Recently I was tickled to be contacted by Shabby Apple to see if I’d like to review one of their dresses. Adorable retro dresses? Yes, please!
Shabby Apple has lots of cute dress and skirts in their vintage clothing section. Their styles are influenced by eras gone by, with a myriad of vintage silhouettes to suit different tastes. Just like the lovely dress I was sent!
My dress is called Ever After. It’s a gorgeous deep chocolate brown in a somewhat heavy-weight fabric. Described as an A-line, I found the skirt a bit more full, with pleats front and back. You could easily add a light crinoline underneath to add more volume.
I think this fabric might be the crepe side of a heavy crepe-back satin, or something very similar, as it has a gorgeous smooth feel on the inside which first led me to believe it was underlined with some satiny fabric. I don’t usually sew with many man-made fabrics, but I have no problems wearing polyester or blends on occasions, and the Ever After dress makes for one such occasion. Plenty of vintage bloggers such as one of my favorites, Gemma from Retro Chick have talked about why it’s sometimes great to have easy wear and care polyester pieces in your wardrobe (there’s lots of great 80s-does-40s pieces as well as 50s and 60s nylon blouses out there). I can throw this dress in the washing machine without care and with little (if any) ironing. And sometimes, that’s totally awesome.
It can easily transition from daytime to evening as I did with it by adding a few choice accessories, taking it for a spin to a friend’s birthday dinner.
It was actually really quite chilly out when we took these photos, so I paired it with my Curlicute cardigan and a red bobble stitch beret I knit ages ago. The weight of the dress was just perfect for a brisk autumn day, but with less wool accessories I think it would be equally nice in summer, too. (Like with the Swedish Hasbeens heart sandals I wore with this outfit, but sans stockings.)
It was quite breezy out, too, if you couldn’t tell!
I ordered the XS in the Ever After dress and the fit was just right. It features French darts, short sleeve and a boat neck. I’m quite pleased with the quality, which includes a full neckline facing, something I find rare on modern garments that aren’t reproduction vintage! Too thumbs up for that in my book.
One thing I didn’t know about Shabby Apple until I received my order is their commitment to helping women around the world. They donate a percentage of their net income to help women work their way out of poverty. I think that’s pretty amazing and a great reason to support their business. You can learn more about it here.
Overall, I’m very pleased with this dress. It’s a versatile, flattering style, and a great wardrobe staple that can mix and match with all sorts of things, from a fair isle cardigan in fall to summery sandals when the weather’s warm. It’s definitely worth keeping Shabby Apple on your fashion radar. Right now they have lots of seasonal-appropriate pieces, all gorgeously photographed. Seriously, one look at their skirts page and you’ll want to visit all those locations–I know I did. If you’d like to see more of Shabby Apple, follow them on Facebook or Instagram!
Dare I say it: I think this dress and I will live happily Ever After. (I know, I know, I couldn’t resist.) Thanks, Shabby Apple! I’ll be popping over to look at your Tartans and Tweeds collection now…
Ever After dress – courtesy of Shabby Apple
cardigan – knit by me
beret – knit by me
shoes – Swedish Hasbeens
stockings – What Katie Did
bow belt – Juicy Lucy Vintage
vintage patent leather purse – misc
Bakelite earrings – misc
rose gold heart charm bracelet – Made With Love