1901 in Navy

This is not a keep or return. This is a hem or don't hem. I'm keeping it and am REALLY TEMPTED to order the red as well. Has anyone seen the red in person? True red or tomato? 

Gorgeous fabric. Fits great -- very slightly on the loose side. I did not order petite and that turns out to be a good thing because the waist is in the right place for me in the regular, despite my very slight short-waistedness. 

It could use a press. It came crunched up in a plastic bag. 

Light is poor today and the humidity is intense but I did my best to try a few styling options for summer into fall. 

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  • Christina F. replied 2 years ago

    This is me in the red. I think this pic is a good representation - seemed like true red to me but I’m a poor judge of such things. It wasn’t orangey, anyway. It felt overwhelming on me so I sent it back. The blue is stunning on you!

  • Eliza replied 2 years ago

    Suz- that dress looks great and seems to be "you". Gorgeous. I don't know how that dress is designed to be, yet can picture it a bit shorter  if you prefer. Love it with your new EF shoes. I'd like to see how it plays with a slightly bigger gap with the higher booties, though my perception could be off due to camera angle. It might lighten up the look a bit by adding that extra bit of skin. It is clearly a keeper.

  • londonkiwi (now back in NZ) replied 2 years ago

    I do love it so much. I think if you wanted to wear it with the trainers I’d think about hemming slightly, but with heals it looks so great!

    I love so much the shoes in #4. Angie has/had similar ones doesn’t she?

    I love how you’ve taken it into winter too. It’s so glamorous.

  • abc replied 2 years ago

    LOVE it. I don't know what is "in" nowadays in terms of hem length. My eye says perhaps 1-2 inches shorter would be more traditionally flattering (especially with flat shoes), but I know it's midi length on purpose, so I could be way off.  At any rate, it looks fab on you in that color and I'd bet the farm you would look great in the red option as well.

  • JAileen replied 2 years ago

    You look sensational in all iterations. I can’t speak to hem length, unfortunately.

    Why is there no love for the striped one?

  • Suz replied 2 years ago

    Oh, I adore the striped one, too, JAileen. So pretty. To me it looks more "summery" though. And in my climate a long-sleeved dress in mid-summer would get almost no wear. The red is cross-seasonal. 

    Thank you all -- you're confirming my thought that it might need to be a couple of inches shorter. Especially to wear with flats. Although the camera angle definitely foreshortens. There's quite a gap IRL between the booties and the skirt. 

    I have lots of other footwear options, both sandals and booties and boots. No shortage of possibilities. Also more scarves, toppers, etc. Though I like it best on its own. The only thing I lack is a winter coat with the length to wear over it. Which is a shame. 

    Christina, that's right! I think I commented on your thread. It does look like quite a true red. I fear I might feel similarly to you about it though -- it's a lot of red!!  Did you try the blue? I'll bet it would work on you. 

  • anchie replied 2 years ago

    I actually like it at this length. You can always shorten it later.

  • lisa p replied 2 years ago

    Beautiful on you. Are those the fantastic blue Aquatalia's?  Love them with this dress. I'd like to see it pinned shorter just for comparison....it's a lot of skirt.

  • Angie replied 2 years ago

    What can I say other than SLAMDUNK, KILLER. You've styled it beautifully, Suz. SOOOO STINKING GORGEOUS. I love all the renditions. Such a good West Coast dress :)

    *waving at my dress twin with enthusiasm*

    Isn't it the BEST dress. I feel like a million bucks in it. Wait til you wear it! I've done that three times already. NOW you know why I want to duplicate...

    I vote don't hem for extra midi drama. 

  • Elizabeth P replied 2 years ago

    OMG.  I am so glad this is now sold out in my size, one look at you in it and I had to go and check.  All that is left is the tan, which I would never wear.  Phew :)  LOVE LOVE this on you.  Gorgeous.

    I like this length, and vote DO NOT HEM

    I also don't really care for it with the Aquatalias... love it with the shoes, would probably love it with high boots, and would like to see it with booties.  This length/gap between boot and dress just doesn't do it for me.

  • jill58 replied 2 years ago

    I think the length is perfect. It looks wonderful on you. 

  • Colette replied 2 years ago

    I knew this would look AMAZING on you and it does!!! You and Angie wear it so well. And that is seriously good styling, I would never think to wear it in any of those ways. But I wouldn’t shorten it, at least not right away.

    I’m trying hard not to order it.

  • gryffin replied 2 years ago

    Omg do not, do not, do not hem this dress please!! It’s stunning. You wear it soooo well. I think shorter would diminish the elegance. Absolutely fabulous and stunning with the shoes. Enjoy it!!!

  • Christina F. replied 2 years ago

    Suz, if I were going to re-order it, I would try the blue. I just had an unexpected but necessary expense that cut into my budget for the rest of the month though. I will be able to keep the rest of what I ordered from the sale if I like it, but I won’t be ordering any additional items. Aside from my continued need for tall boots, I’m pretty well set for fall anyway. Also just found the white bag of my dreams after giving up for the summer.

    PS - I agree with those who think that you should keep the length. You can always change your mind later, but it adds a special drama to the dress IMO.

  • Scarlet replied 2 years ago

    My non-expert opinion is don't hem. The proportions look right to me as is. Very nice!

  • Jenn replied 2 years ago

    It's beautiful on you, Suz! I'm responding before I read the other comments, so I'm not biased, but I say no hem. It's a beautiful midi length and looks great with both flats and heels in your styling here.

  • Xtabay replied 2 years ago

    Swoon!  Plonk!  You are hitting it out of the ballpark on this one, Suz.  Well done, I love it all your stylings.  (I thought Angie had photobombed you for a second when I saw you wearing it with the pearls!) :)

  • kkards replied 2 years ago

    I love the current length! Dress is fab. Love all the versions except the Aquatalias mid calf boots—but I’d love to see it with knee high boots

  • jussie replied 2 years ago

    I can only echo Angie “SLAM-DUNK!”. I like your styling options too. I also agree no particular need to hem....

  • replied 2 years ago

    The navy seems to drape closer to the body than the red, based on christinas. Im wondering if the fabric type is different?

  • Suz replied 2 years ago

    It is supposedly the same fabric but I don’t know for sure if it is.

    Thank you for kind words and suggestions!

  • Greyscale replied 2 years ago

    It looks great! I would be tempted to hem it, but it looks fantastic as is, so really you could go either way. If you get the red also, perhaps you could shorten one by 2" and leave the other full length, just to have it both ways.

  • rachylou replied 2 years ago

    No! No Hemming! :D FANTASTIC!

  • Joy replied 2 years ago

    You have given us a master course on getting a ton of different outfits out of one gorgeous dress.  I like the length as is.

  • kellygirl replied 2 years ago

    Stunning! Duplicate for sure!

  • Suz replied 2 years ago

    Oh, forgot to show it with denim jacket! Works with that, too. :) 

  • anne replied 2 years ago

    Suz, I have been waiting for this. Super fab!

  • Elle replied 2 years ago

    I'm strongly in the "do not hem" category.  The dress looks fabulous on you at this length.  Any shorter would change the proportions that make it so elegant.

  • DonnaF replied 2 years ago

    Beautiful! Keep the length for the drama.

  • Joyce B replied 2 years ago

    That is a fab dress on you. I think navy is my favorite color for it.

  • Dianna replied 2 years ago

    Stunning at this length. You would look gorgeous in the red too.

  • karen13 replied 2 years ago

    Gorgeous! Don't hem as it is perfect with all the shoes, except I don't love the aquatalias. It will be great with tall boots in the fall.

  • Lucy replied 2 years ago

    If this isn't dress perfection, I don't know what is! So much gorgeousness

  • CocoLion replied 2 years ago

    Hem if you wear it with sneakers.  Don't hem otherwise, it looks great with heels and I love it with the Aquatalias.

  • Bijou replied 2 years ago

    Don’t hem and I want to see you in the red dress. Simply beautiful on you and so versatile given all your styling options. The new red scarf is such a winner too.

  • Suz replied 2 years ago

    Interesting how some love it with the Aquatalias and say that is the worst option. I will also try it with booties of other shaft heights to see how I feel. I would probably be wearing toned hose if I wore the Aquatalias, by the way. Just couldn't bear to put hose on yesterday. 

  • RobinF replied 2 years ago

    Wow this is gorgeous on you! I love the current length with all shoes except the sneakers. I think if that were going to be your most frequently worn option I might hem it. Add me to the “love it with the Aquatalias” list!

  • Bijou replied 2 years ago

    Yes please add me to the love it with the Aquatalias list too.

  • 3style replied 2 years ago

    As a more summer weather option, I think it would be nice to hem it a little bit. However, I think that with all of the toppers you showed us, the full length looks fab and a bit shorter would be less fab. So, I think it depends what you’re really planning to do with it. I have a long navy belted shirt dress and I mostly wear it in the winter with a pearl gray thin merino turtleneck underneath. Do you have room to layer underneath?

  • Susie replied 2 years ago

    This looks so fab on you, Suz! And you’ve styled it beautifully. I’m not crazy about it with the sneakers but that’s just personal preference. I like the midi length so I think you should keep it long.

  • cjh replied 2 years ago

    I agree to only hem if you will wear with sneakers 80% or more of the time. It looks perfect with all the other shoes and boots.

  • connormom replied 2 years ago

    This is beautiful on you!  I vote not to hem as well.  I think it is perfect this way!

  • Angie replied 2 years ago

    FWIW, I think the length works well with sneakers and flats because of the waist definition - which lengthens the leg line from the thighs upwards. 

    I love ALL renditions, KILLER all round.

    I AM WEARING THAT DRESS TONIGHT with watermelon ballet flats and turquoise furla. 

  • Suz replied 2 years ago

    Oooh! Fun colour combo, Angie. I really like the navy -- it is dark but lively, somehow, maybe because the fabric is sateen. It harmonizes well with many other colours. 

    I'm going to leave the length as is for now and if it feels too long later I can always hack it by a couple of inches. I definitely wouldn't go shorter than that. 

  • Angie replied 2 years ago

    Thanks, and YES, Suz, it's a gorgeous shade of navy and lovely fabric. Good strategy leaving the length for now. 


  • La Pedestrienne replied 2 years ago

    Gorgeous, and I would not hem it. I like it as-is! Even with sneakers. What size did you order? Reviews seem to indicate that it runs small? (Debating whether I should try to snag the plaid version before the sale is over...)

  • Suz replied 2 years ago

    LaPed, I actually think it might run slightly big. But it probably depends on one's body type modifiers. I'm usually a 0 or 2 in dresses and ordered the 2. I was a bit worried the waist wouldn't work on the 0. The 2 turns out to be just a little big in the waist, but the sash adjusts for that. The shoulder fit and bust are good on me in this size. 

    If you have larger arms it might feel small. It works on a narrow frame. 

  • Katerina replied 2 years ago

    OMG - this must be the greatest dress ever!!! You look absolutely gorgeous in it, I love the length exactly as is. ALL the outfits you have created are fabulous, I can’t even pick a favorite. Definitely worth duplicating in other colours.

  • Column replied 2 years ago

    So interesting, Suz, that with cropped trousers the rule is to hem, but with the dress, the advice is to leave. I often have the same dilemma. Good to wait and see. Indeed, “gorgeous” is the word of the day!

  • Peri replied 2 years ago

    See, I learned my lesson. If it's good on you and Angie it's not going to be good on me. Didn't even order it. But I do very much love it on you!

  • shevia replied 2 years ago

    Absolutely perfect on you Suz! I agree with the keep the length for now policy.

  • old chic replied 2 years ago

    FABULOUS on you!

  • Firecracker replied 2 years ago

    I love it, all ways you are showing it! I would vote for hemming an inch or two, but I see I'm in the minority, and I really have no clue about dress hems!

  • Firecracker replied 2 years ago

    And I especially love it with the booties.

  • Sal replied 2 years ago

    I love it too!!  Really nice with all footwear options at the current length.

    Whilst I adore it I would stick with just the one - it is a statement because of the bow and the volume in the skirt.  

    I would love to own this dress!!

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