A birthday present...almost

I ordered this dress almost a month ago and honestly gave up on ever getting it - and it appeared on my doorstep today, almost in time for my birthday which was yesterday.
Do you think it is a sign I should keep it? :-) I did not really like the print online that much but decided to try it anyway. However I like it IRL much better. The overall effect is pretty fresh and soft. It is a stretchy cotton summer dress and look - long enough to cover my knees!
It fits well in the hips but a bit too big on top. I am taking it to my mom and unless she says she cannot alter it I am keeping it.
This is not a K/R post - just wanted to share! :-)

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  • Thistle replied 11 years ago

    So pretty. What a lovely birthday present!

  • Transcona Shannon replied 11 years ago

    Love it on you Sveta! The colours are beautiful on you, really like the shape and how it fits, and the overall floral pattern is lovely. Already dreaming of summer are you???

  • Jaime replied 11 years ago

    I think you look absolutely beautiful and the fit already looks just right - hits the perfect place on your leg also. Keep!

  • Kristin SF replied 11 years ago

    I think those colors look fantastic on you. How nice to have a mom who can adjust your clothes for you! :-)

  • Sveta replied 11 years ago

    Thanks Thistle!
    Ha-ha Shannon, Yes I do - and we did not have a first real snow of the season yet! I am planning a trip to Florida in January so maybe this dress can tag along... actually it reminded me a bit of your floral dress.

  • sarah replied 11 years ago

    Gosh, this is unexpected - a breath of summer in the midst of our 12"+ of new snow!

    I think it's lovely. It's a bit retro and I love the print.

  • Sveta replied 11 years ago

    Shevia, it is really big on top, it is just not visible in the pictures. This is my usual problem :-)
    Kristin, it is more than nice, it is simply fantastic - I am so lucky!
    Sarah, no! 12" of snow already? We did not have it at all yet...

  • Vicki replied 11 years ago

    Happy early birthday, Sveta, and flowers on your birthday are a lovely gift! Yes, it was a sign and you look amazing!

  • replied 11 years ago

    Oooo! A lovely late birthday gift. I love the dramatic romantic floral and the suave midi length! It will be perfect after your mother takes in the bust and waist. What a terrific dress for you; now you'll have to take a tropical vacation this winter!

  • Suz replied 11 years ago

    Ooh - that is so pretty on you, Sveta, and what amazing timing! I hope your mom can alter it for you. It will work into your wardrobe brilliantly.

  • TraceyLiz65 replied 11 years ago

    So happy that you tried it despite not being sure of the print online. Keeping my fingers crossed that your mother is able to alter it. Good Luck!

  • missvee replied 11 years ago

    Where do you find dresses this long? I'm only 5'7" but the dresses in the mainstream shops like the Bay are way too short. It annoys me no end.
    This one's a keeper for sure - so fresh and summery.

  • nancylee replied 11 years ago

    So spring-like and fresh, Sveta. I have to admit that I had to adjust my winter clothing eye to the floral print (I'm just not used to seeing prints like this in December!) but this dress is just lovely. Hope your mom can make it work.

  • Joy replied 11 years ago

    It has to be a sign! I hope it can be altered to perfection. It's begging for a place in your closet as well as your suitcase in January. Maybe it can even be winterized as a skirt with your yellow sweater worn over the top, black tights and boots?

  • sarah replied 11 years ago

    Well, actually it was 16", and it all came yesterday! It's lovely outside.

  • Sveta replied 11 years ago

    Vicky - thank you!
    Claire, I hear you on the tropical vacation...:-)
    Suz, Tracey - I am sure my mom can manage it :-)
    missvee, I am 5'10" so I have it harder than you with dress length :-) This one is from speciality store for tall women: http://us.longtallsally.com
    Nancy, I agree, it is hard to adjust the eye now but for summer it is perfect, no?
    Joy, this is an interesting thought. I am not sure I will do it for winter (cotton skirt feels like the wrong weight for the season) but definitely for the next spring...Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Sveta replied 11 years ago

    Sarah, that's a lot of snow in one day! Ours got lost somewhere in the midwest it seems...:-)...
    ..but 2 years ago we had over 50" of snow in one day (not to boast or anything...:-)

  • Deborah replied 11 years ago

    Sveta, this is a lovely dress. The floral is lovely, and the cut is nicely structured. I do hope your mum can do the necessary alteration for you.

  • missvee replied 11 years ago

    Thanks for the link Sveta. There are some very nice dresses here. I love the sleeveless red one with the lace panelled sides.

  • lyn67 replied 11 years ago

    Oh, wow, this is the best birthday gift! BTW, many happy returns opf the Day, Sveta!
    I like the forals of this dress, even not really a fan of forals in general, but this is so curent, with the bold colours, and black background, cut is fabulous and the fit perfect (don't see anything wrong on top, but know your mom will solve it for sure). Great dress, and my vote would have been Keep, from the beginning...even if not asked for:-)

  • Beth Ann replied 11 years ago

    This is such an amazing fit and the proportions and scale of the print are perfect for you.

  • marianna replied 11 years ago

    So pretty on you, Sveta! Happy birthday!

  • rae replied 11 years ago

    I like it! Feels like Spring.

  • ManidipaM replied 11 years ago

    What a beauty! And a fab birthday present too ;-) Hoping it can be altered to perfection too --- it is such a fresh, bold floral to step into spring in.

  • Debbie replied 11 years ago

    Oh looks great on you! Hope you keep it!

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  • Amy replied 11 years ago

    It's very pretty on you and will be perfect for spring.

  • Angie replied 11 years ago

    LOVE! So fresh, pretty and totally on trend as well as classic. Great when that happens :)

  • Lisa replied 11 years ago

    Pretty dress, and happy belated birthday!

  • cobaltblue replied 11 years ago

    I love it and look forward to seeing your mom's alterations to the bodice. Happy belated birthday!

  • krishnidoux replied 11 years ago

    Absolutely stunning. This is a great dress for so many reasons, starting with florals, which are so big now. These are just perfect for your size, the cut is impeccable, length is flattering yet modest, the result is classic, all in all, fabulous.

  • Inge replied 11 years ago

    When you're taller it always feels like an extra special treat to find a dress that is long enough and hits us at just the right spot. So happy dance!!-)
    I love the streamlined look with the romantic floral print. I'm sure your Mom can make it perfect for you, Sveta. Enjoy your almost birthday present!

  • Sveta replied 11 years ago

    Thank you all for loving this dress together with me! I was trying to branch into floral patterns for a year without success - nothing felt right but I like this one. As some of you said the scale is right for me, the back background makes it modern and soft colors play well with my colors. In addition as Angie said - trendy and classic in the same time - how one can beat this?:-)
    Now I just have to wait until summer....or go to a tropical vacation! :-)

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