J Crew Urbanite Shift Dress (338605, $118 or $94.40 with Mickey card; spiced olive & muslin currently $95 online)
First of all, this dress is running HUGE. I ended up with a 4. I asked Jill to grab a 6 but she nabbed the 4 saying she had several 10's go down to a 4 in it. And the retro orange wasn't even there in a 6, so I shrugged and said sure. Thanks to my sister and dear dinagideon, I'm really trying to try on the smaller sizes first. Hard to move the brain there. But I remembered how big the Shelby dress ran, so I figured it was worth a try.
Other than the sizing issue, it's just a good old straight shift. Lay it flat and you'll see the slight trapezoidal shape. Remember, I am more angular (i.e., shaped like a brick) than curvy. The dress hangs well from my broad shoulders. If you are curvier or more pear-shaped, I don't know how it will work. I'm happy I got to look in the mirror and go "oh yay, a dress that's not totally vacant on top". If you actually have curves and have tried this, please pipe up! I'd love to hear.
Let's talk color. I'm glad I tried on the retro orange. I admit I was sorely tempted by the muslin (oooh, pretty neutral), but I figure a tan dress is easier to find than one with this color. Did not see the spiced olive in store. The Retro Orange looks, to my untrained and upaid eye, like a pretty close dupe for Modern Red. I held up the dress to a modern red perfect fit tee I got earlier in the spring and yep, they were an exact match. So if you're trying to figure out exactly how orange it is, it's basically the same as the Dorrie skirt or the tees.
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