Review: J. Crew Smocked-Waist Pleated Dress

I have mixed feelings about the resurgence of smocking details in clothing. I mean, for a (long) time in the early aughts, I was all about Juicy Couture terry cloth dresses with smocked bodices, so the nostalgia factor is there for me. But smocking can also really cheapen an article of clothing, so there’s no shortage of design train wrecks…

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Ditsy Bloom Sundress

My dress du jour is ditsy-bloomed mini sundresses with square or sweetheart necklines (to show off a dainty necklace, if you choose to wear one), smocking in the bodice (which offers plenty of stretch, a must in 90-degree heat), and tie keyhole details (or any kind of accent at the neckline, for added visual interest). This dress is (almost) a…

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Wide-Leg Denim Shorts

The wide-leg denim short is one 90s trend that never went away in my closet. The relaxed silhouette accommodates my muscular thighs better, and allows for freer movement compared to its more restrictive siblings. Recently I have been wearing them with (my many) Polo Ralph Lauren oxford shirts (another blast from the past; more on that in another post) or…

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Side Ties (+ Lioness Military Minds Mini Dress Review)

I’ve been living in (sweat/tee)shirt dresses, because they don’t require (much) coordination or styling. And one of my favorites is the Lioness Military Minds Mini Dress, which is casual enough for everyday, but the ruching detail separates it from basic tank dresses. The material–a mid-weight 89% viscose/11% nylon knit–is soft, (very) stretchy, and surprisingly substantial. The side ties allow for…

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Charlie Holiday Bradley Dress

“Florals? For Spring? Groundbreaking.” is one of the most memorable lines from the 2006 film, The Devil Wears Prada. This sentiment resonates with even the uninitiated, because few things scream “spring” louder than an explosion of flowers. Ubiquity aside, floral dresses are not a monolith. They can be effervescent, like the Charlie Holiday Bradley Dress seen in this post. Or…

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