Christy Dawn just launched some new spring arrivals and I got a chance to try out the popular Emma Dress! This is actually a dress I’ve had my eye on for awhile. I saw it in person at the Christy Dawn Flagship store in another colorway and thought it was gorgeous! So I was so excited that they brought it back in this beautiful Oat Straw Cream print. Check out my Christy Dawn Emma Dress review below!
Christy Dawn Emma Dress Review
This is another one of those dresses (like the Adele Dress) that I feel has a great combination of sweet and sexy. The ivory lace ruffled trim throughout the dress is really cute. And the adjustable spaghetti straps and adjustable sweatheart neckline give the bodice a sexier touch, IMO. The dress is made from 100% regeneratively grown cotton and it’s really soft and comfortable! The Oat Straw Cream print has a pinking hue overall with purple and blue flowers. There is no lining to this dress and it is slightly sheer. I’m wearing a skirt slip underneath.
Size and Fit
I’m wearing the size small (which is my usual size in Christy Dawn dresses). It definitely fits and I wouldn’t size up or down BUT I did notice this dress has a tighter fit in the bodice. I would say out of all the Christy Dawn dresses that I have this one fits the tightest. Usually, when a dress is adjustable (like the Adele Dress) I have to make it tighter. With this dress I didn’t have to adjust it at all. Luckily, the back of the bodice has a smocked section, so this dress will stretch with your body. But if you have a larger bust or if you can go in-between sizes, I would suggest taking your larger size or sizing up. Sizing notes on the Christy Dawn website say the bodice runs narrow and I think that’s true!
How to Style the Christy Dawn Emma Dress
Since it’s still a little chilly outside I paired my Emma Dress with a Tradlands Shelter Cardigan. I’ve been wanting to try out this popular cardigan because it’s from an ethical fashion brand! It’s a Tradlands staple and comes in several colors throughout the year. This navy blue matches the light blue flowers on the dress really nicely.
I’m wearing a size small in the Tradlands cardigan and I would say it runs true to size. It does have a relaxed fit but I don’t find it too oversized. I definitely could have sized up for a more oversized look – similar to the Jenni Kayne cardigan. I wouldn’t size down because I find the cuffs on my arms to be a little tight if I try to roll them up. It also fits snugly against my hips if I button it up.
I added my Freda Salvador KEEN Mules to complete the look. These woven mules are a favorite of mine for spring. It’s nice to have closed toe shoe options to transition from colder to warmer spring days.
Finally, I added my Sézane woven basket bag. It’s a great catch-all bag for summer. I even think I could fit my cardigan in there when the weather starts warming up!