As much as I enjoyed mixing and matching my cold-weather separates, as the weather warms up my laziness takes over and I want an easy go-to formula. For me, print matte jersey dresses are the answer – comfy, wrinkle-free, washable — what’s not to love. But I coudn’t find a good assortment of them until a friend pointed me to this unlikely source …
I ran into Karen at a charity brunch the other day (benefitting abused women) and when I complimented her dress, she told me it was from Dress Barn. My daughter was with me and wanted to stop into the store after the event. Can I just say – WOW. Each of us found several dresses that day. Now I’ve learned that the parent company is closing all the store across the country. Not sure if they’ll continue their online presence, but I’ve stocked up on their great little dreses just in case.
They are literally so comfy that, if I have meeting, events or client appointments, I just slip on a dress and wear it for the day. They go right into the washer and dryer, never wrinkle, travel perfectly. I choose to wear them with panty hose, but you can do a bare leg if that’s your preference. But do check out this post – In Praise of Pantyhose… Or Not – for a few advantages you might not have considered, as well as a couple of alternatives.
Here are the ones I chose, and there are lots more to flatter women with color patterns different from mine. Mine are almost all a draped, mock-wrap styling to flatter my hourglass shape and camouflage a little extra through the middle. But my friend is a rectangle and finds plenty of styles to flatter her shape too. The pricing is extremely affordable – which is nice, but less important than the great look and feel of these dresses.
From top-left to bottom-right:
- The blue-on-navy floral has an over-drape, mock wrap skirt and flattering 3/4 sleeve.
- The green one is a bit low-cut for some settings, but I have a green cami I can wear underneath to fill in.
- The navy polka dot is such perfect styling that I actually bought it twice – one to wear and one to take apart and make a pattern so I can copy it in other prints.
- The bright blue one needed to be hand-tacked along the overlap of the bodice to keep it smooth, but that’s an easy job.
- The floral features my favorite jade green color with darkest navy and shades of gray.
- The side-border blue one looked like a box on the hanger, but is actualy beautifully shaped for an hourglass. However it had those crazy big draped sleeves that overpowered the whole look — and me along with it — until I cut them off and hemmed a traditional short sleeve. See below; isnt’s that a lot more wearable?
You might ask “Isn’t that a lot of blue and green dresses?” But I alreay have 2 similar dresses in red prints. And with this collection, I’m probably set for the next 5 years or so, right?
Go check it out and et me know what treasures you find for your own wardrobe. Dressbarn.com.
NOTE: I do not have an affiliate relationship with this or any other retailer because I don’t want my recommendations to be influenced by potential financial gain.