Review: Modcloth – Earth Shattering Dress

10 Jun

If anyone knows Modcloth, they know that this online boutique has a large selection of dresses.

I’m not quite sure about the quality because like Fred Flare, they procure their products from other manufacturers.

Still, I wanted to take a chance  since I’m always on the lookout for dresses. Especially since it’s graduation and wedding season, I wanted to find a nice dress for those occasions and I decided to purchase the Earth-Shattering Dress in Small from Modcloth.

It looks like it would be a great sheath dress since it emphasizes the waist and it has an A-line skirt that floats away from the body.

The dress would be perfect in a more conservative environment and you won’t have to worry about any major wardrobe malfunctions, unless it’s really windy.

Plus it has subtle beading around the neckline as a cute detail.

When it arrived, I was excited to try it on. And once I did…

… I wasn’t blown away with the fit but the dress itself was well-made despite being 100% polyester.

Front View

Side View

As you can probably tell from the photos, the dress is pretty loose on me. It’s so loose that I can pull it over my head without unzipping the back zipper. It lacks shape and definition in the waist and the length is a tad long, but not so bad as to make me look matronly.

If the brand, Collective Concepts made this dress in XS, it would probably be a better fit.

But it’s not a lost cause.

Using a bit of fairy dust and creative ingenuity, I gained a waist and shortened the hem!

From the side, you can see what change is made…a simple nip at the waist creates a more flattering shape. But what exactly caused this change?

It’s a mitten clip / vest clip!

For now, it’s a temporary solution until either I make the alterations myself or I take it to the tailor. All it needs is a few darts to take in 2-3 inches in the top part of the dress so it’s more snug.

But until then, I can wear it around without looking like ridiculous. Most likely, I’ll be wearing this at my sister’s graduation. =)


12 Responses to “Review: Modcloth – Earth Shattering Dress”

  1. PetiteAsianGirl June 10, 2010 at 8:58 AM #

    Interesting review! I’m always wary of sites that procures their merchandise from a variety of vendors. Have you tried a waist belt where the gathering is? AN recommended mitten clips to me a while back to keep tucked blouses inside skirts…I need to get myself some on eBay!

    • Stylepint June 10, 2010 at 2:39 PM #

      A belted waist does give more structure to the dress, but I wanted to show the waist detail so I used a mitten clip. Plus, I need to find belts that actually fit my waist.

  2. PetiteXXS June 10, 2010 at 11:48 AM #

    I was also thinking that a belt would do the trick! I must say the color looks so much more vibrant on you than it does in the stock photo!

  3. MizzJ June 10, 2010 at 7:58 PM #

    It’s a lovely print on you! I’ve never heard of mitten clip before, what are they??

    • Stylepint June 10, 2010 at 11:23 PM #

      It’s a small item people use to clip mittens to their jackets so it doesn’t get lost. Usually, it’s for kids, but I think they’re more versatile than just preventing lost mittens.

  4. Della @ Della Grace's Life June 12, 2010 at 5:11 PM #

    That’s exactly why I’ve never bought something from Modcloth- they are expensive, but I’ve heard that the quality isn’t very great.

  5. Really Petite June 14, 2010 at 5:03 PM #

    I agree with the other ladies, a belt may make the dress cinch ur waist. Are you keeping it?

    • Stylepint June 14, 2010 at 7:01 PM #

      I’m keeping it. I just need to find a good belt to go with it.

  6. Steph June 14, 2010 at 6:27 PM #

    Love the mitten clip idea! I have a couple dresses from Modcloth, and while some of them haven’t turned out to fit exactly how I expected, I haven’t had any quality issues.

    Just found you on weardrobe – really like your style. 🙂


    • Stylepint June 14, 2010 at 7:02 PM #

      I probably need to check out more things from Modcloth to get a better idea of it. Thanks for stopping by!

  7. Elaine, clothed much June 14, 2010 at 9:12 PM #

    That’s such a great idea! It looks a lot better. You’re such a tiny thing!!

  8. Aire June 17, 2010 at 2:16 PM #

    Thanks for taking the time to review our dress on your blog! We’d love if you could review it on the site as well! Did you know we have that feature? We like to keep our customers informed on what they’re purchasing from us!

    Aire @ModCloth

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