So here we are. The first of many random fitting room reviews. And by random, I really, really mean random. I shop a lot, but I don't always shop at the mall a lot. Because, again, I'm a lazy panda. Indecisive and lazy. I tend to do a lot of online shopping (which I'll start including those into my reviews too) and then I wait until the returns are about half my height before I decide to venture out. So yes, these will be fairly random, but still relevant! And that's all that matters right? ;)
Last weekend I went to Express and Old Navy, mostly because I had returns to do at Express, but I was also plotting an order on OldNavy.com so I decided to venture in.
Slub Knit Two Pocket Shirt
$34.99, Size XS and S
The Good: I'm a huge fan of the Portofino shirt, but I go through phases where I like hate polyester. I've been looking for an alternative that fit/draped just as well, had that slightly sheer aspect and was not made of a synthetic fabric. Well hello slub shirt. This shirt is exactly what I've been looking for. It is a cotton/modal mix, so probably won't be able to put this in the dryer, but the cut is about the same as the Portofino without all the static mess. I would this style in a burn out fabric so I could more of a sheer shirt, but as an alternative to the Portofino, I'm pretty happy with this.
The Bad: Button gaping! Ahhh.
Fit: Size up. I typically wear an XS in Express, but I had to size up in these due to some major button gap issues. But because of the cut and fabric, sizing up doesn't look bad at all!
Cut Out Back A-Line Dress
$88.00, SIZE 2 and 4
The Good: I really like the fabric on this, its actually like a twill similar to the Prabal Gurung for Target red dress. It gives the dress a very nice structure and sort of indestructible feel to it. I also love the exposed zipper and placement of the cut outs. I love cut outs but more often than not there are bra issues.
The Bad: Fabric has no give.
Fit: Another one to size up in. In dresses I normally bounce back and forth between a 0 or 2 but this was extremely tight in the chest, to the point where I'm pretty sure the girls were actually being smashed. Going up a size did cause more torso wrinkle in the back for me though, so I'll probably have to pass on this one in general. Sigh. I wish Express made petite dresses sometimes.
Tie Back Romper
The Good: I love this little romper on so many levels. I love it so much I am this tempted to buy it at full price. But it's Express and I know better. There will always be a promo or some coupon that will not only make this a great item to add to my wardrobe, but a steal as well. Seriously this romper is really perfect for summer. Its light weight and very comfortable. The back is amazing. The front is lined so no see through issues. I personally don't feel like the inseam is too short, but I also prefer most of my inseams to be around 2". Oh, and win! It has pockets.
The Bad: May or may not have some bra issues depending on how you are about your girls. I'm OK with it. I think it'll be cute to wear this as is with some sticky cups or flower power, or having a peek-a-boo bralette show through.
Sleevless Textured Zipper Dress in Stripe, Dot Print, and Beach Glass
$88.00, Size 2
The Good: This is one of those dresses that you really wish/want to own in every color and print. The zippered front really adds to the versatility since it lets you change the shape of the neckline. I love all of the textured fabric, these three being my top favorite (it also comes in a lace). I'm really into fabric textures right now, so this dress sings to my heart in so many ways. I ended up taking the dot print home, but as soon as these drop low enough in price, I plan on purchasing the beach glass (which is like a light mint color) and the striped one as well. I actually would've taken the striped one home over the dot if it weren't for the changing season. Both the stripe and dot dress have a soft weave almost comparable to like a tweed. The beach glass fabric is quite similar to the jacquard weave in the Peter Pilotto for Target strapless dress.
The Bad: You really have to be careful when purchasing these dresses. Its preferable to purchase online, if its available. Since the fabric is textured it also can snag quite easily. I went through three version of the dot dress before I found one that didn't have a run in it. The same for the striped one, so please look over your garments carefully!
Fit: TTS, but runs a bit small when full zipped on top in the stripe and dot print. I tried to size up in this, but found a 4 to be way too big in the waist. The beach glass print had a bit more stretch to it, so my regular size fit just right.