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10th Commandment: February 16


Maritime Striped Dress (J.Crew, $88)

This dress is everywhere right now.  So why buck the trend?  It’s a simple dress, in a flattering shape and a classic pattern.  

A word of caution, though, J.Crew’s sizing is wildly out of control.  I ordered an S (34/27/37) and it was huge. HUGE! Like wearing a bathrobe.  So be prepared for the possibility that you’ll need to size down.



  1. reidmore - morgan says:

    Just bought this dress last month and posted about it on my blog too!
    I've worn it several ways already. And Jessica over at What I Wore is always rolling up the dress to wear as a top. Too cute!

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  2. m says:

    Can I ask you both how thin the fabric is? Will layers look lumpy underneath or is it thick enough to have weight to it?

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  3. Elaine says:

    As much as I love J. Crew (and, boy, do I ever! My love is evidenced in my sorry looking checking account), they engage in such vanity sizing. Beware with most of thier items–in particular the non-numericals (i.e., XS, S, M, etc.). Great dress though!

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  4. Belle says:

    Elaine: That's true. I've gone from a Small, to and XS, to an XXS. I'm 4/6, I should never be in an XXS.

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  5. DallasSkirtEnvy says:

    Heh, this makes me laugh. For me, in size L or XL, there is no chance in h3ll I would ever wear those stripes.

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  6. hillybilly says:

    Oh, agreed!! I love JCREW's stuff and absolutely cannot stand their sizing. When I buy something from JCREW that isn't cardigans, I almost always have to get it tailored. Pretty expensive and over the time, it becomes less and less “worth it” to shop there. I have to REALLY love something from JCREW (again, cardigans excepted) to buy it.

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  7. J says:

    Agreed on their sizing, I was consistently the same size throughout college and suddenly I've been able to drop two sizes and sadly, I'm not getting any skinnier!

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  8. Kate says:

    I always avoid stripes across the body because I was told it makes a short, not stick-thin woman look really wide. What do you think about that? Can shorter women wear cross-body stripes?

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  9. Belle says:

    Kate: I think a thinner stripe helps the compression that horizontal stripes give. You can also mitigate the damage with long necklaces and scarves to break up the stripe. Check back at 1PM for some more tips.

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  10. AD says:

    I love the J. Crew maritime dress, but got this striped dress from my local Old Navy instead: https://oldnavy.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=50186&vid=1&pid=898186&scid=898186002

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  11. giggling gourmand says:

    I love the dress. have to agree about the J Crew sizing. I really want the cafe capri pant, but the legs are so wide that they look frumpy instead of sleek (I don't know how they manage to make them look so good in the ads).

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  12. Amy says:

    For Kate, as a shorter (and more hourglass-figured) person myself, I've got a horizontal striped dress from Jack Wills with thinner stripes and it's much more flattering for my height. That dress is sold out online, but the Stripy Tunic at Boden is almost identical to it.

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  13. J says:

    I wear size 2 pencil skirts in Jcrew world! (6 or 8 in the “real” world.)

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