Review: J.Crew Scalloped Dress

J.Crew scalloped dress, 00P
J.Crew scalloped dress (item 22340) in 00 petite
From left-right: pale citrus, bright poppy, navy

Update 2/21/15: Please refer to the bottom of this post for a quick review of the J.Crew Factory version of the scalloped trim dress.

As stated in my previous post, I ordered the scalloped dress to try on in all three colors because J.Crew does not carry petite sizes in store. Shortly thereafter they ran a 30% off promotion for card members and I received a price adjustment for the difference.  The dress is currently sold out online but you might find the website re-stocked with returns because I know of a few people that will be returning this dress due to poor fit. In fact, I plan on returning all three dresses when I get a chance to go to my local store this weekend.

I tried on the regular size when I first spotted it in stores in the beginning of March (thanks to Annie’s post for planting the seed of want). Unfortunately, the regular 00 fit like a sack on me.  I took rough measurements in the fitting room and the regular 00 measured approximately 16″ in the chest and 33″ long. I was excited the moment I learned that the dress was available in petites. I equivocated between ordering 0 versus 00 petites but I’m glad I went with the smaller size.

The measurements of the 00P are as follows:

16″ chest
14 1/2″ waist
17″ hip
31″ length

The shorter length and slightly smaller cut throughout makes the petite version a fit better than the regular 00 but it was still not keeper. The chest darts are slightly too low and strange on me but it looked okay on my dress form (she is 33″ in the bust and I am 32″). I also found that the pale citrus ran a tiny bit smaller than the bright poppy and navy so it fit the best out of all three colors. I did not like the fact that the dress is unlined and after sitting on the dress for about a week my excitement wore off. In full disclosure, I pulled a shopaholic move and sent and tried on the dresses while at my parents’ house last week.

Here are the fit pictures for reference:

J.Crew scalloped dress, 00P in pale citrus
J.Crew scalloped dress in pale citrus

J.Crew scalloped dress, 00p in pale citrus J.Crew scalloped dress, 00P in pale citrus
J.Crew scalloped dress, 00P in bright poppy
J.Crew scalloped dress in bright poppy

J.Crew scalloped dress, 00P in bright poppy

J.Crew scalloped dress, 00P in bright poppy J.Crew scalloped dress, 00p in bright poppy
J.Crew scalloped dress, 00P in navy
J.Crew scalloped dress in navy

J.Crew scalloped dress, 00P in navy

J.Crew scalloped dress, 00p in navy J.Crew scalloped dress, 00p in navy

My other scalloped picks include this dress by Pim + Larkin and this dress by Rachel Roy. Pim + Larkin also offers a cute scalloped top, skirt and tweed blazer.
Did you order the J.Crew scalloped dress and was it a keeper?



  1. natashaufl
    March 27, 2013 / 3:47 am

    The yellow is my favorite! … yes, a definite keeper. Lovely review Jess.xo, tashatwenty-something blog

  2. Stylish Petite
    March 27, 2013 / 2:58 pm

    Great review Jess. As you know, I ordered all three and they look ridiculous on me. Great concept but the cut isn't very flattering. Although I have to admit, you do look great in them. A bit sad you are returning them but good for the pocketbook 🙂

  3. Andrea
    March 27, 2013 / 3:51 pm

    I'm sad it didn't fit on you 🙁 the citrus looks great though. But yea I think due to the fabric and cut its not a perfect fit for everyone. Good thing I'm fat and it somehow looks decent on me LOL sigh. Great post!! Xo

  4. michelle
    March 27, 2013 / 4:21 pm

    i am supposed to get mine today! i am much too impatient to wait any longer! i want to see if it will fit. (fingers crossed!)

  5. Jess L
    March 28, 2013 / 12:47 am

    Thanks Tasha!

  6. Jess L
    March 28, 2013 / 12:48 am

    Thanks so much Annie! I'm only a little sad that they didn't work out for either of us but it's for the best and my wallet is definitely happy with me. Please let me know if you see anything similar.

  7. Jess L
    March 28, 2013 / 12:50 am

    Aww… it's okay Andrea. I can't win them all and it looks amazing on you so you're lucky! Did you end up getting it in another color? And no, you are not chubby. I happen to think you are very pretty and cute. <3

  8. Jess L
    March 28, 2013 / 12:56 am

    You should try it on for yourself before completely discounting it. hehe It looked great on @disqus_bb2Y31KamN:disqus (@dreedree on IG).I do remember and I'm sorry it didn't work out for you. I went back to try to re-order it when they were doing a promotion and it was all sold out. I haven't looked for it again. I hope you find something to fill the void. I hope to drag out my spring clothes from storage soon/this weekend.

  9. Jess L
    March 28, 2013 / 1:02 am

    That's exciting. I can't wait to see how it fits you. I will cross my toes!

  10. Allison @reachesthesky
    March 28, 2013 / 6:48 pm

    Thanks for the review! I've been waiting for this and was so hoping it works out for you. Too bad it's not a keeper, from the picture, it looks like it fits you very well but pictures an be deceiving.And I think you're right on jcrew not carrying petites. I've recently started paying more attention to jcrew sizes at the store, until now I usually just browsed and thought they didn't have much in my size.I'm looking for dresses (it is Spring after all) and will let you know if there's anything good!Allisonreaches the sky

  11. Jess L
    March 29, 2013 / 1:38 am

    It's my pleasure Allison. The pale citrus fit me the best and the poppy color is the best at showing all the flaws. I forgot to mention that I found the dress too short for my taste especially when I sit down (sitting test fail). Also, because it is unlined you may need to be careful of which undergarments you wear. My fiance could see my panty lines in the pale citrus color. lolJ.Crew doesn't fit me quite right because I have longer arms and their petite sleeves are always too short and the regular size can be too roomy. Everything else from skirts to tops tends to be hit or miss. Banana petite sz XS or XXS fits me the best.I'm looking forward to your recommendations and will let you know if I see anything too! 🙂

  12. linh ly
    April 21, 2013 / 4:11 am

    i love the pale citrus one!

  13. Heidi Bui
    May 29, 2013 / 10:07 pm

    Annie, have you returned these dresses? I am just checking on to this dress and I love it but can't find it anywhere! Can chance it's stillin your hands? I'll buy it from you!!

  14. Heidi Bui
    May 29, 2013 / 10:09 pm

    Anyone still have this dress? I would love to give it a try and purchase it from you! Completely sold out in jcrew!

  15. Jess L
    May 30, 2013 / 6:27 am

    I returned all three colors of the dress since I didn't love them on me. I hope you find it. 🙂

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