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It started with the search for the perfect little black dress.
I was headed out of town for the weekend and wanted the perfect outfit for walking around downtown Savannah, Georgia at night, dining and drinking cocktails. So I ordered multiple black dresses on Amazon, and after trying them all on and hating most of them, I unwrapped a V-neck mini tunic dress from Amoretu and fell in love.
I had never tried on a dress in this style before, and the long, flowing sleeves and swingy ruffled skirt immediately made me want to throw my arms out and spin in circles.
What surprised me most about my love of the dress was the length. As a short, plus-sized woman, it's rare that I'm on board with dresses that fall on the short side. But there was something about the long sleeves, V-neck and swingy silhouette that made me feel fancy, flirty and feminine.
I was in love! I immediately packed it in my suitcase along with some rose gold chandelier earrings and pretty sandals, and returned all of the other little black dresses I'd ordered.
The dress comes in three sleeve lengths — long, short and sleeveless — and is available in solid colors like burgundy and navy, or fun patterns like polka dot and plaid. And it's true to size, which is always a bonus when choosing clothing from obscure brands on Amazon where the sizing can be a challenge.
I'm not built like the tall, thin woman who models the dress on Amazon, but I still found the piece incredibly flattering. Although long-sleeved dresses are often too tight on my upper arms, this one has a gentle stretch to the fabric that made the sleeves fit perfectly.
My husband and I have been together for more than 18 years — long enough that when I say, "I like this enough to order it in every color," he knows I'm not kidding. So after our weekend in Savannah, I came home and ordered a few more versions of the dress. And because of its affordable price, my sweet husband could only roll his eyes a tiny bit.
I've since stepped out in the brown polka dot version, and like its solid-colored counterpart, it did not disappoint.
Reviewers seem to be just as obsessed with the dress as I am. It has more than 26,000 glowing five-star ratings, and many shoppers have said that they got "so many compliments" when they wore it out.
One customer who bought the burnt orange shade for a brunch said the dress is "absolute perfection." "The fit was impeccable - flowy without looking ill-fitting, and hit me just above the knee," they wrote. "I wore with cowboy boots and loved that I could chase my toddler around while still looking cute in this dress. The fabric is just thick enough to lay smooth and not cling, while not being heavy. Not see thru at all."
I plan to purchase a few of the sleeveless versions of the dress, as I live in Florida and we've got a lot of warm weather ahead. However, the long-sleeved version works for practically any climate thanks to the flowy silhouette that keeps things breezy. Plus, once it gets cold again, you can just throw on some cute boots with leggings or tights and you're good to go.
Just try not to bump into anyone when you feel the urge to spin in it!
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