If you're a size XS …

… then this dress, in this color, is on sale for $49 at JCrew. (Click on the image to visit the webpage.)


J Crew Dress

If you're not an XS, this dress probably won't work for you, although it is also available in L (but only in black and 'bright poppy'). (But if you're not an XS, those pesky breasts might get in the way.) But if you're small on top/small all over, this dress is so incredibly cute. It's cotton-rayon. No pockets, of course, but I'm pretending I didn't see that. Worn with a different-colored tank top underneath, of course. I'd do turquoise, or yellow, and definitely add a chunky mid-length necklace.

There's this color, too, also for the XSs among us:

J Crew Dress

I have to admit to a love-hate relationship with JCrew. They have so much cute stuff, in so many gorgeous colors (even if they are called froofy names like 'fir' and 'aubergine') and nearly all of it seems geared toward that clenched-jaw Katherine Hepburn phenotype: tall, narrow, angular. Not surprising, given their prepster-chic stylings, but disappointing to those of us not nearly so jawbone-and-elbow-y. Sadly, I haven't bought anything from them in years that got more than a cursory wearing. Yet still I look!

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0 thoughts on “If you're a size XS …

  1. I am certainly no xs (even in j.crew kinda generous sizing) but I did get the Bermuda ruffle shirt dress in white! With black tights and a cardigan I can wear it into fall….-SN

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  2. I can see that being very adorable in larger sizes when worn with a camisole or even a tank top under, maybe with a bit of lace detail.But then, the pesky breasts on my torso tend to make even the most conservative v-neck look like I’m ready to rip it off and hang upside down from a metal pole in clear heels, so I have become an expert at bringing up low necklines.

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  3. Yeah. Not that I need more dresses (and it’s ALL your fault) but I’m now considering this in black or poppy.You wouldn’t happen to have something share on colours and colour combinations? I mean, explicitly?Of course, it’s possible you already posted on flattering colours (winter/summer/cool/warm/whatever the new fad words are) and I missed it. Too busy following your links and buying dresses.

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  4. ita! Yes, you should totally buy this dress. (says the enabler.)I think the black would go well with that dark berry color, or teal, or gunmetal, or very proper with white underneath, or sporty with heather gray. I’d have a hard time suggesting colors for the poppy unless I saw it in person … I don’t really know anything about flattering colors. I just know what I like. Which is mostly orange, but whatever. 🙂

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  5. Us Katherine Hepburn types may have it easier in the dress dept., but don’t get me started about buying pants that fit.. I know, I know, dresses are better, but I neeed a pair of pants . Just one. Every six or seven years.Darn breasts getting in the way! I will have to tell that one to the Mr. : )

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  6. Hey, some of us no longer fit in those XS ( even in the NEW XS, which are probably the S of when I was young )… and yet have no cleavage.Alas, 3/4 sleeves, empire waist, no pockets – not me. The pocket problem probably can be fixed with with retro-fitted in-seam pockets in lining fabric, but the 3/4 sleeves can’t be fixed. They would leave me forever pulling the sleeves down, feeling like someone who is wearing clothes that shrunk in the wash. Desiree, the verbose

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  7. I like 3/4 sleeves because they always fit, if that makes sense. There’s no worrying about my arm length vs the arm length of anyone else; they’re supposed to be that short! Or long! That and I can work in them without worrying about losing a cuff. Oh, lab work.

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  8. Warning: you can’t return this! It’s on ‘final sale’. (They do at least seem to include this info a bit more prominently than they used to.)

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  9. I really like this dress. I needed a quick-and-easy type black dress and I’m not a huge jersey fan, but it usually fits the bill for that sort of dress. I was iffy on the cut, since it’s not fitted at the waist, but I bought it and it turns out I love it. I picked up the purple as well. I’m small on top and a little bigger on the bottom and it’s just a nice, flattering fit. If your breasts are larger than mine you will probably want to do a camisole underneath if you want to avoid *bam* cleavage, but I highly recommend it.

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  10. I am an extra small, and look great in both those colours… too bad I don’t have the 50 bucks to spend on a dress right now 😦 I’ll just keep telling myself that the dress would be ridiculously long on me anyway.But the style is so lovely and flattering, with options for lots of cleavage, or a bit of complimentary colour if you choose to wear a camisole.

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  11. I’m a pretty big ole girl, and I do really well with J.Crew provided I order by measurements instead of sizes. I’ve gotten two really great dresses from them this year, and I hope to get a few more because they are really fantastically made.

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  12. I’m tall and used-to-be-willowy 35lbs ago. I am now “bust”-ing out all over (but mostly in the bust.) I agree with kelly above, certain tops make me either look like “sexy librarian” or if the neckline is too high, my breasts tend to look square and like they are trying to escape. I like JCrew because I can wear an 8-the myth of vanity sizing- and that the shirts have enough room for the girls but aren’t boxy and actually fit my body.

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  13. I bought this dress (in aubergine) last week, and it arrived last night, although I had to stand in line for over an hour at stupid UPS to pick it up. I love it! I wore it to work today, and have received lots of compliments. I do fit the tall/narrow/angular body-type, though i think this dress would be very forgiving on a more curvy figure–at least in the hips/thighs.

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  14. I can’t believe I did this, but I read your post, clicked on the picture, and bought the dress (black). I never do that. I hope it fits! (I’m one of those curvier-in-the-hips types.) Thanks for the recommendation!

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  15. NOW you’ve done it! Me too! I bought the dress even tho’ I’m not XS. Perfect for me. Think I can do it as a S but had to get it in black (sigh) no aubergine left in my size. Thanks for the hot tip! K Q:-)

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