April 2, 2013

Review: Forever 21 Essentials Polka Dot Shirtdress and Sheath Dress

I ordered some items from Forever 21 but they didn't arrive until today, so if I decide to keep them, I'll be putting them into April's budget. I ordered these wayfarers because I had the same pair a few months ago, I lost them at the airport in October, and I've been missing them ever since. They went out of stock for a while but when I noticed them back in stock I placed an order. I heard good things about the Essentials Polka Dot Sheath Dress from Elle, so I decided to try it out in the same order.
Elle provided the measurements of the XS so I won't repeat it here. I similarly thought the top of the dress fit well but the bottom felt too loose. Especially after seeing the back of the dress I thought I would definitely return it. But I wanted to give it a second chance by actually trying to style it how I'd wear it to work because I thought a blazer would conceal the apparent wideness - I was right.
Blazer: Theory
Necklace: Ebay
Belt: Ann Taylor
Shoes: Ann Taylor
I think the dress looks much better with the blazer over it. I'm still considering returning it because I can't think of many more ways to wear this other than changing out the color of blazers, and maybe putting a collared shirt underneath. This dress is also a good contender for the wear a dress as a skirt/wear a dress as a shirt thing, but I'm not very good at that. I also worry that I won't have the balls to wear this to court even though its a conservative cut dress. Any of my lawyer friends, have you seen people wear polka dots to court? Or would you reserve this outfit for an office day?
I also ordered the Essentials Polka Dot Shirtdress in XS to try because reviews said it ran small, I liked the vibrancy of the royal blue, and I like the concept of loose fitting shirt dresses.
As reviews said online, the top part of the dress definitely runs smaller than typical Forever 21 sizes. When I was taking off the dress I had to kind of wiggle to get it over my shoulders. The sleeves are about an inch too long. I like the look of the dress from the front but the back view is wack. I don't know if I was slouching or something... I think I need second opinions on this dress. I could also see me belting it at the waist with various colors to fix up the back view and give me some more shape. What do you think? Should I return the dress?

14 comments:

  1. I LOVE the first dress - keep it and I'm sure you'll find amazing ways to wear it. The second one I like but definitely don't love. I think what I don't love is the big difference in length from front to back - I typically like that style but I think they went a bit too dramatic with it here. I'd return the second, keep the first!

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  2. I love the first dress. Gorgeous and will be extremely versatile in your closet.


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  3. thanks for your input! I'm leaning toward keeping the first and returning the second too

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  4. the second deeefinitely needs a belt. i think it could be really cute with one, but without one it's a no.


    The first one I don't think I would wear to court, personally, but I find that the State Attorneys and Public Defenders, at least in Broward, would wear way more casual stuff than that. So who knows.

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  5. yea i've noticed people wearing cardigans and stuff that I find much more casual, but haven't seen polka dots

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  6. I actually really like that first dress. I think it could work well under some cardigans for more casual days or you could layer a thing blouse under it.

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  7. First comment here. You don't know me, but I am a 5'0", 110 lb., 48-year-old attorney in Oklahoma. Return both dresses. I like the dark blue one, and I would wear it to motion dockets or chambers work, but the fit isn't working for you. The jacket helps, but you can do better. The shirt dress -- ok, maybe I am just old; but you look half-dressed; and like a good gust of wind could prove a little too interesting. You can find better for a night at a club, and it is not appropriate for work. Just $.02 from an old, fogy lawyer.

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  8. Thank you for your input Elaine. Everyone can tell me they love the dress but I especially appreciate comments from other lawyers telling me the opposite. Is it the wideness of the skirt part, or the entire dress that you don't think fits well?

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  9. The wideness of the skirt is the real issue, but I don't think that the top is terribly flattering on you. It fits ok, it just doesn't do anything for you.

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  10. love your style, but neither flatter your great body! The first is obviously too loose up top and throughout, and looks like a larger friend passed it to you. The second looks like a nightie. Too bad they didn't work, the theory on both was a good one!

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  11. lol it does look like a nightgown now that you mention it! thanks for your honesty. I'm actually taking a trip to the mall tomorrow to return the dresses.

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  12. It's hard being honest without offending someone (even when it's your best friend!) and I am happy that I was able to help without making you FEEL bad about it! Thank you for understanding what I meant too :)

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