to the polka dots, neck tie, and full pleated skirt!?!
I was able to try this dress in my normal-dress-size-at-J.Crew of Size 2. (For reference I am 34B.) Unfortunately, the dress looked weird on me. Too loose to be exact. The waist was not fitted and the chest was "too blouse-y".
I knew I had to size down. The store did not have size 0 available, so I ended up trying the size 00. Well, it fits me! The waist and chest is better fitted to my frame. (Although I suspect the size 0 would have been the best fit.) The point of the sizing story: I think this dress is cut one size large, so I recommend sizing one size down in this dress. At the very least, call (or chat) with J.Crew to ask about the specific measurements of your size.
As for the skirt length, it does not fall to the knee like the product description states. It definitely hits above the knee. So if you are Petite, this dress might fall on your frame perfectly in the Regular length. I would have preferred this dress to have an additional 2-3 inches. But it seems that J.Crew likes their hems short (either they have a knee fetish or they are trying to save some money by not including the extra fabric... I am on to you J.Crew!)
The collar morphs into a tie which looks quite lovely when it is tied low. But the collar can be somewhat awkward. The collar is not stiff, so it does not stand up nicely, nor can it stand down. Not major. Not that noticeable to others. But something to point out.
The pleated skirt portion is gorgeous. It is not too full where it adds volume to the area. However it is forgiving for those of us who have hips. (Raises hand!) My concern is if the pleats will keep its shape over time. (This concern is not just for this dress, but for any skirt/dress with pleats.) I also would have liked pockets. Alas, there are none to be found.
I also noticed that the back of the dress is slightly longer than the front of the dress when I wore it. (Although, on the hanger, the dress hem is the same length front & back.) I actually found this detail quite charming. I loved it!
Overall, I do not think this dress is worth its full price. However, it is a great buy on sale with an additional percent off. I definitely see myself wearing this piece into Fall with a pair of tights and ballet flats.
For more images & reviews on this dress, check out In Pursuit of Pretty Things' "Two Dresses (Fitting Room Reviews)" & "Squinting Up at the Arena (OOTD)" posts.
What are your thoughts on the Polka-Dot Tie-Neck Dress? Do you own this dress? Have you tried it on at a store? Do you like this style? If so, please share with us your review. :)