Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Purple dresses, continued

So you remember my story of the purple bridesmaid dresses, right?

Well, look what showed up in my inbox today:

Ann Taylor has new purple dresses, in a color called concord grape. The picture of the color looks great, but the name worries me, because colors called "grape" are usually a very true purple, and I'm looking for more of an eggplant. But still, I think they're worth a stop into Ann Taylor after I finish my rotation next week.

Unfortunately, they only have those two styles shown in the ad in that purple color, but they also have dresses in a color called "sangria purple," which looks more pinkish, but might be all right in person:

The biggest problem is the price. At $198, I'm not a huge fan. Still, I'll probably go check them out, just for research purposes...

Oh yeah, and the new fall J. Crew purple that came out this month, "plum"? It's a very bright purple.

Still, it might look OK in person. You never can tell. J Crew doesn't carry their special occasions in stores, though; I'd have to order it to be 100% sure, and I'm probably not going to bother.

So Ann Taylor looks promising in the color category, but not so much in the price or selection category, while Mori Lee remains in the lead with color, style selection, and price. We're actually beginning to get to a point where it's prudent to start thinking about bridesmaid dresses for real, so I guess decisions are in order.


Lauren said...

I saw that too and thought of you!But I tried on the Ann Taylor dresses before (when I was considering chocolate dresses) and they really were not very flattering - which surprised me. The KOP mall carries their entire 'collections' line so you should stop by and check it out. I think I've heard that you can get swatches from J.Crew too - if you call them. Maybe not, but it might be worth a try.

I can't remember if I've told you to check out before or not. They have every color in the book and tons of styles. In the dress shops most of them ran in the low $100 range. I was very happy with how they came out. :) Good luck!

Crissy said...

Oooh, purple - what a fun colour!