Little Blue Dress

Summer has arrived with a vengeance here and my planned outfit (with summer scarf) will have to wait for another time. Today, to go outdoors in a scarf would be foolish. Not only is it extremely hot and humid but it is also very windy and this little silk oblong would not stay on. 

But here are some iterations of a new dress from Everlane. I already own a heavier cotton knit shift dress that I wear in spring/ fall and on cooler summer days. This one is for crazy heat like today's. I can wear it casually at home but I can also make it "date" worthy if I need to, with different accessories. It will be good for travelling. It also works over jeans because it is cut loose through the middle. I wouldn't wear it to an office because it is a bit sheer, but for my lifestyle it is ideal -- exactly what I wanted in a casual summer dress. 

Apologies for the lighting here. I am doing my best. DD still has the DSLR for projects. 

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52 Comments

  • JAileen replied 1 month ago

    So much better than a little black dress! This is really pretty on you. I love the dress up version, especially. The scarf is very nice on it too.

  • Sterling replied 1 month ago

    It is absolutely perfect!!!!!!  You look amazing.  Simple, easy, elegant.  And the fact that you can dress it up or down is icing on the cake.  

  • Style Fan replied 1 month ago

    What a great dress!  Very versatile.  Love the different ways that you have styled it.  Blue is such a flattering colour on you.

  • Author Linda replied 1 month ago

    Lovely! You look cool and ready for anything. A really perfect look for summer.

    A simple dress is just the right thing for hot weather style.

  • pil replied 1 month ago

    Perfect!

  • CocoLion replied 1 month ago

    Thoughtfully styled, all three.  My favorite is #2 with the thong sandals.

  • Joy replied 1 month ago

    What a great dress! I like 3 best. Perfect for dressing up a bit in hot weather.

  • Suz replied 1 month ago

    Thanks, all. Denise, I wore #2 today for my walk and the dress is perfect. I don't expect it to last too long but it is still a steal at the price. 

  • AJ replied 1 month ago

    I like all three stylings! 

    I followed the link to the website and the dress is motion does look a bit sheer.  Do you wear a slip with it?  That's my problem with dresses in the summer, it's too hot to wear slips underneath.

    100% lyocell...must feel so soft and dreamy!

  • anchie replied 1 month ago

    Looks great! This is exactly type of dress that I am trying to find for my casual summer capsule.

  • Mirjana replied 1 month ago

    Suz, you look amazing I can't stop watching, you dress it up and down perfect, I am impressed. GORGEOUS.

  • Emily K replied 1 month ago

    That dress is super-cute on you, Suz.  I am envious--I looked at it longingly on-line but think the shape will not flatter my figure.  

  • Suz replied 1 month ago

    AJ, I won't wear a slip. It is sheer, but for my life not too sheer. It looks more see through in the web photos than IRL -- unless you shine a bright light through it! I mostly will wear it on work at home days (house dress) and for walks, and only occasionally as a dressy dress for public viewing, and if I do wear it out, it will probably be dark, so the sheerness won't be as evident. 

    Mirjana, you are sweet!! 

    Anchie, I think a dress like this would be perfection for your holiday because it could be styled a multitude of ways even with the few items you have in that capsule --

    • on its own with sandals or sneakers
    • with the scarf
    • with denim jacket
    • over white jeans with scarf or jacket
    • with a top/ sweater over it as a "skirt" 
  • lozz_oz replied 1 month ago

    Nothing better than a versatile dress - casual or dress it up. A great addition to any wardrobe. Looking good!

  • Suz replied 1 month ago

    Emily, I would say this is a versatile dress and might be worth a shot. I am about halfway between a slim hourglass/ rectangle but with some pear tendencies (which are more pronounced at the moment since I am up about 8 pounds from my preferred weight and have not been working out as much as I like.) 

    It is fitted at the bust (and the high neckline could be a problem if you are busty). But it is very generous through the mid section and even the hip, while being a bit narrower toward the knee. I might order up a size -- I took the larger of my two usual sizes. 

  • harmonica replied 1 month ago

    Perfect dress! Love all three outfits, especially the first with scarf and white sneakers. Blue is a great colour!

  • Dianna replied 1 month ago

    Nice dress, I like all three outfits, but 2 and 3 are my favorites. 

  • Column replied 1 month ago

    Smashing, Suz. The white lace-ups and scarf are so current! I am always instructed by your choices. I'll bet the taper at the knee (rather than flair) makes all the difference.

  • Emily K replied 1 month ago

    Thanks for the fit notes, Suz.  I am really busty, so it was top-fit issues that caused concern :-(

  • dakotacheryl replied 1 month ago

    So summery and cute!!

  • Karie replied 1 month ago

    Very nice! Perfect for summer and for dressing up or down.

  • replied 1 month ago

    5 stars from me .

  • merwoman replied 1 month ago

    First it's the camera....then its the car ;)
    Gorgeous dress on you Suz, I particularly like it paired with the gauzy scarf and sneakers.

  • Aquamarine replied 1 month ago

    Really pretty on you, especially with your hair. Navy is so versatile in the summer.

  • Brooklyn replied 1 month ago

    Fabulous x 3.

  • shevia replied 1 month ago

    Gorgeous! That shade of blue is fantastic on you. I love how you changed the vibe with the accessories. Total winner!

  • Sal replied 1 month ago

    I agree, you look lovely.  I also like it in 2 the best, so simple, summery and stylish:)

  • Elizabeth P replied 1 month ago

    Wonderful dress, Suz. I like all three stylings, and I bet you'll come up with a ton more.
    Where/how are you ordering Everlane?

  • kellygirl replied 1 month ago

    Great find! Love the versatility of this dress! It's going to b a workhorse! You look smashing in all iterations!

  • Bijou replied 1 month ago

    Love this dress on you. #3 with date accessories is my favourite!

  • Amy Isabella replied 1 month ago

    All three are gorgeous.

  • skylurker replied 1 month ago

    Lovely renditions. The dress is very flattering. My favourites are #2 and 3, I wish I knew how to do that - use acccessories to the best effect.
    I like #1 less, because the scarf hides the neckline of the dress - neckline which looks great on you - and I'm not into sneakers in general.

  • Suz replied 1 month ago

    Thanks, all. Interesting that different people like different iterations. It's true I could wear it about a bajillion more ways, too -- a basic canvas is a basic canvas, after all. Useful for travel for sure. 

    ElizabethP, you can order Everlane into Canada now. Service is good. Just be certain you don't want to return (because you'll pay for that). I would read reviews very carefully about sizing and fit. 

  • Sara L. replied 1 month ago

    Great looks!  I like all 3 versions.  I'm impressed that the dress looks good with casual sneakers and strappy date shoes.

  • Christina F. replied 1 month ago

    LOVE! Especially with the white sandals. Navy and white is such a summery combination.

  • texstyle replied 1 month ago

    Looks great all ways - fun dress and seems just perfect for you!

  • Carole replied 1 month ago

    What a versatile dress...dress it up, down and in between...I love the three variations! So flattering on you Suz! You look fab:)

  • Chris987 replied 1 month ago

    Wow, how lovely! Perfect dress for you, looks FAB on you, and such a great example of creating different looks with different accessories. You set a great example for those of us who need lessons doing that. :-)

  • Angie replied 1 month ago

    I LOVE the casual versions, Suz. #1 and #2 are KILLER and perfect on you. Beautifully done, Queen Relaxed Radiance. 

    I like the dressier version - #3 - too, but prefer the casual renditions because it's a very casual dress that lends itself best to that vibe to my eye. 

    Does the dress run TTS? Is the fabric substantial? 

  • Suz replied 1 month ago

    Angie, I wasn't sure about sizing because this was my first experience with Everlane. So I ordered the S (instead of XS) and was glad I did. The reviews were helpful -- people about my height and weight had mentioned which size they purchased and how it fit. Interestingly, it is  no longer on me than it is on the model, who is a lot taller and is wearing the same size! Go figure. 

    The fabric is not substantial but very light. For some wearers, the dress is too sheer. For my purposes, it is not -- I won't be shining a light through it and mainly intend to wear as a kind of "work at home on hot days" in my non-AC'd house, though I will also wear it out for casual walks and for travel. Also, I don't mind if people see the outline of my legs -- it still feels more covered and modest than short shorts. 

    I think this dress would be too lightweight for the Pacific Northwest. It is ideal for a hot, humid climate. It would also make a great bathing suit cover up because it would dry quickly. 

  • Firecracker replied 1 month ago

    All three are gorgeous, Suz! What a great dress for you. I especially like the simple, casual version with sandals (#2) for a hot day.

  • Angie replied 1 month ago

    Thanks, Suz. Jersey knits can be clingy and shrink in the wash. Good job sizing up. And Everlane's sizing is all over the place too. The dress is perfect for your needs. 

  • Suz replied 1 month ago

    What I really like about it is that it is NOT clingy. It's quite amazing that way, actually, and has a lot to do with the cut, which is quite roomy through the middle. Obviously it clings if the wind blows it into one's body, but it is not body con or body hugging in the least. I don't know if it's the fabric or the cut. Some people said it shrunk in the wash but time will tell on that -- I'll hand wash in cold and line dry. 

  • rachylou replied 1 month ago

    Love love love with the white tennies!

  • JP replied 1 month ago

    Great dress and I love how you styled it, especially the more casual looks. You look fab!

  • tulle replied 1 month ago

    Love it on you. Hooray for little blue dresses--perfect in the heat.

  • replied 1 month ago

    I went back to look at a Kit & Ace  dress I have which is very much like this - and it's indeed made from the same fabric.  And yes, it is "thin" but I agree with you that it's fine for everyday  wear. Mine is black, and I do remember wearing Jockey bike shorts under it last year as a form of self-protection and to smooth things out that would otherwise go unnoticed under a heavier fabric. . That fabric is so thin that if the wind pressed it up against my legs/butt, you could see every outline of my underwear, which is decidedly not cool, lol.  But - what a great price for your Everlane piece!! 

  • smittie replied 1 month ago

    This looks great Suz. I like the version with the necklace. I think just the little bit of jewelry you have on dresses it up nicely.
    I was considering this dress but decided against it because it did look too thin for the arctic A/C of the office!

  • Suz replied 1 month ago

    Smittie, you made the right choice. It would not be warm enough for an office setting and is too casual anyway, I think, even for the most casual office. 

    LisaP, genius idea to wear the bike shorts underneath!

  • UmmLila replied 1 month ago

    I love casual summer dresses, and this is no exception.

  • Lisa replied 1 month ago

    Such a pretty dress and it is so versatile too.  Just as lovely with sneakers as metallic shoes.

  • Beth Ann replied 1 month ago

    Thumbs up for a non-clingy knit dress!  The blue is so crisp and flattering, and I love its versatility.   This will be a great travel piece for you!

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