J.Crew "If you buy one dress for summer..."Oh the promise in this subject line.  Who doesn’t want to simplify?  So I clicked.  And then I had a few thoughts which became opinions, which are now ready to share with you.

Introducing my (unpaid, unsolicited, un-everything) review of J.Crew’s Rumi, with their headline “Remarkable Rumi.”

Overall Review

As with many things, there are pros and cons and this dress is no different.

In general, I agree this is a great dress for summer with the caveat that I’d reserve it for non-work outings due to the relaxed nature of the dress.

But how will it look like on your body type?

Dress-to-Body-Type Comparison

Based on the above notes, Fabuliss recommends the Rumi dress for the triangle shape due to the elements of the dress that balance the shape.

The hourglass and rectangle shapes can wear the dress but the inverted triangle should steer clear.

And please be careful about where the tie waist hits – it should hit where the waist curves, which is not right above your hips.

Nitpicky Details

There are a few details that drive me a little crazy about this dress.  They make me wonder whether these elements are a result of cost cutting, thin fit models and/or fashion.  Regardless, they make the dress less desirable for the average woman.

  • A profile with no curves can add weight.
  • A little detail that cuts our height down means we’ll earn less money (see Google search results for a list of articles confirming this).
  • And who wants to look wider from the back?

Stay tuned for the next post, which will show some outfit ideas that take this dress to the next level.

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