Reformation Brand Review Part I: Thelma Dress

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

After 7 straight days of humidity, rain, and generally gross weather, this past Sunday things once again felt like summer. Now whether that was an improvement is up for debate, but I am just sadder as a person when I can't feel the sun on my face or get some fresh air. Plus I was super happy to finally get the chance to share with you the pieces I bought from Reformation, cool girl brand extraordinaire.

Now I want to preface this post by saying this brand is not affordable in my opinion. It's up to you to decide if their ethical stance and fabric choices make the prices a bit more palatable, but what finally tipped me over the edge was the fact that I'd be trying so many similar styles, but could never find the right fit. Also, I hate when my ads are full of a brand I've never tried, that I've only seen on people skinnier than me, that I liked but wasn't even sure if it would fit me at all (see their only very recent introduction of plus sizes).

But with free shipping and returns I threw caution to the wind and bought two pieces, which (shockingly) ended up not only fitting, but fitting incredibly well. First up is the Thelma Dress, in a size 12.

According to fit notes and size chart on the website, the predicted 32.5" waist for the size combined with a slim fitting bodice had me about 70% positive it wouldn't fit (I'm narrow under the bust but my true waist is a bit closer to 35"). But not only did it zip all the way up on the first try, the slim fit and adjustable straps allowed me to get away without wearing a bra at all. Plus - and I have no idea why this isn't emphasized on the website - the buttons are only functional from the waist down. Which means there is NO BUTTON GAPING along the bust, and for someone's who tried on most of the button front dresses that are so popular this season, it was a freaking revelation.

I'm sharing pictures after wearing the dress and hand-washing it in cold water, and while the bottom is indeed slightly sheer (which is why you can kind of see the outline of the pockets) I don't find it a problem as long as I wear nude undies. Also, even after steaming you can see that there are wrinkles, which is a result of the dress being 100% linen and DC being a humid swamp of (sometimes) death. I knew what I was getting into buying a linen dress, and after being out all day I think it just gives the overall affect of looking "lived in" but your mileage may vary. Me? I'm looking forward to wearing the CRAP out of this dress for the next forever.

  Dress: Reformation (size 12) ~ Shoes: Anthropologie (size 40, old) ~ Purse: Anthropologie (old) ~ Hat: Marshall's ~ Sunglasses: LOFT ~ Necklaces: World Market & Kate Spade ~ Watch: Ebay (old, similar)

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