The theme this time around—and I didn’t realize I even had a theme until I took a look at all of these dresses together—is ease and comfort and a certain throw-it-on-and-go appeal. And isn’t that we’re all looking for in a dress as the weather turns warmer? Let’s start with the one I covet most intensely: this zebra-print is so good and somehow not-too-overwhelming, and I love the neckline—so graceful.
You know how I like a dark floral.
Just a really flattering shape—loose, but with enough definition not to come off too bulky.
This gauzy twist front dress is idling in my shopping cart even as I type. It looks so breezy, and drapes just right.
Shirtdresses can be so unforgiving, but this one is so excellently flowy.
Pre-styled for your convenience: this sweater-and-skirt combo dress.
That Alasdair dress! I have been drooling over it for almost ever now. Beautiful, flattering shape (for me, anyway), great color, awesome texture. Love.
I’ve been reading The Cool Factor and I just think it would be the best if you would put out a new book too! Any chance of it happening? Your blog is one I really look forward to reading.
I also agree this would be the best course of action.
It could happen, ladies! Stay tuned.
Looks like we’ve decided this is a MUST! Please consider it, Kim.
The zebra print dress is quite something.
What do people think about polyester though? Has it been completely rehabilitated or are we still suspicious? I would like to know if it is really different now or if it’s just hype. I distinctly recall wearing a lot of clothes that sure didn’t seem to “breathe.” Yet would someone design such a nice dress and then make it out of icky fabric? That seems unlikely.
I’m curious about this, too. It seems like a lot of things on the market now are made from poly/viscose/acetate/raw plutonium, even luxury stuff that, for the price, you would expect to be silk. I kinda don’t want to be stuck going into my hotflash years with a closetful of items that could result in my untimely demise from drowning in my own sweat. Does anyone wanna weigh in on this?
(Agreed that the dress is full-on hot-cha-cha-cha, though.)
In the olden days polyester was famous for “retaining odors,” but I believe the fabric is much improved. However, even the thinest, airiest, gauziest polyester fabric seems to cause me to perspire so I avoid it, but I know other folks who can wear it with ease. Viscose is process wood pulp (cellulose) ergo a natural fabric (although this, too, can draw out the sweat for some).
Oh that’s right, re: viscose – thanks for the reminder. It does seem somehow less yucky than some of the others! (Also, maybe this is weird, but I always think of you as Cee-dub!)
Gotcha’ D Diddy.
While I have not spent luxury dollars on luxury polyester, I doubt I would risk it, even if I were a millionaire. Polyester plus my armpits = horrible odors. I’m sure I’m not alone in this experience. I only wear polyester in activewear (body odor expected after running several miles, wicking action much appreciated) or in items that don’t touch my armpits.
FYI…if that cross front dress doesn’t work out, you might try this Tibi number: https://www.tibi.com/shop/structured-crepe-sculpted-dress. I picked it up in the (unbelievable) Tibi outlet in St. Simons Island, SC. for a mere $80!!!! (Along with quite a few other pieces.) Suffice it to say, the length is grown up, the fabric doesn’t wrinkle and I think you might like it too. Thanks for these recommendations. I love the dark silk floral – one of my favorite ideas for summer dresses.
P.S. I should mention I’m only 5′ 2″ so this dress whilst looking short on the Amazonian model, actually hits me right above the knee in a most grown up way.
Thank you for hemlines below the knee. I’m not 16 years old any more, but the retail world seems to think so. Most of what’s on the rack is just not going to work for me.
I just ordered the Lou & Grey dress the other day. Had tried it on in the coral color in the store and loved the fit. It was see through in the coral, though quite a pretty summer color.
These wonderful dresses reminded me of an equally wonderful shop in LA that makes great, grown-up-hemmed dresses: Matrushka Construction (in Silverlake; matrushka.com – I swear, I am just a customer.) They are amazing: forgiving, stylish, and sexy. Even though I am definitely of a certain age, I get compliments from men not related to me when I wear them. Also, too: Kimfrance, write a book!
I bought a sweater/shirt combo dress from &Other Stories a few months back and I wear the heck out of it!
The Alisdair dress is perfect! Hooray for grown-up hemlines!