I have to say that I have mixed feelings about this dress that I picked up on sale.
Yes I love the pattern. Yes I love the colours. YES it has pockets!
But it's a dress. And the area through the bust/back is a little bit tight.
Let's talk about "vanity sizing"…this is a size 2. I never take a size 2*. I only tried it on at the store because that was the last one they had left. I would have bought the size 4 if they had it. I thought I'd never remotely get a size 2 on my body…but here it is, a little bit tight.
Of course you will note that did not stop me from buying it.
Because this is the summer I'm going to lose that pesky extra 10 lbs and that'll make this fit me perfectly.
What's that you say? Never buy an item of clothing thinking you will lose weight to fit into it?
Hmmmm…. that seemed to have slipped my mind momentarily when I saw this gem had been reduced by $90.
I have to say that this vanity sizing is driving me a bit nuts. It used to be that you knew your size and it would work without fail. You could actually tell someone to buy you something if they had your correct size at any store. Now we know why they supply gift cards. 99% people need to return the gift because it doesn't fit right. Each store's sizing is completely different from the next. I can be anywhere from a size 0 to a size 12. Also even within the store items can vary greatly on sizing. What is the point of having a size at all?
Do you love or hate vanity sizing?
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Patti @ NotDeadYet Style says
vanity sizing makes me nuts. I, too, remember when your size was your size. I wore a size 10 dress this past week and a size 2 and they both fit. All that said, you look awesome in this dress! Love the colors and print, and the hose are so cool. Thanks for linking up.
Highland Fashionista says
I really like it. I love blue and green together. Looks great with your hair!
It’s a gorgeous dress, Suzanne! It doesn’t look small at all.
The size thing does drive me crazy, too. They vary so much from brand to brand.
Beautiful dress and on photos it doesn’t look tight on you. The sizing matter annoys me too – sometimes I am 26, another time I am 32, then I can be anything between x-small and x-large.
That really is an adorable dress. It fits you perfectly no matter what the label size says.
I adore color, patterns, & pockets too 🙂 Vanity sizing also drives me nuts – I hate that I have to take three different sizes in to the dressing room. That dress is very pretty and doesn’t look too tight.
Nice to hear from you Marla. Hope all is going well with you : )
Yes I love those hose too. Every time I try to wear hose I always end up snagging them. These work out perfectly for me because I can’t snag them. Also they aren’t hot like regular hose.
Tiff Ima (@stylehonestly) says
It is a lovely dress!
Hi Suzanne .. The dress is beautiful and as another commentor commented, it does not look tight. Look luck with your weight loss goal – I’m sure you’ll achieve it.
When I can fit into a “size 2” that makes me want to buy it more! haha even though it means nothing since vanity sizing has gone nuts like you said! It doesn’t LOOK tight on you at all and its a beautiful dress! I love the floral and the colors (which contrasts perfectly with your beautiful hair)
I love the pattern and the shape of your skirt too and I love that it is a dress! So you must not decide what blouse or top to wear to. Amazing colors that suit you so well!
Lindsey A. Turner says
Love that skirt!
Four Seasons One Wardrobe says
I would have had a hard time to resist that dress too, the color and the pattern is lovely! However, I usually try to just buy things that actually fits me, although I sometime fall into bad habits. I am currently in the UK and my impression is that the sizes are much more consistent here than in Sweden. Most of the times it is good, but it also have the more boring side that you never fit into a smaller size than you usually wear 😉
Bella Q, The Citizen Rosebud says
I am less concern with the vanity then the complete lack of consistency when it comes to sizing in womens clothing. 2,10, 14, 16? I don’t know what size I am because if differs, not just brand to brand, but item of clothing even in the same brand! Online, a torment- to check size charts and then order only to get something to large, too small, too wrong fit. The cost of returns or the fact the item is now out of stock furthers the frustration. I don’t care about the number- I just wish THAT NUMBER would MEAN something.
I love this skirt! Any skirt get extra points if it has pockets. I am not a fan of vanity sizing, only because I purchase 99% of my clothing online. It’s so easy for men (especially pants) because everything is always the same size. I hate getting a piece in the mail and having to send it back.
Southern (California) Belle
Val Sparkle says
It’s a beautiful print on the skirt – could you take the top part off and just have a skirt?
The size thing is so weird, and even within the same style I’ve had things fit differently if they’re in different fabrics. They’re made in different places, so there’s no consistency. Does it really mean they sell more products?
Sue @ A Colourful Canvas says
This is a beautiful dress. I agree with the others that it does not appear to be too small. But, I have bought tops that look great until I try to raise my arms forward. I’ve recently got back into sewing and I take a size 14. At first I was freaked out. But, I reminded myself that I am the size I was yesterday, LOL. I think I’m over vanity sizing, just like I’m over being thinner than my natural body weight. Least, I hope so.
Jan Graham-McMillen says
Looks like a lovely fit! You know those colors are fabulous on you … such a sweet dress. Can’t see how it could look any better another size.
I have always worn a fairly wide range of sizes … from a 6 to a 10, depending. As I get older, I go a size up from what I would have years ago in tee-shirts and jeans, again… depending on cut. But then I wear a smaller size generally than a decade ago. Gets confusing, but I’ve finally figured out that fit is all that’s important. Sizes are just an indicator to get thing started! Tim Gunn is right.
Mrs C says
This look is great because it is actually feminine without being too Cinderella if you know what I mean.. great fit, perfect actually! I cannot believe it is actually one piece!
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Jamie "ChatterBlossom" says
I think it was a good buy! Even if it fits a little snugly, you can’t tell looking at these photos. I LOVE this print and if all else failed I would cut off the top and use the skirt. I’m not a fan of the sizing now. I just go in the dressing room with 4 different sizes and try them all on cause you never know where you’ll fit (especially if you haven’t shopped in a particular store before). Luckily, since I like vintage clothing, I can just go by my measurements.
Thanks, the colours are what attracted me to the dress in the first place.
Thanks Rachel : )
Well…it’s almost a running joke about the 10 lbs honestly. 5 lbs might be a more realistic goal. In reality I’m happy as long as I’m not gaining weight.
Thanks Jessi : )
Thanks for popping by Sabine : )
LOL…I wish it were a skirt…it’s a dress that is why I can’t decide if I want to keep it or not.
I can’t believe you buy 99% of your clothing online. Wow. I guess on the bright side you are never tempted by something at the checkout : )
I’ve thought about taking the blouse off. For the price I paid though for the moment I’m going to leave it as it is. Should I gain any weight then I’d have to do that.
I wonder too if it means they sell more because we are all vain. I bought this because the colours and shape flatter my body type, not because it was a size 2.
Sue you hit the nail on the head..it’s tight through the arms and back when I try to stretch up. I suppose as long as I don’t need to lift my arms above my head I’ll be fine : )
I’d love to be able to sew.
That is so funny about the sizing being so different on patterns. I guess those haven’t changed throughout the years.
You are so right about the fit being of utmost importance.
I was surprised it was a one piece too.
So true about the measurements being much more helpful than regular sizing. What I find in most vintage clothing is that the waistlines are unbelievably small. 24 inches! I would have thought you would need to have a rib removed to be so tiny through the waist.
Very beautiful! I am in love with your floral skirt!
Having standard sizes would be really nice–instead of having to try on every single thing to know what will fit you and what won’t. It’s crazy. One time at Target I tried on size 9 jeans….and I was a bit offended by that, because at other stores I have to go into their 00 range. I don’t really care what the number is, just let it be the same one and we wouldn’t waste so much time!
That is my number one pet peeve about vanity sizing…it’s a waste of time.