I love to enter contests, and my husband jokes that I win them often enough that we should be declaring the value of my prizes on our taxes. And because of contests I’ve ended up following a lot of brands on Instagram: I follow a brand I like, who partners with a brand for a contest so I follow that brand who partners with another couple brands to host a contest so I follow those brands, and on we go. This is how I was introduced to Remie Girl. When I first came across them, I fell in love their Pocket Skirts, which I thought my daughter would adore. However, in first grade, at the ripe old age of six, my former dress-and-skirt-loving daughter decided that she was going all pants, all the time. So I watched all Remie Girl’s beautiful Instagram posts in my feed, full of twirly dresses and adorable skirts, and debated unfollowing them because my daughter simply wasn’t into their style of clothing no matter how much I was. I am incredibly glad I did not do that because in August they introduced a Mom + Mini line and I would have kicked myself for missing it.
Honestly, when I saw the dresses, I wasn’t totally into them because they didn’t look particularly attractive on the hanger. But I’d been stumped on what to do for family photos, so I showed them to my daughter and jokingly asked if we should get matching dresses for the pictures. To my surprise, she got really excited and said we should! So, I said we’d order the dresses and see how we liked them. It turned out that the launch offered two styles to choose from: the Day Dress and the Remie Raglan. Remie Girl is a smaller company that does limited runs and I’m terrible at budgeting and great at splurging so I ordered both styles (in part because the Raglans are always Buy One, Get One 50% Off!).
I used Remie Girl’s size charts to order and, while their adult size charts indicated I should order my normal size(s), I found their children’s size charts to be less helpful as they put my nearly-seven-year-old in size fours and fives. I made the decision to order a size six and a size seven in both of the styles I purchased. (While I get that sizing is relative depending on where you shop, normally, she’d wear a seven-ish, and I’d have her try an eight on to see if it fit well enough that I could buy it and squeeze an extra year of wear out of it.)
When the dresses arrived, I must admit was a bit disappointed in the packaging. Usually when I order from these small Instagram companies, the packaging is something special. These were clear plastic bags inside a branded heavy plastic shipping envelope. But there was adorable confetti inside, which my daughter insisted on keeping and still has. Most importantly, the product arrived undamaged and was so neatly packaged that I didn’t have to steam it before wearing it, which is pretty impressive.
The material for both dresses is very soft and comfortable. The Day Dresses are 95% Modal and 5% Spandex; they feel less “silky” and a bit heavier or sturdy than the Remie Raglans, which are 92% Modal and 8% Spandex. The Raglan is so soft that it feels like you sneakily managed to leave the house in your favorite pajamas.
As for fit, I was really pleasantly surprised! As I said, I didn’t love how the adult Day Dress looked on the hanger. I know that an empire waist can go either way on me depending on where the waistline hits and I was really worried about the big saggy pockets, which is why I warned my daughter ahead of time that were ordering the dresses to try to be twins for our photos. (Have I mentioned we look nothing alike—she got my husband’s coloring—so this twinning thing is a hysterical concept?) And the Remie Raglan is a shapeless t-shirt dress which is not a style that has flattered me at any size I have ever been. It turns out that the Day Dress was a perfect fit in my usual size and the pockets pretty much disappear into the skirt once the dress is on. You know what that means? I am living every woman’s dream: I AM WEARING A DRESS WITH POCKETS. Oh yeah. The sleeves are very fitted, but not too tight. In a perfect world, I’d move the waist line down a couple inches, but even as a woman with—oh, let’s just be blunt—big boobs, the empire waist works. (One note: The placement of the empire waist allows this dress to work as a maternity piece.)
I tried on the Raglan and actually had to go down a size, so clearly it’s my new favorite dress ever. My usual size actually hung so loosely that it accentuated my breasts in a really unflattering way; with the high spandex content, there’s a bit of a sheen to the fabric and it catches the light on curvy places. But even going down a size, it’s still a very loose comfy t-shirt dress that looks great with leggings for fall. I could totally get more of them and make it my seasonal uniform. (Seriously, guys: psst…Remie Girl: RESTOCK.) The sleeves on this one are much looser, like a raglan (baseball) t-shirt, go figure.
Now, I liked how both dresses looked on me and immediately felt comfortable in them. My daughter proclaimed me beautiful. But my favorite shopping partner is my husband because, at my request, he is always very honest. When, I asked him what he thought about these dresses. I was surprised to hear that he thought both dresses looked good on me. He’s not generally a fan of unstructured knit dresses and actually sounded a bit surprised himself that he liked them!
Alright, so the Mom dresses were a hit. What about the Minis? Well, I am very glad I didn’t use their size charts to order the dresses or I would have been pretty ticked that we would have missed on out on getting the Day Dress at least (The Remie Raglan is still in stock in my favorite color). Like the adult Raglan, the child’s dress runs big. We decided to keep the size seven, though. The six was a little bit too short and we worried that the dress might not make through the winter; I’d rather have a dress that’s too loose in the body a little bit big in the shoulders than one that’s going to fit for just two or three months. The fit in the sleeves was the same as the Mom version: tight in the Day Dress, loose in the Raglan. And like the adult Day Dress, I’d like to see the empire waist dropped an inch or two. The height of the waist is very “little girl,” and the older girls get, the less cute that look is.
My daughter loves both her dresses. She had to wait six weeks before she was allowed to wear the Day Dress because I wouldn’t let her wear it until our photo session. Now every time the dresses are back in her closet after laundry is done, she immediately wears them. She likes that they’re soft (and she claims that they twirl, although neither of them really do). I think she likes that they’re loose and comfortable. There’s a lot more room in them than in the standard tunic dresses that are in her closet, and the modal/spandex fabric is a lot softer than the cotton that makes up her other everyday dresses.
What don’t I like about the dresses? The care. They’re all machine wash cold and hang dry, which is a pain because that means they’re a separate load of laundry from everything else. Also, once dry, the fabric is full of wrinkles. (And I have tried drying them flat, too, to see if that helps. It does not.) The wrinkles are less obvious on the patterned Day Dresses than on the solid-colored Raglans, but they’re still there, which means the dresses have to be steamed before they can be worn again. That would be a pain in any case, but it’s a particular pain when these dresses have so quickly become favorites of both me and my daughter and are worn as quickly as they’re laundered.
I mentioned above that I ordered multiple sizes of my daughter’s dresses. I did the same for myself, since I’d never ordered from Remie Girl before. I’m happy to say the return process was a breeze. You have fourteen days from the date of purchase to return unwashed, unworn items, so you do have to be quick! You simply send the company an email and then send your items (at your expense) back to them. My refund was processed correctly and quickly. Easy peasy!
I encourage you to check out Remie Girl’s website and the different items they offer, or visit them on Facebook. Follow them on Instagram to stay in the know regarding upcoming launches because things sell out within hours (if not sooner) when they launch or restock items. They’re very responsive to comments Instagram, too, which is great if you have questions about launches or products. But maybe I shouldn’t tell you all this, because I’m creating competition…I mean, I did manage to snag my daughter’s holiday dress during the most recent launch a couple weeks ago, but I don’t want to have to fight you over the next Mom + Mini collection…