When I go shopping, I always try to buy from sustainable fashion brands every chance I get, even if I have to pay more. But what I hate doing is to compromise my style just to support a particular brand. In the end, shopping should be about buying clothes that you truly love. Sadly, many sustainable fashion brands tend to make very basic and loose-fitted clothes. But at Reformation, I can find everything from casual staples to cocktail dresses that are actually cute AND sustainable. And that’s why I love shopping at the Reformation. Without further ado, let’s dive into the main topic – Reformation review.
- Reformation Sale
- Reformation Shopping Tips
- Reformation Review – Dickinson Dress
- Reformation Review – Amery Dress
The clothes at the Reformation are expensive. Running at US$200 on average for a dress, it’s hard to convince yourself to buy from them. But the good news is, there are 3 major Reformation sale events. Remember these important dates because you do not want to miss them!
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- Reformation’s End-of-Summer Sale. It usually happens around August and lasts for a month until things are sold out.
- Reformation’s Black Friday Sale. I believe the sale stopped right after Cyber Monday in 2016.
- Reformation’s End-of-Year Sale – In case you miss their Black Friday sale, December is your chance.
Reformation’s Shopping Tips
- Be decisive and act quick if you are on the petite side because small sizes get sold out fast.
- Buy online instead of going to the Reformation stores because you cannot return anything that you purchase in store. But you can exchange within 14 days.
- Shop at Reformation’s sample sale events. You can find out different sample sale events on Chicmi.
Reformation Review – Dickinson Dress
I will give this Reformation dress a 8.5 out of 10.
- Pros: I feel incredibly sexy and confident in the Dickinson dress, and it is extremely versatile and travel-friendly.
- Cons: The material is very sheer, and the dress doesn’t feel durable. The Dickinson dress is also fairly expensive, but if you wear it as often as I do, the cost per wear is super low. Overall, I highly recommend this Reformation dress. Although it has sold out, you can find other similar dresses below:
Made with 100% georgette fabric, this Reformation dress feels flimsy, and it looks sheer and crinkled at first. But when I put it on, the light-weight material actually drapes beautifully, and the color is dark enough to prevent see-through. Also, I grow to love the material because it’s so easy to maintain, good to travel with, and cool enough for summer despite the long sleeves.
The Dickinson dress is a tight-fitted wrap dress with a low v-neck. According to the Reformation’s website, the dress is not bra-friendly, it’s more suitable for a small bust. But I am a size D, and I look fine with a sticky bra underneath. I usually don’t wear many low-cut clothes due to a fear of looking trashy, but I feel incredibly sexy and classy in this dress. So for you ladies who have a bigger bust, don’t shy away from the dress. Try it on first. If you don’t like it, the Reformation offers free return shipping within 30 calendar days.
This Reformation dress is very travel friendly because of its day-to-night style and summer-to-winter versatility. I took the dress with me to Argentina, and I wore it 3 times to different occasions – a fancy fixed-menu dinner at iLatina, a night club, and a day-time sightseeing tour. Also, the material dries super fast, so you can hand wash the dress the night before and wear it again the next day.
Even though the Reformation’s website recommends to hand wash the dress, I have been doing machine wash in cold water and then hang dry. Also when I hang dry the dress, I don’t have to iron or steam it to get that straight, non-wrinkled look.
Note: I always put delicate clothes in a laundry bag first before putting them in the washer. I also wash all my clothes with Woolite and cold water only.
I have been wearing the dress every week (literally) since I bought it last October. The dress still holds up fairly well after 20-30 washes. That’s pretty good, right? But given how sheer the material is, I have a feeling that the dress might not be as durable as I’d like. Anyway, I will keep you updated.
This Reformation dress is extremely versatile, and it’s suitable for many occasions from day to night all year around. Here are some outfit ideas:
- Outfit #1, Summer, day – Wear it alone with a pair of espadrilles
- Outfit #2, Spring, day – Pair it with a classic trench coat and a pair of black flats
- Outfit #3, Fall, night – Pair it with a black leather jacket and a pair of over-the-knee black boots
- Outfit #4, Winter, night – Pair it with a faux-fur coat, tights and a pair of over-the-knee black boots
- Outfit #5, Winter, day – Wear it underneath a sweater first. Then pair it with a thick pea coat, knit tights and booties.
I am so in love with this Dickinson dress. I highly recommend to buy a similar Reformation dress if you are looking for a versatile, day-to-night dress. Here are some similar Reformation dresses I found:
Reformation Review – Amery Dress
I bought this Amery dress when I was looking for a simple summer dress that’s good for traveling. For the purpose I purchased this dress for, I rate it a 6.3 out of 10.
- Pros: This Reformation dress is made of Tencel and Linen, making it very durable, breathable, and travel friendly. And I love the style. Very simple and girly, and the best part? This Reformation dress comes with two big pockets! Who doesn’t like pockets?
- Cons: The Amery dress wrinkles super easily, and it’s difficult to maintain a polish look. Also, the center button design makes it “difficult” to put on. Lastly, it’s not versatile – I can’t wear it during winter, nor can I wear it at night.
I am in a love-hate relationship with the fabric. This Tencel – linen hybrid fabric is very durable, breathable and travel-friendly. But if you want that polish straightened look, you have to take the dress to dry clean or iron it with high heat. Otherwise, it wrinkles and creases super easily.
I really like the fit and the style. With the adjustable spaghetti straps and fitted torso, I can go without a bra despite being a size D. I also love the sweetheart neckline and the A-line cut. When I am swirling around in this dress, I feel very girly. I took away one point mainly because of the center-button design. I think it takes longer to put on the dress.
The Amery dress is good for summer-time traveling because the fabric is super breathable, so it helps wick away body odor and sweat. It also dries fast. But I take off 3 points because it creases super easily, and the center-button style makes it hard to take on and off.
The Reformation website tells you to dry clean only. But I have always machine-washed in cold water and hanged dry. Obviously, the dress has shrunk a bit (not noticeable), and the dark navy color has faded away. But overall, the Amery dress has gotten so much softer. I took out 3 points because it wrinkles too easily, and I have to iron it for more formal events, like say, fancy dinners. Also if you want to maintain the color and the sizing, then you have to dry clean. Once the dress touches water, it will shrink and lose the color vibrancy.
I have been beating this dress around and even took it with me when I traveled overseas. The Amery dress still holds up well because the fabric is so strong, and I don’t have to be super careful with it. The last thing I need to worry about when traveling is getting holes and cuts with this dress.
When I first bought this Reformation dress, I thought “maybe I can wear it during winter time”. Nope. I tried so many different pairings such as layering a thin long sleeves underneath and wearing a sweater over it, etc.. None of these worked because linen is such a summer fabric.
In addition, I don’t think this is a day-to-night dress because it wrinkles too easily. Maybe I am picky, but when I go to a fancy dinner, I want to look impeccable – well, at least wear a wrinkle-free dress. I am very meticulous when it comes to clothes.
I will not recommend you to buy the Amery dress if you are to purchase your very first Reformation dress. That’s because I love the Reformation, and I want you to love it too. But overall, I still like a linen dress in my closet. And if you are to get a linen Reformation dress, buy one that can carry you to night time activities. I recommend the Reformation dresses below:
I hope you find this Reformation review helpful. I have two Reformation tops, and I will be reviewing them soon. Did I miss anything? Please let me know if you have any comments below!
Smile and style on!