J Crew’s silk organza starburst dress (34498) runs 0-14. The color choices are black and pale plum.
I’m thrilled that Roxy of Effortless Anthropologie is sharing her review of the starburst dress and irl pics! If you don’t know Roxy, y’should. Be sure to visit her blog, a behemoth of all things Anthro. Her blog & community have been so much help when I shop the store. Sooooooo very helpful! Onto the review:
Thanks so much to Gigi for letting me write this guest post! I love J.Crew’s party dresses, most recently their Silk Organza Starburst Dress. I decided the dress would be perfect for a few of my upcoming holiday parties and was delighted to learn that J.Crew’s Bridal Boutique here in NYC carried the dress.
I am 5’8″ and between a 6 and an 8 in J.Crew’s dresses. In their normal line I tend to be a 6 and in the collection pieces I tend to wear an 8. I’m also pretty busty (34D) so to be safe I asked for this dress in an 8 and a 10.
I tried the black on first. I had two concerns about this dress: first was whether it would look OK on my curvy frame or not. Wow is this dress ever flattering! I fretted about the starburst right over the hip but in real life it actually pulls the eye in, making me feel thinner. The top starbust equaled out my proportions nicely. The pleats laid flat with minimal primping from me and the view was great from the front, either side and even the back. There’s a considerable amount of boning in the dress so ladies who are comfortable could go braless. I found the length was perfect for a party dress and I liked how light it felt on. It also passed my dressing room dance test — I could move and shuffle without the dress sliding either up or down.
To begin with I tried on a 10 (not shown) but found it too large, so it was on to the 8. The photos of the black dress are all size 8. The bodice portion of the 8 fit perfectly but the skirt portion was a little loose. I wanted this dress to cinch in a bit more at my waist.
So for the plum I went down to a 6. Unfortunately while the skirt portion felt great and I loved how my waist look I couldn’t zip the top all the way. Sigh. Classic issue for me. I will purchase this dress in the 8. Overall I think this is a beautiful dress that I’ll get use from for years. I can’t wait to order it!
Roxy, the dress looks fantastic on you. I vote for the pale plum color, if you’re on the fence between the two. It shows off the starburst gathering. Thank you so very much for guest blogging! Anytime, girl, anytime.
Fancy readers, if you want to guest blog, you’re more than welcome. I prefer to have irl pics included as that’s quite helpful in addition to the commentary. You don’t have to be wordy or witty, either. Just sharing your thoughts if fine by me.
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