dressed up like a lady: A Dressed Up Review: Shabby Apple

Jun 9, 2010

A Dressed Up Review: Shabby Apple

Not too long ago, I got an awesome opportunity from the online clothing store Shabby Apple. The exceptionally sweet Tawnee offered to send me a dress from the shop free of charge so that I could review it. One look at the whimsical selection and I jumped at the chance. I picked a bewitching dress called the Baja and eagerly awaited its arrival.



One of the reasons I was excited to review an online retailer was because so often, you stumble across some online boutique stocked with adorable goods, but have no way of knowing if your garment will turn out to be disappointing, or cheaply made. So let me just start out by assuring you that this dress is excellent quality. The resilient fine-gauge jersey knit is just the right texture and weight, and stood up to me having to clean a balsamic vinegar stain off of it within the first few hours of wearing it (of course).



If you check out Shabby Apple's website, they explain that the idea behind the independently owned and operated business was to create dresses that are complete outfits all on their own -- no slips, camisoles, or tank tops required. This is a brilliantly simple and highly necessary idea. How many times have you dug into your closet for a piece you can throw on, look great, and run out the door, only to realize you'll need to track down a convertible bra for the awkward neckline, or a half-slip for the sheer skirt?



That's why Shabby Apple's dresses are all original designs. And you can tell that they're all of a similar design idea -- simple and pretty, with a delightfully vintage vibe.




The Baja dress has instantly become one of my favorites. While the Shabby Apple girls clearly understand the failsafe chicness of French stripes, this dress subtly tweaks the flattering style to make it even cooler. The vertical stripes on the bodice, combined with the drop waist, are just genius. It reminds me of a gorgeous 1950's bathing suit, worn by some pretty lady on the French Riviera.



Honestly, this dress turned out to be so comfortable and cute, I wore it on into the night, when I went into the studio to record with my band!





Which unsurprisingly involved laying on a dirty floor in exhaustion, waiting for monitors to be set, backing tracks to be cued, etc. And when I got up, I dusted myself off and the dress looked just as brand new as it had that morning. No discoloration, no pilling from rubbing around on crappy, sandpaperish carpet.



As if all this weren't enough, the dress came with a card explaining how supporting the store helps the company to make micro-loans, which help women in developing countries begin and maintain small businesses so they can support themselves and their families. So on top of getting an excellent quality garment from an independent business, you're also helping contribute to the betterment of someone's livelihood. Unreal!



Honestly, the only thing I would hope for from Shabby Apple that isn't already present is an expansion of their dresses' style options -- which I'm sure we'll see as the line develops! I would love, for instance, if the Madison Ave dress were available in a pencil skirt instead of an A-line. So I'm putting Shabby Apple on my shortlist of go-to shops when I'm looking for a dress. The more we support them, the more options they'll be able to give us!

26 comments :

  1. I really like the stripes! It suits you well! :)

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  2. Love the dress and will check out the online store. Thanks for the review.

    http://singaturestyle.blogspot.com/

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  3. The dress looks so good on you that I immediately checked it out on the online shop. Looks much better on you then the model :].

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  4. I think you look better in the dress than the model!! Looking good, girl!!

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  5. Unbelievably beautiful. I want one!!

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  6. this is an excellent review! this dress definitely does suit your style, and your post has persuaded me to bump SA up to the top of my "to shop" list!

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  7. So many wins I can't even count them. You look fabulous!

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  8. Hi honey!!

    Fantastic blog! LOVE IT <3

    nice style..sweet ;)*


    xoxo*

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  9. totally beautiful, and can I justy say I'm in love with your hair?!?

    xo

    justyna

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  10. Yeah, they are right up your alley with all the cute vintage looks. I've got some stuff on the way, too. Can't wait! :)

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  11. Gorgeous dress!


    Just came across your blog. It is lovely!

    colormenana.blogspot.com

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  12. Cool! I just find out your blog and it's effing cool! Love your strippy dress and heels so much.
    Don't forget to visit my blog too!
    http://crunchycheeseme.blogspot.com/

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  13. I adore Shabby Apple and this dress looks so very lovely on you!

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  14. Gorgeous, gorgeous dress- and great review! I love that they do good, and think about the wearer so much (no confusing/annoying undergarments- such a plus!).
    I'm going to browse now ;)

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  15. Great review, I’m craving it now. I find this type of stripe is tough to photograph, you (your photographer) did a great job here.

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  16. oh wow! gorgeous photos! this dress is amazing!!!

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  17. this dress looks FAB on you!

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  18. isn't tawnee the sweetest thing? just kidding! i didn't even notice HOW flattering that dress is until i saw it on you. i Love the stripes

    much love,

    tawnee

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  19. oh yeah, for the record..i was the first to let you know that you look much better than the model. YOU'VE got the HOT CURVES on your iceberg

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  20. the dress is so cute, i really love the stripes and the color.
    lovely shoes, love them!!

    xoxo, ingeluciana.blogspot.com

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  21. That dress is devine!

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  22. it does look beautiful on you, i love how the lines almost make a hypnotizing picture!

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  23. What a badass dress! It looks fabulous on you!

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  24. that is such an amazing dress!

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