The dress is currently in stores, but is sold out online. In stores, the dress retails for $89.50. I was anxiously waiting for it to go on sale, but that will likely not happen for such a hot-ticket item, so if you're interested, you may want to stop into your local LOFT store and ask the sales associate to help you locate one. Or, you might also be able to create your own version of this dress. Here's my rendition (sorry for the bad lighting - but for an apples to apples comparison, decided to re-live the fitting room using my iPhone and my bedroom mirror):
|On the right: Ann Taylor Loft short-sleeved ruffled blouse (find similar here)|
Banana Republic wool pencil skirt, in beige (find similar here)
As you can see, the silhouette created by the shirt/skirt pairing creates about the same look, though the rusching in the shirt, and lack thereof in the skirt, somewhat reverses the look (fuller upper, slimmer lower). Nonetheless, I think the overall spirit of the look is captured by combining these two separate pieces together.
PRO's of the AT Woven Dress:
- No un-tucking of button down shirts. However, here's a tip: in order to keep your blouses tightly tucked, use fashion tape (regular old double-sided tape works well too), stick it on the underside of your shirt, and adhere it to your skin. A similar effect could be achieved by tucking the shirt into your leggings (if wearing any), underwear, or any body shapewear being used.
- Fuller ruffles at the top. The ruffles at the top of the dress are very flowy and pretty (though some may find them to be overkill). For smaller chested women out there, however, this might be a bonus.
- Linen & rusched bottom. I love linen, especially in the warmer months. This gives a summery feel to the ensemble. The rusching is flattering and makes the waist appear smaller (as does the extra detail at the waist).
- Sleeveless. I actually prefer that the two-piece look covers the arms, as I have hang-ups about wearing sleeveless dresses at work.
- FREE. Need I say more?
- Versatility. I can wear each of these pieces with many other things to create multiple outfits.
Is this good enough or have I completely missed the mark?
Also what other suggestions do you have as to how I could better replicate the LOFT Woven Ruffle Neck dress?