K/R: Blue sheath

So, the other day I got to musing that I should try to replace my fairly worn LBD with a Little Blue Dress before my trip. http://youlookfab.com/welookfa.....eath-dress

Most of you wisely counselled me to wait.

But afterwards I just (cough) HAPPENED to notice this Ralph Lauren dress at the Bay. On sale. http://www.ralphlauren.com/pro.....Color=Blue

In my defence, even if I hadn't noticed it, Glory would have alerted me to it. (It's all your fault, Glory!)

I haven't styled it -- just showing two sizes.

This is not the UR Little Blue Dress.

This is not even the replacement for my black jersey dress. It is quite different.

It is basically a sweater dress, and therein lie its virtues and its faults. But I find myself strangely attracted to it and need your thoughts. I guess the attraction is simply that it feels quite good on. Easy, know what I mean?

Pros: colour is great. Underarm and neckline good. Length good (on 5'4" me -- WHAT do taller women do??? This is NOT petite! ) Fabric feels nice - is a good weight for spring. (60% cotton, 40% modal). Washable. Feels "easy" to wear, so works well with my largely casual life. Packs without wrinkling. Can by layered under and over. Relatively inexpensive.

Cons: Will it bag out? The back is ribbed, which might help to prevent some bagging. But past experience with sweater dresses suggests that they tend to do this. Not a good thing.

Does not pack to as small a size as my black sheath.

Is it just TOO casual? Can I take it to dinner and the theatre? Is it a waste of money if I am still looking for a much better quality sheath (which I am)? Do I need it?

Note that I do already have a navy tube skirt in a midi length which I am planning to bring on the trip and I might not even bring this dress with me to London for that reason (but might bring the black instead).

However, apart from the worn black sheath I only own one other spring weather dress and that one is a bit difficult to wear as it has a somewhat demanding pattern -- so I might be consigning it or passing it along. (It was also donated to me by a friend so wasn't my choice in the first place).

Also, I have another small trip in May which will involve dinners out and theatre, plus my usual city jaunts, where I like to dress smart casual vs. casual.

#1,2,3 are the XS. It is a bit more body con and a fraction shorter. However, if the dress is going to stretch, that might be a non-issue. Hubs liked this size best at first but then wavered.

#4/5/6 is the S. It is looser fitting, almost as loose as my black dress. Hubs said that you could see extra fabric in front when I bent and moved, but he could also see why I might prefer it. Note that I wore it for a while yesterday, trying stuff on, so it might be more "adjusted" to my shape than the XS.

Would love your thoughts! Thank you!

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  • modgrl replied 7 years ago

    Very pretty! I like it in the small. I don't like how it hugs your tush in the XS. How do you feel in the Small?

  • rute replied 7 years ago

    Gorgeous!!!!! Perfect fit and perfect color!

  • Suz replied 7 years ago

    Yeah, it feels good in both sizes, Rita. Agree on the tush hug in XS. But the small might already have stretched a bit.

  • cinnamon fern replied 7 years ago

    This is a great color and style on you. I am not sure about sizing. XS looks a bit too clingy, especially for your style. (It might be better with tights, though - is this a dress that would be mainly worn with tights?) S is better, but it looks too big through the waist, especially from the back.

    From what you say, you don't think this dress is a 10 (you wouldn't consider buying it if it were at the top end of your price range, right)? I agree. But in the interests of full disclosure, I should say that I tried this dress on and decided against it.

    Do you like the low waist (the horizontal line of ribbing or whatever, over the hips)? Does it work for layering?

  • Mona replied 7 years ago

    I see a lot of potential here and actually like XS on you. Is the knit fine or chunky? it is hard to see in the pics. This can fill an important wardrobe hole in spirng for you.

  • Ingunn replied 7 years ago

    Very interesting! You look so fab in a sheath, I'm jelaous:) My first hunch is to vote for XS, because you have a beautiful shape and it might also stretch out a bit, like you said. I worry that S could end up too baggy if it grows a little. I like this one a lot! It might be just what you need for your smart casual wear. It looks dressy enough for theater and dinner, it's all about how you style it (stating the obvious here).

  • Angie replied 7 years ago


    And XS.

    Yes! You can wear it to the theater.

  • Suz replied 7 years ago

    Ah - CF - why did you decide against it? Interesting!

    The hip seam doesn't bother me at all. It's a bit sporty looking but it's not super noticeable.

    I would wear with and without hose. WITH hose it needs a slip or the hose would cling like crazy. I do have one.

    Would I want it at its full price? No. That is a good point. But I don't always agree with those who say that if you wouldn't buy it at full price you shouldn't buy it. Sometimes a piece is good value for the money. And you can appreciate in for what it offers. In this case I think I was looking for one thing, and found something else that isn't quite the same thing, but might be a small good thing in its own way.

    The knit is fairly tight and fine, Mona. In front it is a flat knit and in back it is ribbed like a sweater.

  • Transcona Shannon replied 7 years ago

    A little late to the party but I see that Angie has sorted you out! And you have an adorable tush - why not show it off a little (lol)!

  • Suz replied 7 years ago

    Oh - Angie - thank you! We posted at the same time! HAHA.

    Well that is so interesting you said XS. I am glad I put it on...I was almost just going to keep the S.

    Well, that settles it. XS it is and I will tell you how it works out. I think it's a good temporary solution anyway.

  • replied 7 years ago

    XS all the way, and I think it looks really really really good.

  • rae replied 7 years ago

    I love it, Suz! It looks refined and dressy enough for theater to me. I LOVE the very subtle seaming details. I also think XS, especially since you are concerned about possible bagging out - it looks great as-is, but will also look great if it loosens up.

  • Thistle replied 7 years ago

    XS - and it looks AMAZING!! So glad you found it!

  • unfrumped replied 7 years ago

    You look great in sleeveless dresses, and this one can go with a host of toppers and colors for different looks and seasons, and does have the "LBD" qualities of dressing up or down. It does look "easy," so if you are going for an expanded dress capsule, I think this would be very useful. Length is so good and so hard to find.

    I can't tell about the sizing as well as I'd like, so would view from all angles, decide about what undergarments you will or won't use, and how they work with the weight of the fabric. It it's too baggy, it won't be what you want in a sheath dress. Or, if it's worth investing more $$, consider whether the Small has advantages with some alterations to nip and tuck. I am so often torn between 2 sizes for just those reasons, and I end up going back and forth for hours until my head explodes.

  • lyn67 replied 7 years ago

    I like it in the smaller size, and...as Shannon said:-)

  • Sarah A replied 7 years ago

    Very nice dress on you, for the right price I think some "placeholder" (i.e. good for the money but i wouldnt spend top dollar on it) buying makes sense from the "does this make my life easier" standpoint and that has a value too.

  • Tina.b replied 7 years ago

    Ahhh, Suz this is so fantastic on you. You are so tiny, definitely the XS. The seaming just elevates the piece, love it on you.

    I have a long list of things that I would not buy for full price, but will pounce on when discounted. I think it is a very smart shopping strategy.

  • Glory replied 7 years ago

    Love it and the details of the dress in person are quite nice, I mention it only because they don't show up in these photos. I think it is a 10 for you! Hope you decide to keep it

  • Suz replied 7 years ago

    Thanks, all - and thanks, Glory, for the tip off. Great minds think alike!!

    They did not have it in store at my Bay (but what else is new???)

    I agree that the seaming details are quite nice in person. You can see them a bit better in the link photo.

    I'm glad I'm not crazy to like it. We'll see how it holds up to wear and tear!

  • nancylee replied 7 years ago

    I really love this on you, Suz, and I would go XS if there is even a chance of stretch.
    One thing I've learned from YLF is the importance of good fit. Sometimes I hesitate to go down a size, but in many cases it makes all the difference.

  • Echo replied 7 years ago

    I really like this dress on you - so flattering! And your shape is so great that you can easily wear the XS without worry, but with the possibility of stretch I think you must go XS. I think it is a great and very versatile buy.

  • Raisin replied 7 years ago

    Looks great Suz! I like the cross lines in front. Subtle, but nice. I agree XS looks fab!

  • Freckles replied 7 years ago

    Excellent Suz, you make it look fabulous. Good luck with all the wear factors.

  • Jjsloane replied 7 years ago

    Well I love it, and whichever size you feel better in is the one. Of course you know I'm team huge closet. Even if I did not a basic like this (that looks so good) would have a place in my closet for sure. Yes those of us 5'8" would not appreciate this length AT ALL.

  • Joy replied 7 years ago

    You found a LBD in blue!! I'm so envious. Enjoy.

  • Nicole D replied 7 years ago

    XS and colour is stunning! On you and in general.

  • shevia replied 7 years ago

    Late but XS and definitely worth it: super flattering, blue, sweater dress!

  • Adelfa replied 7 years ago

    Nice dress! I agree accounting for the stretch factor is so important! Oh and Suz, I ordered your concealer from amazon and I love it! Thanks for the recommendation!

  • Suz replied 7 years ago

    Hey, that's great Adelfa! I actually ordered the pricey YSL one, and you know what? I don't think they are a heck of a lot different! If anything the one I was using already seems to cover a bit better.

  • krishnidoux replied 7 years ago

    I prefer it in the XS.

    Suz, let's face it: you look stunning in a sheath dress. You need more of them. This wouldn't replace your black one, but would serve as an exploratory field. And I'm sure you would end up bringing its CPW down quite a bit. The argument that you already have a navy skirt only serves the purpose to say: go for it, because 1) this is not a skirt 2) you already have jewellery and accessories to match blue.

    Now about the folding and travelling issue: Do you absolutely need to travel with this particular one? Does it have to fit that criteria at all costs? and if you did, rolling the item with a plastic sheet (i.e. like what you get from the cleaners) greatly minimize wrinkles.

    Then on the casual issue: are you crazy? No, it is not too casual. It all depends what you style it with and especially the footwear. A lower vamp would make it less casual. Have you tried it with heeled knee high boots?

  • Debora replied 7 years ago

    Suz, you look stunning in a sheath and I'm so happy you are going with the XS. The seaming details on the front are lovely. Keep!

  • Vicki replied 7 years ago

    I haven't read all the reviews, but I love this dress and I love the smaller (XS) size. I hope you're keeping it for its lovely shape and color. If it had long or three-quarter sleeves, I'd buy one in a second. Plus, it looks like the kind of dress that will pack well, too.

  • replied 7 years ago

    I love it! Angie is right, get the XS. It might stretch out a bit and you'll be so glad. Love the seaming detail and agree that you are magnificent in sheath dresses!

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