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10th Commandment: September 22

Suzi Chin Three Quarter Sleeve Dress (Macy’s, $159)

I spotted this dress a few weeks ago, and absolutely fell in love.  It had a Rachel Roy vibe that really appealed to me.  So, I skipped my biweekly grocery delivery so that I could own it. 

Initially, I was concerned that the bodice might be overwhelming on someone with a small frame and small bust.  Luckily, I was wrong. 

I love the fit of this dress.  It’s modern, unique and the belt makes it super flattering on those of us without much of a waistline.  I also adore the material, a heavy matte jersey that is so cozy I might as well be wearing pajamas. 

Now, I just have to stop myself from wearing it every day.


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  1. Tina says:

    This looks like a perfect dress! Great find, Belle.

    September 22, 2011/Reply
  2. Marcy says:

    So funny you posted this! I saw this dress at Macy's this weekend and just ordered it online yesterday – and blogged about it for tomorrow! Must be a popular fall dress. Isn't it gorgeous?

    September 22, 2011/Reply
  3. Jess says:

    This is one of my favorite cuts on many levels (knee and sleeve length, the bantam sleeve, multi use color).but that added neckline is what makes it. Great Dress.

    September 22, 2011/Reply
  4. Nina says:

    It's on sale for $111! And it comes in navy!

    Belle, what is your take on the belt it comes with? Decent quality?

    September 22, 2011/Reply
  5. Belle says:

    Nina-Where did you find it in Navy!?!?

    Also, the belt is moderate quality. Not as cheap as I thought, good feel, good look.

    September 22, 2011/Reply
  6. Belle says:

    Strike that. I don't know how I didn't notice it before. Damn. It's sold out in 4 and 6. Damn.

    September 22, 2011/Reply
  7. The New Diplomat's Wife says:

    excellent find, i too love a good work dress. and on sale. and in navy, and another $10 off with XJW562A992. done and done. ordered and will be in rotation for next week. now i just need a show recommendation for it.

    September 22, 2011/Reply
  8. The New Diplomat's Wife says:

    oops, that should say shoe recommendation.

    September 22, 2011/Reply
  9. D says:

    Just bought the navy version as well! But would navy dress + navy tights be too much navy?

    September 22, 2011/Reply
  10. Virginia says:

    Belle, please post more cute dresses with 3/4 sleeves – I am on the hunt for dresses that aren't sheath/short sleeve because I need dresses that I won't just throw a cardigan over!

    September 22, 2011/Reply
  11. Alison says:

    Nordstrom also has it in a great purple! It's not on sale there but they will price adjust to match anywhere else if you ask.

    September 22, 2011/Reply
  12. S says:

    I spotted this in the recent Nordstrom catalogue – and at Nordy's, it comes in purple! https://shop.nordstrom.com/s/suzi-chin-for-maggy-boutique-belted-dolman-sleeve-sheath-dress/3195897?origin=keywordsearch&resultback=0

    September 22, 2011/Reply
  13. Lisa says:

    Question: if you bend over, will you be able to see straight down the dress? I love cowl necks, but as a teacher, who's constantly bending over to talk to kids, I find this is often a problem.

    September 22, 2011/Reply
  14. B says:

    I'm purchasing the Navy!

    To D: I would follow Belle's two-of-three rule – I think navy tights and cognac boots could be ok, though I would probably wear brown tights and brown boots, charcoal tights and charcoal suede pumps, or possibly nude nylons/camel tights (it's cold where I live, going barelegged in the fall/winter is not an option) and aubergine/nude/maroon pumps.

    September 22, 2011/Reply
  15. A says:

    I just bought the Navy one. Very excited. I love affordable work dresses! The only problem? Every girl on the hill will be wearing the same dress next week!

    September 22, 2011/Reply
  16. BB says:

    Ladies (who have purchased the dress) – is the material of good weight so as not to be too clingy? I just had my second baby and still fighting the post-pregnancy belly flab, so I need dresses that would cover the tummy pooch (with Spanx ofcourse) and not cling to it.

    September 22, 2011/Reply
  17. KC says:

    I've been disappointed with the quality of Suzi Chin dresses I've ordered in the past–thin material, unlined, and instantly wrinkled. Is this one different?

    September 22, 2011/Reply
  18. Ms. B says:

    It is sold out in my size in both options. This has ruined my afternoon.

    September 22, 2011/Reply
  19. Suzi Chin Maggy Boutique Team says:

    Dear Belle, From all of us at Suzi Chin Maggy Boutique we thank you for the post and are SO happy to hear you are enjoying our dress!

    To all of those who commented on not being able to find this dress feel free to contact us directly at Suzi Chin for help! 212-997-5222!

    Best, Suzi Chin Maggy Boutique Team!

    September 22, 2011/Reply
  20. Belle says:

    BB-The material is actually very good quality. I was expecting it to be awful, but it is a very heavy matte jersey with a great feel.

    Lisa-The cowl (at least on my 32C bust) does not droop at all. It is very thick and heavy, in a good way.

    September 22, 2011/Reply
  21. s says:

    I tried on the short sleeve version from summer (in the dreaded teal ­čśë ). I adored the dress on the hanger. My top is a smaller side than my bottom (pear shape), and I have a hard time imagining how it would look if I had it taken in. I saw this version with sleeves and like it more. I'm thinking of trying it anyway. I love this dress. The belt is better than I would expect from an add on belt, and especially at the price point. My fit may not have been right in the version I tried, but I definitely will be looking at their dresses more. I love the modern look, and the uniqueness, at such an affordable price point.

    September 23, 2011/Reply
  22. Poe says:

    I, too, saw this last week on the Macy's website! I had the opposite concern though — since I'm busty, I was worried the draping would not lay right and add even more bulk. I was at Pentagon Mall last night so I swung by and tried on the cream version. I bought it, and I love it! The fabric is quite heavy but awesome — you could even wear lace under it without it showing through. Very comfortable and stretchy. And very true to size. I'm a pretty consistent 8, but again, it depends on the sizing on top. I bought the last one 8 there – but there were other sizes still. I did not see the navy, but I didn't really look. Anyway, I wore it today and I loved it so much, I went to the Macy's downtown and bought the navy one today. There were quite a few left, including sizes 4 and 6 for those still looking.

    I disagree about the belt though, it looks totally cheap. I switched it out immediately.

    September 23, 2011/Reply
  23. Carlin says:

    My boyfriend was looking over my shoulder as I was admiring this dress. “Oh, the Princess Leia look.” Now, that's all I see.

    September 24, 2011/Reply
  24. Laura says:

    Belle, do you think I can add a gold belt and sandals and wear this to an october wedding?

    September 26, 2011/Reply
  25. Belle says:

    Laura- Absolutely not.

    September 26, 2011/Reply