Some feminine but not prissy dresses, part 2

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Let’s start out today with the spendiest option I found: a Veronica Beard dress with an unstoppable floral print (I especially like the color combination) and a very flattering shape.

I think the neckline here is quite pretty.

This has the ease and put-together-ness of a shirtdress, but then the strategically-placed bits of flounce take it in a softer direction.

I adore that this dress is seersucker: so unexpected, but totally delightful.

This is sort of caftan-ish, but has good little details—like that crisp mandarin collar—that keep things polished.

A black floral with a bright daisy print: so fun.

The silhouette of this hippie girl dress is pretty clean (and props to Anthropologie for deploying a grown-up model).

My uniform for much of the early 90s included a lot of vintage floral dresses, and this pretty red and white specimen puts me in mind of them, somehow. I guess because it feels slightly retroish.

The lines of this dress are so clean and chic that I almost don’t mind the slightly puffy shoulders.

A sweetly retroish butterfly print.

Here is today’s example of a high (and slightly prissy) neckline I can live with, I think because the rest of the dress is so streamlined.

This dress feels very gamine French girl to me.

I like the flattering neckline on this graphic polka-dotted number.

I can totally see the old me wearing this to the office: it’s such a good, statement-making print, and the dress itself just looks really easy and wearable.

I love how the acid yellow contrasts with the black-and-white leopard print here.

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10 Thoughts on Some feminine but not prissy dresses, part 2
    c.w.
    6 Aug 2019
    10:31am

    My favorite, the outstanding black and white polka-dot Rixo dress, is made out of viscose which my skin rejects and viscose is, sadly, not great for the environment. The other dress I love is the adorable red and white which is rayon which my skin also rejects. argh.

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    Kathi
    6 Aug 2019
    12:50pm

    More lovely dresses, so many fabulous prints. Part 2 did not disappoint.

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    gablesgirl
    6 Aug 2019
    7:31pm

    Love the seersucker black but could do without the neck thing.

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    Mamavalveeta03
    7 Aug 2019
    12:13am

    I love the “gamine French girl” vibe of so many of these! They would read more “Midwestern farm wife” on me, but that could be OK, too. Right?

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    c.w.
    6 Aug 2019
    12:16pm

    I had to look this up because I didn’t know, but rayon and viscose are different and sort of the same:
    2.Rayon is highly absorbent and easy to dye while viscose looks like silk and feels like cotton. 3.Both rayon and viscose are manufactured in the same process but they differ in materials used. While rayon can be made with cellulose from a variety of plants, viscose is made from wood pulp or cotton linter.

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    MaryAlice
    6 Aug 2019
    12:42pm

    I’m not usually one to place age limits on any style (if it makes you feel good, wear it!) but I think possibly a sweetheart neckline has an age limit. Something about it reads a little mutton-dressed-as-lamb. But maybe it’s just me?
    Veronica Beard ruched dress for the win!

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      Viajera
      7 Aug 2019
      10:46am

      I don’t reject the possibility of age-related do’s and don’ts … but in practice, I think there are not many. … Fe, sweetheart necklines usually look bad, period. Youngsters get away with them bc the rest of us don’t want to be too mean to them. Denim “diapers” … just wrong. And I still see these! They are not completely gone yet! The horror.

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      Eloise
      6 Aug 2019
      1:12pm

      “mutton dressed as lamb” made me snort at my (office) desk w/food in my mouth. And….I concur.

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    Mimi
    6 Aug 2019
    11:24am

    Aren’t viscose and rayon the same thing? I find many rayon shirts are incredibly light and cool in summer, i.e. my Hawaiian print camp shirts. Kim, if you won’t mind the slightly puffed shoulders on the Chloe dress I won’t mind the asymmetric hem. And the dress gets extra points for the unusual print. But yuck to the way it’s styled – sandals, necklace, earrings and handbag are all stinky choices imho.

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      LJ
      13 Aug 2019
      4:17pm

      My experience with both viscose and rayon: stinks or shrinks. If you don’t want it to shrink, dry clean. If you dry clean, it will still smell. People buy steamers to stretch these clothes out to their original shape if they hand wash, but for me it’s not worth it. It’s too bad; even expensive beautiful clothes are made of these fabrics, but I’ve learned it’s not worth it for me to buy them! Polyester does hand wash well in my experience.

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