Most people aren't built the same way, yet there's a standardization in sizing that we all have to adhere to, and sometimes even the most polished brands can get it all wrong.
Take today's BCBGMaxAzria dress. I bought it on clearance (originally $178; purchased for $49), so yes, I saved some money, but sometimes even the best deals aren't worth it. The dress is cheaply made, with no lining, and the fabric pulls everywhere. Also, even though I'm wearing a size small, the waist is very big on me. (This is where your seamstress comes in.)
I love the white stitching, but it's not enough to make me love this dress, which can't decide if it wants to be a sheath dress (it's not quite form fitting enough) or a full out fit and flare dress. The long skirt also doesn't do me any favors; as a short person, skirts that hit at the knee or lower tend to make me look even shorter!
If anything, I think I learned a valuable lesson today: Sometimes, if a dress is on sale, there's a reason why. Hey -- at least it's comfortable, right?
Shoes: Saint Laurent Paris 80 Studded Cap Toe Pumps (no longer available)