Dresslily Brand Review & Try On // Vintage Dresses [CC]


Hello lovely people! First thing. I’m going to have to give an apology My nails are just awful! I painted them especially for this video But the heat in Malaysia is so bad It actually melts off *laughs* My nail varnish has melted off my fingers What. What is that What is that So, for anyone who doesn’t know, I’m Jessica And my wife and I are currently on a two month tour of Malaysia. Tada~ Which is why I’m in a very hot place and I’m really not used to it. Because, back home in England it’s snowing. We are currently in Penang which is a li- uh.. its a small island to the north … west ? of peninsula Malaysia You can follow our travels and see where we’ve been I in fact have a playlist of all the Malaysia videos which you can find by going down to the description below This Dresslily review has probably been my most requested And I completely understand that! I was pretty interested myself. Because i think 90% of my facebook adverts are just for this company The other 10% , i think, are uh.. baby clothes because i have a new nephew oh! So I thought that I would take the plunge and I ordered from them 8 dresses With kind of mixed results I have a whole series of brand reviews for different sort of vintage brands and different shops Which again you can see by going to the link in the description or clicking the card above But i do understand completely that dressing vintage can be very, very expensive *cash register ching* I in fact wear nothing else but retro and vintage clothes so i do get it I do get the search for that wonderful shop where all the dresses are completely beautiful and super cheap Normally in a brand review I will take a look at the shop and i’ll break it down to the look, the sizing and wearability, the pricing and then the ease of shipping But Dresslily is not like that. No, no, no. They are not just one shop they are many shops all in the same – the same name – but all different names Its very confusing. Oh actually its a bit like Amazon, see saying it like that makes it better – easier to understand right They put that a lot on the website um because it-it has a say on the sizing Y’know, every shop is different and they all have different sizing charts So make sure that you go to every single sizing chart and check for the dresses And I did that and in some of the shops I was a small and in some of them I was a large But I just went by my measurements and I ordered them Not a great idea. That was not clever of me I was silly, I just should have ordered the small in all of the shops Because *laughs* yeah I’m a small in all of the shops Anyway, onto the dresses, I’m going to take you through each one of the eight I’m going to give you the good points, the bad points Whether I recommend them and then the final verdict at the end I should begin by saying that in terms of dress size, so you have reference all the way through I’m a UK size 8, I know that corresponds to a US size 4 And I chose all of these based on my measurements not the dress sizes Dress number one *fabric rustles* Here’s what it looked like on the website And here’s what it looks like on me As you can see it is a little large It actually seems about two sizes too large But I think that was my mistake because I ordered the medium When I should have just ordered the small It’s a beautiful colour, however, and the material is 100% cotton So it feels really good quality. And I’ve actually – I ha – I wore this. Still a bit big But I’m running out of clothes to wear So I wore it and people were very complimentary of it I like the pleats here at the front I think that’s a lovely way of getting a circle skirt So in terms of the good points of this dress; The colour – absolutely stunning And its not – It’s quite a bright colour, I’m not sure I would have bought this if I’d seen it in a shop But now I have it I’m quite pleased to have something in that colour The fabric is really great. I really like it I’m pleased that it’s 100% cotton Yeah, I really like the pleats, and the sleeves. The sleeves are quite cute they sit very nicely Bad points; It’s too big. That was pretty obvious One other bad point would probably be that I feel the cut is a little high On the front of the dress, for the neckline. That’s just me That’s a preference, Some people like it that way I happen to have a large chest so *whispered* gotta work with what I’m given And here is the dress with a petticoat and belt You can see it makes quite a difference, it’s very adorable and i enjoy it very much Again; lots of compliments on it.. and that’s pretty much what you want with a dress really Dress number 2! as you can see from the picture on the website i though it was going to be a deeper burgundy colour it’s not. It’s a very, very bright red And it makes me look like a mint humbug according to claudia But you know what? I don’t mind that Here’s what it looks like on without a petticoat and I’m rather enjoying it actually It’s very light to wear which is good in a hot country You can just sort of swing it around, have a good time.. Like I am doing And here it is with a petticoat on. I think its a great fun kind of dress really This was one of my favourites So the good points about the dress are; it’s very light you can really swing around with it and get going rather nice *fabric rustling* there’s a lot of fabric as well which is good Didn’t stinge on the fabric I very much enjoy the detailing here that’s very nice It also has one of those um sticky plastic-y things along the inside so that it sticks to your skin and does not fall off *whispers* which is very helpful lets be honest Two negatives; number one, not everyone wants to look like a mint humbug But number two would be that the fabric is quite warm Because it is a synthetic fabric so it can get quite hot Now this dress I would say did fit me Even though it’s a medium and as you saw the one previously was a medium ‘Follow sizing charts better than I do’ I think is the moral of this story Dress number three Now this one is a-a large and it didn’t really fit me But here it is on the website And here it is on me Claudia says the fact that it doesn’t fit makes it look like a dinner lady dress I really like this dress however, I think it’s wonderful I really wish it-it was in my size A lovely flattering collarline It’s got pockets at the front, its very 1950s housewife Which let’s be honest is my aesthetic Plus points; I think the cut is very flattering The check is lovely, I’m very pleased its 100% cotton Bad points Oh it has a side zip rather than a back zip I always think that if you’ve got your nice hair and makeup done And then you put your dress on, it’s much easier to have a back zip And you can just step in, bring it over and zip up the back Then you’ve got a side zip *unintelligible* And yeah it-it didn’t look great in that – in that size that was a mistake But here it is with a petticoat and a belt And you can see how lovely it actually is Dress number 4 Here it is on the website I think we can all agree that is an adorable pattern The colours together are splendid What a lovely cut with those pleats Oh. I ordered the size medium And it doesn’t – it didn’t fit No, there was no. No no was not the world’s most flattering And then I put a petticoat underneath it Though maybe that would do something But unfortunately there was no saving the fact that this dress was – was too large for me I – its got a beautiful pattern tho, that’s very nice Also downsides is um. Is the fabric. It’s very hot *laughs* I am in Malaysia and it is a double layer of synthetic fabric Plus points; um it’s – it’s a lovely colour very nice design Negatives; oh my God it’s the world’s hottest dress Buy it if you live in a very cold country Dress number five! Now this is a dress you will of course recognise if you have seen our Penang vlog Because I wear it in the temple and when we’re going on a big tour of Penang And I absolutely love it And so now it-it’s awash It’s a really easy dress to wear Even though this is synthetic material again It’s not so tightly woven If that makes sense, you can still breathe through it quite well It’s a gorgeous cut, It’s got that kind of Marilyn Monroe feel about it You can wear it with or without a petticoat i found Because even without its still very flattering I’d say of them all, this without a petticoat along with the blue one I am currently wearing Uh were the most flattering if you didnt put a petticoat underneath The others you very much needed to put a petticoat under To get the look that you’re going for The colour is a very bright red, its not something I’d neccesarily Again, not something I’d neccesarily buy But now I have it I’m really pleased Because it’s a very fun colour, it’s a very fun cut and it’s great to wear So yeah, I think those were all the plus points there that I just went through Don’t really need to do that Negatives; uh yeah synthetic fabric It’s not as tight in the waist as it could be You need a dress that makes you really feel yourself as you walk along the street Sixth Dress! *fabric rustles* I really, really like the cut of this dress I really like the colour of this dress I think that it’s lovely It just, unfortunately, was ordered in a size large Why do I do this Of all the dresses I ordered This was probably the one I was most looking forward to wearing I thought it would be fantastic and look really lovely But then I put a petticoat and a belt on and I feel like that rather saved the look So I think we were ok I wore it out because again I have no dresses, I have run out. The next hotel will have a laundry service so The cut of this dress is truely very flattering It’s lovely, and I wish I had this dress in the small It’s again 100% cotton Which a lot of the more covering dresses seem to be, it’s quite interesting The halternecks not so much It’s printed onto the fabric, again it’s lovely. It has two decorative buttons Negatives; too big for me I mean I can’t – I don’t know how the cut will be when it’s in your size Because the shoulders felt a little tight here But again that could just be the large and the fact that I had to hold it down with a belt Onto the penultimate dress! And it looked like this on the website I have feelings about this dress I had high hopes for it, thought it was going to look really good Really like that it’s 100% cotton, like the colours It just didn’t really pan out Which again could be because I stupidly ordered a size… What is it. Oh it is a size large Don’t do that Again of you’re thinking of ordering from this site please follow my example By not following my example The elastic at the back is only along the top I would have preffered a fully elasticated back Or else just a more tightly fitting dress I feel like with a halterneck you don’t really need an elasticated back Because you do have the halter and it will hold itself up I’ve been looking at this shape, this kind of cut for quite a while I like the overlay with having the skirt underneath and then a skirt on top I thought it would look very nice If you add a petticoat and a belt to it though, it is rather fun! Look at that! That’s a fun party dress That’s a good dress, I enjoyed that dress Moving on to our final dress! Number 8, which I am wearing so I.. This dress is a really lovely – really lovely halterneck I’ve been wearing this dress a lot, again as you probably saw from the penang video It has adorable pockets You can wear it with or without a petticoat either way is lovely It’s got very nice piping detailing at the front some buttons Although the material is synthetic, it again like the red dress It’s a much looser weave So it is quite breathable And with a petticoat it is even better! look at that swing! I’d also like to take a moment to point out that a lot of the dresses are inspired by dresses that you can find elsewhere obviously there’s a thing about inspiration and taking the idea of something A lot of vintage clothes are based on things from way back when Whether that be dress patterns or pictures that we’ve seen I’ve tried to keep my selection of dresses to those that are just original to Dresslily And you can make your own mind up where you fall on that divide In conclusion My favourites are this blue halterneck dress The red halterneck dress And even though neither of them fit me These two dresses! They’re delightful I would reccomend you buy those 4 I thought those were rather nice When I imagined the dresses and what they would be like I wasn’t very sure But actually some of them are really nice, some of them are ones that I would definitely wear again These two I think I will be getting in my actual size Also in conclusion; don’t be foolish Do what your heart tells you to when it comes to a sizing chart I hope you have enjoyed this video And that you’ve found it helpful in some way If you’ve ordered from Dresslily before then let me know down in the comments Tell me what your experience was and what the dress was like Whether you like it and would reccomend it to other people A solid few of these dresses were very nice If you’re new here then hello! Come in. Take a look around Watch some videos, I hope there’s something that you like And I hope that you’ll subscribe You can also follow me on Instagram where I post lots more vintage dress loveliness You can also follow my couples page with my wife for travel stuff If you have any other brands you would like me to do a review of please let me know down below as well And I’ll have a look at those and maybe they’ll be next in my review series See you soon! *kiss sound* ~retro music~

100 thoughts on “Dresslily Brand Review & Try On // Vintage Dresses [CC]

  1. The red one without a petticoat does look a little like a circus tent, but you suit it XD Why does everything make you look gorgeous, even circus tents! Maybe because you shine beautifully inside and out xxx

  2. I hope you're able to either exchange the sizes or alter them to fit! Some of them could have pretty easy fixes if there's no lining and you know how to place and sew darts.

  3. Jessica, can I request a video? I think it’ll be fun and interesting to see you and your wife switch clothing styles. Where she wears your clothes for a week or something and you wear hers. Same with hair maybe where you both do each other’s hair routine.

  4. There's this quirky retro brand I love called Bonne Chance Collections! They're reasonably priced and have such unique dresses!

  5. Lovely video, very informative! To clarify, would you recommend buying dresses from dresslily in whichever standard size you usually fit, as opposed to using the size charts? Were the sizing charts themselves inaccurate?

  6. Perhaps get them tailored? Or would it be less expensive to get new dresses? Either way haha! Lovely as always

  7. Could you get the dresses that don't fit properly be adjusted? I bet you can find a good place in Penang. The red halterneck is a winner!

  8. Thank you so much for this review. I have been so reluctant to order from them as I have heard less than positive things.

  9. hey, it would be really nice if you could make a video with tips for deaf/hard of hearing people who want to learn how to read lips! love your videos, you and Claud are the cutest couple ever

  10. I like the red dress the best. I agree with Claudia about the ones looking like lunch ladies. Or like my granny when she’d go to pick things in the fields. I think the layered one looks like a bad doll. The red and white one would be good for Christmas with a white furry wrap and pearls though

  11. I just found your channel and I ABSOLUTELY love it. You’re so inspiring and I hope you have a wonderful day.

  12. Thanks 4 the fashion show but u are not a large ❤ Am not into 👗 that much but I love the way they look on u .

  13. Do you say thank you with two fingers or five I'm learning BSL and I looked at one of you're videos and you said u signed SSE or ESS, SES

  14. Clothes should be easy to have altered there and hopefully cheaply! See if your in-laws know of an alterations lady. A good seamstress will be able to use the extra fabric of the blue polka dot dress and give you more room in the shoulders. The extra fabric from the others you might be able to make headbands out of. What's important is the room for your bust. The rest can be taken in. You'll like the warmer fabrics when it's chilly in Britain! We had a lovely horizontal freezing rain yesterday. 🙁 love your vids!

  15. this was so funny to watch – why would a brand do that with their sizes? Very odd indeed. My Mum recently has been loving dresses from the brand Number 9 Fashion. It is based here in Australia, so I’m not too sure about shipping to the UK, but the dresses themselves are ridiculously cheap compared to a lot of Australian vintage/retro brands. Have a look – all their dress are super quirky with fun patterns, but are sorted into necklines so they still say ‘vintage’. Just an FYI, when they first release the dress, they’re about $105 AUD, but then can go down to $60 ish after a bit, depending on how popular the patterns are. I have my eye on a couple of their collared ones 😊. Let me know what you think 🙂

  16. I got a variation of the 7th dress and it also didn't fit me well and I also got the wrong size. T.T I had waited so long for it too.

  17. do you ever wear leggings or pants? i figure if you're walking around a lot or have issues with cold body temp, they'd be much much easier than always wearing dresses.

  18. Yay! You signed in this one! I like it when you sign in your videos :3 Thanks for the procrastination fuel, I really didn't need that! 30$ vintage dresses that don't look like they're from the internet? Where do i sign up?!

  19. Get thee to a seamstress! Most of those dresses only need part of the side seams taking in, really quick and cheap. You should be able to find someone to do it while you're still in malaysia as well, for much cheaper than buying new sizes.

  20. Thanks Jess! I’ve been on the fence about ordering a special occasion dress from dresslily in the vintage/retro style.
    Am definitely going to give it a go.

    Have you tried ordering from wish? That would be interesting for shoes in the vintage style? I purchased boots and I love them. But not sure about the other styles.

    Anyway- love the travels you guys are my Fave xo from Australia.

  21. So excited to have another video from you! The first two dresses are my favorite! I really love that turquoise on the first dress! And the red stripe on the second dress is very fun! You are absolutely right to say the checkered third dress is so "1950s housewife"! You look stunning in all of them, as always! Sending love from the Pacific Northwest USA!

  22. Have you considered sewing them – or having them sewn since tailoring is cheaper in Malaysia – and salvaging the larger dresses by making them smaller?

  23. But what bra can you wear with the red halter dress? I guess I could buy nipple covers but I'd rather not if I don't need to.

  24. Girl, you're in Asia, get some dresses made! So cheap! And it will cost you next to nothing to tailor the dresses 🙂

  25. You should get those dresses taken in – I bet it would be cheap in Malaysia (I know it would have been very cheap in Indonesia). They were lovely but yes could be better fit at times.

  26. Jessica, darling, you are in Malaysia! The land of some of the finest textiles in the world! Take a walk into the city and find a tailor to take your dresses in and remove the elastics. In fact, I would like to request a dress making video if you get up the courage to have a dress made for you in Malaysia. That sounds like a wonderful adventure… or disaster… not sure. It’s up to you all. 🤷🏽‍♀️😂

  27. I'm afraid I will never use Dresslily again. I placed an order, was assured everything was in stock. Waited two weeks and my order wasn't even processed. Was then vaguely told that due to some kind of spring festival (this was January…) there was a delay in restocking. Restocking, huh? Restocking those items you assured me were in stock in the first place?

    After then waiting a further TWO MONTHS, I was informed that they couldn't restock the two items and couldn't complete my order. Genuinely the worst service I've ever had through any online clothing business. The only good thing I can say is that I got a refund.

  28. brilliant video, i just wish you had stated the price of each dress as you went along, it would be very helpful! <3

  29. My online shopping experience is mostly from ModCloth, but my strategy is to look at the sizing chart, then look at the reviews to see if other people think the size chart is accurate, see if someone with a similar body type to me has left a review (I’m short with a smaller bust and huge freaking hips so it’s sometimes hard to tell how stuff will look on me), then ask my mom what she thinks (she’s better at guessing whether things will fit or not), and then order. Not sure if dresslily has reviews but they have been the best way for me to decide on other sites

  30. Yesterday I watched "La La Land" again and loved Emma Stone's yellow dress, today I watched this video and the second dress I found on the website was the exact replica of this dress. I REALLY HOPE IT'S GOOD.

  31. How tall are you Jessica? You look super tall in your dresses. I don't feel great today I've been watching your videos your voice is soothing for me and you're so witty.

  32. Hello Jessica, from Austin Texas!
    You are stunning! I’m sure you hear that alot. You and the gorgeous Claudia are quite the headturners, I’m sure 100%.
    Thank you for the dress review. Dresslily is actually a brand I’ve contemplated buying but wasn’t sure of the quality.

  33. Oops forgot this.
    Jessica, you mentioned the cost and time spent hunting for vintage. You should contact some of these companies. You would be the perfect woman to showcase the clothes on social media! 👍🏼and THEY could PAY you! Seriously!!

  34. The red halter neck is giving very strong 'America from West Side Story' vibes. Even thought the style may be more of a Jet's girls dress than Sharks girls.

  35. I would just like to say thank you for being a patron for Orbit Shed. We really appreciate it especially as I only joined recently

  36. Hi Jessi. 🙂 I read a lot of bad reviews on the internet about Dresslily. I went to the Homepage and thought: wow cheap! Nice. But then I saw all of these bad reviews. Is it worth it? I live in Switzerland and all german website with any reviews were like: Don`t you dare to buy something from Dresslily…

  37. Love the vid Jessica! I’m not sure if you’ve ever covered this before but how do you edit your videos?

  38. This was a couple of years ago but I ordered this dress: https://www.dresslily.com/lanciness-back-v-dress-for-women-product1547895.html in both "Wine red" and "Green". Much like you I for some reason decided to order them in a too large size, XL, simply because I trusted the sizing charts instead of my gut. Oops. My friend helped me take in the red one so I could wear it for Christmas, and it's now a really nice fit! I haven't gotten around to take in the green dress yet, but I guess it's good to have a backup dress in case of sudden body shape changes.

  39. Thank you for doing this look book I didn’t know this brand before and the prices are great! Definitely going to buy quite a few! Great review x

  40. I'm seriously struggling to work out how you have been silly or foolish by ordering the dresses according to your actual measurements. It SHOULD be the right thing to do, the foolproof way of getting clothes to fit properly.

  41. Have you tried rockinbettie https://www.rockinbettie.com/ ? My friend works/models there and they have beeeautiful vintage clothing ♡

  42. So I ordered a dress from Dreslily I'm still waiting for it hopefully it's not to big… I also need a crinoline … Can't wait to receive it

  43. You could take some of them to get them tailored if you can find a place that's not too pricey? Or try it yourself (DIY video!)? Easier to tailor something that's too big for you, rather than something that's too small for you. 😊
    (Actually, you probably can already take things in yourself… but can Claudia? That'd be a funny video).

  44. I bought the blue floral one in a medium also, and even though I’m usually a medium, it was still too big. I would order a size smaller than you usually are. The other 2 dresses I bought in mediums fit, this was still too big.

  45. What are your measurements? I'm trying to figure out what sizes to get at Dresslily, but I couldn't find any of their size charts that had measurements other than length. I'm very petite.

  46. I'm thinking about shopping on dresslilly but I'm super cautious about ordering online when it comes to getting scammed and my personal information. Do you trust the site security wise? I'd love your opinion.

  47. You are officially my new favorite Youtuber! Don't see many girls with the same sense of fashion as myself. Beautiful sense of fashion, and a wonderful personality. The little dancing around just made me laugh. You remind me of a 50's commercial. Keep it up! New subscriber here.

  48. The plaid dress really suited you (humbug dress too…and the rest) and really just a few tailoring tricks could hug it to the body if that is what you want. I really love your style and persona (and the signing, I miss my classes) your videos are so inspirational to me as a lover of sewing and vintage style. Hoping one day to own or sew one for myself 🙂

  49. I have a feeling that from watching your videos, dresslily has started advertising to me too on fb. Would love to treat myself to something once i've lost weight

  50. Be sure to read honest and real reviews of Dresslily on my blog before you buy. Go to gohonestreviews. com/dresslily-review/ Thanks, Elias.

  51. I bought two Dresslily dresses, and I kind of semi-regret it… Actually one is exactly the same as your checkered blue-and-white one, I loved it in the review. Both dresses look like the picture and look pretty, generally. I heeded your advice and bought my size (S) regardless of the size charts, and it worked out fine. The blue dress is still a size too big for me (I have 87 cm chest, which is, indeed, more XS than S), but it's good with a belt and good enough without. However! The regret comes from the fact that they totally lied about the fabric. Both dresses say 95% cotton, 5% elastane, and this was super important for me, as I live in Israel, which is a very hot country. But by their feel and behavior, I can say for sure as a textile crafter (and as a person with experience living in a hot climate) that they're 100% polyester. I wish they didn't lie about the fabric. Of course, your review was actually honest about this website (you also mentioned that it had lots of synthetic fabrics). I think it's totally my fault for biting the bait of super-cheapness (I paid $40 for 2 dresses, which is less than one dress from a proper brand). I'm going to wear them, because they're cute, but I won't buy no-name retro dresses anymore. I'd rather stick to small European brands (I'm a fan of British Retro!). And my consciousness will be cleaner for it.

  52. Have you heard of Rock my Vintage? I think they do beautiful dresses and have good styles. They may not be all your style but worth a look, they are not the cheapest so you have to really think about what your buying but they haven't let me down yet in quality and fit.

  53. Hiii Jessica. I am currently trying to choose a mobility car on the Motability Scheme. Do you have any advice on picking a suitable car or any car based disability aids?

  54. I ordered a dress from DressLily recently (my first purchase from there) and it hasn't arrived yet but these vids I've watched from youtube ease my mind after getting worried on review sites. Thanks!

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