First, I am not a LuLaRoe consultant; I am not being compensated for this post. Next, if you’re unfamiliar with the LuLaRoe brand, I recommend you read my earlier LuLaRoe post.
I like maxi dresses, but I hemmed and hawed for a few months before buying an Ana dress. This was partly because at $60, it’s a little pricier than I want to pay for a dress. Second, I knew it wasn’t going to be floor length on me because I saw from photos online that it’s floor length on women who are shorter than I am. But when a friend threw a Facebook LLR party, I found an Ana dress in a pattern I liked, and I finally bought one. I’m 5’10,” and my weight is usually around 160 pounds, so I generally wear a size 8 or 10 in clothes, depending on the brand. I bought the Ana in a Medium, which is supposed to fit dress sizes 8-10.
I love the pattern, and the dress fabric is very soft and comfortable. I also like the style, but I do have two concerns about the dress:
1. You may or may not be able to tell in the photo below, but it’s really tight around my ribcage and my arms. I do have a large ribcage, and my waist is not very defined compared to my ribs and hips, so if you’re a similar weight and dress size, you may not have this problem depending on your build. However, because of the tightness, I later purchased the LLR Julia dress (my favorite!!!!) in a Large.
2. I’m not thrilled about the awkward length of the dress on me. Again, I knew that was going to happen, so even before I ordered the dress, I knew it was going to have to be all about the booties. In these photos I’m wearing the dress with some casual flat booties, but I’ve worn the dress to work with black, high-heeled, ankle-length boots. The dress really shows off the boots, and I’ve received several compliments on them. I’ve tried wearing the dress with sandals and flats (shoes not boots), and it looks sooooo awkward, like I couldn’t find a dress long enough. I snapped a quick photo at work, so you can see a dressier look with this Ana:
So the bottom line is that I probably won’t buy another Ana again because they are expensive for a dress that really isn’t long enough (or short enough!) for me. I think it would fit someone around 5′ 7″ a lot better.
UPDATE: Thanks to Stacy’s comment below, I did try sizing up with a Large Ana. I still found the sleeves and ribcage a little tight, especially considering I’ve lost weight since I originally posted, but the length on the Large is just about right for me. I will post photos soon!