Sunday, March 7, 2010

Old Navy clearance dress, eShakti review

Here's some stuff I've been wearing lately.

I gathered the ruffle with a brooch, here's what the dress looks like without:

Dress: Old Navy (has been on clearance for dog's years, only $15!) - 1x
Brooch: $1 bin, fremont farmer's market
cardigan: kersh, xl

The dress runs pretty true to ON plus sizing. It's a soft modal type jersey, kind of sheer though, but it hits me just at the lower knee (and I'm about 5'8"). I really like the ruffle, which is only in the front, so I can wear cardigans without it bunching weirdly in the back. I am also looking forward to using different brooches and different gathers (off centered, forming a twist/rosette thingy, etc) to change the look. Not a bad way to spend $15!

And here's the eShakti dress that I posted about awhile back ... of which I went to grab the current link, but it isn't on their site anymore.

Dress, eShakti, size 20W
Cardigan: kersh, xl
boots: target kady, size 11
necklace: a gift from husband
kneesocks: american apparel over the knee white cableknit

I died over this dress, with its huge functional buttons and pinup/summery feel. I'll say the execution was a little lacking in making it plus sized, but it was fixable. The straps were way too long, making the dress saggy and too low cut. I took them up a little (about 2.5 inches) and it fit much better, except the boob part isn't big enough and cuts me off a little. It's not tight or uncomfy, just kind of funny looking from the side. I even went up a size with my bra measurement hoping they'd get it right, but oh well!

The good thing is, I also went up two inches on my height to try to get the skirt to be longer without paying the customization fee, and it totally worked! That may have been one of the reasons why I had to take the straps up, but it was worth it.


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