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Thursday, May 3, 2012

Review: Magellan’s Essential Matte Jersey Collection

When the new Magellan’s catalog came to my mailbox, I was pretty excited to see what was new in the fashionable world of travel. You know as well as I do that those things normally do not go together, but Magellan’s makes it a point to make their clothing attractive, comfortable and easy to coordinate with their other pieces or with other things you have in your closet. The Matte Jersey collection immediately caught my eye, as it is drape-y and looks comfy to wear anywhere, plus all the pieces looked nice and came in a few different colors. Magellan’s was kind enough to send me three items from the collection to try out and tell you all about.
Essential Matte Jersey Wrap Dress

I am kind of in love with this dress, because you can do so much with it, even though it’s not a convertible piece and it is a faux wrap. The fit is very flattering and you can dress it up or down, depending on what it is you want to wear it for. Now, keep in mind that I am short (5 1), so a petite size probably would have been a bit shorter and more preferable for a lot of women travelers; however, I found the tea length of the regular size to be perfect for me. It allowed me to feel covered up, but still cool, and it worked with a variety of shoes – even boots if you wanted to wear it in the fall or winter.

The fabric is light, but not thin, and feels great on your skin. I like that it has the side ruching (flattering for those of us who don’t love our tummies), short sleeves (perfect for those of us that don’t love our arms) and two zipper pockets (great for those of us that like to carry lip balm and some change at all times). 

As you can see, it’s versatile enough to wear alone with some walking sandals to wander around town, but you can also throw on some fun accessories and wear it to dinner or the theater. I added a wide belt, a chunky necklace and some pretty shoes and I could have worn that dress out dancing, to a play or to a business function in it. I restyled it with a cardigan, some boots and a long necklace and it was perfect for dining out or generally looking great in the city.

Because the material resists wrinkles, you can totally just ball it up in your suitcase, pull it out after a couple days and throw it on. No one will ever know. It is also travel-friendly and appears to be quick-drying (though I have not tested this out) and is moisture-wicking, so you won’t be all sweaty if you’re wearing this in a warmer climate, or have to pair it with a coat in the winter.

This is going to be a definite addition to my travel bag. Remember that you can also get 5% cash back by using Ebates to make your Magellan's purchase. Stay tuned for my review of both the Essential Matte Jersey Twist Tank and the Essential Matte Jersey Pant tomorrow.

More information:
Where you can buy it: Magellan’s online
Colors it comes in: Black and Fig (wine/cranberry color)
How much it costs: $69 – it is durable (read: long-lasting) and really versatile, so likely, one of very few dressy pieces you would ever need to pack for trips.
Other details: 92% polyester, 8% spandex

Tip: The small was a bit loose on me (as I said I am 5 1 and I weigh around 115 lbs and normally wear a size 4), so petite girls may find the sizing tricky since a small fits a size 6-8, but if you like to add belts to your outfits, you won’t have a problem at all. You may also find you want to wear a cami or tank underneath, as the deep v can be rather revealing. You could just put a stitch or two in it to keep it from opening up though. Those that are a little bustier shouldn’t have an issue.

Disclaimer: I was provided with the Essential Matte Jersey Wrap Dress for the purposes of this review. All opinions are 100% my own.

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