Monday, June 27, 2011

Karina Dresses Review and Giveaway


You've already seen me parading around proudly in my Karina dresses, and now I'm delighted to tell you a bit more about them and the company that makes them!

Karina's mission is aligned with my own: To help women with a variety of figure types and sizes feel fabulous about themselves. The dresses are designed to flatter many shapes while still remaining stylish and comfortable, and my impression is that the designs will work well for a range of body types. Sizing varies by style, and I recommend checking the detailed size listings here. Many dresses start at size 0 but some dresses only fit through a size 8 while others fit to a size 20. The material is a heavy, stretchy microfiber that drapes beautifully, never wrinkles, and washes easily. They're all made in Brooklyn in small batches, so prints tend to come in and out of rotation pretty quickly - nab 'em while you can!

I was sent the Megan and Alicia dresses to review.* You see the Megan style above, and I'm completely in love with it. Crossover style tops and dresses usually gape on me, but this one has the elegant, wrapped styling of a crossover with no gaping and a nice, modestly high neckline. The high waist works beautifully on me, and I adore the full, drapey skirt.And that print. SO cute.


This little number is the Alicia, and it's also super flattering and adorable, It's a one-shouldered style, which I find delightfully sassy, but it only comes in one size and is a bit snug in the neck/armpit area for me. I take a size 8 in most mall dresses, so I imagine this dress is suited to women who take a 6 or smaller. Still, love the pattern, construction, design, and fit overall.

These dresses are ideal for travel since they're lightweight but layerable, fold or roll up small, absolutely never wrinkle, and come in some eye-catching yet versatile prints. They'd also be great for women with active lifestyles: They're tough but flexible, stylish but comfy, and wonderfully washable. And if that's not endorsement enough? I got these two dresses to review, and then ponied up for a third one - another Megan!

I'm excited to have a Karina dress to give away to one lucky Already Pretty reader! Here's what you've got to do to enter:
  1. Like Karina Dresses on Facebook. You MUST do this to qualify, and we will be checking entries!
     
  2. Visit the Karina website and pick out your favorite style.

  3. Leave a comment on this post telling us which dress you'd choose if you won, and A VALID E-MAIL. Comments without a valid e-mail in the comment will be disqualified.

  4. This contest is open to all readers, including international. HOWEVER if you are not a U.S. resident, you will be responsible for paying postage.
     
  5. Cross your fingers!

Enter by midnight CST on Sunday, July 3, 2011. I'll draw a winner at random the following week. This giveaway is open to all readers, including international. HOWEVER if you are not a U.S. resident, you will be responsible for paying postage. (Yes, I know I said that already, but it bears repeating.)

Bonus! If you choose to purchase a Karina dress, the company has generously given us a coupon code to use. Enter alreadypretty1 at checkout for a $30 discount on your purchase.

P.S. If you end up purchasing a dress and love it to bits, here's tip: The company is quietly seeking brand ambassadors in all 50 states to participate in its upcoming home-based selling initiative. Contact them if you're interested in learning more.

 *CMP.ly/2

93 comments:

deebles said...

I would choose the Rita in black. Beautiful and practical -- love it!

debbie (dot) singer (at) gmail (dot) com

Xiao-Jia said...

I'd choose the Carmen. I don't usually like patterns, but the one in the photos is simply gorgeous.

tibbardegniw (at) gmail (dot) com

Helena said...

I love the gala dress! (helena.butters@gmail.com)

Jo said...

Ooo, choices, choices, choices. I'm doing some heavy-duty waffling between the Marisa and the Rita, but I think I'd have to come down on the side of the Rita. I like wrap dresses to begin with, and the drape on this one seems particularly nice.

jocarter7 at gmail dot com.

Heather said...

Count me in as another fan of the Rita! In black of course:D

Alison said...

The Carmen in teal- I would love to wear it with a pair of wedges and channel Ms. Miranda and dance the night away!
--a.gertiser@gmail.com

Jo said...

I'd love the Gala style - that neckline is just beautiful!

Anonymous said...

I would choose Penelope in green. Love the pockets!

crystalhaase (at) yahoo (dot) ca

Lori said...

Rita, Rita, Rita! really beautiful, and flattering.

ldhandelman[at]gmail[dot]com

Nina said...

I love the Rita dress in black!

I liked on Facebook (Niña Sagarbarria)

irina.sagarbarria at gmail dot com

Tara said...

The Gala dress is my favorite.

Email: tarathemagnificent@gmail.com

Laura said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
LisaPage said...

I love the Paisley Rita! Beautiful!

lisa.snow.page@gmail.com

Laura said...

I love Rita and Audrey.

Laura.l.isaacs@gmail.com

DoBatsEatCats said...

I really like both the Marisa and Audrey dresses -- tough choice! I'd probably go with Audrey, though; the waist looks a tad high for me on the Marisa.

fastrada at gmail dot com

maria said...

I like Marisa in blue - bold!

Liked on facebook (maria sanchez-masi)

msanchezmasi (at) fmtcs (dot) com

I can't figure out any way to order online, though, and the stores listed don't seem to have the dresses on their websites. :(

Anonymous said...

I love the Rita dress!

emily dot tredeau at gmail dot com

maria said...

never mind about the shopping - figured out. *face palm*

Anonymous said...

I absolutely adore the Penelope, tank-style, in green! I freak out over dresses with pockets!

fairyshannon@yahoo.com

Marie said...

I'd have to say that the Megan in brown and white polka dots is my favorite.

(macst56@hotmail.com)

Samantha said...

I like the cobalt Marisa. Very sleek.

Samantha said...

Der, forgot my email! slhklein at gmail. :)

Amanda said...

Hmmm... having a heck of a time deciding. Audrey, Gala, or Rita? They're all so beautiful! I think I'd go with Gala, in the end. Please, Mr. Random Number Generator, pick ME!!!!
xoxo Amanda
lilahbility@hotmail.ca

Laura said...

Megan in brown polka dot looks great. Lots of great dresses! Ljschaben@gmail.com

Cassie said...

Okay, I am in love with the Megan with the 3/4 sleeves, in the red flowers/beige background--it does say "unavailable" on the Shop page, though, so I would be perfectly happy with it in a nice slate blue, if possible.

Also, I love the wide range of models Karina uses: all ages, many sizes, and the sizing they use allows for women's bodies to fluctuate. I like clothes that accommodate my food babies. :)

Cassie said...

...and, of course, my email:

triumph (dot) of (dot) magic (at) gmail (dot) com

Anonymous said...

I love the Marisa in any color.

covaleekyle@gmail.com

Christina said...

The Marisa with the polka dots and flowers (are they poppies?) is gorgeous! I'd want that one. Liked on Facebook (Christina White)
c_white2207@yahoo.com

Dr.JessicaHogan said...

Audrey would flatter my broad-shouldered figure.

curtisbp said...

If I won, I would choose the Gala dress.

janet said...

wow, that's a tough one. Torn between the Rita and the Marisa - oh and the Halle! Thanks for the info, I'll be ordering something for sure :)

jpash (at) telus (dot) net

Anonymous said...

I would choose the Audrey in pink. Thanks for this contest! walnutco (at) gmail (dot) com

Kelly said...

I'd pick Karina. A v-neck with pockets? I'm sold!

kelly {at} dressesandcake {dot} com

Tamar said...

Ooh, so excited about this one -- those dresses always look so stunning on you! Gala in green for me!

takreps at gmail dot com

j said...

Rita in black

AmyLynne said...

I have to go with the Rita as well.

amylynne @ gmail.com

Jen said...

Love the Megan dress, In the lime green & black floral. It is so lovely:).

Jwronko@att.net

Anonymous said...

Love Carolyn in any color!

niknt20@hotmail.com

Abbie said...

Love the Gala!

abbie (dot) nixon (at) gmail.com

Vivé said...

I really like the Marisa, followed by the Rita in black, which is about as versatile as they come.

vive_griffith (at) yahoo.com

Tracy said...

These dresses are so fun and pretty! I like the Gala dress the best.
My email is faotytracy@hotmail.com
-Tracy

Julie said...

Marisa! Love the rouched cap sleeve and waist height! (The polka dot with red accent is modern with just enough of that vintage flair!) LOVE IT!
juliesegler (at) yahoo (dot) com

marybeth414 said...

I loooooove Rita! The flounce is insane!
marybeth414 (at) hotmail (dot) com

BeeRen said...

I really like the neckline on the Rosa! The pattern is cute and perfect for a sunny day yet it can be ready for a casual workday with a nice blazer. brenenda (at) gmail (dot) com

Amy said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Amy said...

I would choose the Megan in the black and white floral print. But all the styles and colors are lovely!

amyloope@gmail.com

Debbie VanTassel said...

I love both the Marisa and Rita dresses and Audrey. I'm leaning towards Rita in black.

debbievantassel at gmail dot com

mj said...

I am crazy about the Gala dress- i's exactly what I'd design for myself!

FB fan~ MJ Moore

butterflyrouge(at)yahoo(doT)com

sarah said...

wow, what amazing dresses! this is a very tough choice. I choose the Marisa in blue.

(but I also love the Gala in purple paisley and the Rita in the blue abstract print)

sarah_17042 (at) hotmail (dot) com

Clare said...

I like the Marisa - it's feminine without being too revealing, and I think very flattering to all sizes.

clare_omalley @ yahoo dot com

Jenn said...

I love the Rosa! Thanks for the giveaway. :)
jennifer.leite413@gmail.com

T @ The Happy Clipper said...

like Karina Dresses on facebook
Love the blue Marisa!
tara.huff(at)gmail(dot)com

Karina said...

I would love a Marisa! All the dresses look so lovely, but I am drawn to this style the most. I don't think that dresses generally suit me, so I need a Karina dress to convince me... especially since my name is Karina!!

i_b_erin said...

:)Liked on Facebook....

penelope
penelope, pockets and pleats ...oh my ! penelope is quite possibly the most pleasing pocketed dress you'll ever put on !

Would love a dress with pockets!!
i_b_erin(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

margosita said...

I think I'd go for the Rita.

Or the Carmen, as a close second!

margosita (at) me (dot) com

Jackie said...

It's a tough call, but I think I would choose the Marisa (though I also love the Audrey and the Megan).

Love these dresses!

jackiewyse (at) gmail (dot) com

Rambling Heather said...

If I won I would pick the lovely Gala! My email is ramblingheather(at)gmail.com. Fingers crossed :)

Kate K said...

I would very very happily try the Megan! kiekhaefer at gmail dot com

Jackie said...

P.S. Sal - just a question of clarification - the first dress you are modeling is indeed a Marisa, not a Megan, no?

l. said...

Like several here I'm torn between the Marisa and Rita--but I have to go with the Rita in that classic yet whimsical white&blue print! I just love everything about it!

lela [.] butts [@] gmail [.] com

sajohnstone said...

I love the sweetheart neckline on the gala, but the marissa is lovely, too. What great dresses!

Sajohnstone at gmail.com

TeeganMcFall said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
TeeganMcFall said...

I would love to rock the Alicia dress in any color/print in a size 6!! But all the dresses are beautiful!! I can't wait to (hopefully) win one! :)

teeganmcfall@gmail.com

Frances Joy said...

I'm torn between the audrey and the penelope, but I think the pockets on the penelope (and that lovely green fabric) are edging it out for me.
francesjsantiago (at) gmail (dot) com

Tracey said...

I like the Audrey in the rosy print.

I love these dresses, but I will say I am a bit put off by their lack of even "regular" larger sizes in most styles, especially given the company's "celebrating women" rhetoric. Hopefully if they grow they will add sizes in plus, petite etc.

scimom1212 (at) yahoo (dot) com

Lab geek said...

I like the penelope dress.

flygirl.tutoring{at}gmail{dot}com

jesspants said...

The Alicia (size 6-8) in ANY color or print! I have a big red scar on my chest that I prefer to cover up. Cute, comfy, work-appropriate dresses with high or one shoulder necklines are SO hard to find. I am absolutely smitten with that dress!

jvlindgren at g male dot com

Amy said...

Hmm I'd love the Gala in green! :)

christine said...

So many to choose from so hard to choose. I love both the dresses you are wearing.

christinemboyer @ gmail . com

Loryn said...

LOVE the penelope.

meandthebeastloryn.gmail.com

Jennifer said...

I love the Penelope, especially in that gorgeous kelly green!

jlinl [at] juno [dot] com

hsw said...

tk0421 at gmail dot com
I'm so torn! The Penelope in Green would be awesome! The pockets!!!!

rubybastille said...

Ooh, they're all beautiful! I would probably go with Carmen in that fun peacock blue. If I didn't already have a black wrap dress, though, I would totally go with the Rita.

laura dot allison dot 9 at gmail dot com.

felicity said...

Thanks for the giveaway - I'm a delighted new reader/follower. It wasn't easy to narrow it down, but I'd choose the Megan dress.

Hannah said...

I love the Gala! What a gorgeous neckline. Thanks for the giveaway!

h6davis at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

Marissa in colbalt blue is my favorite!
gaylene(at)gaylenereints(dot)com

Anonymous said...

My favorite is the Marissa in Colbalt Blue!
gaylene@gaylenereints.com

Roxy said...

Wow Rita would be a beautiful little black dress. Thanks for pointing me in the direction of some lovely dresses. roxannelisman at gmail dot com

Lexy Rae said...

I love the Rosa! (alexiway@gmail.com)

Brianne said...

I absolutely adore the Marisa dress. Love love love it! Would probably choose it in one of the patterns, simply because I don't have very many awesome printed dresses.


sirenperedhil (at) msn (dot) com

Anonymous said...

Audrey in pink! So bright and sunshiney - and such a flattering shape. I may be a redhead but I can still rock the pink!
pjlietzan@hotmail.com

Cathy Chamberlain said...

I went to the website and really like the dresses. Is every dress available in every print, or only ones shown? My favorite is the Marissa. I am small busted w/ hips and think it would be the most flattering. A close second is the Daisy. I love the tie dye purple one.

jchamb9654@aol.com

Cathy Chamberlain said...

I love the Marissa, and Daisy is a close second. Beautiful dresses. Hard to pick a favorite.

jchamb9654@aol.com

AnnaMiller said...

Hard decision, but I think I like Gala the best

AnnaRUok@msn.com

Fanny said...

I liked Karina Dresses on Facebook as tom c., and I would choose the gala dress :) 2pmishere(at)gmail(dot)com

Melissa G said...

Dresses with pockets get me every time, so Penelope it is. It's a toss up between the solid and the patterned dress, but I think I need more patterns in my wardrobe.

hnybee325@hotmail.com

L said...

I'm split between the Gala (in green) and Marisa (black & white polka dots with red flowers). I'd probably go with the Marisa though -- Sal, you've sold me!

gourmette "AT" g m a i l "dot" com

Annanna said...

I love the Marisa. Perhaps in blue

Lizard said...

If I won this contest I would choose the Daisy dress. The ruffle is so cute.Fingers crossed.

newsie said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Katie said...

These dresses are so flattering and timeless! If I had to choose one, I would pick the Audrey in the black with teeny polka dots! kerdman@slu.edu

Mary said...

If I win I would love Gala. I think that it would flatter my chest.

filmtvcollectibles@yahoo.com

Lisa Muller said...

The Gala is my favorite!