Thursday, February 28, 2013

Shabby Apple "Helena" Dress Review

Thank you Shabby Apple for the dress to help with this review

At Shabby Apple, we believe in both femininity and feminism. As feminine women, we create clothing that is artful in design and crafted with a vintage-style flare. Each piece is carefully constructed to both flatter a women’s figure and maintain her mystery. As feminists, we created a company that is women-owned and operated and that donates to help other women start their own businesses. With our old-fashioned style and modern ideals, we believe the best is yet to come!


When Shabby Apple contacted me I figured this would be a great opportunity to get a jump start on some new Spring/Summer clothes. I found a maxi dress that I really wanted but it wasn't on the list of items to choose from, so my next choice was "Helena" as seen in the photo above. I thought this dress would be a good fit because its light pink, looked like it would flow well, and is cute enough to wear on a date night or a family trip to the grocery store. 


I really liked the idea of the ruched top because its something I've never really had and I like how it looks on the model above. I never wear heels but I like the simpleness of this dress and that I could throw a pair of flip flops on and just go! 

When the dress arrived I fell in love. It's such a soft dress and light weight which makes it even better. When I put it on I liked how effortless it is to walk around in, how good the ruched top feels against my skin, and the over all look of the dress in person. 


However, I have yet to wear this dress in public. While it looks amazing on the model, it doesn't do so great with my figure. I'm a bigger girl and I've had three kids in 5 years which means my tummy isn't the prettiest site or flat for that matter. It hugs in all the right places EXCEPT my belly. There is no way I'd feel comfortable wearing this in public with my figure and nothing underneath. It's a tad see through so a slit would be a must in my opinion. I've wondered for a while about adding some body shapers or Spanx to my collection to help with my tummy and that will make this dress fit correctly. 


This dress is on sale for $53 and available sizes as XXS, XS, and M. 


Shabby Apple offers a variety of options for all types of people. With a swim suit section for Summer, or the Maternity section for the glowing pregnant women, there's something for everyone and their variety proves that you'll see something you love. 

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66 comments:

Jaime said...

I LOVE this skirt!

http://www.shabbyapple.com/p-1981-lemon-drop-skirt.aspx

Aline Grigorian said...

Love this shirt: http://www.shabbyapple.com/p-1990-fishermens-find-top.aspx

Megan said...

LOVE their Blue Eyes Dress! http://www.shabbyapple.com/p-1530-blue-eyes.aspx

Christine said...

http://www.shabbyapple.com/p-1414-alice.aspx

Sacha Schroeder said...

I love this skirt! http://www.shabbyapple.com/p-2025-calliope-skirt.aspx

One Southern Girl said...

I love this dress! http://www.shabbyapple.com/p-724-el-capitan.aspx

Ashley Suzanne said...

I love the daisy dress!

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Anastasia said...

I love the Knave of Hearts dress :)

Leslie Galloway said...

I love the CALLIOPE SKIRT so much! It's so super fun and cute!

Sarah Hayes said...

I love the bon voyage dress

lgothard said...

I really like
http://www.shabbyapple.com/p-1415-jabberwocky.aspx
Lorayne Gothard

Patience Sandlin said...

Love this swimsuit!!

http://www.shabbyapple.com/p-2028-deckwork-top.aspx
http://www.shabbyapple.com/p-2030-deckwork-bottom.aspx

Devon F said...

So hard to pick just one!!
I love this blouse http://www.shabbyapple.com/p-2013-breakwater-blouse.aspx

Robin W said...

Lots to choose from and I love lots! This Sand and Dune top caught my eye!

http://www.shabbyapple.com/p-2014-sand-sun-blouse.aspx

Natalie Parvis-Nichols said...

I actually like the paris wallet

lgothard said...

I really like the sand and sun blouse

GoodnessGraces said...

I love the serenade dress!

Domestic Diva said...

I like the aphrodite dress.

Kristie from Kristie's List said...

I love this dress:

http://www.shabbyapple.com/p-349-barefoot-in-the-park.aspx

terri said...

i like the 'wildberry pie' apron.

http://www.shabbyapple.com/c-58-aprons.aspx

amkj2002 said...

This dress is so pretty!

http://www.shabbyapple.com/p-720-black-oak.aspx

Holly Lynn said...

I like this dress:
http://www.shabbyapple.com/p-1803-estate.aspx

Mikki said...

I like http://www.shabbyapple.com/p-1925-moonlight-kiss.aspx

scottsgal said...

this is cute
http://www.shabbyapple.com/p-506-west-coast-swing.aspx

Linda said...

I like the Loof's Pier Blouse

Kelly A. Tanner said...

I really love their dresses. They're so stylish and feminine. LOVE the Animalia dress.

Kelly A. Tanner said...

The Animalia dress http://www.shabbyapple.com/p-1830-animalia.aspx

Lauren Roch said...

(Lauren Rochon in the rafflecopter for the Shabby Apple giveaway)

My favorite dress is the "Elizabeth Islands"

http://www.shabbyapple.com/p-1612-elizabeth-islands.aspx

mysons said...

I really like the http://www.shabbyapple.com/p-2014-sand-sun-blouse.aspx
Kathy Ross
kathyross75@yahoo.com

Darlene Ysaguirre said...

I really like the board walk baby skirt

Pixystik4U said...

i love the santa monica http://www.shabbyapple.com/p-1983-santa-monica.aspx

john hutchens said...

http://www.shabbyapple.com/p-932-freshwater-pearl.aspx

Crissy Durst said...

I love the ARRIPIDAE

GingerG said...

black oak is lovely!

Kasee said...

The ATLANTIC FOG dress is my favorite!!
kaseejohnson(at)verizon(dot)net

meegan whitford said...

I really like this dress http://www.shabbyapple.com/p-1608-emma.aspx

jamie braun said...

im lovin the http://www.shabbyapple.com/p-348-bon-voyage.aspx

Tina Kohrman said...

I would chose this: http://www.shabbyapple.com/p-1052-overboard.aspx

Stephanie said...

http://www.shabbyapple.com/p-2009-sea-breeze.aspx. I love this one

Lindsey said...

The Santa Monica Dress is cute!

Melissa Storms said...

Love this http://www.shabbyapple.com/search.aspx?SearchTerm=Azure+Coast&x=10&y=13.
upstatemissy@gmail.com

Mer said...

Love this one: http://www.shabbyapple.com/p-1876-wanderlust-skirt.aspx

Shelbysbarn said...

Definitely this one!
http://www.shabbyapple.com/p-1570-serenade.aspx

Kimberley Meier said...

I love the LEMON DROP SKIRT:
http://www.shabbyapple.com/p-1981-lemon-drop-skirt.aspx

Kimberley Meier
momof3chaos at gmail dot com

Melinda Dartmann said...

This is definitely a timeless classic!
http://www.shabbyapple.com/p-1873-ms-porter.aspx

Amanda said...

I like the Che Bella! Dress: http://www.shabbyapple.com/p-959-che-bella.aspx

desdun31 said...

I love the Rootbeer Float Dress

http://www.shabbyapple.com/p-1995-rootbeer-float.aspx


Desiree Dunbar
desireedunbar@hotmail.com

mandala said...

Love the CEO red dress. http://www.shabbyapple.com/p-628-ceo.aspx
Thanks!
mandalarctic at gmail dot com

Trista said...

http://www.shabbyapple.com/p-2046-twirl.aspx

~Kelly said...

Bon Voyage dress.

SavingsInSeconds said...

This top is gorgeous, love collars like this: http://www.shabbyapple.com/p-1990-fishermens-find-top.aspx

Dede

jen said...

my favorite! http://www.shabbyapple.com/p-1052-overboard.aspx

Tanaya said...

I like this dress.
http://www.shabbyapple.com/p-1570-serenade.aspx

Megan Parsons said...

I love the admiral dress! http://www.shabbyapple.com/p-1050-admiral.aspx

Michele P. said...

this blouse http://www.shabbyapple.com/p-1998-salt-water-taffy-blouse.aspx is nice!

Priscilla Benavides said...

This one is my favorite...

http://www.shabbyapple.com/p-958-piazza-navona.aspx

Kari Flores said...

This is my favorite: http://www.shabbyapple.com/p-1612-elizabeth-islands.aspx

The Perfect Bridesmaid said...

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http://www.shabbyapple.com/p-1877-first-stop-skirt.aspx
love this skirt

Ruth Reynolds said...

MULHOLLAND is pretty

RILEKAT said...

I like this http://www.shabbyapple.com/p-629-the-boss.aspx

lmurley2000 said...

i love the i'm late i'm late dress

lmurley2000@yahoo.com

carren larsen said...

http://www.shabbyapple.com/p-624-hyacinth-purse.aspx

S C said...

I like the Carnival dress.
Sherry Compton
savewish@yahoo.com

Caitlin McClure said...

I love this! http://www.shabbyapple.com/p-1992-dipper-skirt.aspx

CarterFamilyof9 said...

http://www.shabbyapple.com/p-1523-heart-of-me.aspx I love this dress!