Sustainable Fashion Review: Reformation Review

Sustainable Fashion Review Reformation Review

Today, I am reviewing my favorite sustainable fashion brand – The Reformation! I love the Reformation because of its style. (Finally a sustainable fashion brand that doesn’t make basic, loose-fitted clothes!!!!) Anyway, without further ado, here is today’s agenda:

Related: Sustainable Fashion Review: Gårdendal

Reformation Review Dickinson Dress

DSC09098

Reformation Review – Dickinson Dress

I will give this Reformation dress an 8 out of 10.

  • Pros: The Dickinson dress is extremely versatile, and it works from day to night all year around. It is also made out of viscose, making it super fast to dry, hard to wrinkle and travel-friendly.
  • Cons: The material is sheer, and the v-neck cut is a little bit too low for me.

Overall, I recommend the Dickinson dress. Although it has sold out, you can find other similar wrap dresses at the Reformation below:

Material

Score: 7/10

Made with 100% georgette fabric, this Reformation dress feels flimsy. When I pulled out this dress from the package, it looked sheer and wrinkled. But when I put it on, the light-weight material actually draped beautifully, and the color was dark enough to prevent see-through. But the material is easy to maintain, good to travel with, and cool enough for summer despite of the long sleeves.

Sizing

Score: 8/10

[Updated] My size is 32D-24-34, and I usually fit size 0 or xs in many places. I ordered a size 0 for this Dickinson dress, and it fits perfectly. One draw back is that the Dickinson dress has a very low v-neck, and it is not bra-friendly. I assume that other wrap dresses in Reformation are going to have a similar fit. In my opinion, this dress as well as other wrap dresses are more suitable for people with a smaller bust. I myself wear a sticky bra underneath this dress, and sometimes the sticky bra will show. To

Travel Friendliness

Score: 9/10

This Reformation dress is very travel friendly and versatile. I took the dress with me to Argentina, and I wore it from day to night to different occasions – a fancy dinner at iLatina, a night club, and a day-time sightseeing tour. Also, the material dries super fast.

Maintenance

Score: 8/10

Even though the Reformation’s website recommends to hand wash the dress, I have been washing it with a laundry bag in machine with cold water.  Also you don’t have to iron the dress if you hang dry it right away.

Durability

Score: 7/10

This dress feels flimsy, but the shape still holds pretty well after many washes. Also the style is pretty “timeless”, considering I bought it in 2016, and the Reformation still makes dresses in this style. It doesn’t look “outdated” or “last seasoned”.

Versatility

Score: 10/10

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.

Reformation Review Dickinson Dress

Reformation Review Dickinson Dress

Reformation Review Amery Dress in Navy

Reformation Review – Amery DressI bought this Amery dress because I had been wanting a linen summer dress. Overall, I rate it a 6 out of 10.

  • Pros: this Reformation dress has 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.

Overall, I don’t really like this Reformation dress because it wrinkles too easily. But I still want to try other linen dress from the Reformation. Here are other Reformation dresses I am drooling over:

Material

Score: 6/10

I am in a love-hate relationship with the fabric. This Tencel – linen hybrid fabric is very durable, breathable and travel-friendly. But this dress wrinkles super easily, and it’s driving me crazy.

Sizing

Score: 9/10

I am 32D-24-34, and I got a size 0 for this Amery dress. I think it’s a bit too tight around the bust area. I went back to the store to try on a size 2, and size 2 fits so much better. *REGRET!* 🙁

Travel Friendliness

Score: 7/10

The Amery dress is good for summer-time traveling because the fabric is super breathable, and the linen helps wick away body odor and sweat.  It also dries fast. But I take off 3 points because the dress wrinkles super easily, and the center-button style makes it hard to take on and off.

Maintenance

Score: 7/10

Although the Reformation website tells you to dry clean this dress only, who has the money and the time to do that?  I wash this dress with a laundry bag in cold water in machine, and then I hang dry the dress to prevent any shrinking. Obviously, the dress has shrunk a bit (not a noticeable amount), and the dark navy color has faded. But overall, you can still machine wash it. I took out 3 points because it wrinkles too easily, and I have to iron it for more formal events.

 

 

Reformation Review Amery Dress in Navy

Reformation Review Amery Dress in Navy

Reformation Sale

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!

Related: Shopping Tips: 10 Ways to Resist Shopping Temptations

  1. Reformation’s End-of-Summer Sale. It usually happens around August and lasts for a month until things are sold out.
  2. Reformation’s Black Friday Sale. I believe the sale stopped right after Cyber Monday in 2016.
  3. 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.

 

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!

SK

5 Comment

  1. Melanie says: Reply

    Looking beautiful! Thanks for this helpful review! Love that you included details even to how well the dress washes or travels. It makes me feel a little better to know that you put your hand wash stuff in the washing machine as well! Haha

  2. Emily says: Reply

    I love your blog since I’m just beginning to look into sustainable options and quit fast fashion but wanted real opinions on Reformation and other brands! Thank you for the time and effort you spend, the quality of the content here is great.

    1. SK says: Reply

      Thank you, Emily! I’m glad that you found my reviews helpful. Good luck on your sustainable fashion journey, and let me know if you have any brands that you want me to review! 🙂

  3. Jere says: Reply

    Hi! How tall are you? I have ordered their maxi dresses before but have not found the courage to order the mini ones because they look REALLY short to me. Pity that they do not provide specific measurements for each garment. Would be great if I could use your height as a reference point.

    Thanks!

    1. SK says: Reply

      I am 5’6″ or 168 cm. Yeah, I agree, their mini dresses are a bit short, but they have cute midi dresses too! Hope this helps! 🙂

Leave a Reply