A Styling Victim

I’ve recently put on a little weight, and since I’m comfortable at my new size, it’s time to start replacing the items that no longer fit.  And one of the first pieces that needed a stand-in is my favorite going out dress which is now two sizes too small. 

At a very reasonable $118, I thought that this BCBG dress would be a good replacement.  So I called the Pentagon City BCBG and had them put one on hold for me.  To say that I was disappointed with the actual dress would be an understatement. 

While I understand that it’s a stylist’s job to make an item look appealing for the catalog, the dress above looks nothing like the dress that I tried on last night. 

First off, in the photo, the lase is but a 4″ trim that adds a little whimsy to the basic t-shirt dress.  In reality, the lace was almost a foot long stretching from mid-thigh to just above my knees.  So either the stylist layered another skirt under the dress, or she had a completely different dress made.

Secondly, the t-shirt portion of the dress is so short that it verges on obscene.  Strike that.  It was obscene.  The dress didn’t even cover my tush, and when I turned around you could see my underwear.  Not a look that my Nana would approve of.

Last, the dress is basically see through.  Instead of being a thick matte jersey, the dress is a thin-ish ribbed cotton material.  It was so thin, that even in the bad dressing room lighting, you could see everything.

So while a clever stylist made this dress seem like the perfect Fall party staple, it is actual a tragic fashion disaster that is best avoided.  It’s also a good lesson in why you should never buy anything final sale if you can’t see it in person. 


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  1. sally says:

    sadly yet another example of the decreasing quality of BCBG clothes…not to mention their extremely un-consumer friendly return policy.

    October 28, 2010/Reply
  2. Suburban Sweetheart says:

    Woof. Good thing you went to see it in person… always such a disappointment when advertising straight-up lies.

    October 28, 2010/Reply
  3. Valerie says:

    Too bad b/c as it appears in the catalogue really would be a great staple! A+ to the stylist, F to the designer/BCBG.

    October 28, 2010/Reply
  4. Nancy says:

    It's probably too late for anyone to actually see this post…but thought I'd share the “dress” I just bought from White House Black Market, on sale for $50 right now.

    White House | Black Market – Merino Wool V-Neck Tunic Sweater

    While it's technically a sweater, the medium size hits my leg at the same spot as the dress in the above picture due to my shortness (i'm 5'3''). The “dress” consists of a black slip with a few inches of lace on the top and the bottom which is attached to the actual sweater.

    November 3, 2010/Reply
  5. Nancy says:

    Oops, didn't do the link properly, let's try that again…
    Merino Wool V-Neck Tunic Sweater

    November 3, 2010/Reply