Everlane Review: Double-Lined Silk V-Neck Dress

I hadn’t bought anything made of silk in eons. One thing that prevented me from buying silk garments was having to pay for dry cleaning. I’ve come to terms with the fact that there are some things that I’m going to have to dry clean in order to keep looking nice. I’m already having to dry clean all my cashmere and merino sweaters, so what’s one more silk dress?

After I brain wrangled myself around that topic I decided to give the Everlane Double-Lined Silk V-Neck Dress a try. OK, let me be honest with you. I ordered a whole bunch of black dresses from Everlane and this was one of them. As I was trying them all on it was a big ol’ nope fest until I put this one on.

Let me give you some specs because I’m wearing a denim jacket over it and you can’t see for yourself (sorry, it was really cold when we were taking pictures). The v-neck is not too deep, I’m quite endowed and do not like to show off the wonder twins to the whole world. The v is the perfect amount of “hey, let’s show a little skin but let’s also be modest”.  The arms holes are not too deep, so no bra show. The tank part of the dress has ample straps to cover your bra straps, so no special bra is needed. YES.

And can we talk about this drape? The dress is two layers so there are no visible panty lines. DOWN WITH VPL! Also, it hides any middle-section imperfections that you may have if you aren’t rocking six-pack abs without making it look like you are wearing a potato sack. The hem is extra big, so it helps to hold the dress down. I feel so swishy in this dress and pretty much never want to take it off. It feels amazing on.

This one is going to be in high rotation this summer. I plan to wear it to work with a cardigan or blazer. It looks cute. I already tested it. On those super hot days I’ll wear it all by it’s lonesome with some awesome sandals.

Have any questions? Let me know!

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XOXO,

Ashley

 

PS: Are you wondering which were the nope dresses?

The Sport Rib Tee Dress and the Sport Rib Tank Dress were major nopes. If you want to look like a Kardashian then by all means buy one of these dresses. The fabric was nice and thick and the quality was great, but they were SO tight. I bought them in a size large and I don’t even think a size extra large would help them look less Kardashian. I think you have to have zero curves to make those dresses work.

I also bought the Japanese GoWeave Cocoon Dress and sent that one back too. It’s a lovely dress, but it is not made for my body type at all. I bought it in a size 10 and the top was too large. The arm holes were so big that you could see about 4 inches of skin below my bra strap. However, it fit in the hips. The bottom sweep is narrow so you can’t walk like a regular person in it. There is no way that a size 8 would fit my hips comfortably. And there is that whole walking problem. So, NOPE!

Everlane Camel Colored Cashmere Crew Neck Sweater

Hi friends! I’m sorry for the long radio silence. Life has been absolutely nuts for me lately. I’ve been crazy busy at work and have been doing a lot business travel (Canada and Germany). Then there are my kids, whose activities pretty much keep me in the car. There have been medical appointments and hair appointments. Plus the weather has been awful. While it might be spring in some parts of the world, winter is hanging on for dear life here in Michigan. I’m SO over it.

I’m SO over winter clothes too. Ugh. However, it’s fracking freezing out, so I still have to wear warm clothes. I decided to add another cashmere sweater to my arsenal because I’ve been wearing the heck out of them all winter. I’m still absolutely in love with my Grana cashmere sweaters (here, here, and here), but opted to give the Everlane cashmere crew neck sweater a whirl. Everyone and their dog raves about it, plus and I wanted a camel colored one which Grana does not offer.

After having cashmere from both Everlane and Grana and wearing the heck out of both of them, you are probably wondering which I like better? You know…  I like them both about the same. They are both incredibly soft. They pill about the same and they wear about the same. I really don’t think that you can go wrong with either option. I’m loving having these classic pieces in my wardrobe. They are getting some serious use.

(Sorry for the craptastic photos, but I woke up to 2-3 inches of snow the day I took these. It was inside or not at all.)

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Wearing: Sweater – Everlane, Pants – Gap, Booties – Madewell, Necklace – J. Crew.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I’ve missed you all. I’m hoping to get back to some more consistent posting soon.

XOXO,

Ashley

Review: Grana Pima V-Neck Tee

The post really should be titled “The Search is Over. I Found the Perfect Tee.” I don’t really like to call anything perfect because I am so picky, but the Grana pima cotton tees are damn near if not totally perfect. Full disclosure… Grana sent me this tee in addition to the lovely cashmere sweaters and silk shirt to review.

The instant I put it on I could feel the difference in the fabric. Holy crap is this pima cotton soft! The fabric is nice and thick, so you don’t have to worry about bra show through. I’m talking a regular nude bra. Not hot pink or black. I love that their tees are a bit longer than some others, so you don’t have to worry about your lily white fish belly showing if you raise your arms. At $15.00 a pop, these are a great deal. Way, way, waaaaaaaaaaaaaay better than the Everlane tees. WAY. And I like those tees, but these are a zillion times better.

I think the proof is in the purchase. I bought four more. I bought two more of the v-neck and two of the crew neck. Pro tip: Size up. I typically take a medium in tees and tops, but I am wearing a large here.

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Wearing: Sweater – J. Crew Factory (old), Jeans – J. Crew Factory (old), Tee – Grana, Bag – J. Crew, Shoes – Rag & Bone (old).

Thanks so much for stopping by!

XOXO,

Ashley

 

PS – Here is a referral link to Grana. This link will provide new customers 10% off and if you buy something I get a $20.00 store credit. Full disclosure.