One of the key trends for spring was ruffles, and this romantic detail continues to attract eyeballs this fall. Mass market retailers interpret trends differently, but I like J. Crew or Ann Taylor for more office-friendly versions.

Online reviews for J. Crew’s Monday Dress were mixed—common complaints include the deep-cut armscye and the exposed back zipper. I agree that the armhole design is less than ideal; those who are concerned about excess axillary skin and fat should stay away. I do like that J. Crew included bra keeps for this style, eliminating the need for convertible bras. And while exposed zippers don’t bother me, opinions about them are always firm and polarizing so I won’t comment further. The material used is J. Crew’s signature super 120s wool (only slightly wrinkle-prone) with a smooth finish.

This was a keeper for me, despite some doubts, as I am trying to branch out from sheath dresses with cap sleeves and I like the moderated ruffle detail.

J. Crew Monday Dress (four colors; size 00P) | Kate Spade New York Anchors Away Necklace | Chanel Jumbo Flap | Zara Court Shoes (similar here and here)

The Monday Dress fits true to size for J. Crew work dresses (imo, the bottom fits more loosely than the torso for rectangular shapes) and is available in all three size types.

And today is the last day to save 25% (with code SHOPSALE) on “fall-ready styles” at J. Crew. A few of my closet staples are included: Boy Shirt in Crinkle Gingham, Ruffle-sleeve T-Shirt, Structured Peplum Top, and Lace Pencil Skirt.

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