The Blog Formerly Known As Practical Paralegalism
I was so excited when Rebecca of MinnChic told me I’d won her $50 Shabby Apple, http://www.shabbyapple.com/, gift certificate giveaway. I’ve admired the dresses online frequently, but never purchased one.
You’d think winning something would make you feel like the top of the world when getting free money to shop online, right? Actually, it got pretty nerve-wracking. I studied the Shabby Apple site like most law students prepare for the bar exam. I did not want to spend a lot of extra money, because I wanted to pick a dress that many of my readers might find affordable. And, well, I don’t have a lot of money. I also wanted to pick a dress that would flatter many different body types, and is very versatile. I love the specialized looks at Shabby Apple, ranging from classic to Hollywood Old Style Glamour, but I need clothes that have lots of re-mixing potential.
I did find a number of dresses on sale, but after reading the sometimes conflicting reviews regarding sizing on various dresses, and noting that some sale items were nonreturnable, I wanted to make sure I didn’t order a dress that didn’t fit and couldn’t be exchanged.
I’ve wanted a little black dress for a while, so I chose the $64 Espina Bonita style. I know the young blonde, curvy model is wearing it in a variety of sexy poses that I’d just look like a dork if I tried to copy, but it looked like a comfortable, fluid jersey style that could be accessorized for casual or dressy occasions. After reading the single review and the description that says “…Fits Generously”, I ordered it in a size smaller than the size Small I thought I would wear.
My self-esteem plummeted
a lot slightly when I put it on, and clearly do not have Fits Generously Girls. In an Extra Small. I contemplated the sad, empty bust line for a minute, and then pulled out the closest thing I have to a miracle bra, which is a black cami with a built-in padded bra that I stole from my sister my sister gave me.
Voila! With a bit of adjusting, I didn’t even need one of Mina’s Fasheners to avoid flashing the world with my Ungenerous Girls. Then I took a long look and said, “Whoa, Nellie, this is a pretty hot number, but perhaps a bit much for the office.”
Actually, I love the Espina Bonita dress. It has sort of a 20s feel with its long, lean silhouette, dropped waist, and mid-shin length skirt. I think I could also pass as an aging dancer, and I know I will go dancing in this dress. I accessorized it a million different ways, and discovered adding a scarf could even get it to the office.
I believe this dress would flatter many different body types, and probably look a zillion times better on women with curves, of which I have zip. The ruched waist is well-constructed and tight, much like one of those body shaper camis. The skirt is fully lined, and has a great heavy, swingy feel. My only real complaint is the elastic at the arm bands is a bit tight, and my ego took a slight hit to discover I’m not a Fits Generously gal, even in the teeny size.
I styled the dress conservatively for the budget career dressing blog. How would you style it – and would you wear it?