So this is another review that was requested by a reader via Instagram (so Page this one's for you!). I had mentioned in a post before that ace & jig is really not my jam. I'm not a fan of prints and color (as you can tell by my mostly minimalist, mostly Everlane wardrobe). So trying this Daisy Dress from ace & jig is me stepping out of my comfort zone. But I'm willing to try anything once, especially something as noncommittal as trying on clothes.
So what did I think?
When I first tried on this dress I got it, I got why people go ga-ga over ace & jig (I mean you should have seen their booth at West Coast Craft). The material is absolutely amazing, with the textures and beautiful thick fabric. I'm wearing black underwear with this dress and you can't even see it since the fabric is so thick and opaque. Also the embroidery and stitching on the dress was really special. I can 100% believe this fabric was made by hand by an artisan in India. And thus I can understand why this dress retails for $269 (I was able to get it from Shopbop on sale at $188-which I think is a really good value for what you're getting). This garment feels special through and through.
Ok but in the end I decided not to keep it. First off, the dress felt really big on me even though I got a small. I might have been able to get away with an XS in this (I'm a size 4-6, going towards 6 these days). And the second reason why I didn't keep the dress is because it's just not me. The styling isn't me. And when I look at most of the offerings at ace & jig, most of it is just not me. I'm not Boho nor whimsical and that's what these styles seem like to me. I'm much more of an Everlane/Gap/Uniqlo style with a couple trendy Zara pieces thrown in (though these days it's actually more of an Everlane+Elizabeth Suzann+Celine combo). I think if you like Free People and Anthropologie, then ace & jig is more your style.
But that's okay, I'm glad I tried it out. I'm also glad I know my style since I would hate to spend that much money on a dress just because I like the fabric and believe in the brand's ethics, only to have it languishing in my closet. In this day and age where there are ethical/sustainable/slow fashion brands cropping up every year, we're so lucky to have choices. Anyway ace & jig might not have worked out for me, but Grechen had been on an ace & jig kick so you can see all the items she tried on and reviewed over at her blog!