This review is long overdue! I've been so busy with DIY projects, I haven't had time to devote my attention to writing a review for this dress from Asos.
Lately, I've been loving orange and red hues so I was instantly drawn to this dress and thought the cheerful color + print would be a nice addition for spring. I'm kind of late on the peplum trend, but if I can recall correctly this is my first dress with a peplum frill at the waist. I also love the very ladylike 40's inspired details like the cute cap sleeves, the V-neck with fitted bodice and the slim pencil skirt on this dress.
I normally would order from the petite section, but decided to venture out since my friend Jean has had luck with their regular sizing. I went ahead and gave this dress a chance after viewing it on the runway and the fit seemed very form fitting on the model. My gauge for regular size clothing is that if fits tight on a model, then it might fit someone petite like me.
I am wearing a size 2 regular here and you can tell that the cut of the dress is form fitting. I was shocked at how small a size 2 regular run because I normally wear their Petite 1. I thought about ordering a 4 regular a couple of weeks ago to compare sizes, but it was sold out. I just checked and looks like they just re-stocked the 4 regular. If anyone gets the 4R, let me know how it fits!
I also thought the length was a tad long on me so I decided to snip 2 inches off the skirt. I'm used to skirts that are above the knees and thought the shorter length would help elongate the legs. It was an easy alteration that I did and it took no more than 30 mins.
Shoulders: 13" | Chest: 15" | Waist: 12" | Hips: 16 | Length (before alteration): 38"
Let talk about the cons of this dress! Well the obvious one is that it's form fitting (I guess it could be a pro depending on the occasion) and I do wish it was a tad bigger to accommodate room for a larger lunch or dinner. This is the dress you wear when you know you're going to have a salad for lunch or else you're going to be very uncomfortable going back to work sitting at your desk.
Another thing that bothers me is that the lining of the skirt is made of a thin cotton material while the shell has a chiffon/satin finish. The issue is that the fabrics do not move in unison because the lining is stretchy while the shell has no give. The lining rides up causing bunchy-ness -- notice the ripples around the hip area in the picture below. This is a tad annoying because you have to tug and pull at the lining too ensure everything is looking nice and smooth.
c/o Asos - A Wear Peplum 40's Dress. Currently on sale!
Size 2 Regular
I haven't had time to take pictures, but I also have the Asos Tulip Dress With Waterfall Skirt (Size 2 regular) to review. Stay tuned to see if the Tulip Dress in Size 2 regular fits similar to this peplum dress!