Just some of the dresses we tried on
Well let me tell you Crowdtap and Old Navy sure do know the way to my heart... free clothes! As I posted earlier, I was lucky enough to be accepted into the Old Navy Dresses Sample Share. After browsing through the online selection to get an idea of what the store might have, I had put together the graphic from the previous post. Those were the dresses I intended to try on. I wanted a dress that was not too low cut, not too short, and hopefully could cover at least part of that area in front of my armpit. I apologize in advance for the super long post but I want to be thorough because I am very excited!
Selection and Experience:
When we got there, I was pleasantly surprised that they had a nice selection of dresses. I tried on 9 or 10 dresses (a couple were the same in different colors/patterns) while there. The only thing that bummed me out was that some of the ones I wanted to try on were on clearance already which meant I could not use the coupon. The wrap front dresses as well as the teal ruffle front dress were all on clearance and not available in my size anymore. They did have the red ruffle front dress in my size and I tried it on anyway. I liked it and if they had it in the teal, I probably would have bought it. My friend really liked the printed wrap dress in serpent (green) but it was on clearance as well and didn't have her size left. The staff was very friendly during the trip. When I went into the fitting room, I asked if the lady could move me to the back by the three way mirror since we were doing a Sample Share and would be taking lots of photos. She was more than happy to move me and also unlocked one near it for when my friend arrived. We didn't need help finding dresses but I did need help finding the “Best Tees” because I had a coupon from the Facebook promotion and no tees were labelled “Best Tees”. The employee that I asked did not know either but after seeing the coupon, asked on the radio and showed me to them quickly and with a great attitude. Checkout... well let's just say that the cashiers were VERY excited to see our Crowdtap coupons. I told them about Crowdtap and the rewards to which I got the reply “ooooh it's the coolest thing EVER! I had somebody get free shirts too!” Her enthusiasm was really cute and I think she will be signing up. The other cashiers hadn't heard of the program but seemed pretty impressed as well. Overall, it was a great shopping trip. The store was clean, the staff was friendly, and the dress selection was better than expected.
These are the dresses I tried on along with the ones noted in the photo above it. The ruffled chiffon maxi was WAY too long on me. I had to stand all the way on my tippy toes to even keep it off the floor. 5" heels are not my friend so this automatically eliminated this dress. The crepe tie-belt dress? Yeah that was just as bad. I felt like a giant and I do mean giant floral bouquet. It looked much better on the hanger or manikin ;) The smocked chiffon was so pretty in person. However, it is definitely made for somebody with a smaller chest. Because of my chest, the waistline ended up being much higher than it was supposed to so the way it puffed out (but over a shorted section) just didn't look good. I know this dress would look beautiful on others though. Both colors were nice and would go with a lot. I did have the "not looking the way it is supposed to because of your chest" problem with the four dresses above as well, but it wasn't quite as noticeable. And because of my not even 5'4" height, the dresses were longer on me than on the models (which for these was good) making them hit right at my knees. I loved the lighter floral chiffon v-neck dress but with a 3-year-old with forever grubby hands, it would not have been a smart choice. I liked the orange ruffled dress but the color was not as forgiving on my figure. This left the blue ruffled dress and the pink floral chiffon dress. There were things that I like better about each one. I liked the cut (and ruffles!) of the ruffled dress but much preferred the floral pattern of the floral chiffon. It was less granny flower looking to me. I ended up getting the pink floral but if they had that material in the ruffled dress, I would have been in heaven.
My friend hadn't looked at any dresses online prior to shopping so her eyes were fresh. The first dress that she saw that she really liked was the printed wrap dress. She liked both colors but really liked the serpent color (green). Unfortunately it was on clearance already. She considered buying it anyway but they did not have her size. The belted tie-sleeve crepe dress is what she ended up going with. The photo to the bottom right also shows me trying on the blue ruffled dress. I am slouching which is not at all flattering. I'll have to work on that. The bottom left is the floral chiffon v-neck in both colors. I ended up getting the pink and the lighter color was actually one of her top two. She ended up getting the one above instead since it was more her style but she looked really nice in the floral as well she just wouldn't have worn it as often.
I haven't worn my dress out anywhere yet. This weekend we had a big storm come through so it was too cold, rainy, and windy to wear a dress. However, I can tell you that they wash really well. I tried it on that night to show my husband and he dropped the turkey that he was pulling off the bone right next to me splattering grease all over my brand new dress. Let's just say that he is VERY lucky that it is machine washable! It looks as good as new after going through the washer. I am very happy with it and am really tempted to go pick up that other color!
The dress is still a little too loose to look perfect on my body (and not loose enough to look intentional) so I will probably get a thin springy belt to go with it or wear it with this sweater that goes nicely with it. I might even wear it on Easter with some dressy heels and a necklace.