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I am so excited to share my Ralph Lauren photos with you! I loved this dress so much. I ordered with the intent to return, but I ended up keeping it! It is soft, comfortable, extremely well-constructed…and I think I might actually be able to pull it off on a #MomLife weekday!
My local Macy’s didn’t have this dress in stock, so I consulted the size chart and ordered a size 14. I’m 5’7″ tall, my measurements are 41″/32″/43″, and I’m wearing the Freya Florri in 28J in these photos. (My underbust measures 29″ – a full 3″ smaller than my waist – hence the 28/30 band size for my bras. In case you were curious). I had my 3rd baby 12 months ago, so I’ve got a postpartum physique.
I’m so pleased with the fit and the length! I like dresses to hit closer to my knee than my thigh. Since I am slightly taller than average, knee-length dresses tend to be mid-thigh dresses on me. But not this one!
One nitpicky alteration…
It isn’t pinned in the above pictures, but I am planning to take in the underarm. My bra doesn’t show, but the armhole gapes and wrinkles more than I like. I’m going to use the alteration method from this Fit Picky post! I have found that this is a typical issue for me. Is this common for you?
And here is my casual look!
A long cardigan and Sperry’s take this dress down a notch. This is certainly more dressy than my usual #Momiform, but it’s not so dressy that I feel pretentious.
I made the cardigan that I’m wearing in these photos, check out the pattern here if you are so inclined! You can also find an extremely similar one (in so many colors!) on Amazon here. I’m also loving this chunky knit one and this leopard print one!
I know previous posts mentioned that this dress doesn’t have too much cleavage, but for myself I would have to disagree. I found that this neckline shows the center gore on my bras with little effort (see below). I’ve tried it on with 3 different bras so far, all of them have this issue. I don’t mind this much cleavage for a night out, but it’s a little more than I personally like to show at church or daily activities with my 3 children. I’m planning to sew small modesty panel that I can attach when I’m wearing it casually and remove for dressier occasions.
That said, the neckline isn’t *quite* low enough to be nursing-friendly. So I’ll have to wait just a little longer before I can truly wear this every day! I’m still delighted to own it, as my closet was lacking a Little Black Dress and this is a truly comfortable and flattering option.