It's not a terrible dress, it's just not doing me any favors and makes me look more high waisted than I actually am. I even tried it with a belt instead of the tie and that didn't work either. I'm not sure why the tie is sitting so high, but that's where it ended up after a lot of fussing and this is the kind of dress that should be easy. On a different body type, it totally would be.
Another negative: it has pockets which I find infuriating. Pockets are great in a dress with a full skirt, but for something like this they just add bulk where you don't want bulk. I love this dress so much in theory! Just not on me. And not so much from the back either:
All that said, it seemed well-made and the fabric and color is fantastic. I'm not giving up on the idea of an easy denim shirt dress - Boden has one that looks very similar (but has cuter detailing) and I'm tempted to try it out for science. This one at J Jill has that art-teacher-casual-cool look that appeals. There are options!
On to details. I'm wearing it with my vintage LV red satchel (this DKNY version is so good) and Frye boots (similar to the Frye Jane):
What do you think? Is it a bust or am I being too critical?
(PS. Despite the tag, I should explain that this wasn't my actual outfit of the day! I just wore the dress long enough to take pictures. I'm not that kind of jerk.)