Dress Barn Clothing For Misses & Woman Review

by Heather Smith on April 28, 2012 · 147 comments

Several weeks ago I received an amazing email inviting me to New York City to attend the Tribeca Film Festival red carpet screening of Marvel’s The Avengers. After the initial excitement wore off I began to panic a little. As a stay at home mom, I don’t normally dress up… therefore I had nothing to wear.

After a little searching I found a dress that works well for me, but I was still very much unaccessorized. Dress Barn heard my cries and kindly offered to let me visit a local store to find a few items to help complete my outfits for the weekend.

My dress hadn’t arrived yet, so I arrived at the store knowing that it was black and had a v-neckline. When I found the jewelry rack I was surprised and very happy to see such a wide variety of bangles, bobbles and beads that would work for me.

It didn’t take long to find a necklace I thought would work well for my neckline, but I wasn’t sure I wanted to wear the ear rings it came with. I spent quite a bit of time laying them out on the countertops trying to picture how everything would piece together.

In the end, I found a fabulous triple row shell and glass necklace and some dangly square ear rings that have a little sparkle to them when the light catches just right for the red carpet. I snagged a set of extenders because I wanted the necklace to hit just a tad lower than it did without them and I also found some fun socks (as well as brown & black) and another pair of beyond cute owl ear rings for the other days of my trip.

When my dress came I couldn’t wait to see how the necklace would look so I did a quick clothing change and modeled for Kaytlin. I will be doing another post later about my overall look for the night, so for now here is a quick glimpse how perfect the necklace was for this dress.


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1 Kendal Barriere April 28, 2012 at 11:42 AM

I love the abstract flower button down dress. Adorable!

2 Danielle Williams April 28, 2012 at 11:45 AM

I would like the Floral Applique Bag

3 Tara Martini April 28, 2012 at 11:47 AM

I love the Filigree Bead Necklace

4 Wendy Rozema April 28, 2012 at 11:48 AM

I like the Rose Faux wrap dress and i love that if you buy 2 dresses u save $10.00!!

5 Elena V April 28, 2012 at 11:59 AM

I like their Sheer Floral Scarf found here: http://www.dressbarn.com/detail/sheer-floral-scarf/100989622/150

6 Charlotte W. April 28, 2012 at 11:59 AM

I really enjoy shopping at DressBarn. They have the latest styles, and DressBarn has very helpful sales associates.

7 Stephanie B. April 28, 2012 at 12:04 PM

watercolor rose tank dress

8 Melissa Hartley April 28, 2012 at 12:05 PM

Wow, I looked in the sale section & found this!! :) Love it Love it!!
Floral and Leopard Print Top

9 Donna C April 28, 2012 at 12:22 PM

I like the watercolor poppy skirt.

10 courtney b April 28, 2012 at 12:38 PM

i like the ruffled rose tank

11 Jennifer Fox April 28, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Love the Metallic-Lined Tier Skirt!

12 ELIZABETH April 28, 2012 at 12:59 PM

I really like the Floral Poncho and Tank Duet.

13 DAMIAN JARREAU April 28, 2012 at 1:04 PM

I like the Mixed Paisley Hobo Bag

14 Heather H April 28, 2012 at 1:59 PM

Watercolor Floral Maxi Dress

15 Jesselyn A/Jesstinger April 28, 2012 at 2:07 PM

While as a petite, I generally find the clothing at Dress Barn is a poor fit for me – I could go on a wild and crazy shopping spree on their accessories and jewelry – which like you – I just adore and the prices are unbeatable! I honestly have DOZENS of favorites! Here are a few:

Shell Flower Earrings, Triple Row Shell & Glass Necklace, Facet & Metallic Bead Set, lots of their belts(!), and also the Cap-Sleeved Cowl Neckl Top (Sale) in both Teal and Coral, and finally – the big splurge – the ITALIAN SHOEMAKERS ® Mock-Croc Beaded T-Strap, Wide ($39.99)…

Thanks for another great giveaway!

16 Betty Antibus April 28, 2012 at 2:27 PM

I like the print tee Sublimation

17 christine jessamine April 28, 2012 at 2:33 PM

i like the Pleated Sumblimation-Print Tee!

18 kelly t April 28, 2012 at 3:02 PM
19 Laura C April 28, 2012 at 3:02 PM

I like Swirl Top Tummy Control Swimsuit

20 Kathlyne April 28, 2012 at 3:23 PM

I like the Textured Flower with Stones Stretch Ring and other jewelry.

21 Adrienne gordon April 28, 2012 at 3:31 PM

i like the shoe selection

22 brandy g. April 28, 2012 at 3:45 PM

Watercolor Floral Maxi Dress

23 Claire April 28, 2012 at 4:46 PM

I would like the Floral Applique Bag

24 Gina April 28, 2012 at 5:27 PM

I want the Peacock Print Keyhole Dress

25 Mary Happymommy April 28, 2012 at 6:50 PM

I like the Zipped and Tasseled Satchel.
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26 robyn paris April 28, 2012 at 7:03 PM

i like the tropical bead neck tank

27 melissa n April 28, 2012 at 10:02 PM

i like the Mixed-Texture Hat. i love a good floppy hat.

28 Jennifer April 28, 2012 at 11:06 PM

I really like the Scarf Print Poncho and Tank Duet.

29 sarah w April 28, 2012 at 11:35 PM

I would love the Petite’s Lace Inset Tee!

30 Kelley L. April 29, 2012 at 5:43 AM
31 Cynthia C April 29, 2012 at 8:23 AM

I would like to get Embellished Cuff Denim Capris

32 randi April 29, 2012 at 8:29 AM

They have some adorable dresses in the Plus Sizes that I would love to have! So often plus sizes are so old ladyish & this are great!

33 jodi lasher April 29, 2012 at 8:45 AM
34 Jennifer Rogers April 29, 2012 at 9:25 AM

I want the Embroidered Tie Dye Peasant Blouse in Bimini Splash!

35 Lois M. April 29, 2012 at 9:56 AM

Hi! :) Well, being inspired by you, I checked out the jewelery section, since I very rarely do that (in the store, I mean), and liked the danglies from the Rosette, Glass Cluster, Hoop Earring Trio set. :)

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36 Francine Anchondo April 29, 2012 at 10:00 AM

Zigzag Pleat Dress

37 Danielle Papsis April 29, 2012 at 10:52 AM

I liked their Chrysanthemum Pajama Set

38 Tiffany (NatureMom) April 29, 2012 at 11:12 AM

I love their spring/summer tops
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39 carol April 29, 2012 at 11:27 AM

I like the Sequined Neckline Peasant Top

40 Debra Hall
April 29, 2012 at 11:47 AM

Ruffle and Polkadot Pajama very cute

41 Leann Lindeman April 29, 2012 at 1:17 PM

I have lots of favorites… one of them is the Crochet Neck Bar Back Tee

42 Erin Rok April 29, 2012 at 2:12 PM

I love that striped straw tote, very cute :)

43 Christina April 29, 2012 at 2:33 PM

I really like the Pleated Mixed-Print Peasant Top and Colorblocked Stud Neck Tank

44 Charlotte Padgett April 29, 2012 at 2:45 PM

I really want the multi compartment nylon tote in grey.

45 Jessie C. April 29, 2012 at 2:46 PM

I like Crinkled Watercolor Scarf

46 Amanda Alvarado April 29, 2012 at 5:00 PM

I like the Tiered Tie-Dye Skirt

47 Cari Schroeder April 29, 2012 at 5:29 PM

I want the Pleated Floral Sweetheart Dress! Great for spring!

48 Kathleen April 29, 2012 at 6:28 PM

I like the Floral Applique Bag

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49 Kris April 29, 2012 at 7:02 PM
50 Erika P. April 29, 2012 at 7:32 PM

I would love to have the Wing-Collar Blazer in Ivory.

51 Sue Hull April 29, 2012 at 8:05 PM

I’d like to have the long shell and glass necklace in blue. Thanks for the giveaway.

52 Andrea Williams April 29, 2012 at 8:48 PM

I like the Shell flower earrings.

53 Sarah L April 29, 2012 at 8:52 PM

I learned they have a store at Colorado Mills, 5 mi away from me.
Thanks for the contest.

54 catherine c April 29, 2012 at 11:54 PM

i like the QUPID Ruffled Leopard Peeptoes

55 Jan Messali April 30, 2012 at 12:51 AM

I like the Tasseled Keyhole Peasant Top.
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56 Brittani April 30, 2012 at 1:01 AM

The ruffled rose tank is beautiful!

57 Nicole O. April 30, 2012 at 1:04 AM


—————- I absolutely LOVE this Gold Textured Collar Necklace !!! :)

58 Lisa Davis April 30, 2012 at 4:36 AM

I like the Ruffled Animal Print Dress

59 Gladys Parker April 30, 2012 at 5:07 AM
60 Carolsue April 30, 2012 at 5:11 AM

I like the Rosette Sublimation Top

61 Gladys Parker April 30, 2012 at 5:20 AM

RC is still having issues must be. My tweet for 4/30 at 5:19am https://twitter.com/#!/sueparks2003/status/196889400767025152
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62 Kathy Rambousek April 30, 2012 at 11:38 AM

I’ve always been a fan of their sweaters and the Metallic Wave Cardigan one catches my eye right now

63 crystle tellerday April 30, 2012 at 12:39 PM

i like all the nice clothes they sell

64 Seyma Shabbir April 30, 2012 at 5:29 PM

Love the swimsuits I NEED ONE!

65 Noelle B. April 30, 2012 at 8:37 PM

I love that they carry petites. It’s so hard to get nice clothing for my 5ft tall frame!

66 Christine April 30, 2012 at 10:28 PM

Glitter Strap Peep toe Shoes

67 Sandra W. April 30, 2012 at 11:34 PM

I love the maxi dresses

68 heather eg kaufmanh May 1, 2012 at 3:23 AM

sequin heart tee

69 tracey byram May 1, 2012 at 8:19 AM

I like the Cork Detail Thong Wedges.

70 Catie May 1, 2012 at 2:03 PM

I love the Floral Ruched Waist Dress!

71 Crystal May 2, 2012 at 5:45 AM

I love the Striped Belted Ruffle Hem Dress!

72 Kristi C May 2, 2012 at 5:54 AM

I like the Belted Diamond Tank Dress.

73 Irene May 2, 2012 at 8:57 AM

Did not know they had a nice variety of shoes.

74 Brittany C May 2, 2012 at 10:07 AM

I like their Baroque Print Lace Neck Tee:) Thanks for the giveaway!

75 Amanda May 2, 2012 at 10:15 AM

I like the shoes

76 clynsg May 2, 2012 at 10:25 AM

I like the petite Extended Tab Trousers.

77 Angela May 3, 2012 at 2:45 AM

I love the Abstract Butterfly Maxi Dress

78 Pinky Sade May 3, 2012 at 6:26 AM

i like the Colorblocked Stud Neck Tank

79 david basile May 3, 2012 at 12:19 PM

Butterfly Side Drape Dress

80 Erin Collins May 3, 2012 at 11:43 PM

I like the Zebra-Banded Tropical Floral Maxi Dress.

81 Jude Skocki Kelly May 3, 2012 at 11:45 PM

I love the Pleated Rosette Dress

82 susan varney May 4, 2012 at 7:48 AM

i like the MOOTSIES TOOTSIES Bow Cutout Heels

83 Deb Kovac May 5, 2012 at 9:18 AM

I did not know that they sold shoes and watches. I would love to be able to get one of them.

84 Carla Garcia May 5, 2012 at 11:51 AM

i love the abstract butterfly maxi dress

85 clenna May 5, 2012 at 1:13 PM

I visited the site and love the Tab Detail Tummy Control Pants

86 Liz Terek May 5, 2012 at 6:05 PM
87 Ashley May 5, 2012 at 9:43 PM

I like the striped flower tie back tee, it’s really cute.


88 Heather S May 5, 2012 at 11:37 PM

Mutli-Strap Slingbacks are cute

89 Cassie May 6, 2012 at 1:51 AM
90 Karen Gonyea May 6, 2012 at 9:39 AM

LOVE the Filigree Bead Necklace – LOVELY :)

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91 Jennifer May 6, 2012 at 8:59 PM

I like the Qupid Crossover pleat peeptoes

92 LeAnn B May 7, 2012 at 9:28 AM

I have 2 weddings to go to in June and I found MANY dresses online that I want to try on at my local Dress Barn. It is so hard to find dresses at a reasonable price and Dress Barn has many choices to pick from.

93 Reejen May 7, 2012 at 9:47 AM

They have a lot of cute jewelry. I like the Pearl and Chain Swag Necklace the most.
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94 kristin sawatzke May 7, 2012 at 10:41 AM

I learned there is a dress barn near me!! I didn’t know there was!

95 Alicia K May 7, 2012 at 10:16 PM

i like the accent bangle set

96 Jeanine May 7, 2012 at 11:13 PM

I like the Banded Feather Shift

97 Lily Kwan May 8, 2012 at 4:38 AM

The Stencil Flower and Crystal Necklace looks very nice!

98 Mallory bordelon May 8, 2012 at 10:16 AM

I learned that I have a dress barn in my city!!!! yay!!

99 Susan Chester May 8, 2012 at 8:35 PM

I love the Tiered Floral Skirt-so cute and affordable.

100 mframe May 8, 2012 at 10:06 PM

I like the Bead Neck Paisley Tank

101 Kristen May 9, 2012 at 1:21 AM

I like the Flower Garden Tank Dress.

102 Gianna May 9, 2012 at 3:28 AM

Damask Daisy Sheath dress.

103 dario moniz May 9, 2012 at 11:52 AM

i like the Floral Ribbon-Belted Dress

104 Michelle C May 9, 2012 at 5:05 PM

I really like the Ruffled Cutout Dress. Thanks for the chance to win!
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105 Hoa Le May 9, 2012 at 9:47 PM

I like the Belted Lace Trim Tank.

106 kimbuckjr May 10, 2012 at 2:46 AM

I absolutely WANT/NEED the “Canvas Floral Espadrilles.” These sandals would be perfect for summer. Totally cute shoe.

107 Judith B. May 10, 2012 at 5:30 AM

I like the Chiffon Overlay Tank

108 Janice Cooper May 10, 2012 at 7:56 PM

I like the Watercolor Shantung Cardigan. Thank you for this fabulous giveaway :)

109 tamar May 10, 2012 at 8:59 PM

Abstract Hologram Dot Blouse is cute!

110 Anna May 11, 2012 at 3:21 PM

who doesn’t love dress barn!

111 Valerie Taylor Mabrey May 12, 2012 at 8:23 PM

Floral Paisley Poncho and Tank Duet
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112 mell May 12, 2012 at 9:11 PM

Rose Faux wrap dress is one of my favorites

113 Allison May 12, 2012 at 10:38 PM

I would like the Belted Diamond Tank Dress.

114 Tim Stephens May 12, 2012 at 10:49 PM

I’d love to get the Metallic-Lined Tier Skirt for my wife

115 Shirley Hicks May 12, 2012 at 11:25 PM

i like the Splash Print Embellished Neck Tank

116 Sarah May 13, 2012 at 12:32 PM

I like the Paisley Bandeau One Piece SwimSuit.

117 Rajee Pandi May 13, 2012 at 3:24 PM
118 Erica C. May 13, 2012 at 5:41 PM

I like the Tiered Blouson Dress.

119 tallcapp May 13, 2012 at 8:32 PM

Of course I like that they carry petites as I am very short.

120 Melanie Montgomery May 13, 2012 at 8:44 PM
121 Alisha L. May 13, 2012 at 9:41 PM

I’m loving the Pintucked Ruffled Button-Down shirt!

122 Christine May 13, 2012 at 11:19 PM

like the Floral Ribbon-Belted Dress

123 Just Coupons May 13, 2012 at 11:52 PM

I like the Long Shell and Glass Necklace

124 Lisa Williams May 14, 2012 at 1:10 AM

I love the Piped Seersucker Dress.

125 April V. May 14, 2012 at 5:45 AM

I like the Shawl Collar Cabled Henley and it is on sale for $10.50!

126 Jennifer R May 14, 2012 at 7:25 AM

I like the Multi Bead Necklace.

127 Janice May 14, 2012 at 10:04 AM

I really like the Sheer Matte Paneled Skirt!

128 McKim May 14, 2012 at 11:08 AM

I like the Ikat Cardigan and Embellished Tank Duet

129 amy deeter May 14, 2012 at 11:14 AM

i re ally love the swimsuits

130 Carol Foster May 14, 2012 at 11:16 AM

I love the Asymmetrical Ruffled Floral Dress

131 Roxann Clark May 14, 2012 at 12:22 PM

I would like the Floral Applique Bag

132 mary gardner May 14, 2012 at 12:27 PM

i really like the paisley bandeau one piece swimsuit

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133 Karen May 14, 2012 at 12:39 PM

I want the multi strap slingbacks. Thanks for the giveaway.

134 Brandi May 14, 2012 at 1:52 PM

I want the ruffled rose tank!

135 Nicole C. May 14, 2012 at 2:33 PM

I like the Boho Bead Drop Necklace.

136 taylor marves May 14, 2012 at 4:40 PM

i really love the Asymmetrical Tulip Blouson Dress
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137 Kyl Neusch May 14, 2012 at 5:04 PM

the Filigree Bead Necklace

138 shirley pebbles May 14, 2012 at 7:14 PM

I like the Split Waist Trousers for petities

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139 Carrie May 14, 2012 at 7:17 PM

I lve the Floral Ribbon-Belted Dress

140 Claire Mckeon May 14, 2012 at 8:20 PM

I like the RIALTO ® Mixed Bead Wedges

141 carol lewis May 14, 2012 at 8:34 PM

Floral Applique Bag

142 Tara May 14, 2012 at 9:29 PM

The Qupid crossover pleat peeptoe shoes are too cute.

143 Brittney House May 14, 2012 at 9:48 PM

I like the zigzag pleat dress!

144 Carolyn K. May 14, 2012 at 10:23 PM

I like the Buckled Stretch Belt

145 Charlene Kuser May 14, 2012 at 10:32 PM

I would love the Belted Cap-Sleeve Paisley Dress

146 Erica G May 14, 2012 at 11:00 PM

I like the Circle Jacquard Dress.

147 Barbara Long May 14, 2012 at 11:56 PM

I want the Abstract Butterfly Maxi Dress.


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