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brandsMonday, September 2, 2019

Reformation Dresses: A Sizing and Fit Guide

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WORDS BY JOSEPH FURNESS

Reformation, she’s the girl that everyone wants to be. She’s sweet and humble; she’s eco-friendly; she has a captivating style; and, most importantly, she’s considerate of all of her fellow women. 

 

“We believe the perfect fit is the most important part of our clothes. We spend hours fitting on different bodies and have a meticulous approach to our fits” - Reformation 

 

The positively conscious brand, founded by former model Yael Aflalo, has made waves by carving out a niche for elegant attire in the current climate of streetwear-centric fashions. By going against the grain and tapping into dormant notions, Aflalo’s focus on classic, inclusive and kind-to-the-Earth pieces has secured Reformation’s place on the market as the preferred cult brand for fail-safe occasion dresses.

 

But, with such a wide range of dresses available, from floral off-the-shoulder dresses to mini silk slip dresses, comes confusion about the sizing, fit and after-care of their products ―  things that the Californian cool-girls who adopted the brand rarely ever discuss. So, we got in touch with four Reformation savvys (who you probably already follow on Instagram) to discuss the sizing, fit and after-care of Reformation dresses so that you may purchase yours with peace of mind. 

 

Reformation Dresses: A Sizing and Fit Guide

 

Christina Zayas

 

Silk slip dresses have been on my must-try list since the beginning of summer. So, when I saw that Reformation had created the perfect slinky mini, I knew I had to buy one. I decided on the black Roza Dress because I could see it becoming a wardrobe staple, I was thinking about how I could style it under an oversized blazer in fall. When I ordered it on Farfetch, I opted for an XS and took into account its adjustable straps. I am much more petite than the model online and figured they’d come in handy — and they totally did! I was also pleased to discover that not only was the length perfect for me but the fabric was heavenly. Watch out OTK boots and boyfriend cardigans, my Roza Dress and I are coming for you!

 

I first started flirting with Reformation back in 2017, buying sleek tops and some of my most favourite-fitting jeans. Come summer 2018, it seemed like a no-brainer to invest in my first Reformation dress: a pink, slim-fitting midi dress that makes me feel foxy every time I wear it.I’ve been shopping at Reformation for 2 years now, and I can definitely say, their garments are made exceptionally well. I typically trust my local cleaners with laundering my nicer pieces, so I can cherish them for years to come.

 

In my experience as a petite woman of 5 ft 1, Reformation dresses fit true to size. The truth is, I keep coming back because I never have to worry about garments looking unflattering on me. They’re my go-to on date nights for a reason!
 

 

Reformation Dresses: A Sizing and Fit Guide

 

Joanne Hegarty

 

 

"I bought two Reformation dresses this Summer especially for my French holiday to Provence. I liked their variety of stylish shapes and patterns. They look great on and are very easy to wear and all fit true to size. 

 

If you’re looking into buying a Reformation dress, firstly you must choose a shape that will compliment your body shape. A wrap dress works wonderfully for a fuller figure and a button-front dress works better for smaller frames. If you want to highlight your best assets, such as your legs, opt for a shorter dress. Most of their dresses have adjustable straps for comfort and cater to all different chest sizes. They use patterns and colours that you adore and will wear over and over again. 

 

This stunning ochre yellow silk Zinfandel dress features a long length and adjustable spaghetti straps. The strap featured is a big bonus in my book because it prevents that annoying problem of dress straps sliding down over your shoulder which means having to constantly readjust. And I think nothing looks more glamorous than a long-length dress on an evening out. Once this dress is on, it fits comfortably and is true to size. I’m a UK size 8, wearing a 2 here and am 5ft 6. The square neckline adds to the relaxed fit and I adore the glamorous low backline and bow details. 

 

If you treat them with love and carefully read their care labels then Reformation dresses wash well and keep their shape over time. I have worn mine several times over the summer and they still fit perfectly."

 

 

Reformation Dresses: A Sizing and Fit Guide

 

Ashley Kane

 

 

"The first time I bought a Reformation dress was about six years ago. It was when the high neck, thin-strapped, super low-back dresses of theirs were a cult favourite. I had to have one for myself and wore it to so many weddings back in the day!

 

I'm a sucker for a smock. I find this dress I’m wearing to be so flattering, especially because it hits below the bust and accentuates my waist. The Cerise dress is light-weight linen (perfect for my upcoming Italian honeymoon) and the stretchy smock makes it super easy to wear and comfortable. I love a puffy sleeve just as much and thought that the combination made for such a charming mini dress to keep in my closet forever. It gets so many compliments!

 

I have learned over the years that the fit of Reformation dresses is on a case by case basis. For me, it's all about the bust. I have a smaller frame and wear a 32C bra, so I always base my size decisions of the model's measurements and the cut of the dress and details. Again, it's why smock is my best friend, I know it'll work! I also think it's about preference... for me, I always buy a size up in Reformation wrap dresses (a little extra fabric never hurts). Always check the model's measurement (have a measuring tape on hand just in case) and be sure to think through the fabric, stretch, and cut before making the purchase. 

 

Reformation dresses certainly stand the test of time. I have worn Reformations to weddings, to my wedding rehearsal dinner, and now some of them are coming with me on my honeymoon next week. They are special pieces for sure!"

 

 

Reformation Dresses: A Sizing and Fit Guide

 

Courtney Halverson

 

 

"I absolutely love this button-up dress. I find that I regularly reach for wraps and button-front dresses most often because of how easy they are to slip on — making them perfect for travel. I bought my first Reformation dress about 6 years ago. I was attending a friend's wedding and I just wanted something that made me feel chic and grown-up. I found Reformation online and I’ve been hooked ever since; the quality and the attention to detail always keeps me coming back.

 

This Locklin dress hugs my waist perfectly and has enough room up top for my slightly broader shoulders. It's a swingy cotton number so it feels breathable in the summer heat but it’s also one I know that I'll reach for to pair with my boots in a few months. Plus, I love the 90s details of the dress, such as the ribbon at the back to tie it tighter - makes it easier to fit the dress to your body.

 

I've always found Reformation dresses to fit true to size, and I typically pick the same size in each dress. The only time I’ll switch things up is when I opt for a smock dress — I think once there is smocking either in the back or around the whole bust area, you don't have to be as precise with your size, so it's been helpful when my usual size is sold out and I can just go up a size.

 

If you can, I would say pick two sizes to try, it makes it easier to compare the fit of two and hone in on your Reformation size. If you're not able to do that, I say, go with your usual size, and utilize their size chart. I've always found it to be super accurate.

 

I always hand wash (with cold water) my Reformation dresses and I always let them air dry. It can take a bit longer this way, but it's so rewarding to know that your dress can last through a LOT more seasons that way - rather than just ending up in the back of your closet."

 

 

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