Scalloped Shift Dress: Retail vs Factory

I had a few people ask about the differences between the Retail vs Factory Scalloped Shift Dress. I have the retail version in Black and the Factory in Pale Citrus.

The material on both is a blend of Poly/Viscose/Spandex. The retail dress has 75% Poly compared to 62% in the factory dress. Also, the factory dress label states there is less Poly, more Spandex in the back than the front. The feel of the material is the same. I can’t tell a 13% difference between the two. Maybe the retail is a touch thicker but just barely.

You can see the shape is the same. I should have gone against a lighter background so you could see the retail shape better. Both have bra-keeps at the shoulders. Scallops are around the sleeves and hem.

There is maybe a touch difference in length, with the factory dress slightly longer. As you can see in the above pics, the dress is short in either version. Be careful bending over.

I really do see myself wearing the Pale Citrus. It looks good with the Lillian Sandals in Calf Hair {patent, suede, metallic}. I did end up returning the Navy dress as I kept the Ann Taylor dress in Navy.
Overall, the Factory Scalloped Shift Dress is a great, exact duplicate of the Retail version of this dress. 

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  1. March 21, 2014 / 1:31 pm

    I had to comment on this. I love this dress and really wanted it but just felt it was a little short. Then I found the exact same cut dress in black ponte at Target and bought two- one fir me and one fir my daughter-21- to wear. And, they are under $30. That's right only only 27 smackeroos!
    I wish they would make ot in azure blue! It fits like a glove and better under the arms and the length. Perfect!

  2. March 23, 2014 / 1:47 pm

    I have the factory version in Navy and although it is just a tad too short for office wear, it's a great little dress for going out and about! My daughter has the coral color and she's shorter so it is perfection on her..all in all, the dress is a great buy!

  3. October 17, 2014 / 10:41 pm

    I have the same factory dress in coral and i wore it to my office. We have a way casual environment and I wore a long cardigan to give the illusion that it was longer…and I'm only 5'2 so there is that. I love my factory version and debated on snagging the navy during this weekends sale.