When I was in the Washington, DC, area last week and visited the Tyson’s Corner AG Place, I ended up picking up the Spring Breeze outfit, which was part of the small set of releases AG put out for Spring. It’s a five-piece outfit in a seasonally appropriate light teal, including
- a cotton, slightly stretchy, sleeveless dress with a lacy trim at the bottom,
- a sheer lace overdress, a pair of leggings,
- a pair of matching sandals,
- and a sparkly plastic headband.
I ended up having Lucy wear it because she, like other dark-skinned dolls, wears pastel colours well.
The full outfit is entirely colour-coordinated, with the same shade of teal being used throughout the outfit, creating a monochromatic look. I know it’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but it works for this outfit as worn by Lucy. The light tone of the outfit look more washed out on lighter-skinned dolls; I think it’s much more striking on dark- or medium-skinned dolls. Most of the outfit is of the quality people have come to expect from AG; it’s well-constructed, and there’s usually a chance that the outfit will last for a while before wearing out. That said, I would recommend some caution with the overdress though, especially if it’s going to be used by children of the target age; it’s more delicate than the rest of the outfit and may be snagged by the Velcro enclosure.
The sandals are by far the weakest part of the outfit. They’re cute, but they could have been improved. They don’t stay on Lucy’s feet very well, despite the presence of a clear strap that’s intended to keep the shoes on. I had to continually readjust them for this photo shoot, and I can imagine it being much worse for a target-age child to manage them. The other drawback is the gigantic ‘ego tag’ attached to the left shoe. It’s ridiculously large in proportion to the sandal, and it’s unclear why it needs to be there in the first place, unless it’s something their lawyers have advised them to to do. I’m also unsure whether silver really fits with the rest of the outfit either.
You can modify the look of the outfit by removing or adding different parts fairly easily. In fact, one of the reasons why I went for this outfit was that it would be easy to mix and match the separate components! I’m not sure how to reuse the overdress (though I’m sure I’ll find a way), but the top could be paired with leggings of a different colour, and the leggings could be used with other tops. I ended up removing the overdress and substituting the boots from Grace’s meet outfit for the sandals. Doesn’t the outfit look a bit more casual with these changes? I could also see a denim jacket (either dark blue or black) looking good with the outfit (either with or without the overdress) to break up some of the colour monotony. If I had a denim jacket in my doll-clothes collection, I’d definitely try it out. (But I don’t, alas – any recommendations?)
Overall verdict: Solid outfit, though the shoes are not nearly as high-quality as the rest of the outfit. If you want a nice, springy outfit with versatile components, pick it up. If it’s on sale, definitely pick it up; its list price is $32, which is pretty typical for a multi-part outfit.