One of my closet workhorses, the J. Crew Promotion Dress, is now on sale for $60 (with code LOTSTOSHOP). The design invites comparisons to my all-time favorite work sheath, the Black Halo Jackie O dress (reviewed here), which I recommend with caveats: the length is not petite friendly and the price, while not prohibitive, is not exactly easily affordable.
The Promotion Dress is extremely attractive at this price point; the three-season material (a cotton/rayon/spandex blend) is slightly stretchy but still structured and not easily wrinkled. It also comes in extended and petite sizes. I especially like the slant side pockets, giving me somewhere to put my hands when I feel the urge to fidget with stuff.
The fit is true to size for J. Crew, though those with larger chests may consider sizing up.
|J. Crew Promotion Dress size 00P | Rebecca Minkoff Quilted Mini Affair Crossbody Bag (reviewed here) | Michael Kors Large Runway Chronograph Bracelet Watch | Ann Taylor Mila Leather Pumps (patent leather version here) size 6.5|
Here are some measurements for your reference; the chest/waist/hip measurements increase by about an inch when you go up a size.
|Points of Measure||R000||R00||P00||P0|
|Front Bodice Height from Highest Point of Shoulder (HPS) to Waist||15.625″||15.75″||14.875″||15″|
|Center Front Skirt Length||24.125″||24.375″||22.125″||22.375″|
Also worth mentioning is that the Mila Leather Pump (my favorite work pumps at this time) from this post has been restocked in all sizes online. I now own them in all three colors and plan to order the shoes in patent leather as well. This style fits true to size for Ann Taylor or about a half size larger than “expected.”