Review: Everlane 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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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 Linen Shirt Dress Worn as a Duster

I like being able to wear clothes in multiple ways. That’s why I’m a big fan of my Everlane shirt dresses. Sure, you can wear them as a regular dress, but you can also wear them as a long tunic over pants, and you can wear them all the way open as a duster. It pretty much makes this whole outfit. Man, I love a black and white outfit!

One thing that I am struggling with in my quest to be a better citizen of the world and buy ethical/sustainable fashion is the lack of stylish “toppers”. I like to wear light cardigans, jackets, or blazers during summer at work. For one reason, bare arms are not considered to be appropriate work attire. Also, I tend to freeze in the air conditioning. I’ve found some that are on the earth muffin side of the spectrum, but that is not the look I’m going for.

You’d think that an ethically made summer weight cardigan wouldn’t be hard to find, but alas, it is. Frankly, I’m really surprised that Everlane doesn’t have any. I’ve been to consignment and thrift stores to see if I could find a blazer or interesting jacket and that was not successful. The thrift stores were chock full of crap. I know that thrifting is hit or miss. I get that. I’ll keep at it, but I think that I may have to accept the fact that it may not be possible to buy 100% ethical/sustainable clothes. Blergh. Best laid plans and all that…

(It was super windy when we took these pictures, so my hair has all sorts of floofers.)

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PS: These Everlane Modern Loafer Mules have broken in nicely. I adore them! I’ve been wearing them to work a bunch.

Practicing What I Preach and Wearing My Work Horses

Warmer weather has FINALLY arrived here in Michigan! YES! I live for this time of year. Spring was seriously dragging it’s heels, but the next few days in the forecast look glorious. I don’t like to be in the sun per se (wrinkles and melanoma), but I love warm temperatures. It’s time to bring on the dresses and skirts.

I bought this Everlane striped cotton poplin shirt dress last summer and still love it. (Review post here.) Although…  It’s a bit tighter in the hips since last year because I have put on some weight. It’s amazing what 7-8 (OK 9 or 10) pounds will do. I’m working on getting back on track. I actually rejoined Weight Watchers because I need a little refresher course and the accountability. It’s amazing how many points are in some items that I was eating all the time. Yikes. While I am nowhere near my highest weight I needed to stop the creep.

I’m a big believer in wearing items in my closet over and over. Work horses. If I don’t wear it, it needs to go. I’m continually culling the herd of garments in my closet. I look at some people’s jammed packed, overstuffed closets and it seriously give me an anxiety attack. I would rather have less items that are good quality work horses, than a zillion things that I don’t wear. That’s what I like about every item I’m wearing here. This shirt dress can be dressed up, or down as I have done here. I chose to go super casual and wear it with a denim jacket and some fun colored sneakers. However, it would look great with some nude strappy heeled sandals, white blazer, and smashing gold necklace. Hmmmm…  If I only wore heels.

And seriously, if you don’t have a denim jacket yet, just go buy one already. My price per wear on this thing is less than a cent at this point . I wear it all the time. It’s a perfect topper for dresses. Especially, if you don’t love your arms.

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