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pink old navy dress
gold bangle bracelets1
obi belt
peep toe booties
alison
old navy dress

DressOld Navy
Belt – Another Line (similar)
Bag – HOBO The Original (similar)
Booties – Miss Sixty (similar)
Bracelets – Nordstrom (these and these), Ann Taylor, Lauren by Ralph Lauren
SunglassesMARC Marc Jacobs

I saw this dress on Petite Early Morning Style and decided I had to have it.  Great color, great fabric, it looked versatile, and it has pockets!  The dress arrived… and I was underwhelmed.  While the fabric is very pretty and yes, there are pockets, the rest seemed off.  The placket is too bulky for the fabric, buttons weirdly spaced, and the elasticized waist even on the regular sized dress just seems way too high/short-waisted.  I decided to return it.

And then I forgot to return it.  Yesterday I grabbed it out of the back of my car to take to Old Navy and realized it had been over two months and Old Navy only gives you 45 days.  So I decided to try it.  I chose this belt because it hides the fact that this dress has almost an empire waist.  I don't know if you will see me in this dress again… we shall see…

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47 Comments

  1. EmilyD
    May 14, 2012 / 7:55 pm

    The tyranny of the short-waisted dress has to end sometime … right?  Why is this happening?  It’s not just because I’m pear-shaped — I think it looks awkward on just about everybody (though I think you look great here, and I agree with WendyB, I never would have known this dress didn’t fit well).

    The current crop of empire dresses fills me with rage.  I don’t agree with people who crow about how flattering they are because they cut at the most narrow part of the body.  A girl has to turn to the side sometime, and then the illusion quickly falls apart!  

  2. May 14, 2012 / 3:50 pm

    Those sunglasses are awesome. I also enjoyed the appearance of the Coolest Short Person on twitter and instagram!

  3. A.S.
    May 14, 2012 / 11:50 am

    Those sunglasses are awesome. I also enjoyed the appearance of the Coolest Short Person on twitter and instagram!

  4. Aisha
    May 12, 2012 / 11:34 pm

    I have a similar dress from the H&M concious collection but is has a sheen. I styled it on polyvore but I havent worn it yet because of the same waist issue.

  5. May 11, 2012 / 10:15 pm

    Great color and I would have never guessed you had any fit challenges. I adore an obi-style belt.

  6. May 11, 2012 / 6:15 pm

    Great color and I would have never guessed you had any fit challenges. I adore an obi-style belt.

  7. May 11, 2012 / 7:23 pm

    I think I may have to give it to a short-waisted friend. It bugged me all day and when I came home I just felt as though it made my posture look hunched. I ordered another dress from Old Navy (gauze sundress with a lattice-work pattern at top and adjustable straps) that has the same issue. I’m okay with that one since it’s a bum-around weekend dress but even that one would look more expensive and flattering with the waist 2″ lower!

  8. Southernliberal
    May 11, 2012 / 7:21 pm

    You look darling, as always.  The color is great on you and you wear the style well, especially with the belt.  However, I also have a dress that is short-waisted like that and it drives me batty!   Maybe the belt will keep that from bothering you, but if you gave it up for that reason, I could understand.  

  9. Southernliberal
    May 11, 2012 / 3:21 pm

    You look darling, as always.  The color is great on you and you wear the style well, especially with the belt.  However, I also have a dress that is short-waisted like that and it drives me batty!   Maybe the belt will keep that from bothering you, but if you gave it up for that reason, I could understand.  

    • May 11, 2012 / 3:23 pm

      I think I may have to give it to a short-waisted friend. It bugged me all day and when I came home I just felt as though it made my posture look hunched. I ordered another dress from Old Navy (gauze sundress with a lattice-work pattern at top and adjustable straps) that has the same issue. I’m okay with that one since it’s a bum-around weekend dress but even that one would look more expensive and flattering with the waist 2″ lower!

      • EmilyD
        May 14, 2012 / 3:55 pm

        The tyranny of the short-waisted dress has to end sometime … right?  Why is this happening?  It’s not just because I’m pear-shaped — I think it looks awkward on just about everybody (though I think you look great here, and I agree with WendyB, I never would have known this dress didn’t fit well).

        The current crop of empire dresses fills me with rage.  I don’t agree with people who crow about how flattering they are because they cut at the most narrow part of the body.  A girl has to turn to the side sometime, and then the illusion quickly falls apart!  

  10. May 11, 2012 / 6:56 pm

    The over-sized belt gives the perfect touch to the dress. Love it.

  11. May 11, 2012 / 2:56 pm

    The over-sized belt gives the perfect touch to the dress. Love it.

  12. EmilyD
    May 11, 2012 / 6:55 pm

    I think it looks gorgeous on you — I’d keep it.

  13. EmilyD
    May 11, 2012 / 2:55 pm

    I think it looks gorgeous on you — I’d keep it.

  14. May 11, 2012 / 2:14 pm

    Exactly. It’s a big reason why I usually only shop there for Emerson – their clothes don’t have a consistent fit and their return policy continues to get more stringent.

  15. Grace Mitchell
    May 11, 2012 / 2:12 pm

    I don’t love the cut of the dress, but the color is fantastic. I do the same thing sometimes, especially with ON stuff–45 days passes so quickly! 

  16. Grace Mitchell
    May 11, 2012 / 10:12 am

    I don’t love the cut of the dress, but the color is fantastic. I do the same thing sometimes, especially with ON stuff–45 days passes so quickly! 

    • May 11, 2012 / 10:14 am

      Exactly. It’s a big reason why I usually only shop there for Emerson – their clothes don’t have a consistent fit and their return policy continues to get more stringent.

  17. May 11, 2012 / 3:24 am

    I am glad you didn’t return it.  That dress looks fabulous. I love the way you styled it with the belt and booties.  

  18. May 10, 2012 / 11:24 pm

    I am glad you didn’t return it.  That dress looks fabulous. I love the way you styled it with the belt and booties.  

  19. Kate
    May 11, 2012 / 3:03 am

    The exact same thing happened to me with this dress!  I bought it because I loved the color and style and then got it in the mail and I was underwhelmed.  I wore it once (sans belt) and just felt yucky in it.  But!  I saw your picture and thought “Wow!  She looks fantastic!  Maybe I should try the dress again!”  So, clearly, you’ve done something right with this 🙂  

  20. Kate
    May 10, 2012 / 11:03 pm

    The exact same thing happened to me with this dress!  I bought it because I loved the color and style and then got it in the mail and I was underwhelmed.  I wore it once (sans belt) and just felt yucky in it.  But!  I saw your picture and thought “Wow!  She looks fantastic!  Maybe I should try the dress again!”  So, clearly, you’ve done something right with this 🙂  

  21. Patti_NotDeadYetStyle
    May 11, 2012 / 1:05 am

    The color and the belt are really fab – you have disguised any problems that may have cropped up with the fit. Emerson taking your picture is so precious!

  22. Patti_NotDeadYetStyle
    May 10, 2012 / 9:05 pm

    The color and the belt are really fab – you have disguised any problems that may have cropped up with the fit. Emerson taking your picture is so precious!

  23. Kay
    May 10, 2012 / 9:12 pm

    Ooooh! I love this look.

  24. Kay
    May 10, 2012 / 5:12 pm

    Ooooh! I love this look.

  25. Andie325
    May 10, 2012 / 8:02 pm

    I think the obi belt really helps! the color is great on you! 

  26. Andie325
    May 10, 2012 / 4:02 pm

    I think the obi belt really helps! the color is great on you! 

  27. fashionforgiants
    May 10, 2012 / 6:37 pm

    The color is gorgeous on you and you did a great job making it more fitted with that wonderful belt.  I’m very impressed.

  28. fashionforgiants
    May 10, 2012 / 2:37 pm

    The color is gorgeous on you and you did a great job making it more fitted with that wonderful belt.  I’m very impressed.

  29. Nicole
    May 10, 2012 / 6:31 pm

    I actually think it looks really cute on you! Love the color! AND with the sunglasses on and your sleek hair, you totally look like Gail Simmons from Top Chef! (compliment, LOVE Gail!)

  30. Nicole
    May 10, 2012 / 2:31 pm

    I actually think it looks really cute on you! Love the color! AND with the sunglasses on and your sleek hair, you totally look like Gail Simmons from Top Chef! (compliment, LOVE Gail!)

  31. DC Celine
    May 10, 2012 / 6:15 pm

    i’m glad i’m not the only one who forgets to return. i have a serious forgot-to-return issue. but maybe, just maybe, some of those things fit me now 😉

    oh. and you look great in it – it suits you, whether you keep it or not!

  32. DC Celine
    May 10, 2012 / 2:15 pm

    i’m glad i’m not the only one who forgets to return. i have a serious forgot-to-return issue. but maybe, just maybe, some of those things fit me now 😉

    oh. and you look great in it – it suits you, whether you keep it or not!

  33. Amblus
    May 10, 2012 / 6:07 pm

    Oh, it looks really cute on you! I have this in the blouse version and I agree that the button spacing is jacked up, but the color is really beautiful. 

  34. Amblus
    May 10, 2012 / 2:07 pm

    Oh, it looks really cute on you! I have this in the blouse version and I agree that the button spacing is jacked up, but the color is really beautiful. 

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