The doorbell rang half an hour ago. Under my watch, E answered and accepted the package: a flat box wrapped in plastic.
I opened it up to find my dress, wrapped in tissue paper, and a surprise gift: a tape measure and a face mask.
I had to try it on right away; if not for me, then for E who insisted it must be time for a “fashion show.” So upstairs I trudged to swap my sweats and t-shirt for my new trapeze-hem shift dress.
Here were my first impressions:
The fabric. You guys, this cotton knit is so comfortable that I didn’t want to take it off! It’s a nice thick knit: definitely not any chance of being see-through, and it drapes beautifully without being clingy. I love it.
The pockets. The dress I chose has a huge kangaroo pocket in the front which is pretty much invisible if my hands aren’t in it. My only complaint here is that the pocket is too low for me to comfortably rest my hands in it. That said, its location ensures that you really can’t see any bulges when the pocket is full, so I guess that’s a win.
The quality of the work. The stitching looks good to me. No complaints here.
The fit. Here’s where it gets a bit confusing for me. The dress fits, and is very comfortable. The sleeves are exactly what I ordered—elbow length—so the fact that I don’t love how they look is really my problem, not theirs. To me, the hem is lower than “just below the knee.” Would you agree? And the silhouette is fine, but if I take it in just a little bit at the back it’s definitely more flattering. The sleeves are another thing: on the website they looked quite fitted, but on me they’re kind of loose.
I’m not quite sure what to do: return or keep? They have a no-hassle return policy, even for the custom-sized dresses. I could probably re-order with different hem and sleeve lengths and it would be a bit better, or I could order a different style that has more shape. On the downside, I’d have to pay return shipping to Oregon, which would probably set me back at least $30. At that point, is it worth returning? Or should I shorten it and take it in a bit and chalk it up to a learning experience? And are the things I don’t like about it really the manufacturer’s fault, or did I just pick a style that isn’t exactly as flattering as I’d like?
I took the dress off because I still might return it. But I so wanted to keep it on because it was by far the most comfortable dress I’ve tried on in years.
So, readers, what should I do with this dress?