Thursday, October 28, 2010

Not shabby at all {product review}

I don’t recall where I saw it first – that link to Shabby Apple. But ever since I discovered the clothing boutique if I see a link to them I quickly click over and peruse the pages of luxurious-looking, unique clothing collections and to-die-for accessories.

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And then it happened: A wish come true was waiting for me in my email in box. Sweet Olivia (I added the sweet!) sent me an email asking if I’d be interested in receiving an item to review. I think before I responded I did a little happy dance. Now, here I comfortably sit in one of the best dresses I’ve ever owned.

I’m wearing the Helena, a pink knit dress with cap sleeves and a square neckline (pictured below). This is the description from the site:

Whether you're riding your basket-clad bicycle to the farmers market or making an ethereal entrance at a holiday soiree, this luxurious jersey knit dress will surprise and delight with it's ruffled neckline, ruched bodice, relaxed cap sleeves and floor-length skirt.  No-fuss fabric means it's the perfect dress for travel.image

It’s definitely a dress that can go from casual office to mom errands and a walk in the park or a night out with friends. I think it can be dressed up or down as well as transcend the seasons. Today, it’s about 80 degrees, I’m wearing it with black and tan wedge sandals and a double-stranded black beaded necklace. When it gets a little cooler I’m going to try it with my three-inch wedged, black suede clogs and a fitted jacket.

The only concern would be my legs being chilly. The skirt fabric is a little thin so it may be a challenge finding something to wear under it that doesn’t cause static cling. I had a little challenge this morning ‘cause I don’t have the correct undergarments. I found some no-line undies, but they aren’t the right color and were very visible. Luckily for me I had a half black slip (hey, I was raised in the 70s and 80s!) so that took care of the see through problem. I just don’t like wearing slips and all of that, but otherwise I’m extremely comfortable. I think I’m going to look for a ankle-length, which is where the dress comes on me, silk or satin slip (or something) with spaghetti straps. I know the material will feel just as glorious against my skin as this knit does and it may be that added warmth I’ll need when it’s a little chilly outside. I probably could have stood a larger size (which would have prevented this entire undergarment problem) since I’ve gained a few pounds all from the boobs down!

One of the best things I like about this dress is that it’s similar to a maxi dress (I’ve been wanting one for eons), but what makes this one better is that it’s unique, sophisticated and versatile. I love visiting the Shabby Apple site and looking at all of the selections – including women’s wear, shoes & bags, jewelry & accessories and preteen & girls. Visitors to the online retailer can shop by collection (13 in all including the silk road, the berkshires, central park and baja) or category (14 including sophisticated, black, bridesmaids and flirty).

Here’s a little info about Shabby Apple:

After years of not being able to find stylish dresses that covered enough skin to make you really feel comfortable (without wearing a tank top, cardigan or long slip), owners Emily and CK decided to do something about it. They visited trade shows, marketplaces and designer studios only to discover the problem was not that department stores weren't buying the right dresses, but that designers weren't designing them. Shabby Apple is proud to offer you fantastic dresses that allow you to look fabulous, without having to compromise anything else. A return to what dresses were always meant to be — a one-piece outfit. No need to add anything...no tank tops, no cardigans, nothing (except accessories, of course!).

The Shabby Apple team are true to their word: the definitely provide fantastic dresses that look fabulous (I searched the blogosphere and saw quite a few women sporting and talking about Shabby Apple) and it’s now on my list of top places for classy and unique dresses. Shabby Apple is not so shabby at all; nope, not at all.

Disclosure: I received the beautiful Helena dress from Shabby Apple free of charge to facilitate my review. No other compensation was received. Any opinions expressed here are my own. For more information review my complete policy.