$44.00

by Erin on February 21, 2006


Newport News dress
This dress (in poly/rayon, and a weird color, too) is $44 at Newport News.

I find Newport News frustrating. They often have vintagey, retro-styled clothing and even shoes, but done just a teensy bit too cheaply. Like: poly/rayon, or bad fake leather, or really, really bad buttons — and only the last of those is fixable by me.

Now, in black, this dress, even at $44 and even in poly/rayon, would be worth it. In the weird green — well, you really have to love weird greens. And not just as a friend.

I really wish they'd angled the bottom of the shawl collar in to follow the vee of the neckline, but I do like the cap sleeves, the shirred midriff band, and the nice drape and length of the skirt.

Perhaps this is not so much a "Inexpensive Dress Alert" as it is a "Yay or Nay?" voting opportunity …

{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

Anonymous February 21, 2006 at 7:12 am

If it were in the same stormy grey as the BR dress you bought, yes of course I would be peeing myself in excitement. (sorry).But that sick baby poo green. Nay.How sad.

Reply

Anonymous February 21, 2006 at 7:30 am

Design features? Yay. Color? Giant honking NAY.–Lydia

Reply

Andrea February 21, 2006 at 9:03 am

I’m afraid this dress wouldn’t work for those ample of the bosoms. The angling of the shawl collar that you mentioned would just bulk things up further. But – that could be a good thing for the not so ample of the bosoms.

Reply

Gidget Bananas February 21, 2006 at 10:04 am

I love the shape of this dresss, but I’ll second (third?)(fourth?) what everyone has said about the color. Pea soup should be eaten, not worn!

Reply

Anonymous February 21, 2006 at 10:16 am

I guess I’m the first one who actually likes the green? I also think I have a bag in that shade…

Reply

IA February 21, 2006 at 10:48 am

Call me contrary. I think I could pull off the pea-soup green, but I suspect I would look like a mutant with all that draping action around the bust.And I wouldn’t buy it anyway, because, coming from Newport News, the fabric would almost certainly be verrie nastie.

Reply

Heather February 21, 2006 at 12:51 pm

It’s a nay for me, not just the color but it looks a little too bridesmaidsy and not everyday wearable enough for my taste. (And yes I do love to dress up even for just little errands as evidenced by my get up right now)

Reply

really should be writing... February 21, 2006 at 2:12 pm

I think this is a dress for watching, not for wearing. The fabric is a big nay, but I like everything else. I have a dining room set that my grandmother had antiqued in that shade of green, and it once, during a marital spat, stuck a splinter the size of a telephone pole in the haunch of my then-not-yet-ex-wife, which I appreciated even at the time. I still have the table — don’t know where the ex- is. But naturally I have good feelings for that color. Plus I make a mean pea soup and I like that you can spill with impunity, which might work for the dress too. So: qualified yay, but again — for watching. I wouldn’t have to wear it. My wife would look great in it, but she looks good in most things. Also, no splinters so far. A good sign.

Reply

jenny February 21, 2006 at 2:41 pm

“Yay,” but not for me. I mean, I actually like the shape, although I agree that the neck should have finished in a faux-wrap or something like that. But it’s definitely not for the well-endowed; although on a reflection I believe that a good portion of the clothes in Newport News are created primarily for the purpose of bulking up the bosoms.Alot of women with more intense skin tones look fabulous in this odd color. I personally look “beyond embalmed” in it. So thumbs up for ethnic beauties; thumbs down for pasty folks of [sunless] British descent. But wouldn’t this be beautiful in white/off white for summer?…(P.S. “Really should be writing,” you’re a hoot. Let me know when you publish next so that I can buy it!)

Reply

Anonymous February 21, 2006 at 2:59 pm

YAYI like weird greenBetsy

Reply

Anonymous February 21, 2006 at 3:03 pm

baby poo? Meconium, and yes. Could wear this to the theater in between deliveries (I’m an OB) and not have to change!!

Reply

Jesse February 21, 2006 at 5:10 pm

I like the color, too — I wish this were the $19 dress!

Reply

diane dominice February 21, 2006 at 8:22 pm

Have to say it, as a small busted gal it would boost me a little, plus I am a lover of wierd greens, and poly is great for work cuz then i don’t have to dryclean. accessories would definitely be an issue though. and i’d rather the midriff shirring not be there, or be narrower and end in a high waisted style instead of right at the waist. I have ordered Newport News, but always had to send it back cause of the shoddy workmanship.

Reply

Anonymous February 21, 2006 at 10:13 pm

Hey betsy, you wouldn’t happen to live in washington would you? You sound like a friend of mine.

Reply

Anonymous February 22, 2006 at 2:15 pm

# 14 anonymous: no on washington, but curious, was it the weird or the green?Betsy

Reply

Anonymous February 22, 2006 at 7:02 pm

I could live with the green, and even like it as a change from my usual black and navy. Also, I have a complexion that would actually work with this shade, fair yellow-based skin that wakes up with the right coral blush. But my DDs would be way too much for that neckline.

Reply

Jilli February 23, 2006 at 11:25 am

Aahhh, Newport News. I always hopefully look through whatever new catalog they send me, and then start muttering Why don’t you offer this in black?! Whyyyy?! It would be great in black! I don’t know anyone who wears that color of green (or coral, or teal, or whatever other odd color they’re trying to push as The Color Of The Season).

Reply

Leave a Comment

Previous post:

Next post: