Karina Dresses

July 25th, 2011 § 10 comments

Karina Dress Review


  • Dress – c/o Karina
  • Cami – Banana Republic
  • Shoes – Banana Republic
  • Hat – Banana Republic


One of the many things I will miss about blogging is getting to know some really great independent retailers including small online boutiques and etsy sellers like those featured in our Boutique Consortium.  If we weren’t closing up shop, Karina would certainly be a shop we would be interested in adding to our consortium.   Karina generously sent me this “Rita” dress to review. I love the color and can already image so many ways to wear it.  For its first outing, I paired it with heels and my straw hat for lunch with a friend.

Karina Dress Review

Before I tell you how I feel about this particular Karina dress, let me tell you a bit about the company.  Karina dresses are all made of heavy, stretchy microfiber that drapes beautifully, never wrinkles, and washes easily. Each dress is made in Brooklyn in a small batch - which means prints and colors come and go, so if you see one you like, don’t follow my usual shopping pattern!

My favorite part about Karina is their motto:

dresses for “every body” … celebrating women from 18 to 80 … easy wear, easy care … wear the love”

Karina is committed to making all woman look & feel  great, no matter what shape or size . They offer many different styles made for a variety of body types and lifestyles and many of the dresses are offered in sizes 0 through 20. I also love that they use women of all ages, shapes, and sizes to model their dresses!

Karina Dress Review

So, now about my dress – the “Rita.”  I can already tell this cap sleeved wrap dress is going to be very versatile.  I love the cut and the color and am quite happy with the fit. It’s a true wrap dress but has enough overlap to keep my legs covered.  The waist hits at the perfect place – often not the case for me with wrap dresses – and I think the tie could easily be tucked under a belt as a way of changing up the look.

I have to admit, I was surprised at first by the material, but am now a huge fan.  It really doesn’t wrinkle, making it perfect for traveling (both wearing on the plane and shoving in a bag) and super convenient if you just don’t have time to iron in the morning!  Also, the drape on it is much more flattering than jersey – I’m not even wearing spanx!  I also think the material could be dressed up more than jersey but can just as easily be worn with flats for an active day of errands.

If you want to know more about the dresses you can also check Karina out on Facebook!


Karina Dress Review

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§ 10 Responses to Karina Dresses"

  1. Teresa says:

    I’ve been looking for a dress just like this. Off to check them out!

  2. Mia says:

    Oh, I love this! It looks so great on you, especially with that hat. I worry a bit about jersey dresses myself, since they tend to cling like mad to my double-wide hips, but this looks like it might not have that problem. Looking at their website, I am noticing how much more true royal blue it looks in your photos, versus a lighter turqouise-y in the photograph here: http://karinadresses.myshopify.com/products/rita

    • admin says:

      Mia – mine is not the teal. I think since it was one sent to me for review, it might not be a color currently for sale. Anyway, I honestly do really like the lack of cling for this dress!

    • karina says:

      all of the dresses are made from limited edition fabrics; so yes many of the colors
      and prints vary . please contact for available for prints for each style. we are more
      than happy to sent you swatch images. xok

      • Mia says:

        Thank you for the information! When I’m finished with my shopping ban, I will seriously consider saving up some dough to purchase one of your dresses.

  3. Alisha says:

    Such a flattering dress on you, A. I have been looking for a very long time for a dress like that (non clingy material, ties at waist, modest length). The material sounds especially lovely, and it’s great to know that the dresses are easy to wash! So many times clothes that seem awesome will be a pain to wash. I know they are a small boutique, which is why the prices are higher, so it makes me really sad that the $160 price tag is out of my vet school budget. Very sad.

  4. Sarah says:

    I love swingy, easy dresses. They are my go to for layering (especially in the Fall/Spring). I love that this company makes small quantities, I cannot stand when I see a billion people wearing the same exact dress, even if it is fabulous!!!

  5. Firesparx says:

    That colour is amazing on your! It really makes your eyes sparkle! My go-to dress is a jersey, but I would love to try out this material too.

  6. [...] Like A., I was asked to review one of the dresses generously offered to us by the Brooklyn based designer [...]

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