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Saturday, April 21, 2018

Gal Meets Glam Collection // Nordstrom Try-On

Gal Meets Glam (Julia Engel), one of the bloggers I've been following forever has launched a collection of beautiful dresses, and Nordstrom in Ottawa is one of only two Nordstroms in Canada to carry the line... lucky me! Unfortunately only five styles were stocked when it launched April 20, and all are pretty similar, but I tried them all on and this is how it went...

Quick hit: The fabrics were all beautiful and felt high quality. The construction of the dresses was also quality. Fit aside, none of the styles available to try on really wowed me, but I think that's due to the more "Southern Belle" vibe that isn't really my aesthetic. 

Nordstrom ottawa gal meets glam

Nordstrom ottawa gal meets glam

Nordstrom ottawa gal meets glam


Botanical Garden Print Midi Dress (Lauren) 

Size:

Verdict: Fit perfectly in the waist (mine is 26" for reference), but felt a bit large in the shoulders and bust. The puffy sleeves were a bit much for me, but overall this was my favourite of the five styles. The button detail up the front was sweet as well, and it was lined really nicely - no underwear peekaboo!

Nordstrom ottawa gal meets glam  Lauren

Nordstrom ottawa gal meets glam  Lauren

Lauren Nordstrom ottawa gal meets glam



Tie Waist Satin Midi Dress 

Size: 2
Verdict: I knew this one would be too voluminous just from the hanger. It's a lot of fabric and I felt (and looked) dumpy. The colour is beautiful, but this is definitely more for taller women. The fabric itself was thick and draped beautifully. 

Nordstrom ottawa gal meets glam

Nordstrom ottawa gal meets glam

Nordstrom ottawa gal meets glam



Off the Shoulder Scuba Crepe Dress (Tyler)

Size: 2
Verdict: This one was really close to being the favourite. The shape is beautiful, the colour was gorgeous (navy, also comes in pink), and I love a good off shoulder look. The fit was great too, except the bust cups were a tad small (and I am not busty!) and there isn't much "give" in the off shoulder straps; I couldn't lift my arms above around waist height, which is generally a problem. The fabric was thick and felt secure, a great thing for such a figure-hugging dress.
Nordstrom ottawa gal meets glam  tyler

Nordstrom ottawa gal meets glam  tyler

Nordstrom ottawa gal meets glam  tyler

Nordstrom ottawa gal meets glam tyler



Floral Wallpaper Print Fit & Flare Dress (Olivia)

Size: 4
Verdict: LOL. I literally laughed out loud when I put this on. The frills are way too big (the whole dress was too big, to be honest) and the style is not even close to being "me". The smocking at the back was nice and made it easy to get into with the side zipper. The cotton felt a bit thin, but the textile itself is pretty. Just a big nope for me. 

Nordstrom ottawa gal meets glam olivia

Nordstrom ottawa gal meets glam olivia

Nordstrom ottawa gal meets glam  olivia

Nordstrom ottawa gal meets glam olivia


City Crepe Fit & Flare Dress

Size: 2
Verdict: This was close to being a winner too. Fit perfectly in the waist, but the arms were a little tight. The skirt was also too full, and I feel it looks rather matronly on me. The navy is a nice colour, but I wish the pink had been in stock to try. The pockets were nice though! 

Nordstrom ottawa gal meets glam

Nordstrom ottawa gal meets glam

Nordstrom ottawa gal meets glam

Nordstrom ottawa gal meets glam


So there you have it - a small selection at Nordstrom Ottawa, but overall encouraging enough that I will eventually find a winner in this collection. The price point is a little high for me to get a dress that's just "okay", so I'll be patient!

xoxo 
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15 comments

  1. I really love those first two dresses on you! I agree with your sentiment on the "Southern Belle" aesthetic though. Not my vibe either. Lovely though <3

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  2. Thank you Chloe for your honest review! It really helps seeing the dresses on the general population as opposed to seeing it on Julia. On Julia, all the dresses look perfect (duh). On other women, I get a more realistic sense whether I'd like it or not...without the instragram worthy florals/backgrounds and seeing it on a variety of body structures. Very helpful!

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