Disclosure: Imperfect Women was not financially compensated for this post. Jo received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are her own, based on her personal experience with the product.
I stumbled upon the Shabby Apple website not too long ago, and immediately fell in love with their vintage clothing and dresses. The layout of the website is very pretty, and I love the way the clothing is modeled. All the pieces have a very feminine, vintage feel to them while also looking very tasteful and modest. I was very excited to be given the opportunity to pick out a dress to review because I was curious to see the quality of these pieces.
I chose the Guinea a Minute dress. It seemed like a perfect dress to wear to work, a get together with friends, or any business casual occasion.
After consulting the size chart, I ordered a size four, which is my normal size. When I received the dress in the mail though, I regretted it. The dress fit, but was very form fitting, and not as modest as I had hoped. I went back to the website and saw that the model was wearing the dress loosely, so I decided to exchange it for a size up.
Their customer service was so delightful! I asked some questions using the live chat and was able to print out a free return label to send back the original dress. The exchange process took less than two weeks.
I love this dress. It is very nice quality, warm, and comfortable. I think it could be worn in every season with the right accessories and shoes. The pencil skirt style of this dress makes it very versatile. I would wear this to work, school, a date, a family get together, or even just a day out shopping. The skirt of the dress hits lower than an empire waist and higher than my natural waist, which is very flattering. There are button details on the sleeves and on the pockets in the skirt, which add a nice touch, and a slit in the back of the dress for a more comfortable fit. My only complaint is that the pockets are a little too high up to be used comfortably.
I paired the dress with some black tights, black suede heels, yellow earrings, and a yellow bracelet. The dress is nice and warm so I didn’t need a sweater. When I wore the dress to go out for dinner and to take pictures, I received a lot of compliments. Almost everyone I talked to complimented the dress and asked where I got it.
I am really happy I decided to exchange the dress for a larger size. The fit is a lot more flattering and modest. I read some other reviews online for Shabby Apple, and most of them mentioned that while their normal size fits, they preferred the dress a size up. I would recommend buying a size up on any dress that looks like a more form fitting cut.
I would recommend Shabby Apple dresses to a friend. I think they are good quality, very beautiful, and most importantly, very modest. I am taller than average and my biggest problem with dresses and skirts is that they are usually too short to be appropriate or comfortable. I think a longer skirt is more flattering as well.
(Model is 5 foot 8 inches, weighs around 140 pounds, and wears a size 6)
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Jo is a university student. She is interested in fashion and makeup.