Review: Maggy London Petites

A question popped up over at the forum about the fit of Maggy London Petites, which is a line of petite dresses that unfortunately only go down to a size 2P. I’ve seen this petite dress line at my local Nordstrom department store, so while I was at the mall returning some BR merchandise, I took a detour into Nordstrom and grabbed all the Maggy London Petite size 2P’s I could find.

First up, this knit dress in size 2P:

Close up of how much extra fabric there is:

Click “Continue Reading…” for more dresses and my verdict.


Next up, this stretch satin sheath dress in size 2P:

Extra fabric:

Last, this ruffle trim dress in size 2P:

 Extra fabric, and wow, those ruffles are overwhelming:

Verdict: Based on fit, the knit dress was the best. It had a nice drape that actually followed my curves, and the linear lines were slimming. It needs some major hemming, which is made difficult by the knit fabric, and is still a little too big.

Based on style, I like the sheath dress best. It is definitely at least one size too big, but the style is modern and youthful. It needs some hemming, which is made difficult by the ruffle detail running down the side. If it is taken up too much, you’re now eating into the ruffle detail. This dress also comes in black, brown, and navy.

The ruffle dress just makes me look like a child…which is not exactly a good look for a petite woman wanting to look sophisticated. Everything about this dress was bad, from the length, to the width, to the ruffles.

Maggy London Petites are still too big for me in their smallest size, so I won’t be buying them any time soon. The length was also incredibly long for a petite dress…which makes me wonder what their fit model was for this line. Definitely not someone near 5’0″.

10 Comments

  • Reply February 24, 2010

    AnnJames

    That's really surprising that the dresses are that long! I am 5'3" and I think a 2P would fit me (LOVE the knit one, gorgeous lines!), but I think it'd still be too long. Very strange.

  • Reply February 24, 2010

    Ms. Shopportunity

    Maggie London is hit or miss for me. In theory, I could probably wear the 2P or 4P, but the few times I've ordered sale/clearance dresses from Nordstrom they've never fit me quite right.

  • Reply February 24, 2010

    Alterations Needed

    AnnJames – Yeah, the length was crazy long for a petite line. I'm a little confused.

    Ms. Shopportunity – What a shame. Too bad the fit doesn't work for you!

  • Reply February 24, 2010

    Anonymous

    What shoes are you wearing? They look very cute. Too bad about the line being too large.

  • Reply February 24, 2010

    Alterations Needed

    Anonymous – He he…my shoes are Kate Spade black suede kitten heels that I obsessed over to the point where I called every single Kate Spade boutique one night to track them down in a size 5. I had them shipped at the way from the NY boutique. =P They are a few years old now…but my favorite kitten heels EVER!

  • Reply February 24, 2010

    Tiffany

    I've never tried this line but may have to look next time I'm at Nordstrom. thanks for the review!

  • Reply February 25, 2010

    Red

    Maggy London is hit or miss for me, too. I'm 5'1 and generally a size 6/8P in dresses. Since I'm not a super tiny petite, it's not that they are too big, but I often find that the proportions are off. Most ML dresses are too long and often the waist is in an odd spot (as if it hadn't been reworked to fit a shorter torso). Still, at least ML *offers* a petite line when so many other brands do not.

  • Reply March 13, 2010

    Half-Pint

    I have one Maggy London dress that I get lots of compliments on…but it is just a tad too long and a tad too broad at the shoulders and neckline. Haven't seen this line a lot in stores near me!

  • Reply October 18, 2010

    Anonymous

    chicas pueden encontrar una misma talla con diferentes medidas y esto es normal eso depende de quien lo fabrica solo que no especifican la estatura o tipo de cuerpo al cual dirigen ese corte normalmente les quedara de busto por ejemplo puede se para chicas con cintura grande y cadera normal PARECE UNA TONTERIA! PERO NO LO ES….

  • Reply May 25, 2011

    Anonymous

    chicas pueden encontrar una misma talla con diferentes medidas y esto es normal eso depende de quien lo fabrica solo que no especifican la estatura o tipo de cuerpo al cual dirigen ese corte normalmente les quedara de busto por ejemplo puede se para chicas con cintura grande y cadera normal PARECE UNA TONTERIA! PERO NO LO ES….

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