Architectural Shift

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  • By Hi There from Karen Walker
  • Removable belt
  • Back zip
  • Polyester
  • Hand wash
  • Regular: 39"L
  • Petite: 36.25"L
  • Imported
  • Style #: 26812909


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Rated 4 out of 5 by Beautiful pattern, but skirt unlined & top too big This is a lovely dress with a pretty pattern. I was intrigued by the unusual origami=like top and looked forward to trying it on. The top is lined, but the skirt is not. The material is fairly sheer and had I been wearing different color undergarments, they may have shown through. The fabric is very thin and delicate -- not sure why they only lined half the dress. I'm a size 32A and could not come close to filling out the top. It was way too big and the folds on the chest highlighted this fact. The folds fell in an unflattering manner across my chest and it cannot be fixed through tailoring, unfortunately. Otherwise, I found the dress fit TTS (a size 0 was a bit big on my 5'5", 100lb frame, but not too bad). Ladies who are a bit better endowed than I should have better luck! February 1, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Architecturally feminine Such a lovely dress that fits beautifully, even on my very curvy figure. I'm 41-31-41 and tried a 14 (fit too large everywhere) and a 12 (photographed). The 12 fit best. These days I've been buying 14's and 16's so I would say this dress runs large, at least in the larger sizes, the 14 fit like a true 16. I usually have an issue with the bust fitting way too tight in dresses but this dress fit great, there was even a bit of excess fabric that looks a little strange from the side view, but it's not a deal breaker. My gripe is with the fabric, poly, and that its not fully lined. It's not what I would consider transparent, but for the price, I expect a fully lined dress. At a second cut sale price, I may purchase it as it really is pretty and an ideal work dress. April 28, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by love it Previous reviews are right - the bottom of the skirt isn't lined, however I'm definitely bigger on bottom and lining usually causes a problem with things that would otherwise fit - as they're usually tighter. I don't think the bottom is too sheer - and if it were a problem, I'd wear a very short slip under. I've also read that the top is too bit and that people don't fill it out - but I don' think its supposed to be filled out. I'm a b cup, and while it feels like there's more fabric on the top, I don't think it looks like it. Especially from the side - which is an important view. It's a really pretty fold the dress would otherwise be lacking if it were missing. Would I have paid full price? Probably not, but for $80 this dress is definitely going to be a summer staple in the GA heat. April 17, 2013
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How to Measure


Measure under your arms at the fuller part of your bust. Keep tape level across your shoulder blades.

Natural Waist

Measure around your natural waistline, keeping the tape comfortably loose.

Drop Waist

Measure around your body 1 1/2" below your natural waist.


Stand with your feet together and measure around the fullest part of your hips.


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