I remember way back when I used to live with my mother, she primarily did all of her clothes shopping via catalog. I always thought these clothes were solely for older women, or plus size women (because lets face it - many stores don't usually carry many plus sizes). I happened to get in touch with Midnight Velvet who was looking for bloggers. They sent a bunch of options for me to choose from, and while they were all stunning selections, none of the were exactly "me". I'm not one who dresses up a lot, and since my job is mother and blogger, I stay in my PJ's more often than I'd like to admit.
Midnight Velvet let me peruse through their website to see if I could find something else I liked. Then I saw it. The Greta Dress. *Swoon* I asked if this dress ran small, and they said while they've heard one person say that it does, they don't believe so. I requested the Midnight Velvet Greta Dress in a size 10. One thing I thought was superb is that they have this dress (along with most of their other clothes) in Misses sizes Small to Extra Large, and Plus sizes from 1x to 3x. It's so great that they have this gorgeous styles in a vast variety of sizes!
The dress arrived very quickly which is always a bonus. The first thing that I noticed was that they dress was heavier than I expected it to be. The polyester fabric seems as though it is really great quality, and the dress has two layers. Another bonus since I hate wearing slips. Remember slips? This isn't a dress I'd recommend for Summer just because of the weight, but I think that's probably a given when considering the design of the dress.
Next step, trying the dress on. I must have looked so silly when I kept telling my husband it was too small and I couldn't get it past my shoulders. I had searched for a zipper, but missed the fact that it has a SIDE zipper. Once I figured out that little, albeit important detail, it was mostly smooth sailing from there. The only problem I had with the fit, is that the bust area was a tad tight. The first time I was wearing a padded bra, and I think that made things a little less roomy. So, I tried it on again with a non-padded bra (what are those called?), and it fit AMAZING. It was fitted where it should be (upper chest), and roomy where it needed to be (around the stomach and love handles). I couldn't believe you couldn't see any of the bulges left over from having kids! It is relatively low cut, but I like my clothes that way. I feel a little claustrophobic with collars up near my neck. I'm going to blame that oddity on those lace-bibbed dresses my grandmother use to buy me, and every time I'd sit down, the collar/neckline would end up choking me.
There is only ONE thing I didn't like about the dress, but it's easily fixable if you don't mind spending 5-10 minutes on it. I really did not like the faux jewels around the neckline. I knew this might be an issue since I read the website reviews. The person who had the issue nailed their criticism. The faux jewels are cheap. They're plastic, and not even great quality plastic. But, they're sewn on, and can easily be taken off without ruining any of the fabric, which is exactly what I'll do before I wear it to any event. Otherwise I thought the dress was completely worth the price of $129.95, gems or no gems.
Other than my dislike of the bedazzeling, I thought the dress was fantastic quality paired with a really flattering fit. Midnight Velvet has a great selection to suit most anyone too! Below are some of my other favorites.
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*I received a product free of charge from Midnight Velvet in order to facilitate this review. All opinions are 100% mine. See Disclosure Policy.