I absolutely adore this outfit. So happy that I ordered it and that I put it on my Elise (JLY 25).
The dress is absolutely beautiful. I like how the cut, the length, and the slightly shimmery fabric makes it suitable for a wide range of occassions- from house of worship services, to being a bridesmaid, to school picture day, to even a semi-formal dance. It flatters a Mattel doll's body quite well and works for a wide variety of ages.
The necklace is very cute and adds an extra level of formality. Clasp is not the easiest to work with- fine for adults, but I can see how a tween would struggle and lose patience with it.
Barrettes were not tight for me. I like the fact that they are like bobby pins- I am wearing ones of that style right now. And they grab quite a bit of hair. Very easy to put on- not afraid they will pull hair off.
Purse is cute and functional. Shade seems more blue-hued than the dress at times. I like the ribbon and bow. It is practical- not a clutch that falls off.
The shoes are the only part I did not care for. I do not know if it is the front that makes them look cheap and not refined. Or the heel that makes a doll hard to stand up while wearing them. But Lise's wearing white sandals with the outfit- and they complement it quite well.
The book stood out- reminds me of the old AG book about manners.
Overall an A. Would be an A+ if it had better shoes. Without the shoes, it is an A++++++++.