So on to the review, probably the most successful item I got was the In Plain Sight Dress in 00P:
There's smocking along the sides and back and it makes for a very fitted waist silhouette, which I really like. The material is a soft crinkly silk, color is pretty although pattern is slightly camouflage-y. The armholes are a little too low... but the biggest problem is that there's an odd extra pooch of fabric in the upper back:
There's enough extra fabric that it's definitely noticeable and I can even grab a fistful of it. I'm sure it's alterable somehow but I have no idea how. And I guess it can probably be covered up with a cardigan or blazer. But I want things to be perfect darn it! :P
Speaking of blazers, I also ordered the Stretch Cotton Patterned Belted Blazer in 00P:
I like the built-in belt for waist definition and the word "stretch" in the name made me hope that it would run small.
Well it didn't run small that's for sure. I do like the belt, which adds a lot of shape and looks especially good from the side. But the belt lies a bit lower than my true waist. And although it looks almost passable in some pics, it feels very sloppy on, especially when I try to raise my arms... which I can't because the armholes are too big:
The whole jacket slides up when I do and the "waist" ends up right below my bustline! Very awkward and uncomfortable feeling. Definitely a return for me unless I want to invest in extensive alterations. I can see how it would look great on someone who's taller than me though with a longer torso.
The most disappointing in terms of fit was the Sleeveless Gathered Sheath in 00P:
Again, there's supposed to be "stretch" in the item description, so I was hoping to pick up another lighter-colored classic sheath that might fit. But unfortunately, it was another shapeless potato sack:
I do like that it's lined, and I love the interesting side ruching detail, which emphasizes womanly curves (if it actually fits!) But for a 00P dress made in a material with stretch, it was surprisingly huge:
Again, much alterations would be needed, which may be more expensive because of the side pleats. Unless I can get this with a much deeper discount, I don't see my self spending at least $175 total to get this dress to fit.
I also got a bunch of BR belts in XXS... will post review next time! :)