I was pleasantly surprised when I visited the Shabby Apple website (www.shabbyapple.com) for the first time. I clicked around to look for a sizing chart and discovered two great things - the Style Guide and a fit guide on each dress! Shabby Apple offers a huge variety of Women's Dresses, separates and accessories and the prices are really reasonable!
I am currently hovering between an XL and a plus size, so I was originally hesitant to shop online, but when I read the description of the Ballerina dress, I knew that it would fit well:
Plum-colored folds of soft jersey fabric dip from the shoulders into a ruched waist that runs from bust to hip on this flouncy, ballet-inspired dress. Perfect for traveling, this dress sports a V-neck and fully lined skirt for extra coverage, so whether at the office or on the road, you'll feel comfortable and beautiful.I was struck by three things when I opened the package... It was a brighter plum color than I expected... in the picture online it looks more muted, but it is a deep rich color in person! It was heavier than I expected - partly because it was fully lined, which I love - no slips to wear! And finally - it fit like a glove!
This dress follows our Fits Generously size chart. We recommend ordering a size down for petite customers and/or those preferring a more snug fit. This dress flatters most body types and is particularly nice for new mothers as it hides a tummy!
Poly/Rayon/Spandex blend jersey fabric. Machine wash cold, delicate cycle. Line dry.
I especially like how it does camouflage some of the tummy area - because after two kids, one of them nearly 10 lbs, my stomach just isn't what it used to be... I also really like how it's lined so that I can wear a decent bra underneath without having to worry about straps showing through on flimsier material. I love that this material is one that you can dress up or down - I wore it out to dinner with hubby, but I wouldn't feel overdressed wearing it to volunteer at the kids school or out for a mystery shop! I also think that the material will travel well, so I think that if I ever make it to one of the bloggy conferences, this will be one of the outfits I pack!
With capped sleeves and a great skirt length - right below the knee on my 5'7" frame, I think this will prove to be one of the most popular dresses in my wardrobe for several seasons! I have a great cardigan I can pair it with for winter and some cute Pashminas for cooler fall and spring evenings...
The best part is that I can offer one lucky US reader a Ballerina Dress of your own! Available in sizes XXS- XL (remembering the generous fit) please follow the directions on the rafflecopter form below:
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Disclaimer: I received this product at no cost for the purpose of my review. All opinions are my own.