A couple of weeks ago, I attended Belk's Girls Night Out to support blogger buddy Alexis Barton of Same Chic, Different Day who was hosting the event. I wore an oldie, but goodie - Vogue 1258 (Out-of-print now). I re-discovered this dress about a month ago as I was purging my closet preparing donation bags. I tried it on and it fit better than it originally did, so into rotation it went! So while at Belk, I was there absorbing the atmosphere and sipping on wine, I did some exploring and some trying on!
This fabulous Elie Tahari Emory Floral Print Sheath Dress - $428, jumped off the rack at me! I had to try it on!
It's neoprene and mesh! A floral neoprene at that! Can I just tell y'all that I've been searching high and low for a similar print and I've had no luck thus far. But I'm not giving up. I absolutely loved the details. This is a dress that can easily be made. I could use a ponte knit or a stretch twill, but I really want a floral neoprene on a black background. Notice how the darts are sewn. I hope you can see it. On the inside, the seams were left raw. I've noticed that in ready-to-wear, neoprene is never finished on the inside. And on this dress, nor is it hemmed.
I also wanted to try this tailored jumpsuit. What drew me to this is that it has a front invisible zip, even though it's a little low-cut. I've never really had much luck with ready-to-wear jumpsuits because due to my height, they always seem too short in the rise.
But this one fits well and it was even comfortable when sitting. And I was also impressed with the length. It stopped where it was meant to according to how the model is wearing it.
Let's look at the inside...
The bodice of this jumpsuit is fully-lined with a facing.
Here's the back.
And they even used hem tape. This is a detail that I don't often see.
And of course, I had to buy something and what an amazing buy it was! I found the DKNY Feather Hem Lace Dress that originally retailed for $495. Brace yourself... I found it on clearance for... $19.98! Yes, 20 bucks! I paid for this dress with pocket change! I very rarely buy ready-to-wear, so this purchase makes it worth my while!