Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Shabby Apple Dresses: A Review

A few weeks ago, I got an email from Shabby Apple asking if I'd like to review one of their dresses. In other words, FREE STUFF, guys. (I bet they heard about my wardrobe malfunction and took pity upon my poor, fashionably-misguided soul.)

I scoured through the website and ended up picking the dress most unlike anything I currently own. It's red. (I don't wear red.) It's silk. (What IS silk, exactly?)

Anyway, a few days later, it arrived. After spending hours figuring out how to de-wrinkle silk (Solution: you DON'T. Leave it to the dry cleaners), I finally tried the frock on. My goal was to come up with a really awesome self-portrait of me in this thing, but EH. Turns out I'm not a photographer! Here's the best I could do:



And after photoshopping my arms for six hours, I went back to the site, only to realize that I'm wearing the damn dress wrong. For crying out LOUD.



(Well the fact that it still looks good when an idiot puts it on must be a testament to the garment, no? Because, it's not even a complicated dress! AT ALL!) Anyway, I went BACK to the bathroom to try it on again:


Eh? eh?  I really like the gathering at the neck, and the cap sleeves are perfect for this modest-about-arm-pits chick. And what you can't see from my picture is that there is a key-hole button in the back of the neck and the rear waist of the dress has a tying thing, except with buttons. And when it's buttoned properly (AHEM) creates the gathering around the waist that you see above as well as this really beautiful blossoming (I really can't think of another word for it) effect in the back. You can see more angles of the dress on the Shabby Apple website. While you're there, be sure to browse the rest of their dresses! I like to think of them as a more understated Mod Cloth. They've got independent designers and the craftsmanship is pretty stellar, as far as I can tell.

Thanks Shabby Apple! (My husband also thanks you. Ahem.)

11 comments:

  1. That dress looks fab! Do they need more people to do reviews? I want a free dress too!

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  2. Gotta like free stuff and you look great in it.

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  3. I think it looks really nice on you. Thanks for the honest review though, I feel they are pretty hard to come by!

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  4. oooooh lurrrve! I'm doing a giveaway of one of their dresses, just posted it so if you want a chance at another one go check it out. :D

    Their selection is awesome and I was surprised how diverse it is. I want like 20 of their dresses.

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  5. You look great...either way. Lol. Really a pretty dress. I was going to ask how their prices/sizing were, but I guess I could just click the link.

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  6. Looks great! But silk isn't mom friendly, I will spill something on it or lean over the counter after I bleach it on my way out for an adult night and ruin it. Super nice on you though!

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  7. LOL!

    You are one hot mama! And that is a cool dress front ways and back ways. :)

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  8. i think the dress is supercute :D now you need somewhere to wear it. like i got this really cute party dress (yes, i said party dress and i'm 30. it has taffeta) and now i need to book a cruise so i can wear it on formal night.

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  9. Love that dress and it's so good on you. Checked their site and played buyer for a day. I would so wear a bunch of that stuff!

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  10. Love the dress!

    I may be being very manish (is that a word?) about this but the dress looked the same in both photos didn't it?

    Anyway you will have to let us know when and where you get chance to wear it out.

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  11. Love the dress, but I have to say, if your coloring is true to the photo, you *should* wear red more often! That shade is gorgeous on you! (And also happens to be one of my personal favorite colors, but I swear I wouldn't say it if it didn't work for you ;)

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