Carmen: Karina Dress Review

July 27th, 2011 § 11 comments

L.'s Karina Dress Review


  • Dress: c/o Karina
  • Shoes: Tahari via DSW

Like A., I was asked to review one of the dresses generously offered to us by the Brooklyn based designer Karina Cousineau from her eponymous dress line, Karina. I jumped at the chance after looking through their selection of high quality, easy-to-maintain, and totally flattering dresses for women of all ages, shapes, and sizes. Something that I thought was really cool about this company is that these dresses fit such a variety of women AND they make small issues of each style in each color or print so that you really feel like you have a unique piece.

L.'s Karina Dress Review - closeup

Once we said we’d like to review something, we each answered the following questions and they chose the dress for us:

    1. What is your body type? — Petite (5’3″), curvy (??)
    2. What are your preferred dress styles? — Carmen, Megan, or Audrey
    3. What are your general preferences for color and/or pattern? — Blues, greens, and purples are my favorite colors, and I prefer geometric patterns.

So from that info they decided to send me their Carmen dress in a plum color with a coral, black, cream, and white print. They do say not to get too attached to a certain color or print since they use limited fabrics and change often!

L.'s Karina Dress Review - neckline

What attracted me especially to the Carmen was the rounded neckline, cap sleeves, and high waistband, but what kept me twirling around for several minutes was the fantastically fluttery skirt that comes to a perfect knee length. I’m not sure how to explain it, but I felt very good in this dress – comfortable, stylish, a little sexy (I love the neckline!), and totally at ease because it’s not clingy or short (which is incredibly hard to find these days!). I seriously wish I could get this in several colors, but like one commenter noted, I’ll have to save up since these are at the higher end of my price range.

L.'s Karina Dress Review - swish L.'s Karina Dress Review - swish

I second A. in her apprehension about the fabric at first, but the “imported microfiber blend with 4-way stretch” is very flattering and falls nicely. I wore a slip under my dress, but the fabric isn’t see-through, I just like slips. I’d say that this dress is a very good investment for the long-term, and I would definitely consider getting one of the other styles I liked as well, but probably in a solid color so that I could wear it more often. You can find Karina dresses online, on Facebook, and in boutiques around the country.

Happy twirling!


§ 11 Responses to Carmen: Karina Dress Review"

  1. Mia says:

    I like it! It’s super flattering on you and has such an interesting print. And twirling is always a great bonus.

  2. StePGA is says:

    After the first Karina dress was reviewed I fell in love. I was incredibly disappointed when I went to their website and found one dress that came in a size larger than 12. How can they advertise that their dresses fit women of all shapes and sizes?

    • admin says:

      Hi StePGA – I looked in to your comment and actually they do have several dresses for sale on the site that go up to a 12, both in the 1-size category or sized at M/L. The Karina catalog page shows that the Rita (long sleeved and short), Megan, and Gala dresses are all available in a 12 right now. Hope that helps!

      • StePGA is says:

        Yes, but I need a size 16. Most styles seem to stop at 12.

        • admin says:

          Hi StePGA – I’m so sorry I misunderstood your question the first time around. You’re right that it looks like they only have items that go up to a 12 right now. Their stock turns over pretty quickly though, and they might let you know when new sizes are coming out if you email them directly. Again, apologies for my earlier answer!


  3. Cheryl says:

    Thanks for the review! Love the concept of these dresses… will definitely need to add to my wish list!

    I’ve been lurking here for a long time… sad to see you all going away. Loved peeking in to see ideas on how to add some fashion to academia… as a just-tenured mom (in science) with several little boys, it’s sometimes hard to break out of the jeans and a tee shirt mode… I’ll have to poke through the archives to catch everything I’ve missed!

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