Friday, July 02, 2010

Now that is one (un)Shabby Apple!

Just as a warning I have a lot to say on this topic!

I don't know what I did to deserve it but Shabby Apple gifted me with one of their AMAZING dresses. It took Dave and I literally hours one night trying to decide. I let him pick the one he loved the most because I was just plain stumped. For a few days I kept going back and looking at the dresses and I couldn't figure out why I liked so many. This may sound odd but I am kinda picky. Usually there is a clear winner for me in most situations. You show me 5 things and I will pick almost instantly. I started doing a little googling and I discovered something interesting.
This is from their ABOUT US page.

"Shabby Apple welcomes you to great dresses that make dressing simple.
After years of not being able to find stylish dresses that covered enough skin to make you really feel comfortable (without wearing a tank top, cardigan or long slip), owners Emily and CK decided to do something about it.
They visited trade shows, marketplaces and designer studios only to discover the problem was not that department stores weren't buying the right dresses, but that designers weren't designing them.
Shabby Apple is proud to offer you fantastic dresses that allow you to look fabulous, without having to compromise anything else.

A return to what dresses were always meant to be — a one-piece outfit. No need to add tank tops, no cardigans, nothing (except accessories, of course!)."

It was like the light bulb moment in cartoons. It was like they GOT me. They understood my complaints and founded a company JUST FOR ME! I don't like to show a lot of cleavage. I don't wear sleeveless and I don't like my dress to be so short it doesn't cover me bum when I sit down. I loved them all because I didn't have to do anything. No pinning, no camis, no nothing! I could just wear it and not worry about anything!

Dave chose the Champs Elysees dress from the Oh La La french collection.

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(If you know me you then you know I am a sucker for all things French!) Now let me start of with my one all be it tiny complaint. I have to respectfully disagree with their size guide on this particular dress. I can walk into virtually any clothing store, grab a medium and it will fit. I know there are always exceptions but I am a pretty solid size 8. I did some measuring and according to their sizing guide a medium would fit and it would probably be a bit big but that was OK because it is cotton and I always shrink everything unintentionally.It said that this particular dress "fit generous"  The first dress arrived (yes first) and it was too small! I could put it on but there would be no breathing. I was so embarrassed. I laid the dress out and got out my tape measure. It was 27 inches in the waist. I made Dave measure it too because I wanted to make sure it wasn't my vanity talking. The sizing guide would fit a waist was 31-32 inches meaning the dress would say 34 inches to accommodate that? I contacted customer service and offered to pay for shipping on a new dress. They were amazing. They said it wasn't a problem and they could send me a new dress free of charge and if that one didn't fit they would send another! I got a large which says it will fit a 33-35 inch waist. The new dress just fit. I can't ever shrink it and a size 14+ with a 33-35 inch waist could not wear it. Laid flat the outside dress measures 32 inches. (I had Dave measure again)

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Now that I said all that (it honestly wasn't really a problem. I just wanted to say basically that you might have to buy a different size. If not they will gladly exchange it!) The dress is a crisp light cotton. It nips in at all the right places and has a total vintage feel which you know I LOVE. (Hello Mad Men! Just call me Joanie!) It has a fun folded, pleated waist detail and it has the most amazing full skirt! (no need for a crinoline but can you imagine it with one?!)
Hello wind!

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It was so refreshing to see a company pay as much attention to the back of the dress as the front. So many companies forget the back. They just throw a seam and leave it at that. This one had a nice little pleated collar down the back.

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I felt beautiful. I felt confidant and I didn't have to fuss once all day!I didn't have to worry about pulling it down or bending over or any of my typical complaints. I have to say that it got lot of comments from strangers. We caught more than one person poke the person with them and point at me and smile.

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It was a hot summer day too and since it was a amazing natural fabric it was breathable! Nothing worse than over heating in a cute dress.

This dress retails for $88 at Shabby Apple. I will totally be buying more dresses from them. They quality and customer service can't be beat. For the month of July they are actually having a sale!

"Take 20% off of most items. Enter Summer20 at checkout. (Excludes Manhattan, Skyscraper, Swim and Accessories.)"
PS If I had anywhere to put it I would buy this bike to use with my dress!! (hello 300 sq ft apt)
I have no where to store this in 300 sq ft apt or it would be mine.


Clare said...

Wow, Hillary, that dress is SO. YOU. It's just gorgeous! I love the Shabby Apple dress they sent me, too. Mine actually was a bit big, but it adjusts okay if I wear a belt. But they are such lovely dresses, and I totally agree about how awesome it is to have an entire outfit from just a dress. NO fuss, no muss, all class.

Patricia said...

I love Shabby Apple, but had some problems with sizing and had to return the dress I was madly in love with.

They also contribute to microfinance organizations, which is super awesome.

Dress looks great on you.

Moni said...

I LOVE that dress! I've had my eye on Shabby Apple for a while, but as a (relatively) broke grad student it didn't make sense to invest that much in a dress. I'll be starting a new job in August (assuming I pass the bar, which I should be studying for now!), so hopefully I'll treat myself then!

Lisa said...

That is a truly fabulous dress! I'm so envious, you could totally walk right onto the set of Mad Men! Maybe I'll get myself a birthday present from them.

La Historiadora de Moda said...

I have a couple of their dresses, and I really adore them. I did a challenge with one of them and wore it styled 5 different ways in less than two weeks back in February or March.

Melissa said...

I love the windy picture! You look so cute!

The dress is beautiful on you and I love the shoes you wore with it.

Lucky, lucky you getting to review a Shabby Apple dress!

david said...

Oh my fabulous! This dress is so you and you look so pulled together. People were totally staring today and not at all in a bad way b

Emily Kennedy said...

Oh my word, that dress is PERFECTION on you! Dave knows your style so well. I mean really, you look so utterly chic.

You know what the funny thing is? My name is Emily, and my husband's name is CK. But we don't work at Shabby Apple. He's a graphic designer, and I'm administrative staff at a University, as well as a grad student. But still, that's kind of awesome. I don't know any other Emily + CK couples.

Seonaid said...

Great dress! You need a Pashley to go with that.

Sheila said...

That is just a lovely dress on you - very "Mad Men"! I love your red lippy with it.

Lorena said...

Hillary this dress looks as if it were custom made.
It is perfect on you.
The color, the cut... and you look dashing in it !
Plus the picture location is beautiful :)

Bridgett said...

love that dress on you!

i wish the site had plus sizes.

hillary said...

Bridgett they do carry plus sizes. They carry up to a size 28 too.

Bridgett said...

that's awesome! i did not see the plus sizes on there. thanks.

Kasmira said...

You look wonderful and the back view is the tops!

hillary said...

Thanks so much everyone! I am glad you liked it. Dave and I really worked to try and take the best photos to do the great dress justice.

Leslie said...

I really like that dress. Do they do plus sizes?

hillary said...

Yes they do. See 3 comments above you for a link! Some wicked cute ones!

Leslie said...

oh sweet baby jesus.. i am going to go broke.

hillary said...

Ha I plan to as well!