mode-sty review from downtown demure

Photos: Teal-Colored Elegance from Mode-sty + Giveaway

mode-sty review from downtown demure

Dress: Mode-sty // Shoes: Ann Taylor // Belt: DVF, thrifted (similar) // Necklace: Dailylook

Clutch: Zara // Ring: Rocksbox (Get a month FREE w/ code downtowndemurexoxo)

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mode-sty review from downtown demure

mode-sty review from downtown demure

If you feel like you’re experiencing a moment of déjà vu, you’re not going crazy. You likely recall that I featured Mode-sty in my first modest retailer spotlight post last year. But some brands are worth featuring twice. Since that post, I’ve had the great pleasure of getting to know the woman behind this lovely brand, and she is even more lovely than the beautiful modest clothing she carries on her website. So when Zahra reached out and asked me to review a dress from her collection, I immediately agreed. Fortunately for me, she sent me one of her most popular dresses: the Emperess maxi dress. I’ll spoil this review by saying I’d recommend this gorgeous dress to ANYONE, but here’s why:

Fit

It’s official: I’m a sucker for flowy, figure-flattering maxi dresses. The Emperess dress fits like a dream and moves beautifully. I seriously felt like a princess during this shoot, gliding through the dusty streets of DTLA and looking WAY too overdressed for the occasion. The dress is very slimming as well and would allow for figure-flattering optical illusions on any body shape. With the maxi length, long sleeves, high neckline, it truly provides modest coverage. One of my few concerns with this dress is the elastic gathered waistband. It adds some shape to the dress, but it was still a bit too loose for me to wear as is. Still, the elastic in the waist mean gives the dress a more forgiving fit.

Quality

As I said in my eShakti review, I’m no seamstress, but I can tell this dress is very well made. The buttons were sewed on neatly, and the blind hem finish was done perfectly. It’s made of quality chiffon fabric in a rich dark teal color that is truly stunning. Another bonus: the long sleeves increase the versatility of the dress, meaning it can be worn in the spring (just roll the sleeves up as I did) or in the fall. It’s fully lined, but I suggest wearing a camisole and a slip underneath because chiffon is a slightly sheer fabric. I couldn’t see through the dress when I wore it, but the sunlight illuminated the sheerness of the dress when I hung it from my windowsill.

Function

This dress is ideal special occasions or formal events. You can dress it down a bit, but the fabric and silhouette is a bit too elegant for everyday wear. Despite the layers of fabric and formality, this dress is easy to wear and style. Just throw on a pair of heels (unless you are taller than 58 inches) and minimal accessories (I suggest a dainty good necklace and an elegant black, gold or violet clutch), and you’re ready to go!

Price

With a $79 price tag, the Empress dress is not cheap. However, it’s competitively priced with similar dresses you’d find at a fast fashion retailer like H&M and Zara. I say, if you’re going to give that money to a big box retail store, might as well support a modest fashion retailer instead.  If $79 is a bit too steep for you, there’s another option…you can enter the Mode-sty giveaway I’m hosting below!

That’s right! As a sweet surprise for my readers Zahra is giving away a $25 shop credit to go towards ANY purchase from Mode-sty.com. That would make this gorgeous dress $54 before shipping and taxes. To get you excited about this giveaway, here are some more of my picks for what you should choose if you win. 😉

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Short Sleeve Boyfriend Maxi (Fuschia) – $49

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High Tea Midi Skirt – $56

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Navy Blossoms Skirt – $58

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Linking up with these lovely blogs: Happiness At Mid Life // The Red Closet Diary // Mix Match Fashion

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    Danielle
    05/07

    Their Secret Garden maxi dress is gorgeous!

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    Amanda
    05/07

    Oh my gosh that maxi dress is absolutely amazing! Love this, and thanks for the giveaway:) Coming in from the Peony Project.

    • Elizabeth
      Elizabeth
      > Amanda
      05/07

      Thank you so much for visiting and leaving such kind words, Amanda!

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    Holly Loube
    05/07

    Hey girl! The dress is absolutely stunning! I would love something like this to add to my wardrobe for fancy occasions. I LOVE what you did with the belt!
    Holly Loube recently posted…3 ways to hear from God: part 2My Profile

    • Elizabeth
      Elizabeth
      > Holly Loube
      05/07

      Thanks, lady! This would be a wonderful ‘fancy’ dress (I’m actually wearing it to a wedding in TX this weekend). Rooting for you, my friend!

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    elleroc
    05/07

    I would love to win this
    http://shop.mode-sty.com/collections/midi-skirts/products/exotic-blossoms-maxi-skirt

    and then I saw the starry night skirt….#anothercuteskirtiwant!

    • Elizabeth
      Elizabeth
      > elleroc
      05/07

      Haha! #somanycuteoptionstochoosefrom 😉

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    Margaret
    05/07

    *gasp* so beautiful!
    -Margaret
    http://happyinheels.blogspot.com

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    Alecz
    05/07

    I absolutely LOVE the colour of this dress, and that belt you chose is amazing. Really great edgy touch!

    https://forsevenseasons.wordpress.com
    Alecz recently posted…Lilac & PlaidMy Profile

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    Buife
    05/08

    That first time you reviewed them was my intro to mode-sty. I agree: Zahra is such a cute lady; her responsiveness is simply POW-WOW! and her collections are just amazing!

    Back to you Elizabeth, you look absolutely GORGEOUS in that outfit! So stunning!!! I always love ‘coming’ to your blog. Always!
    Buife recently posted…A Shift In ScheduleMy Profile

    • Elizabeth
      Elizabeth
      > Buife
      05/08

      Haha, you are a riot, girl. I always appreciate when you stop by my little corner of the internet and leave awesome comments!

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    rhea
    05/08

    gorgeous dress… and i love a good twirl photo! <3

    rhea @ rheaetcetera.com
    rhea recently posted…Styling a Sleeveless DressMy Profile

    • Elizabeth
      Elizabeth
      > rhea
      05/08

      Thanks, Rhea! I’m a sucker for twirl photos (and twirlable) dresses too.

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    Ashley L
    05/08

    Oh my gosh Liz I love that dress on you!!! Can I just take a second to gush over that picture of you twirling? WOWZA! So yeah, I’d buy the dress you’re wearing and then twirl everywhere.
    Ashley L recently posted…Mastering the Art of Vegan Cooking with Korean Kimchi BBQ BurgersMy Profile

    • Elizabeth
      Elizabeth
      > Ashley L
      05/08

      Hahaha! You’re too sweet, Ashley! Thank you, lady.

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    Daily Sports USA
    05/08

    Stunning look, that maxi dress is absolutely gorgeous, I really love the color.

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    Samantha
    05/08

    The dusty rose maxi skirt is pretty! That would be great for my closet!!

    • Elizabeth
      Elizabeth
      > Samantha
      05/08

      Great choice, Samantha!

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        Alison Brant
        > Elizabeth
        05/09

        I really appreciate what you are doing with this BLOG, and showing that the Maxi Skirt and other items that are being modeled here can accentuate a woman’s beauty while still helping to preserve Christian conservative morals. It looks like most everything you BLOG about is on the high fashion side of things. What do you think about Christian T-Shirts?
        Alison Brant recently posted…Christian T-Shirts – The Location To BuyMy Profile

        • Elizabeth
          Elizabeth
          > Alison Brant
          05/10

          Hi Alison! Thank you so much for that encouraging comment! Most of my photos feature dressier outfits because the actual shoots cost money (so I figure I should get dressed up). I actually love to wear t-shirts and jeans most of the week!

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    Natasha Atkerson
    05/09

    Stunning! Absolutely stunning lady.
    And what a cool picture background!

    I thought maybe last time it just hadn’t loaded, but I can’t see anything saying what the boxes above the comment are for (so I’m guessing). Just thought I’d let you know.
    Natasha
    A modest fashion blog: http://www.natashaatkerson.blogspot.com

    • Elizabeth
      Elizabeth
      > Natasha Atkerson
      05/10

      Thank you so much, Natasha — for the sweet compliments AND heads up! I assume you’re talking about the related post boxes? I’ll see if I can fix that…

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    Kim Pincombe Cole
    05/10

    They have swimwear too?!! wow. I LOVE the Daffofil Scoop Neck 1 Piece – so cute & the coverage is perfect!!!

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    Happiness at Mid Life
    05/11

    Liz, this dress is stunning on you!! The color, the fit – so beautiful!

    Thank you for joining TBT Fashion link up and hope to see you Thursday.

    Alice
    http://www.happinessatmidlife.com
    Happiness at Mid Life recently posted…Chambray: Menswear vs. FeminineMy Profile

    • Elizabeth
      Elizabeth
      > Happiness at Mid Life
      05/11

      You are so sweet, Alice! Thank you!

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    Sandra
    05/11

    A midi skirt or basic tee

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    Cynthia @ My Rose Colored Shades
    05/12

    I love the unexpected length of this dress. It’s so flowy and beautiful. You look gorgeous in it! Thanks for stopping by and leaving your sweet comments on my blog. Congrats on being a finalist in the REDBOOK contest as well! It truly is an honor to be among such beautiful and stylish women such as yourself. It would be so fun if we both made it! ~Cynthia
    Cynthia @ My Rose Colored Shades recently posted…Outfit Highlight: Going Back and Going BoldMy Profile

    • Elizabeth
      Elizabeth
      > Cynthia @ My Rose Colored Shades
      05/12

      You are so sweet, Cynthia! Thank you for those kind words! I’m rooting for both of us. 🙂

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    Adri
    05/13

    You look amazing! These pictures at LACMA are the perfect backdrop! So happy to find another LA blogger!
    xo Adri
    http://www.adrilately.blogspot.com
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    • Elizabeth
      Elizabeth
      > Adri
      05/13

      Thank you, Adri! Always happy to meet fellow LA girls in the blogosphere!

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    Abby
    05/14

    Her pieces are gorgeous! I love the dress on you and the fuchsia one 🙂

    If you have a sec, I’d love for you to check out my latest on the blog:

    xo,
    Abby of Life in the Fash Lane
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    Holly E
    05/14

    I would get the Belle of the Ball Skirt in Red.

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    Victoria / Justice Pirate
    05/21

    What a very stunning dress this is! I love the color on you as well! It is fun when people send you dresses to review. I haven’t had that in a long time, but man it is so nice to be given free stuff just to review it!
    Victoria / Justice Pirate recently posted…Modest Fashion Digest (I made it in)My Profile

    • Elizabeth
      Elizabeth
      > Victoria / Justice Pirate
      05/21

      Thank you, Victoria! I agree, hard to beat free clothing for an honest review. 🙂 Congrats on mak wing the Modest Fashion Network blogroll this week!

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    Christina
    05/24

    What a pretty coloured dress!

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    lenora
    05/25

    This is simply lovely….love your blog will be back soon for updates

    • Elizabeth
      Elizabeth
      > lenora
      05/25

      Thank you, Lenora! Would love to have you back soon. 🙂