Thursday, July 4, 2013

Red/White/Blue

The Ann Taylor balcony shirtdress in desert sky, size XXSP (sold in petite/regular) was the only item I was really excited about when the summer collection was released. I fell in love with the mixture of prints, the preppy vibe, and the shirtdress style.
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During the recent 50% off dresses promo, I tried on XXSP [below left] and XS [below right] I'd say the dress fits TTS to a bit large. The regular size is about 1.5" longer than the petite, which I didn't think was as flattering on me. Though I could use extra fabric as the dress does hike up when I sit down.
Ann Taylor balcony shirtdress in desert sky
Approximate measurements: shoulder-to-shoulder is 14" on XXSP, 15" on XS / length is 34" on XXSP, 35.5" on XS.
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The material has a nice weight (97% cotton, 3% spandex), similar to those on dress shirts. It's comfortable but does wrinkle as the day progresses. Dress is dry clean only.

Note the $10 price difference between regular and petite sizing ($158 vs. $148) for the balcony shirtdress. It's odd because the tag has the dress priced at $128 for both versions.

To shop other sales during this holiday weekend, see the right sidebar. Enjoy the fireworks and have a happy Fourth!
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sunglasses: Walmart aviator (similar)
necklace: gift from aunt (similar)
dress: Ann Taylor balcony shirtdress (sold in petite/regular)
bracelets: Forever 21 (similar); Forever 21 (the real deal)
nail polish on toes: OPI South Beach Paint My Moji-toes Red
shoes: Old Navy faux-leather capri sandals (sold here)

12 comments:

  1. Cee, thats such a great dress! I havent checked out AT in ages. Perhaps I should just browse their site every once in a while! Happy 4th!

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  2. What a nice dress on you! Hope you are enjoying your 4th of July weekend along with some festivities in the city!

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    1. Hope you had a good 4th too! I haven't braved the crowds at the Mall in years... usually watching fireworks on TV is enough for me ;)

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  3. You are the queen of red,white, and blue! :) hope you guys had I nice Fourth

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  4. I can definitely see that dress in my wardrobe although the 35.5" length is still on the shorter end for dresses for work. In any case, it looks great on you. Hope you had a great 4th and weekend! :)

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    1. Ahh, boo. Perhaps AT will release the dress in a tall version sometime. One can hope!

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  5. Love that they did the pattern mixing for you! I always have trouble mixing prints, so this is a fun way to take the guesswork out of it!

    http://www.xjole.com

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  6. Very unique dress. I thought it was two separate pieces at first glance. I find it annoying that retailers charge more for petite sizing when they probably cost less on fabric!

    Allison
    reaches the sky

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    1. Oops, guess I wasn't clear. The regular size is actually $10 more than the petite. I'm not sure if that's fair either.

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