Ace & Jig Casey dress in Martinique | small (I got mine from Covet & Lou where it is sold out)
Feit handsewn mules | true to size IMO
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I received this Ace & Jig dress on Monday, but have honestly been resisting posting it. First, I didn’t want this post to turn into the infamous Rachel Comey dress post, and Second, I hadn’t decided what to do with this dress until just this moment. Literally. That is the truth.
I am keeping it, but I was going back and forth HARD on sending it back. And I really didn’t want any “opinions” about it, well-meaning or not 🙂 I wish I wasn’t, but I can’t help but be influenced by others’ thoughts and I wanted to make this decision on my own.
When I put this on, I feel like a 70’s housewife IN A GOOD WAY. It reminds me of my mother. (not that she’s not still with us, but she doesn’t wear this type of thing anymore). She used to wear boldly patterned terry cloth or light cotton house dresses whenever we were at home, even for entertaining. I remember having parties at our house and she would be wearing a long dress, looking so chic and beautiful.
It’s a little overwhelming on me, and might be too long, although when I was searching for a long dress with sleeves a while ago (which led me in the first place down the Ace & Jig rabbit hole…), this is exactly the sort of thing I had in mind. Light, flowy, easy, simple, but impactful.
The size small is my size, any smaller and it would be too tight in the shoulders.
I prefer it NOT cinched at the waist, but I can’t say I’d never wear it that way. And I may or may not consider having it hemmed to a midi-length at some point. (it shouldn’t be anymore, but wow, it is shocking sometimes how different things look on me than they do on models!!). I may even decide to sell it because I don’t wear it. But I want to give it a try first.
The pattern/fabric is beautiful, and perfect for me, who is easing into color. It is single cloth, so it’s lightweight, but it doesn’t feel so delicate. I think the double cloth is much more delicate and prone to snags than this would be.
Anyway, I recommend this is you’d been thinking about it. Barney’s had an exclusive “brighter” print in this dress I also really liked, but seems to be unavailable now. I did also order the Bo skirt in tuxedo and it is coming today. I wonder if the small in a skirt will be too small on me though. We’ll see!
Did anyone else order anything or look at anything?
Happy Wednesday!!! 🙂
Jamie Monzo says
I loooooove this! I really enjoy dresses like this to wear either inside or outside of the house.
I LOVE this on you! I’m excited that you’re happy with it and have decided to keep it. Hope to see more of it on you over the months to come. As someone the same height as you, and having really warmed to midi length dresses lately, it always brings me delight to see shorter women looking so handsome in long dresses, too. A little affirmation, I guess.
Unrelatedly, could you please tell me the name of the plant on the left side of the frame in the basket? And do you know its light requirement? I’ve been looking for such a plant for a certain spot in my bedroom. Thanks!
Grechen Reiter says
thank you sara 🙂
so funny you mention that plant! I’ve been having a hard time with it since I got it a few months ago 🙁
it’s a ficus benjamina (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ficus_benjamina)
it gets very good light where it is, but it continues to lose its leaves like CRAZY. i have another ficus downstairs that went through lots of growing pains early on when I got it (i’ve had it for 7 years) and is not doing wonderfully, so i may move this one down there too, but i REALLY wanted it for up here in my office!
ficus trees are really expensive which makes it hard when they don’t seem to be working out, but i think with enough moving around it might be okay? i think bright, sunny light is best, but they can survive in less than that. one thing i do with all my plants now after following houseplantjournal on instagram is make sure they all have a nice view of the sky – not that they’re just getting sunlight, but that from where the plant sits, they can “see” some sky. sounds crazy, but i’ve moved all my plants around to accommodate that and they seem to be doing really well!!
Tina Burgos says
This looks amazing on you; thanks so much for sharing!
Covet + Lou
The dress looks fantastic on you and it looks really comfortable, which is how a house dress should be! I really like it without the belt.
Isn’t it funny how another opinion can make us second guess ourselves even when we are sure of something? It takes a lot of will power to simply accept that whatever makes YOU happy may not appeal to anyone else.
Keri Isaac says
Oh goodness that dress is amazing and I would surely live in it! Thanks for deciding to post photos. Re: ficus, maybe try a different pot or reduce watering? I’ve always had great luck with this plant and I’m convinced it’s because I’m so bad about watering regularly. I kill most plants that way.
Or buy a tent made of awning fabric.
Becky M says
I totally feel you on being surprised by how differently things fit me than the model! How is it that I, a five foot tall cusp sizer can’t figure out that the slender six foot tall model wears it differently! At least I’m thinking about it in terms like differently and not that she wears it better. That part is a win!
I agree about the “awning fabric.” And the dress does double as a “tent,” too.
I love Ace&Jig’s textiles (I’m obsessed with the Corsica pattern), but can I just mention how crazy it makes me that the models on their website are always half-naked when they model separates (pants and tops)? Seeing a woman with no pants on does not compel me to buy a shirt . I don’t find it edgy or arty, just distracting. Would it be so hard to style the damn garments? *End rant.*
I love this dress, and I think it looks wonderful on you!
That said, I was really thrown by the comments on the “infamous Rachel Comey dress post” and I want to reiterate what you implied there: beyond the issue of whether commenters like something or not, I feel like it’s kind of a founding premise of your blog (not to mention academic disciplines like, say, History) that there is NO such thing as an objective truth about how good clothing looks or how well it “works” for a given person.
Sorry for ranting – that RC post just stayed with me…
Grechen Reiter says
no, it’s fine 🙂
as much as i’d like it not to, it pops into my head still too..
and then today i got a lovely email from GP (who commented also above) telling me i should spend my money on chin lift surgery, instead of my hair, because i’m looking rather “jowly” lately.
(That was supposed to be three exploding head emojis)
Grechen Reiter says
haha.. i got it either way 😉
Grechen Reiter says
ha, yes, i don’t get that either. maybe they just want the particular piece to be the focus? still, there are other ways of accomplishing that i think LOL