Second-hand tech...or maybe not? ETA Fabric composition and neckline notes

This Comrags dress is a hand-me-down from a friend. I have no idea how old it is -- probably a decade or so. The style (with the wide V neckline) is not one I ordinarily wear. But the charcoal colour is good for me, it is super-lightweight, it's a modest below-the-knee length, and it does not wrinkle. The fabric is not stretchy at all but it is water repelling and wicking, so some sort of woven "tech." I find it surprisingly useful as a casual summer dress. And it definitely testifies to the longevity of tech and its non-fading properties. This is a true charcoal and does not fade. 

Apologies for photo quality -- still don't have a proper mirror set up for selfies! 

ETA: I just checked the fabric composition at Lyn's request -- it is a huge surprise to me, and may rule it out of the "tech" department, although it sure feels and acts like a fast-drying tech fabric. Anyway -- it is 64% linen, 18% viscose, and 18% polyester. What make you all of that? 

On the neckline -- thank you all for your kind thoughts. I should clarify -- I adore V necks but usually aim for a narrower and shallower V for figure flattery reasons. I can't "fill out" most wide Vs. And even if I (almost) do (as here) I need to address proportional issues, i.e. show equal skin elsewhere or it looks disproportional on me.

Brooklyn gets it. I do sometimes wear a necklace with this to fill it in a bit, or a scarf. 

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35 Comments

  • MsMary replied 4 months ago

    Love it! What a great score!

  • suntiger replied 4 months ago

    Looks great- but not stretchy?

  • Suz replied 4 months ago

    Not, not stretchy. It has a slit at the back and it is quite loose fitting so it doesn't really need stretch. It doesn't cling to the body but mostly stands away from it. 

  • Gail replied 4 months ago

    I like it on you ! Nothing better than a great casual summer dress to look put together in.,

  • La Pedestrienne replied 4 months ago

    Wow, the colour and shape are gorgeous! I'd wear that dress in a heartbeat.

  • Angie replied 4 months ago

    KILLER

    So flattering, Suz! I love it on you :)

    It looks like linen, and not like the more popular slippery and soft tech fabric, IYKWIM. At least, it does in the pic! 

  • Runcarla replied 4 months ago

    Heart eyes!  Everything about that dress spells summer ease.  Lucky you!

  • Suz replied 4 months ago

    Thanks, all. Angie, it feels a bit like linen, too. Well...a bit like linen if it were polyester, LOL! What I mean is that it has the airy woven feeling. It is not slippery and soft. It actually feels similar to a fairly crisp seersucker, now that I think of it. 

    Close up of fabric -- ignore the stray cat hairs! This is why tech fabrics sometimes make sense for me, ha! :) 

    The neckline is technically (haha) too wide for perfect flattery for me and not my preferred narrower V, but I often wear with a scarf on cooler days. In other respects the style is good. Easy to dress up or down as occasion dictates. 

  • Gaylene replied 4 months ago

    Love the dress, Suz! And it’s a perfect example of how designers incorporate new kinds of fibers into classic designs which fit our needs for both fashion and practicality.

  • shevia replied 4 months ago

    Suz that dress is fabulous on you. The neckline is excellent and not one I feel you wear often. And since you brought it up ... my technical fabrics in the form of Lululemon utility style pants, and a couple of athletic running leggings are second hand. I have found a good number of sports tops for my kids second hand also. And yes they wear incredibly well. I will flip when I find something from Comrags :) !

  • Sal replied 4 months ago

    This is a great summer dress - so versatile and easy and really attractive on you.

  • slim cat replied 4 months ago

    I love that dress on you - the shape is close to classic one and very flattering!

  • RainB replied 4 months ago

    Very flattering... This shape looks great on you!

  • Brooklyn replied 4 months ago

    Looks fabulous on you Suz.

    I think the neckline looks fine too, even though I also tend to avoid this type of neckline, for the same reason as you. I am often drawn to them because I feel like they look better with a jacket than a high neckline because of the exposed skin. You could try filling it in with a chunkier, shorter style necklace or pendant. That’s what I do. That may not be your style of course. Or a scarf, but that can get hot in summer.

  • Jessikams replied 4 months ago

    It really does look good on you although it is not particularly "your" style.  Seems like a handy easy piece to have on hand.

  • lyn67 replied 4 months ago

    I just adore this dress on you! Please can you add the fabric exact  content? 

  • RobinF replied 4 months ago

    I love it, looks more like linen. I would never guess it is a tech fabric.

  • lynn replied 4 months ago

    Love it!  I actually think the neckline is very flattering on you and makes you look young and thin.  What more can we ask for in a dress?

  • Mainelady replied 4 months ago

    Love it! This dress looks like it was made for you!  I don’t think the v neck looks too wide. It is very flattering.

  • Janet replied 4 months ago

    I have no idea why you would avoid this neckline because it looks fabulous on you! That’s a great dress and I would wear it in a heartbeat. Terrific score!

  • Kyle replied 4 months ago

    Very flattering style and color.

  • unfrumped replied 4 months ago

    Adorable!
    I do so wish there would be more just- below knee length dresses as I feel they are easier to look good with flats and sneakers.
    To still have coverage it’s important to be a bit flowy so doesn’t ride up when sitting. That was one reason I decided to get the flippy skirt.
    Also your dress re- emphasizes what I have honed in on as the benefits of a woven fabric- rather than the ubiquitous jersey knots— as they are more forgiving and glide rather than cling. That was one of the appeals of the Sweaty Betty racer back dress and buyers claymores for more colors. A charcoal like yours is better for me also. But so hard to find!
    Keep this dress!

  • Roxanna replied 4 months ago

    I just love the cut and fit of Comrags items! look at how flattering that is. And I echo everyone else - why do you stay away from v necks? As long as they are not too wide, like this one, I think they look fabulous on you!

  • Suz replied 4 months ago

    ETA: I just checked the fabric composition at Lyn's request -- it is a huge surprise to me, and may rule it out of the "tech" department, although it sure feels and acts like a fast-drying tech fabric. Anyway -- it is 64% linen, 18% viscose, and 18% polyester. What make you all of that?

    On the neckline -- thank you all for your kind thoughts. I should clarify -- I adore V necks but usually aim for a narrower and shallower V for figure flattery reasons. I can't "fill out" most wide Vs. And even if I (almost) do (as here) I need to address proportional issues, i.e. show equal skin elsewhere or it looks disproportional on me. 

    Brooklyn gets it. I do sometimes wear a necklace with this to fill it in a bit, or a scarf.

  • bella replied 4 months ago

    I am not really surprised. It does look like linen. But given how wrinkly linen normally gets, this company might just be onto something. I love linen as a fabric, but hate the wrinkles. 

  • Angie replied 4 months ago

    Thanks, Suz. Not a pukka tech fabric piece "gear item", IYKWIM. Just a regular blend - and a very good one! I wear these blends all the time. 18% polyester remixed with natural fibres creates far fewer crinkles, and strengthens the fabric. Makes it last. THAT is also sustainable despite the synthetic nature of the fibre. 

  • Suz replied 4 months ago

    Angie, yes -- for sure sustainable! This dress has been in two closets and wears as hard as iron. If we are wearing it for a decade (or more) and it still looks good, that's some kind of miracle! 

    It's also really easily washable. 

    Gunn and Cornish (the female designers) really work hard to get their fabrics right. I truly admire this company's standards and approach. The aesthetic doesn't always work for me, but it works often enough that   it's always worth a look, and when I do purchase, I'm never sorry. Workhorse items one and all. The ones I currently own in addition to this dress, below. I've owned more in the past but when I lost weight I had to pass those on. 

  • Angie replied 4 months ago

    Suz, so now I have to think about whether polyester really is that unsustainable - when in fact for clothing, it is what makes it very robust. Everything is a compromise :(

    Lovely items! 

  • rachylou replied 4 months ago

    What a seriously cute dress on you!

  • Lucy replied 4 months ago

    Gorgeous dress! You look lovely. 
    It's funny that these are the kinds of dresses that it can be easy to overlook when shopping. Yet, a classic style with a bit of a "lift" will be worn for many years, can be dressed up or down, and worn for a range of occasions - it is really a gift. And to have it last so well, too! A fab package. 

  • Joy replied 4 months ago

    Suz, this dress fits you beautifully. It certainly has lasted and does not look like it will go out of style.

  • Suz replied 4 months ago

    Thank you all, again!

    Angie, two of those Comrags items are all natural fabrics -- the skirt is linen/ cotton (a lovely blend) and the blue and white batik dress is cotton. 

    The other items I've had from this company have included a poly or nylon or viscose component. 

    What I like about the company is that they really think hard about what will work best for that item, or what the fabric's properties are before they design -- and there have been times when, if they couldn't find a suitable fabric for one of their "basics" (they make a series of essentials -- a jewel neck black dress, a skirt, a shell, and a cardi) they just stopped making them for a while! 

  • Bijou replied 4 months ago

    This dress is lovely on you and the Comrags items you have are all great pieces. I like wearing clothes with some synthetic in the mix because usually they don’t require ironing.

  • JAileen replied 4 months ago

    That is a great color for you.  I’m with you on V necks.  I feel very uncomfortable with ones that are too big, and most are.  

  • lyn67 replied 4 months ago

    Thank you-for the update, it seem  a gorgeous blend and am taking notes in this regard!! Love your new home, so much light!!!:-)

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