I’ve been stalking this dress for a month or so, but at full retail I could never make the plunge, so when Loft recently had a 40% off promotion I figured the fashion gods were telling me to make a move. As a busy mom who works outside of the home, I think it’s important to have an arsenal of dresses that you can don on those rushed mornings or on those mornings when it feels like you slept exactly two hours. Great fitting dresses with just the right amount of work appropriate interest can save you time and frustration thereby freeing you up for more important things like coffee, lots of coffee.
At its core this dress is a simple fit and flare silhouette, which is super comfortable and flattering for a myriad of body types. If you are especially self-conscious in a more fitted silhouette, a fit and flare dress is your best friend as the flared skirt will help hide anything you may be too wary of highlighting while the fitted bodice will help balance out the a-line skirt to create a sleek silhouette on top.
What elevates this dress beyond a basic dress is the black and white windowpane plaid contrasted with the black bodice details. The print is on trend for spring, but since it is done in a classic color palette it is a dress that can be worn for years and across seasons. The black waistband helps to break up the windowpane plaid, which can be a little widening, thereby creating a clearly defined waistline. I don’t have a super tiny waist; in fact, my torso is pretty much straight up and down, so the black waistband was definitely a selling point for me. Without it, I would look awash in a sea of black and white print and yards of fabric. The black bodice panel in the back helps create a sleek silhouette that helps offset the print of the skirt, so you can rest assured in not appearing too wide from behind. The black bodice panel cleverly extends around to the side and slightly towards to the front bodice panel, which not only adds some interest, but also helps to break up the windowpane plaid across the chest.
The black and white print allows for total freedom when accessorizing, but given the scale of the print, the classic color duo, and the overall modern feel of the look I would stick to something simple. The collar already adds visual interest at the neckline, so a necklace really isn’t necessary. Sticking to either silver or gold accessories, like simple bangles or a ring, or even shoes seems refreshing, not too overdone, and in keeping with the dress’ modern girl vibe. Here I chose a pop of color in the handbag to kind of play off the mod feel of the print, but a super sleek handbag or clutch in a metallic would look great as well.