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Soulmates Bead Crochet Dress & Jacket
As someone who is in love with the art of crochet I am very excited to see that crochet has made a huge comeback recently in mainstream fashion. Crochet pieces have been all over the runways and are now making their way to stores as well. In particular women seem to be interested in crochet dresses and there is one dress that has captured a lot of attention – the Soulmates Bead Crochet Dress & Jacket sold through Nordstrom.
Crochet Dresses are Great for Spring
Crochet dresses are a great spring item and has been featured in numerous spring fashion collections this year. Some of the reasons that crochet dresses are so terrific for spring include:
o Crochet dresses are lightweight so they are perfect for getting outside in the warmer weather.
o Crochet dresses are feminine so they are terrific for this season when we are experiencing spring fever and want to have a spring fling!
o Crochet dresses can be dressed up or dressed down so they work whether you are just going to the park or you’re headed out on the town for an evening dinner this spring.
o Crochet dresses are truly timeless and timeless items are great all year round. Crochet is an old time art that celebrates generations from decades ago and yet crochet was popular in 1970’s fashions and again in the 1990’s so it’s something that truly transcends time and keeps coming back again and again.
Soulmates Bead Crochet Dress & Jacket
The Soulmates Bead Crochet Dress & Jacket captured a lot of attention as a standout item for fashionable women who want to look elegant and sophisticated while celebrating springtime, femininity and crochet. Some of the interesting things that there are to know about this dress and the jacket goes with it include:
o This is a sleeveless dress with a silky feel.
o The dress is lined so that it is not see through (something people worry about sometimes when getting openwork crochet dresses).
o The dress is an ankle length dress so it has the expanse to truly show off the impressive crochet detail that went into making it.
o The dress is designed with what is called a “trumpet silhouette”, a shape that is very flattering to the feminine form.
o There is small beadwork worked into the crochet, which adds a really subtle sense of sparkle and shine to the finished piece. You’ll make a statement in any room without overdoing it.
o The dress comes with a matching jacket that has flared sleeves and a scalloped hem, a design that perfectly complements the trumpet silhouette of the dress.
o 95% of people who reviewed the item on Nordstrom’s website said that they would recommend the item to a friend. Only one person said that they would not and that was because she felt like the color she saw online wasn’t the same as the color of the actual dress when it arrived. She did still acknowledge that the dress was pretty.
o Nordstrom reviewers said that they loved the dress because it was comfortable, elegant and beautiful.
Unfortunately this dress is currently not available online through Nordstrom’s. Perhaps it was just too popular?! But there are lots of very similar alternatives available from Soulmates.
Alternatives to Soulmates Bead Crochet Dress & Jacket
Probably due in large part to the huge popularity of the Soulmates Bead Crochet Dress & Jacket the Soulmates Clothing Line has made several different variations on the dress. All of these variations are terrific alternatives to the original popular dress.
Some of the best alternatives from the Soulmates Clothing Line are:
o Soulmates Beaded Crochet Silk Dress & Bolero. This is very similar to the original item but may be even better for spring because it has a shorter length (skimming below the knee instead of reaching down to the ankle). The jacket is a bolero so it’s more cropped. Notably this dress has a dropped waist which isn’t as flattering on all shapes as the trumpet silhouette of the original Soulmates Bead Crochet Silk Dress & Jacket.
o Soulmates Three Piece Crochet Skirt Set. Rather than a dress this is a skirt and top with a matching jacket. It has the beaded effect of the original piece and also does have the length and a similar silhouette. The design of the crochet work is the same so basically this is the same type of outfit but it’s a three piece instead of a two piece set.
o Sangria Sleeveless Dresses with Crochet Embellishment. For Spring 2011 Soulmates has two different dresses that each look similar in style and have crochet embellishment. One has a crochet neckline and the other has a beaded crochet waist. Neither of these crochet dresses looks the same as the Soulmates Bead Crochet Dress & Jacket but they are a great affordable alternative for spring.
o Donna Morgan Sleeveless Crochet Dress. This dress has a similar shape to the original Soulmates Bead Crochet Dress except that it’s a short dress instead of a long one. The design of the crochet work is different but definitely beautiful. It doesn’t come with a matching jacket, unfortunately. This dress is available through Dillards.
Buying the Original Soulmates Bead Crochet Dress & Jacket
Despite the fact that Soulmates offers some great alternatives to their original dress and jacket there are many people who want to get their hands on the original design because of its beauty and elegance. The best bet for doing that is through eBay where many people are selling the same dress either with or without the jacket.