Shabby Apple Dress Review

A few weeks ago, I was contacted by Shabby Apple, an online dress boutique, about possibly reviewing a dress. To be honest, I had not heard of them before, so I immediately went to their website to check it out.

I quickly fell in love with several of their dresses. They have a nice selection of both trendy and reasonably priced dresses.

In the initial email, I was not told which dress I would be sent to try. However, there was a particular dress that drew my attention right off the bat – the Tuxedo III dress.


I showed it to my husband and told him I just might order it, unless I got lucky and they wanted to send it to me to review. I mean, what are the chances that the one I love is the one they’re going to want to send me to review?

Well, I guess pretty good, huh?

You can imagine my excitement when I got the email with two dress choices, and this was one of them.

A little about Shabby Apple

Shabby Apple is all about providing stylish clothing that you’ll also feel comfortable wearing. This quote is taken straight from their website.

After years of not being able to find stylish dresses that covered enough skin to make you really feel comfortable (without wearing a tank top, cardigan or long slip), owners Emily and CK decided to do something about it.

In addition, most of these dresses are priced very reasonably in comparison to department store prices.

Another impressive aspect of Shabby Apple is that they donate 5% of their net dress sales to charity. Here is a snipet from the Shabby Apple website about their donations.

…we are supporting the fight against global poverty by partnering with Unitus-a non-profit organization that accelerates access to life-changing financial services for those at the bottom of the economic pyramid. Shabby Apple donates 5% of its net dress sales to support work in India…

How many dress companies do you know that do that?

Shabby Apple doesn’t just sell ladies dresses though. They sell shoes, accessories and girl’s dresses also.


Review of the Tuxedo III Dress

Initial Assessment

Obviously, you already know I loved the look of the dress right from the start. When I put it on, I knew I had to have a wide belt to go with it. Additionally the fabric seemed a little stiff and itchy.

As you can see in the picture, there is a wide belt on the model; however, the belt does not come with the dress. I purchased a $20 belt at a local department store and I was set. It was an easy fix and made the dress look fabulous. (I’m sure you could find a belt for less, but I was too anxious to try the dress to shop around.)

Regarding the fabric, once I washed the dress, it made a huge difference. I wore it to church and the fabric did not bother me at all. The dress was actually very comfortable.

Final Assessment

I honestly LOVE the dress! When I wore it to church, I got several compliments as well. It appears to be well made and out of good quality fabric, and I feel very comfortable wearing it. My plan is to wear it to my brother’s wedding next month.

Be sure to go over to Shabby Apple and look around, I bet you’ll find something you love too. Oh, and if you’re concerned about sizing, a convenient sizing chart is available to help make sure you order just the right size. 🙂

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Posted on June 9th, 2010 in Product Reviews | 3 Comments


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