Dresses with grown-up hemlines, spring edition

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This bright python print is so right up my alley, and I love the knife-pleated skirt.

And there is nothing about this I don’t like; the combination of animal print and floral embroidery is unexpected as well as excellent.

I’m always looking for a clean-lined update on the hippie girl dress, and this specimen is pretty outstanding.

The horse pattern here reminds me of this iconic print by Florence Broadhurst.

I love the quietly dramatic neckline on this really pretty Vince dress.

Universal Standard’s Geneva dress has such a drapey and architectural Maria Cornejo-ish vibe.

I love the idea of a white dress—so smart and put-together—and this one is so interestingly (and flatteringly) cut.

A really well-priced shirtdress with a very modern shape.

I just think this is really understated and elegant, and you could dress it way up if you wanted to.

A boppy, bright floral print for kicking around on the weekend.

I’m not crazy about how this dress is styled here—it would be about a million times better with a black slip—but it has exactly the kind of clean, sophisticated lace details I go for when I go for lace details.

The gathered waist on this jersey dress is a cool, Japanese-y touch.

I could never get away with this purple dress in a million years, but I think it is rather fabulous, in an Ossie Clark kind of a way.

The acid-bright green floral print here looks more expensive than it is.

And here’s a very fetching yellow and black floral wrap dress with an appealingly ever-so-slightly-asymmetrical hemline.

Here’s an excellent, flattering choice for travel.

I like this pleated midi dress just as it is shown here, with flats and a dramatic necklace.

Apparently I’m really feeling super-bright animal prints right now.

Black Crane’s cocoon dress is such an easy shape, and the silhouette gets even better if you belt it.

I dig the oversized sleeves on this white shirtdress from Vince.

Another shirtdress, this one with modish stripes.

This feels very feminine and slightly dancer-ish.

 

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23 Thoughts on Dresses with grown-up hemlines, spring edition
    moi
    6 May 2019
    6:47pm

    I really appreciate this post. I’m soooooo tired of finding great-looking dresses that end up being too short—or too long. Hitting that truly “middle” spot is difficult. Sea does it well. I bought one of their dresses two seasons ago—silk, green colorway, paisley print, 3/4 sleeves, v-neck, slits on both sides—that has become one of the most-worn items in my closet come spring and summer. Can be dressed up or down, packs like a dream, fits beautifully. This one here is cool, except I try to stay away from sleeveless.

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    renée
    6 May 2019
    11:21am

    Clicked for details of many of these dresses – only to find: 100% polyester.
    What could be less comfortable?

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      Kim France
      6 May 2019
      11:36am

      As I have said before (actually recently), synthetics are not the enemy. And they keep getting better, quality-wise. Still, you’ve got to take them on a case-by-case basis.

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        Mary
        6 May 2019
        6:13pm

        I’ll never tire of hearing your thoughts on polyester! I feel re-born, knowing I don’t have to avoid polyester like the plague. As I mentioned in another post, some of my favourite shirts have and are in fact 100 percent poly.

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      Gleaming the Cube
      6 May 2019
      4:55pm

      I’ve had issues with viscose shrinking (even though the care label said machine wash cold was fine; I use fancy detergent and don’t put things in the dryer). Stuff from & Other Stories has been the biggest offenders on that front, so viscose from them (or COS) is now on my never-buy list. I’d otherwise be all over that black shirtdress (and the tropical print in the same shape).

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        Sara E Campbell
        7 May 2019
        12:34pm

        FWIW, I bought that black shirtdress a couple of years ago and wore it into the ground. Am about buy another.

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        Heather
        7 May 2019
        2:35pm

        I’m also not big on viscose, or as we called it in Olden Times, rayon. It never wore well, wrinkled, and often shrunk. OTOH, I’m totally ok with polyester.

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        Heather
        7 May 2019
        2:37pm

        Has anyone bought anything from & Other Stories that genuinely fit and didn’t disintegrate upon first wearing? (This is a real question. I’m curious. Intrigued by their designs, but the stuff I’ve tried on fit abominably, and seemed very cheaply constructed.)

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    Kathi
    6 May 2019
    12:14pm

    Such a lovely post, so many, many lovely dresses – good work, Kim!! That Saloni dress is so freaking excellent, wish I had the funds for it. Jonesing for the horse print, but my size not available. And the acid green floral, very popping fresh!

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    Anne
    6 May 2019
    4:30pm

    Great assortment! I love the Universal Standard Geneva dress, I have it in a couple of different fabric and color combinations and it dresses up or down beautifully.

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    c.w.
    6 May 2019
    9:59am

    That Saloni dress is going to be haunting me!

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    Cara
    6 May 2019
    10:21am

    Excellent selection.

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      Viajera
      6 May 2019
      11:01am

      Ditto, lovely post.

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    RZ
    6 May 2019
    10:40am

    I love those Topshop animal prints as well, but unfortunately, the sizing is way off and made for teens only beware

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    Eloise
    6 May 2019
    10:59am

    DROOLING over the Eve dress.

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    Tamara H
    10 May 2019
    8:04pm

    I have to follow up and let you know I made my first GOACA recommended purchase – the acid green and black dress from & Other Stories. It arrived today and I LOVE it. The colors are unexpected and fantastic. It’s just as nice as the photo suggests and fit was perfect on me even though I am petite, so longer dresses can sometimes be tough. THANK you for turning me on to this brand!

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      Kim France
      11 May 2019
      4:05pm

      So glad it worked out for you, Tamara!

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    Kerry
    7 May 2019
    4:32pm

    In what parallel universe is a size XL equivalent to a US 10? That white ShopBop dress is so adorable, but the sizing is laughable.

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    Jocelyn
    7 May 2019
    4:34pm

    Kim (or anyone) – has anyone bought a dress from Tucker NYC? Their sale stuff is all non-returnable, so I’ve been hesitant to take the plunge. Thoughts on fit, quality, etc.?

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    Heather
    7 May 2019
    2:38pm

    I love the Madewell one (navy/black with red floral print). How to wear/style without looking like one is en route to Lilith Fair?

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      Kim France
      11 May 2019
      4:08pm

      I’d wear it with really clean-lined sandals or booties, and keep the jewelry simple.

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    Mamavalveeta03
    8 May 2019
    11:47pm

    Vince just gets me! And ever since Caroline Belhumeur took over as lead, things have been spectacular.

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    Colleen
    6 May 2019
    8:12pm

    Hit the cover off the ball on this post Kim! Each dress is outstanding! I always admire your taste and aesthetic, but want ALL of these equally. Do I see perhaps an influence from your recent trip here? Pattern and color extravaganza………

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