Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Review: ASOS Petite Salon Asymmetric Bardot Cocktail Dress

(was $116, $53.72 - coral is $46.55)
Shoes: Christian Louboutin - size 34.5 (buy here)
I have been looking for a dress to wear to an up-coming Spring wedding. My requirements were: under $100, pretty Spring color, no alterations, elegant and feminine.

I was drawn to this gorgeous color and when I saw the price, I was sold. They were sold out of the smallest size which was US 1 petite so I opted for the next size available and prayed it ran small. The color description said "lime" but it looked more of a yellow to me. I've been really into yellow and chartreuse so I thought, if this fits, it would be perfect.  I figured I had nothing to lose and with free shipping and free returns, I pulled the trigger.
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Measurements: Chest = 14", waist = 12", hips = 15", total length = 30"
Material: 66% Cotton, 31% Polyamide, 3% Elastane
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Likes: I love the color. It's not too bright but soft enough that it's not pastel. It's definitely not a "lime" color but more of a chartreuse/yellow.  The fit is a really nice cut. It's not too tight in any areas which was a concern for me because I want to be able to move around easily. There's nothing worse than being at an event and feeling uncomfortable. This fits like a size 2 at H&M and smaller than most 00P dresses I have. The dress zips up easily (no doing the crazy chicken dance while trying to get into it) and the boning in the bust area keeps the dress from slipping down.  I'm curious to see how the US 1 petite would fit?  I love the single shoulder with a pleated band to the neckline- oh so feminine and dainty.  The bandage style and fitted pencil skirt make the silhouette of this dress really long and lean. I feel extra tall in it!  The single back vent allows me to walk easily and dance freely at the wedding : ) Yes I like to bust a move! The length hits right at the knees which is the perfect length for this type of dress. No alterations needed- woo hoo!

Dislikes: The material is appears to be very wrinkle prone. As you can see, I haven't steamed it yet so it's a hot mess and very wrinkly. I am wondering if it will wrinkle easily after hours of sitting down for a wedding. I am hoping the pleated band to the neckline stays in place. I did notice that it's hard to move my right arm- not sure how that will affect my dancing skills : )
ASOSdress1Price: $116 - on sale for $53.72
I don't think this is a bad price for this type of dress.  I can definitely wear this more than once so I know I will get my money's worth.

Verdict: Keeping! It's a very elegant dress for a decent price and I am in love w/the color and fit.

Here are other dresses I considered:
-One shoulder drape dress (non petite sizes) in nude
-Peplum dress in blush (small sizes sold out)
-Ottaman cocktail dress 
-Puff sleeve strap dress in gray
What are your thoughts on this dress?
 

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