Sometimes, you see a dress and you just know it’s the perfect thing for you. That’s how it was for me with the Toi Dress in Sage from MM LaFleur. The company released their Unsuitable Collection, I saw the dress, and fell instantly in love. I used some of my tax return (first one in five years!) to buy it and the Sant Ambroeus Jardigan in deep indigo.
I’m super happy with both; let’s take a look at why.
Toi Dress in Sage
Let’s start with fit. As a mostly flat-chested, sort-a pear, I sometimes have difficulty getting dresses to fit right. If they fit in the bust, they tend to be too snug in the hips. If they fit in the hips, they tend to be too large in the chest area and I look like someone playing dress-up. In a 6, the Toi dress is pretty much perfect. It fits well in the bodice and since it’s a full, flared skirt, there’s no problem in the hip area.
It also manages to get the balance right in terms of the flare. I have a few fit-and-flare dresses and they either too voluminous in the skirt, adding weight or too loose in the bodice and too full in the skirt, also adding weight. Or, the waist on the dresses is slightly off, so I don’t look quite right. Not so with the Toi.
The seaming and construction of the dress is also phenomenal. The waist seam dips down slightly in the back, creating a flattering shape. There’s a rolled hem, and the darts are in the right spot (at least on me). The fabric is a lightweight wool and the whole thing was made in NYC. I can’t get a good photo of the seams and lining inside, but they are sturdy.
Sant Ambroeus Jardigan
I’ve mentioned before that I’m kind of over cardigans. They serve a purpose, in that they keep me warm, but they tend to look a bit dowdy. I think it’s because I don’t have many that are cropped, so when I wear them with a dress they look frumpy. Although I like blazers, I often feel that they are too stiff or that they just don’t work with the shape of what I’m wearing.
Enter the Jardigan. This is it in deep indigo and this is what the color looks like if you take a photo with the flash.
It’s a heavy, structured knit jacket+cardigan made out of rayon. I’d say it almost feels scuba-y, but not so plastic-like and it is still a knit.
As a neat trick, the jardigan comes with easy-to-remove shoulder pads (I’m wearing it with the shoulder pads in the photo). Inside, there’s a flap with a small opening that snaps into the shoulder. You can undo the snap and take out the pads if you want.
I’m in a medium here, and the fit is decent. It sits close to the body, but isn’t too snug in the shoulders or arms.
All in all, I’m very happy with both purchases and hope to get a lot of wear out of them in the years to come.