Winter Peach : ASOS Petite Pleat Bust Hitch Hem Dress

January 04, 2011

One of my resolutions for the new year (and for life) is to spend less on clothes and I thought I was doing a good job...that is, until the packages started arriving.

I honestly forgot I placed these orders but the evidence of my shopping trespasses occupies a sizable corner of my closet. So for the next little while this blog will revolve around me deciding if I should keep these impulse buys.,

Most of the packages coming are from ASOS...I don't even know why I keep ordering from them seeing as I am often not completely satisfied with the products. I just can't resist their free shipping on all orders offer and I am holding onto this glimmer of hope that the clothes will arrive bearing some resemblance to what's shown on the model.

Now, I know I have too many dresses so I don't know what I was doing ordering this dress. But it's been bookmarked on my computer for months now since it last sold out. It popped back in my size (Petite size 8) recently and I quickly add it to my cart thinking I got lucky (but one should always be suspicious of items that get returned). It looked marvelous on the model so when I opened the package I was a little confused. Did they send me the wrong dress?

They look nothing alike!?

There were these tiny laces at the hem and I gathered that I would have to tie them myself to achieve the look seen on the model.

End result? Big fail.

p.s. I don't know what I was doing in that second picture but I look frog-like so just for laughs and giggles. 

Looks ok from the back but still not great.

So, dear petite friends and readers...keep or return?

Thanks everyone - I'll be returning this. I think I was just in denial. 

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  1. elle-- i agree with you. sometimes i forget that i have ordered stuff that comes in the mail. lol.
    it doesn't look like the same dress. the material is so sheer. i feel that the material is too light weight to hold up on the bottom to create that bubble hemline. i vote return!

  2. Return!! I can't believe how different it looks and those ties look like a pain.

  3. Return...I can't figure out what type of event you could wear this too. It seems like too much effort to make it look like the model photo.

  4. It seems like you've been spending a lot lately, but maybe it's just the way the posts make it seem. As for the dress, I think you should return it because it doesn't look well made and it's kind of sheer at the bottom. =)

  5. Also, I am an idiot and added an extra 'o' to the 'to' at the end of the first sentence.

  6. Definitley return, its clear you're not thrilled with it...and I agree, it looks very different from the model your money for something that you love!

  7. It doesn't feel like the same dress, it is like a less expensive imitation - my vote is to return, there are too many pretty clothes in the world to keep stuff you're "Meh" about!

  8. I know you've already decided to return, but shame on ASOS! The dress looks nothing like the model's in real life. At least they offer free returns :)

  9. A petite 8? I wonder if a size smaller would have been better for you.

    Besides the fit, like everyone else said sooo sheer! I bet the model is wearing an additional slip under that matches the dress.

    Definitely return. You can find plenty of other items in that pretty color. I think you and I are attracted to similar colors, because I love all the dresses you pick out! You are going to be a bad influence on I want to add more dresses to my wardrobe. :p Well, I probably should anyway. :)

  10. Definitely return. Only the top and the colour looks like the photo. And personally it just seems too complicated! You have WAY better items in your closet!

  11. RETURN RETURN!!! The one they modeled looks much thicker than yours. Yours just looks wrinkly! Maybe it was the way it was packaged and shipped, but bleh.

    xx The Little Dust Princess

  12. Elle, please return this dress :) I agree with Elaine, you have many lovely items in your closet. You definitely don't need this dress

  13. wow, this dress that they sent you looks completely different than on the model!! this is a definite return. not worth it. thank goodness it's free return shipping!

  14. I agree with you - this is definitely a return! Such a shame because the way they made the model look was so pretty and it definitely is not like that in real life.

  15. i kind of like the top part and the color, but the quality of the skirt part looks flimsy and is too much work to tie up. I say return.

  16. Return! I'm shocked at how different it looks. It's like they used a different dress on the model!


  17. It's a pretty dress and a pretty color but just doesn't fit quite right -- definitely a good choice to return!
    xo Josie

  18. Seriously those are suppose to look alike? Honestly I am beyond shocked!


  19. Thanks everyone - I think the tone here is decisively unanimous so back it goes. I don't know how ASOS expects to get away with this kind of gross mispresentation of its products but at least they offer free returns.

  20. Thanks for the review! I've been tempted to buy from ASOS on several occasions. I can't believe how different the dress looks. The fabric is so sheer compared the one on the model. RETURN!

  21. The dress looks really pretty in the pictures, but a bit too see-through in real life. A shame really...

  22. Wow! What's up w/the see thru material?? The model wearing it is very deceiving!! I say return! I am not loving ASOS....

    Pretty color and concept but the material is way too thin.


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