One MAJOR thing I didn't realize until after I received the dress is the level of customization you can request. If you go to this link, it explains all the levels of customization that you can do. I didn't realize there were two tabs to select "a standard size" and "a custom size"on the tab bar when selecting options for your dress. Had I realized this, I am sure it would have been like you were going to a tailor. I would certainly do this with another dress in the future and not go with a standard size. I had heard on other blogs about customization but I didn't realize this was to exact measurements. I thought it was for dress length, neck type etc. I didn't customize the shoulder and chest area, which I think would have helped me out, as I do think that just a bit less material around the shoulder/chest area would have been perfect for me. But, I still very much like the dress and will wear it again in the future.
I wanted to show this dress in multiple ways. It is such a great print.
Here is the dress without a cardigan:
It is a soft cotton dress with very cute biplanes. A very retro vibe. Although it wouldn't stop me from buying the dress, I do think that the belt will need to have an extra snap added to keep its position. It does have a loop but I think it needs a slight bit more support. But, if you have another red belt or would add a snap, I think this is a great idea to have a splash of red contrast.
I also must say that I love that they lined the dress in a thin cotton too so that it is not see through.
Here is what I did select:
A standard size, which I feel is true to size except maybe a little bit bigger in the bust area then I'd desire (but again you can have this adjusted if you select your exact measurements). I selected height and a styling option. I chose a short sleeve, knee length, and neck as shown.
Brooch: ebay not sure how vintage it is but very lovely and goes well with the dress.
Shoes: Swedish Hasbeens I bought them on their 70% off sale. I love these shoes! Haven't had a chance to do very long walks in them yet but so far they were comfortable and very stylish.
I also wanted to share how this dress would look without the belt.
This is such a fun pattern. Also very nice that this dress has pockets.