Belle Discovers M.M. LaFleur
Nov 21, 2013
Last month, I was on a closet cleaning gig for a client when we started talking about brands she wanted in her “dream closet.” She kept mentioning the brand M.M. LaFleur, one that I had never heard of before. So when I got home, I decided to do some investigating.
M.M. LaFleur was started by a woman named Sarah who worked in the finance industry and tired of the boring suits and lackluster dresses that fit her conservative office dress code. To remedy this issue, Sarah luxury-quality dresses without the price tag, dresses that embrace femininity and practicality. And to help her in this regard, she brought on the former Head Designer of Zac Posen, who also worked at Theory and Jason Wu. Talk about a match made in working-girl heaven.
The ordering process for M.M. LaFleur is one of the most innovative in the business. You can choose up to four dresses to try at home before you buy them. So if you want to try a couple of different styles, colors or sizes, you can take seven days to decide if you want to buy them. If you choose to keep them, you’ll be charged. If not, simply mail them back within the week time limit.
I was impressed by the quality of the M.M. LaFleur dresses. They were as well-made and stylish as Trina Turk, DvF or Milly dresses. They’re not quite as well-constructed as Black Halo, but they’re close.
I ordered the four dresses you see above to try. They say to order one size larger than you typically wear in J.Crew or Theory, however, I stuck with my usual size 4. It was a little snug in the thigh, but fit in the bust. So I would recommend ordering two sizes to try.
Of the four dresses, I kept only one, the Akiko dress on the far left. I was very impressed with all of the dresses, but the Akiko was the most flattering and best fitting in the bunch. I love the drape neckline and the slim-fitting skirt. It’s also cool that the skirt has a pocket just on one side, so you can carry a couple of business cards.
I would caution you, however, that the top on the Akiko dress is a bit sheer. In natural light it will be fine, as long as you wear a flesh-toned bra. Should you be anywhere near a camera flash, you’re going to want to wear a cami underneath.
All in all, I was very happy with the dresses I received. I also liked how simple the process was for returning the dresses I chose not to keep (postage was free). And I found the style, fabric and cut to be right in line with the kind of dresses I want to wear to work. The price is a little higher than I’d like, but if you’re looking to add one really great dress to your wardrobe, I think they’re a worthy purchase.
Before someone asks, I was not compensated in any way for this post. I did not receive a discount on my dress, special treatment or anything for free. I simply tried a product, bought it and wanted to tell y’all how much I liked it.
UPDATE: Want to see M.M. LaFleur’s dresses in person? They’re having a D.C. Trunk Show this weekend at The Jefferson with drinks and bites for attendees. Tickets are free and can be had via Eventbrite.