When it comes to Reformation’s clothes, I just can’t quit them.
Since 2012, I’ve always come crawling back hoping that they’ll magically fit & flatter me.
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In 2014 I “needed” a black dress for a trip to Paris. I headed straight to the Ref. All of them were a bit too short and made my legs look a bit too big.
In 2016 I “needed” new white t-shirts. I headed straight to the Ref. All of them were a bit too short (no, seriously, they were) and made my torso look a bit too big.
Today I “needed” a cherry print sundress. I headed straight to eBay (with a pit stop at The Real Real) for a Ref dress. This time, the dress is, well… Let’s just go through it in my Reformation dress review!
REFORMATION DRESS SIZING
I’m 5’5.75, weigh 111-113lbs. I’m usually a FR 36 (sometimes 38) and a UK 8 (sometimes a 10). You can see more of my clothes reviews here to see what size I take in other specific brands (ex. my Rouje or Réalisation Par dresses).
My Reformation dress is a US size 2.
The US 2 is basically perfect. I could potentially size down to a 0, but a size 4 would be too big. It’s a pinch loose at the waist, but any tighter would likely be too tight.
How I Chose My Reformation Size
1- Reformation’s own dress size guide: This was for all intents and purposes, useless. I used this as the vaguest possible starting point. Judging by their size guide, I should have been a size 4 instead of a size 2. I wasn’t sure about this because I do fit (albeit, barely) into my sister’s XS and size 0 Ref clothes. So I continued researching…
2- Net-A-Porter’s models’ size: Reformation was carried on Net-A-Porter for a while. I did a Google search to see the old product pages. Their models were either in a XS or a US size 2.
3- My own history: I found a DVF dress in my closet from 2007 that is a US 2, a Club Monaco dress that’s also a US 2, and two Rag & Bone dresses that are a size US 2. Considering that some of these dresses are structured and fit perfectly with a pinch of space, I decided to go with a US 2.
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Is it just in my head or are semi-synthetic/synthetic materials less quality?
My Reformation dress is 53% Viscose, 47% Rayon and has a crepe-like feel. My 100% silk crepe dresses feel a lot better and hold up well over time.
I wore my dress on three outings prior to writing this review. I ran some errands in it, got lunch with my mum, and dinner with my sister.
After wearing it out for a few days, my two main problems with this dress are…
Viscose & rayon have a bad habit of slightly fraying/creating loose fluffs and generally not holding up over time. My dress now has a little bit of floofage going on and light fraying at the inside seam. Nothing massive, but I can’t imagine it’ll age well. I appreciate that the Ref acknowledges that there are issues with viscose and it isn’t their “forever fabric.”
WHY did they have to ruin a perfectly nice dress with a back vent? It doesn’t even ventilate that well. I knew there was one, but I didn’t think it’d be so high. You have to make sure that the back of your bra is hiked up so it doesn’t show at the top of the cutout.
Side note on the Reformation’s quality: My sister has had wonderful experiences with her Ref tops that are 88% Tencel & 12% spandex. No tears or bad quality issues to report after years of wears.
These dresses are more expensive than other fast-fashion dresses. And yet, they feel almost exactly the same physically. Mentally though, Reformation’s clothes make you feel a whole lot better.
Fashion is one of the top FIVE most polluting industries.
Where a fast-fashion brand and the Ref differ is that the Reformation is committed to reducing their carbon footprint. This is what accounts for the price difference.
When you consider Reformation’s sustainability and factory practices, their higher prices for viscose become easier to understand.
… but, it’s still confusing for a conscious shopper. “Do I sacrifice the feel &a quality of a garment (and my paycheque) to help the planet?”
While I don’t know who to believe when it comes to what materials we should buy… I do know that we can minimize our fashion carbon footprint by trying to buy clothes secondhand… We can also save a lot of money this way too.
PROS & CONS
-More environmentally friendly than other brands
–Secondhand friendly: I bought my Abigail dress on eBay. It retailed for $218 USD, and I purchased it for $125 USD.
–Excellent Customer Service: This dress was secondhand, but I bought a bunch of jeans from the Ref directly and their customer service & returns process couldn’t have been dreamier.
–Material: Like I said before and in my Rouje dress review, I struggle a lot with viscose.
–Dry Clean Only: Why does a green company make items that are dry clean only? Am I the only person that doesn’t have access to an eco-friendly dry cleaner?
–Cutout: Not all of Reformation’s dresses have dodgy cutouts, but a lot of them do. I’m someone who keeps & wears her clothes for years & years and I worry that cutouts make a dress less timeless…
Was this Reformation dress worth it? For $125 USD (the price I paid on eBay), yes.
If you can get their clothes at a discount, the style is timeless, and you love it, it’s worth it… but keep in mind that although the Ref is more environmentally friendly, it does not mean that their dresses are forever quality.
Reformation clothes are available on their website or in their brick & mortar stores.
However, consider going the extra step to help the environment and buy secondhand from eBay, Poshmark, or the Real Real (where you can get $25 USD off your first purchase). ♻️♻️♻️
-Reformation has seasonal sales.
-They participate in Cyber Monday, so watch out for that when everything is on sale.