Saturday, March 10, 2012

Review: Ralph Lauren Polka-Dot Cotton Shirtdress

Earlier this week I shared with all of my fabulous readers that the Ralph Lauren Polka-dot Cotton Shirtdress I blogged about previously here and here went on sale. The dress went on my wishlist the moment I saw it back in January, so when I saw that it had gone on sale, I made my purchase. To my delight, it arrived yesterday, and I have to say that it does not disappoint IRL...definitely worth more than the $60 sale price.:)


The description on the Ralph Lauren website reads:

A timeless shirtdress in a classic polka-dot pattern is crafted with a pleated skirt for a flattering, universal fit.

Pointed collar. Button-front placket.
Side on-seam hand pockets. Self-tie sash at the waist.
Pleated skirt.
Falls 22¼" from the natural waist.
100% cotton. Machine washable. Imported.


As you can see, the color of the dress is a deep dark navy blue with white dots,  and the fabric is crisp, a nice weight, and feels lovely to the touch. The content is actually 97% Cotton and 3% Elastane, so there is a bit of stretch to it, as well. The dress is not lined, but the fabric is very substantial, so it may be possible to wear it without a slip if you prefer. (I personally always wear a slip with my dresses and skirts.)


The shoulders of the dress allow for wearing a bra with straps, but I did notice mine starting to peek out at times when trying it on. A Racerback Bra, T-back Bra, or Strapless Bra may be preferred, but that is all a matter of personal preference and how the dress fits each individual. 




The buttons are navy blue and blend nicely with the dress, so as not to compete with the white polka-dots. The sash can be tied in a bow or knot at the front of the dress (my personal preference is a knot). One thing to note is that the belt is sewn onto the back of the dress (see pic below) and therefore not removable.


Pleats at the back of the dress below the waistline.


Hook and eye at the waist to keep the dress secure and prevent any possible gaping.


The dress sizing seems to be consistent with other retailers such as J.Crew, Anthropologie, Madewell, Milly, Kate Spade, and Tory Burch. I normally wear either a size 0 or 2 at the retailers I just mentioned, so I opted for the size 2 Ralph Lauren dress (it did not come in a size 0), and I chose well...no need to return or exchange.


The skirt portion has just the right amount of volume...not overstated or overwhelming at all. You can easily throw on a cardigan to wear the dress now when the weather is cooler (or in the A/C if you live where it's already warm like me), or to make it more work-appropriate, and it still looks lovely.


The dress length hits right at the top of my knee. For reference, I am 5'4", short-waisted, and have a 31" inseam. Here I have it paired with my silver Jack Rogers 'Navajo' Sandals, silver watch, and silver hoop earrings (shown in other photo). I also plan to wear it with gold or white sandals, gold jewelry, and my red ChloƩ handbag. Other colors that will also compliment the dress are orange, kelly green, yellow, bright pink, and black.


If you are contemplating the dress, I would say to give it a try. The quality is excellent and the dress is more than worth the sale price. I personally love it...definitely a 'keeper' for me. It is available to purchase here...the promo code EC29478 at checkout will get you Free Shipping, too! :)





Have a lovely day!

xoxo,

50 comments:

  1. Beautiful! Now I can't wait to get mine. Thanks for the review.

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    1. savvy shopper: Thank you! Please let me know what you think of the dress once yours arrives. :)

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  2. This is the perfect navy polka dot dress that I hunted for all last spring/summer. And it's such a great price! What a satisfying way to spend the last bit of my spring wardrobe budget.
    It's also nice to see it on a person instead of on a model, I'm hippy so I'm relieved the pleats aren't overwhelming (not that that has ever stopped me).
    Thank you for the review.

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    1. jlcl119: You're welcome! I have also been on a hunt for the perfect navy polka dot dress and now my search is over. I'm thrilled to have gotten it at such a fantastic price, too. Please let me know what you think if you get one. :)

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  3. Thank you for the review and for modeling the RL dress, you look so pretty! It does look like the perfect navy polka dot dress for Spring and LOVE the price. I may have to order it too. ; )

    I knew you had gone dark hair color wise but I guessed I missed any previous post with a full picture of you! I love your dark hair it is quite sassy!! : )

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    1. lisabfashion: Thank you! It took awhile to get used to being a brunette again. At times I miss the blonde, but definitely not the upkeep. :)

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  4. This dress is absolutely gorgeous on you!!!!! I LOVE it!!

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  5. LOVE it on you, it is perfect! I hope to get mine soon and will post about it too. Thank you for the review FFM!!!

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    1. Thanks ajc! I hope your dress arrives soon! I'm looking forward to hearing what you think about it and seeing it on you, too. :)

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  6. Wow look at you, I love you as a brunette and the dress is beautiful.

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    1. Thank you for the compliment Tabitha! Have fun on your holiday! :)

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  7. I LOVE THE DRESS AND YOU LOOK PERFECT IN IT!

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    1. tiffany rose: Thank you! I love it, too, and I'm extra thrilled to have gotten it at this price. :)

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  8. Oh, I love this! You look wonderful in it. Oh, so so so tempted...

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  9. you look beautiful in the dress,i love the darker hair!

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    1. Thanks Ina! My darker hair took a little while to get used to after many years of being blonde, but I do like it a lot now. Thanks for the kind words! :)

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  10. I love the new hair! The darker color looks great on you, fabulous with your skin tone.

    I like that dress very much. The fit is perfect. That's a good buy, you'll wear it a lot.

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    1. Thank you Desert Flower! You are right, I'll be wearing this one a lot, and the CPW will be practically zero in no time at all. :)

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  11. Thanks for the wonderful review and I too have to complement you on your hair, it looks beautiful! It frames your face perfectly and really suits you.
    You are going to wear that dress all the time. What a deal, that's a great price.

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    1. Thanks Dani! Yes, I can easily see myself reaching for this dress over and over. It will easily transition into fall here in Florida with a cardigan or denim jacket, too. :)

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  12. Oh you look just perfect in that dress! I jumped right over to order it and they only have an 8 left. I'd probably need the 4 or 6. Boo!

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    1. Thank you Stacey! I would keep checking the site to see if a smaller size shows back up again. I hope you're able to get one. :)

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  13. The dress is perfect on you, beyond cute. I've been prowling the various RL sale sections, too, and after long thought returned a bunch of purchases from other retailers to pounce on one lovely leather shirt-jacket which I'll live in when the weather makes up its mind to let me. So I'm finally acting on buying less but better.

    And I love your hair!

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    1. wellfedfred: Thank you! Congratulations on your leather shirt-jacket! It sounds gorgeous, and I'm sure the quality is superb, as well. Don't you find it more gratifying to purchase one quality item that you love rather than numerous items you just like?

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  14. Thanks for posting this! I immediately went to the site and ordered. I ordered two sizes as I'm not sure which will fit best but I can't wait to try them on. What a great price for a classic wear-forever dress. Thanks again!

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    1. You're welcome Sara! I hope you enjoy the dress! Let me know what you think of it once it arrives if you get the chance. :)

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  16. this is perfection! i'm telling you this is a v dangerous place for me!
    you are so gorgeous and that dress is just amazing on you. i think it was made for you. what a great review and thanks so much for posting it. i think i'd have to wear a racerback bra with it, my shoulders are broad and i always have a problem with bras straps. thanks for that info. love your hair too. xo janet

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Janet, even if it does feel dangerous. ;) I am really pleased that I was able to end up getting the dress after having it on my wishlist since the beginning of the year, and at such a great price, too!

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  17. I know I am late to comment, it has been a crazy weekend. The dress looks lovely on you, very flattering. I hope mine works out as well. Great review as well. Thanks so much!!! Have a great rest of your weekend.
    Mary Beth

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  18. Thank you MB! Let me know how yours turns out! :)

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  19. Looks so great on you! I ordered this in a 2 and it is too big in the chest :(. I may check into alterations because it is so classic! Any sense if this would be an easy fix?

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    1. Thanks Catherine! I would definitely check into having the dress altered at the bust. It seems to me like it should be a fairly easy alteration, depending on how much it needs to be taken in, of course. Like you said, it is such a classic dress, not to mention very well-made and timeless. I would definitely take it to a tailor and see what they can do for you. :)

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  20. So late in commenting, but have been away for some days. LOVE this on you and you look just stunning in that last photo. Loving your hair so much. The dress is really perfect, and I'm so tempted. Thanks for the great review and have a wonderful evening! :)

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  22. I finally got my dress today. I ordered right after your original post on the dress. It is gorgeous and I feel so pretty in it. It hits me right at the knees and I can wear flats or heels. After your picture/review, I knew it would be a keeper if I ordered the right size. Thanks so much for the tip!

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    1. Anon@4:57pm: YAY!!! Congratulations on getting the dress! I'm so pleased to hear that it fits you well, and that you love it, too! :)

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  23. where did you get the polka dot dress?
    Mary H

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    1. Hi Mary H! I purchased the dress from the Ralph Lauren website, but it is sold out now.

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  24. PSA: The dress is still available for full-price at Dillard's if anyone is interested. Click here. :)

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