I’m well acquainted with designer Nanette Lepore because I’ve lusted after many of her gorgeous dresses while browsing the racks at my favorite department stores. But before I read the amazing book Overdressed, I didn’t know that Lepore was one of the few designers who still produces the majority of her clothing in the USA — to be exact, 80% of her line is made in New York City. This manufacturing decision comes at a price: most of her pieces retail for between $250 and $400, but you’re paying for good craftsmanship, better fabric quality, and the assurance that the people who make your clothes are being compensated fairly. If you’ve been saving up for a really special dress, I would suggest taking a gander at Nanette Lepore’s offerings. Click through to check out some of my favorites!
As I write this, I am committing a moral transgression of sartorial infidelity: I’m cheating on my ever-faithful black-filled wardrobe today with a pink floral sundress, and I feel just terrible about it. It wasn’t until I left the house that the reality — and, with it, the guilt — set in. I’ll be spending the remainder of the day coming up with a variety of ways to repent for my style sins, so don’t be surprised if you spot me at confession. But first, let’s start with these 10 black summer dresses that I totally could have (and should have) worn today …
It’s summer. You’re sweaty. Time to give up on that ridiculous idea of a multiple piece “outfit” and just grab a cute dress and a pair of sandals (and maybe a boozy popsicle for good measure). We found eight sweet lil’ summer dresses that would be a welcome addition to your hot weather wardrobe — click through to check ‘em out!
As I move through the world, I often feel like Larry David on the inside. But this dress, designed by voice actress/creative builder/seamstress Erin Pearce, allows you to wear your propensity for faux pas on the outside in the form of a well-tailored frock. Pretty, pretty, pretty pretty good. I’m calling it: the dress of summer.
If your inner self is shorter and a tad more self-loathing, you may want to consider Erin Pearce’s George Costanza “The Can’t Stand Ya”dress. And if a you’re not into dresses, Erin also makes vagina ashtrays and dried bugs (real ones!) dressed as characters from “Star Trek,” “Doctor Who” and “Jurassic Park.” She has something for everyone. Also, I feel like Erin and I should be friends. [Tumblr]
The other day, I did a post of celeb ladies wearing white, where I told y’all how I’d been indoctrinated to believe that you shouldn’t wear white before Memorial Day or after Labor Day. But then a couple readers mentioned that they thought that the no-white prohibition ended on Easter, not Memorial Day. I did a quick poll of the office and we all think it’s Memorial Day and oh my God, I’m sure you guys don’t really care. You’re like, get to the clothes already! In the event that you’d like to usher in summer more quickly, and are feeling particularly brave around snack foods, we’ve got nine white dresses — all under $100 — that will work perfectly.
Wrap dresses: so easy to throw on, especially on days when you just don’t feel like thinking about what you’re going to wear. We’ve picked out 10 wrap dresses — all under $100! — that will treat you right.
You might have noticed a recent trend of tons and tons of drop-waist dresses. Likely, designers wanted to tie their collections to “The Great Gatsby,” which was supposed to come out at the end of last year. The film still isn’t out, but collections featuring Gatsby-inspired clothes are all over. We love a drop waist dress because it picks up 1920s style without looking like you’re wearing a costume. Above, 10 of our faves.
As soon as the weather turns vaguely spring-y, I want to wear nothing but huge sunglasses and bright floral prints. These 10 floral dresses totally fit the bill. Click on the gallery to check ‘em out!
This “pinafore dress” from Zara is reminding me of one of those old-timey bathing suits from the 1800s, which is reminding me of the episode of “Seinfeld” where Newman wears one of those bathing suits while yelling “Olly olly oxen free!” and cannonballing into a pool, which is a lovely memory, but not really an image I want my fashion choices to evoke. I’ll take a pass. [$90, Zara]
It can be tough to find appropriate clothing for a conservative office environment, especially during spring and summer, when sleeves disappear and hemlines rise dramatically. I went in search of work-ready dresses with sleeves, modest necklines, and hems that hit at the knee or below. Obviously if you work at a super conservative office, you’ll need to stick to suits and separates, but if dresses are acceptable attire at your workplace, check out these 10 simple, flattering options in an array of colors and sizes, starting at just $25…