I have written a lot about LuLaRoe and how they take advantage of their sellers and they sell a terrible quality product for exorbitant prices. Well, they’re continuing that trend with a new release – the LuLaRoe Dani. The LuLaRoe Dani is a tank-top style maxi dress. This is the type of dress that is absolutely perfect for summer, cool and flowy. And since tank dresses are fairly simple, you can usually pick one up for a reasonable price.
Not so with the Dani. The LuLaRoe Dani costs a whopping $55. A quick internet search shows me plenty of other retailers selling similar dresses for under $30. They’re better quality too.
Let’s say you have the money and you see a LuLaRoe Dani in a pattern you just must have. It’s not that bad of a buy right?
Why? Because many of the Danis were shipped with one major defect.
Check out the armholes on those dresses. Notice that they aren’t even at all? This is especially noticeable in the flowery top on the lower right hand side of the photo. The two sides of the dress are far from symmetrical. Hundreds of these have been shipped.
Retailers trying to push product will tell you “Oh, this dress was made to be worn underneath another top.” (Because LuLaRoe retailers are always trying to push layering to sell more merchandise.) They’ll tell you it will look great under a denim jacket. And maybe that’s true, but do you really want to pay $55 for a dress that you have to cover up? I know that I have an Old Navy tank dress that reveals a bit of my bra just a bit too much for my comfort, so I always wear it under a cute sweater or jacket. But that dress cost me $12. I knew when I bought it that I would need to wear something over it, and for $12, I was okay with that.
For $55, I want to be able to flaunt that dress.
And the worst part is that some retailers are trying to hide the asymmetrical armholes. At least in the photos above, the retailer is making it obvious and letting you decide whether or not you care. You will see many LuLaRoe Danis displayed with jackets overtop or folded in such a way that the armholes aren’t visible.
Please don’t buy this dress. Buy a better constructed dress. Heck, make one yourself. A tank maxi dress is one of the easier things to sew. And I bet even if you’ve never sewn anything before, I bet you can absolutely manage to cut the armholes evenly.
Megan is a 40-something government employee in the Washington, DC area. She got interested in Personal Finance when she got out of college and realized that her paycheck wasn’t going to go as far as she had hoped. Since starting this blog, she has managed to buy a house and make a solid start on her retirement goals, and hopes to help others do the same. Here is her story:
In 2007, I was a gainfully employed 20-something with no debt but not a lot of knowledge about personal finance. It was a co-worker’s comment about Roth IRAs that sent me to the internet, searching for information. It was then that I realized that I really didn’t know a whole lot about personal finance and that my current financial situation was due a lot to inherent frugal tendencies, generous family members, a fear of debt, and good luck. While that was working for me, clearly I needed a better plan.
While I had no debt, I was also pretty much living paycheck to paycheck and not worrying about going over budget (I say this as if I had a real budget) because I had an emergency fund set aside to cover any overages.
Except that’s not what an emergency fund is for.
So I did a lot of research, read a lot of blogs, and decided that I needed a plan. I needed to budget. I needed to know what I was spending my money on. I needed to prepare for the future.
I decided to create a blog not only to make myself accountable to others but also to share the knowledge that I gained along the way. I’ve learned so much from my fellow bloggers, and I hope that my readers can find something useful in what I have to share as well.