So here's the deal with the dresses...I ordered the Ruffled Cotton Sateen Dress in an 8 in the Navy (10 was a bit loose) and the Stretch Cotton Sateen Daphne in a 10, as that's what fit perfectly in the store. I ordered both because that gave me 20% off, and even if I returned one, I was still a few bucks ahead on the shipping charge. (And I was a math major, so figuring out the purchase/return combos was fun for me.) I had also ordered the pique swing shift dress that was so cute on Dina.
Thank you again to everyone for your input last week when I was deciding between dresses. I took it all to heart and that's why I ordered both dresses - so I could give them an IRL try at home.
First of all...The Good. The Daphne dress. I really feel like a million bucks in this dress. Actually I feel like a character in Mad Men, and that's always good. This is so totally work appropriate, should the need arise. It would be great for dinner out, church, or just meeting a friend for lunch. It's a versatile, classic piece. I do have a black dress with a similar cut, as I mentioned, but I don't know how much longer that one will be in good condition - and the other one is knit, so this is a bit different.
Now, the Bad. The Pique Swing Shift Dress. Pardon the hair - it's especially bad in this pic as I had a limited time and ran upstairs to get all the pics. I was trying to talk myself into keeping this dress, but seeing the pic made me realize it was just bad, bad, bad. I look either pregnant or about 20 pounds heavier. It was so darn cute on Dina, but so not cute on me. Funny because she and I are the same size, just very different shapes. This did not work on my rectangular, flat-chested, large-shouldered frame. I can't believe I am sharing this pic, but at least the other 2 dresses are better.
Finally, the Not Quite Good Enough. The Ruffled Cotton Sateen Dress. I love the navy. I like this dress. But the more I try it on, the less I love it on me. I don't know that I would be wearing this in 4 years when I am *over* 40. (The Daphne clearly has that longevity.) And the fit is an issue. I ordered the 8 because the 10 was just vacant in the top (to the point it was noticeable) and there was room in the bottom. When you see the side view below, you can clearly see the angle the end of the zipper forms over my butt. Not exactly the look I was going for. And it cuts in at the armholes a little more than the Daphne, which I don't really love. And I couldn't really come up with as many places that I would wear this one.
Bottom line - Daphne wins, Pique & Ruffled go bye bye. I am at peace...for now.