White for Summer? How original!
On my previous post, Para34 asked me to share the dresses on my wishlist. I decided to categorize them by color. So, let’s kick it off with White.
Dress 1: I like the simplicity of this P.A.R.O.S.H stretch cotton dress. It reminds me of my school uniform – modest and functional. The pleats on this one look well made and could potentially hold their shape well. Paired with a simple tan belt, it would look perfect for work.
Dress 2: The Suno option is a modern twist with its broderie lace and drop waist. I would love to wear this on vacation, to the museum, on a lunch date. If I feel very daring, I might even wear it to work with a white slip underneath.
I love the medium length sleeves on these two dresses. Paired with simple oxfords or a brown cross body, I could make these dresses casual enough for a date with the husband?
Dress 3: The Twin-Set shirt dress has a little extra spandex / elastane in it. I think the micro pleats and spandex together make the dress forgiving and could hide my food belly better.
Dress 4: The Goop option is the best looking white shirt dress I have seen in recent times. I love the bib style borrowed from men’s tuxedo shirts. Those subtle pleats are understated. The price of this dress is undoubtedly scary for a cotton dress. Do you ever look at multiple options in a certain product and always fall for the more expensive one? (Of course, I do!)
Both these options are work friendly and little more formal than #1 and #2. I’d pair it with a simple watch and my favorite shoes.
Quick note: None of these dresses are cheap. This year, I am trying to buy only high quality clothes that are most definitely not made in sweatshops. But, as we all know expensive doesn’t mean high quality and inexpensive doesn’t automatically mean poorly made. If you do find a well made pleated shirt dress below $200, please let me know. I’d LOVE to consider it.
The cost of the above dresses makes me think critically before spending my money on even the least expensive option among them. In one of her posts, Lori said ‘Instant gratification is for wussies‘. I’m going to make it my mantra for this year.
Quick Tip: When buying shirt dresses, always move around, sit down, bend over, lift your arms and check if they feel too snug anywhere. Button up fully and see if they gape at the bust. Even pre-washed cotton shrinks a little in the wash. The best thing to do is to size up.
Question: Would you ever consider wearing a full-on white dress like this? Does it feel too bridal? Are you scared of spilling coffee or wine when you wear white? Does cotton mean high maintenance for you?