J Crew’s flutter-sleeve dress in eyelet (SU16, $138) runs regular 000 – 16 (F1724), petite P00 – P12 (F3030) and tall T2 – T16 (F3170). Color choices are bold red (BRE) and white. 100% cotton, 100% poly lining. Machine wash, line dry.
6/18 – currently $109.99
Size 6 – white – The style is cute, but not a match for me personally. If you like a-line skirts, this is for you. I also think a pear shape would look good in this. A narrower waist and hips that are larger in contrast — I think — would look good in this dress. The top part of the dress felt fine. The seaming appears to accentuate the chest area, but it didn’t look exactly that way irl. I found the skirt to feel a bit lightweight, which is great for warmer weather, but I felt self-conscious in that area.
For size reference I’m 5’0″, 34DD, 39″ hip.
Size 8 – bold red – The size 8 was looser in the skirt, but felt too big in the shoulders, in particular. The flutter sleeves were bigger in this size, too. I like the length in the regular (pictured). I’m not sure about the petite length. A shorter dress is going to make the top portion look a little bigger. The perfect flutter sleeves isn’t easy to execute. They didn’t nail this one.
The skirt portion was bigger in this size, but the weight of the fabric didn’t feel as thin as the weight in the skirt area. Maybe that was psychological since the color is rich. Speaking of, the color looks orange in these pics on my monitor, but it’s an orange-red in-person. It would go great with a lipstick in the same shade.
I thought I wasn’t able to zip the dress all the way, but it turns out to stop at the mid-back. There’s a hook-and-eye closure that creates a keyhole in the back. I’m not sure how wide the keyhole is because I wasn’t aware of the design until I took the dress off and had a closer look.
Here’s the hook-and-eye closure. The metal used is often gold or silver, but these notions are usually plain. I haven’t seen one with a cute button as part of the function.
I like the eyelet pattern and the material is nice. It’s lightweight, though, and it was particularly noticeable to me in the white.
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