Dress Shopping At dressbarn | [CLOSED GIVEAWAY]

Dress Shopping at dressbarn


Kaytlin and I are preparing for a five day getaway coming this August and I am beyond giddy! We will both be headed to NYC to attend BlogHer ‘12. Kaytlin has expressed an interest in starting a blog, so I thought this would be a fabulous experience for her to tag along and possibly connect with a few brands that interest her as well as sit in on a few sessions!

Once our conference and airline tickets were purchased we both hit panic mode, though. Why? Because we both knew our closets were full of t-shirts and jean shorts. Definitely not the best attire to make a great first impression. dressbarn was happy to help us out in this department.

We visited a new to us location on the other side of the city. Because each store receives a little something different we were pleasantly surprised at the large selection of dresses and began to weigh our arms down… heavily. Everywhere we turned we found another dress that we loved the cut, style &/or print on and added it our pile to try on.

Then it was off to the dressing room for fashion show mode! 


I am going to show the good, the bad and the ugh!

These first four dresses… there was one I loved, one I felt like I was an old woman trying to be young, and two that I liked but wanted to make sure I didn’t love something else first. Imagine my mood when after the first four dresses, I had three contenders?! Have you ever had a shopping trip that turned up nothing? I do often… so I was beyond happy at this point.


Then it was Kaytlin’s turn to model for me. To be honest, I loved all of these dresses on her. Look how much cuter she was in the orange dress than I was! She adored two of them, liked one and was okay with the fourth. She was a happy girl as well!


Here are four that didn’t make the cut. At this point in our shopping trip we were being a little silly… sorry for the faces. Although I loved these dresses on the hanger, I didn’t feel they flattered my body at all.


Can you guess which one Kaytlin didn’t like? The other three went to her “I LIKE IT!” pile.


My last three dresses… I liked one a lot, one was ok and the third I didn’t have an opinion either way really (in no particular order).


I have always had issues with not liking my arms, so I had to try a few dresses on with shrugs. I ended up liking a couple of the shrugs with all of the dresses in my “I like it” pile… so then the debating game began. I had to pick two dresses out of a stack of four that I liked as did Kaytlin.

Then we got to accessorize! What girl doesn’t like bangles, bobbles and shiny things?! This display had four sides and we spent quite a bit of time finding the necklace that would work well with our dresses.

What’s an outfit without a new bag, right? dressbarn has so much to choose from and has everything you need to complete an outfit. We spent nearly three hours there trying on clothes and picking out accessories.

I was so surprised how affordable all of these adorable dresses were, too!

Seriously… all of them were under $60!

I remember shopping for interview dresses 16 years ago and spending $75 a dress!

So in the end we finally made our decisions and both of us left the store with a smile (unbelievable… we both found exactly what we needed in one store!). We each have two outfits to reveal that I will post after our BlogHer ‘12 visit in August… so stay tuned!

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  1. courtney b says

    i like the seahorse slingback sandal

  2. Rebecca Xavier says

    I love the Eyelet Border Dress.

  3. I *love* the Two-Tone Tie-Dye Maxi Skirt. I might have to take a closer look at my budget 🙂

  4. Patricia Wojnar Crowley says

    I didn’t realize that they sold womens sizes! That’s great.

  5. Melissa Hartley says

    I like AND want this 🙂 Beaded Lattice Tank
    $29.99 .. never have worn this color before .. beautiful .. thanks!

  6. Okay, here’s my picks for you & Kaytlin: Heather: Black/Green Ruffle Dress w/Black Shrug
    Kaytlin: Purple/Black Floral Dress


  7. Claire says

    love the beaded lattice tank.

  8. lisa says

    Drape Neck Tank Dress

  9. kelly says
  10. Allison says

    Wood and metal teardrop earrings.

  11. Erika says

    Love the striped rosette dress!

  12. Chelsea Saulpaugh says

    I love the Paneled Cotton Skirt.

  13. Rebecca Graham says

    I like the womens Ribbed Jewel Neck Tank.

  14. Sarah L says

    I learned they have a store 4.6 miles from me.
    Thanks for the contest.

  15. love love love the http://www.dressbarn.com/detail/beaded-necklace-halter-dress/101025069/150 (don’t know where i’d wear it, but trust me, i’ll find an occasion!)

  16. I LOVE the BAMBOO ® Sequined Platform Pumps.

  17. Jacqueline Ellis says

    I don’t have any summer dresses. That’s what I would like to get. TY 4 the giveaway.

  18. deb c says

    I love the Crocheted Flourish Pullover.

  19. heather eg kaufman says

    Geometric Flower Halter Maxi Dress

  20. Barbara says

    Love the ribbed jewel neck tank–great price, and the beading is fabulous!

  21. Michele Henneman says

    I love this top. Embellished Keyhole Paisley Blouse

  22. Veronica L says

    I would love to have their Geometric Flower Halter Maxi Dress, beautiful!

  23. Out of all the dress, I really LOVE the blue & Black dress with wearing the black cardigan with. The colors really suit you well 🙂

  24. Danielle Papsis says
  25. Jessie C. says

    I like Mock Croc Panel Tote

  26. Jessie C. says

    blue dress with black cardigan looks good

  27. D Schmidt says

    Visited the site and really like Abstract Floral Button-Down Dress

  28. Amanda Alvarado says

    I love the Patterned Stripe Maxi Dress

  29. Amanda Alvarado says

    I like the 3rd pic in the first set for you (Black w/ black & white swirls and green trim on bottom). For Kaytlin, I like the 4th pic in both of her sets.

  30. Jennifer says

    They have sizes up to 24.

  31. Watercolor Flower Tank Dress

  32. candace swoveland says

    mootsie tootsie shoes

  33. Christina says

    I love the Geometric Flower Halter Maxi Dress

  34. Christina says

    I love the two blue dresses you tried on (the first one with the shrug and the last one in the first set). I love the orange dress on Kaitlyn.. I also like the purple one (3rd one in the second set, I think).

  35. Ruby says

    I like Asymmetrical Ruffled Floral Dress

  36. I like the Ruched Floral Satin Dress!

  37. Andrea Williams says

    I really like this dress – Geometric Flower Halter Maxi Dress. Dress Barn has such classy clothes!

  38. Andrea Williams says

    I like the blue dress for you that was third in the last set of pictures. Then the black/white/green dress that was third in the first set of pictures.

    I like the blue/green/black maxi dress with the black halter for Kaytlin. I also liked her in the blue dress that was fourth in her second set of pictures.

  39. Janice Cooper says

    I did not realize Dress Barn carried so many stylish summer sweaters, vest and cardigans.

  40. Although my favorite is the Border Paisley dress, as i have a love for all things neutral when it comes to dresses.. THe Banded Poppy Jacquard Dress also would be fun with it’s black on white with bright bursts of color

  41. Constance Zimmer says

    I love Love LOVE the jumpsuits!!!!!

  42. Constance Zimmer says

    The 3rd pic of you w/the black, white and green dress was fabulous…. fun by itself, or a little more “businessy” with a black jacket. On Kaitlyn, the 2nd pic of her with the multicolored (black/white/blue/orange) dress with kimono sleeves was fun and adorable!

  43. Tabathia B says

    Braided Belt Capris

  44. Sherry Compton says

    I like the color block drape neck top

  45. Shakeeta W says

    I love the Beaded Necklace Halter Dress!

  46. Shakeeta W says

    I like the green/white/black dress (#3 in the first set of 4) for you and the black/multicolored dress (#2 in the second set of 4) for Kaytlin!

  47. Stephanie Hungerford says

    I think that I would love to try this skirt Tiered Eyelet and Swiss Dot Maxi Skirt

  48. Stephanie Hungerford says

    I like the 1st dress of your last 3 dress but I think it would look better with the jacket of your 2 dress in the same row. I love the modest dresses so I like sleeves and a little bit more length

  49. kathy d says

    bordered geometric surplice dress

  50. Charlotte R says

    I absolutely LOVE the Banded Medallion Dress

  51. I love Dress Barn! I too just bought 2 new dresses for Blogher ’12 from there. They really have so many great choices I can’t pick just one. And it’s not just dresses!

  52. Becky M says

    I like the Banded Watercolor Floral Tank Dress

  53. awesome 50% off sale going on right now! woohoo!

  54. Kendal Barriere says

    I just went to Dress Barn for the first time two weeks ago, and I bought a black shrug over my formal black dress. Loved it!

  55. courtney b says

    i think the last one you tried on was really pretty!:) hope you got it!

  56. Sherry Compton says

    I would like to try the Colorblocked Drape Neck Blouse

  57. Kathy Rambousek says

    I love DressBarn! Not only do I usually find great dresses at affordable prices, but my favorite is peeking at their sweaters.

  58. Sarah Carroll says

    I love the Bohemian Ruffle Tier Maxi Dress.

  59. Lynnette Watkins says

    I like the Beaded Lattice Tank. It’s my style, my color and my name written all over it.

  60. Lynnette Watkins says

    I agree with both of your choices, but there is one dress Kaytlin put on I don’t think she consider. The Black and white dress with the swirly at the bottom looked good on her. Heather the first group of dresses looked better on you.

  61. I like the Floral Tie-Waist Blouse.

  62. I love the Patterned Multicolor Tie-Dye Maxi skirt. So pretty and summery!

  63. Melissa Belle says

    I love the Embellished Neckline Peplum Top

  64. Melissa Belle says

    I love the Embellished Neckline Peplum Top.

  65. nosogirl says

    i like the floral shutter pleat dress

  66. nosogirl says

    heather: larger print blue/black dress with black shrug
    kaytlin: orange/black belted dress

  67. Cindy B says
  68. Lisa Davis says
  69. Lisa Davis says

    I liked the blue dress on you, the last one in the first set of pics. And for Kaytlin, I like the orange one.

  70. Allison B. says

    I like the hooded crochet pullover

  71. Kristen says

    I like the Watercolor Flower Tank Dress

  72. Katie Short says
  73. Denise C says

    I learned that they have petite sizes. I’m short, so that’s good news!

  74. Suzanne B. says

    I like the Floral Cross-Bodice Dress.

  75. Rachel Miller says

    I love the Bohemian Ruffle Tier Maxi Dress!

  76. Kasey says

    I really like the stripped belted jacket! CUTE!

  77. Kasey says

    I LOVE your #3 dress in the first 4 and the #2 dress in the last 3 but with the jacket! In Kaytlin’s I like the #1 and #3 in the first four and # 3 in the last four but my favorite was #4 in the last four!

  78. Danielle says

    I like http://www.dressbarn.com/detail/coloblocked-snake-button-down-dress/101069959/927

    Hot alert!!

    I like the cut of a lot of the dresses, just have to dig for a pattern I like!

  79. Danielle says

    My favorites:

    The green, white and black on you, and http://www.ourkidsmom.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/kaytlindresses2.jpg on Kaytlin!

  80. Ellen B says

    I love the cute shoes

  81. I love that Dress Barn has so may options for all dress sizes.

  82. catherine c says

    i like the Long Shell and Glass Necklace

  83. Shanda Kendall says

    THe Lace Panel Tiered Dress would be the perfect dress for my rehearsal dinner I love it!

  84. Paul T/Pauline T says

    I like the One-Shoulder Crystal Applique Dress – Paul Tran ….. emscout9 at Hotmail dot com

  85. Susana H. says

    I love the Topstitched Tie-Back Dress

  86. tracy p. says

    i learned that they currently have a 20% off sale

  87. Sherry Compton says

    I like Kaitlyn in either the orange dress from the first set of pics or the purple one from the second set of pictures. I thought you looked great in your last dress of the last set of dresses – black on the top and printed skirt.

  88. Jaime says

    I love the Mock Croc Panel Tote.

  89. Sarah VM says

    I like the Ruffled Keyhole Peasant Blouse.

  90. heather c says

    Love the Sequin Stripe Tank!

  91. Cheryl W says

    I didn’t know that Dress Barn sold shoes

  92. nannypanpan says

    i like the sequin stripe shirt

  93. melina r says

    like the fantasy embroidered denim skimmers

  94. tracey byram says

    I like the Glitter Faux Wrap Dress

  95. Jennifer B. says

    They have an extra 25% off sale going on now in July.

  96. Liane says

    I would love to give this to my mom for her upcoming cruise with my dad!!

  97. Carrie says

    I like the Soutache Back High-Low Tank

  98. I didn’t realize that the dress barn had such nice things!!! Love the shoes!!!

  99. I like the dress in the last picture of the 4th set of pictures for K… and for you I like the very last one!!!

  100. Ellen Levickis says

    Tiered Sequin Detail Burnout Tank

  101. Carol W says

    I learned that this is a store that I would love shop at. thanks for the review.

  102. Erika P. says

    I like the QUPID Ruffled Leopard Peeptoes heels.

  103. Amy B says

    *I love the Eyelet Border Dress!

  104. Amy B says

    I like you in the red geometric pattern dress and Kaitlyn in the white black and green dress (mid first row). Either way – looks like u ladies had fun!

  105. Jennifer says

    I like the mixed metal charm frontal necklace

  106. Erin Collins says

    I like the Sequined Rose High-Low Tee.

  107. Anna D-G says

    I can always find something I like at Dress barn

  108. Heather R says

    I like the Embellished Crochet Neck Paisley Tank

  109. Sam Eagle says

    I like the Flutter Sleeve Shadow Stripe Blouse and Tank Duet a lot

  110. Sam Eagle says

    Blue dresses in the Heather dresses 1 & 3 & Kaytlin dresses 2 the last 2 dresses

  111. Kris says
  112. christine jessamine says

    i love the Metallic Crocheted Dress

  113. Tracy Robertson says

    I learned that Dress Barn supports (and it seems very generously) Dress For Success, an organization that helps women obtain needed clothing for things like job interviews!

  114. Tracy Robertson says

    I like the third dress in the first row of pictures of you.

    I like the 4th dress in the second row of pictures of Kaytlin.

  115. Carolsue says

    I like the Chevron Knit Feather Blouse
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  116. Embroidered Peasant Blouson Top

  117. Ani G W says

    I like the bamboo zigzag flats.

  118. clynsg says

    I like the Chevron Knit Feather Blouse.

  119. clynsg says

    Rather wish you had put numbers on the photos. For you, I liked one of the ones you picked–the darker blue print on the right of the screen. For Kaytlin, I liked both the purple print and the blue print that she has thumbs up on–do agree that the neckline on it was more flattering to her.

  120. Kimberly R says

    I want the Stackable Ring Set.

  121. Missy L says

    I like the Tiered Scroll Dress

  122. Missy L says

    I like the 2nd to last dress that you tried on.

  123. Rita M says

    I learned that they post all reviews – warts & all – not just the positive ones – helps you to make an informed purchase.

  124. Lily Kwan says

    I learned that dressbarn operates 838 stores in 47 states.

  125. reeva says

    i didnt know they sold shoes

  126. Lisa L says

    I’d love to have the Metallic Crocheted Dress

  127. reeva says

    the one w/ the black cardigan 2nd one

  128. trixx says

    I like the Pleated Neckline blouse, so chic! trixpixel[at]gmail.com

  129. samyra says

    i like Colorblocked A-Line Dress

  130. I like the Paneled Watercolor Rose skirt

  131. Lily Kwan says

    I think Kaytlin went with the best dress for her and you looked very nice in the third to last dress.

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