Friday Find

I am going to a wedding this weekend in Ohio.  I have known about this for some time.  I have shopped my closet as well as many stores in search of the perfect dress.  I finally decided to try renting a gorgeous dress I found on a great website called Rent the Runway.

Marchesa Notte dress from Rent the Runway  

Marchesa Notte dress from Rent the Runway

 

Big surprise... I waited too long to rent and now the size I need is gone for the dates I need the dress.  I went on an emergency run to TJ Maxx and found another option.  (As a sidenote it is supposed to be high 80's on Sunday so that was a factor when looking for a dress.)   I chose 2 different options to try on.  To be honest, I knew before I ever stepped foot in the fitting room which dress would be the best choice but I went in with 2 anyway.  Here were the 2 picks 

On the left is a Calvin Klein simple pleated sleeveless dress in a beautiful shade of magenta or hot pink.  On the right is a sleeveless printed Vince Camuto number.  There is a cream colored sheath underneath a beautiful floral printed overlay.  

On the left is a Calvin Klein simple pleated sleeveless dress in a beautiful shade of magenta or hot pink.  On the right is a sleeveless printed Vince Camuto number.  There is a cream colored sheath underneath a beautiful floral printed overlay.  

After trying both dresses on I chose....

the Calvin Klein.  Again, I knew before I went in this would be the best choice for me, my style, and the occasion.  Here's why:

  • The fit.  I have a curvy more pear shape and the full skirt along with inverted pleats is flattering for my body type.  It is a fit and flare style and the pleats and darts are placed perfectly.
  • The color.  This shade of pink actually takes away from my paleness a bit... no...really.
  • The fabric.  It's that scuba-like material.  But good scuba :) and it's fully lined.
  • The details.  Again, the pleating and darts are placed perfectly.  The length is perfect, regardless of the season.  The lining - a scuba dress is much better for my figure type if it has a lining.  Last but not least, it has pockets!
  • The versatility.  This dress lends itself to lots of wear in almost all seasons.  Sleeveless now, with perhaps a cardigan or pashmina of sort for a cool evening.  Layer with a jean jacket for a cooler evening or a fall day.  Add tights and short boots for fall with a jacket layered - how cute.  Dare I say you could even put a button down underneath with boots and tights for fall ...yours to decide.   By changing the shoes and the jewelry I am already thinking of a ton of different options with this one piece.  LOVE.
  • The price - you know it's TJ Maxx - $39.99.  It is still available on the Calvin Klein website and it's on hysale :)  http://www.calvinklein.com/shop/en/ck/18806610

What's wrong with the other dress?  For me, it wasn't right.  The print washed me out - a lot.  The print and silhouette made the options fewer.  As much as I wanted it to work it just didn't.  Still a cute dress.  I think it would be great on someone taller and more slender than me.  Here is one similar http://www1.macys.com/shop/product/vince-camuto-sleeveless-floral-print-sheath-dress?ID=2677913&CategoryID=59981#fn=DEPARTMENT_TYPE%3DDresses%26sp%3D1%26spc%3D73%26ruleId%3D9|BS|BA%26slotId%3D32%26rdppSegmentId%3DCONTROL

 

I am excited for the wedding and here is how I will style the dress for this event.  I will be posting again when I wear it in the future a different way. 

A closer look at the pleating and my shoes and handbag as well 

A closer look at the pleating and my shoes and handbag as well