I recently attended an outdoor wedding in downtown Sarasota. The dress-code was ‘dressy casual’, so no formal dress, no jeans, but anything in between. It was a small wedding and most of the guests were people I know through the horse-world, so I knew I wanted to wear a dress, but also keep it a little down to earth. Since a lace dress was out, my goal was to find a dress that I could keep in my closet for ‘everyday’ type use.
I ended up choosing this gingham dress. At $88, I felt like the price point was fair for a nice dress that wasn’t over the top (before I knew the dress code for the wedding, I really wanted to wear an Eliza J dress like this one here – I love this for a dressy wedding!). The color and print spoke casual, but the ruffles felt more feminine. I made sure to add some color with my statement earrings and favorite summer clutch, because ya’ll know I can’t get dressed without some color!
Sizing: I’m wearing a size medium. I ordered this size based on the sizing recommendations for the BB Dakota brand, but I feel like the dress runs a little big. I’m a normal dress size 6, and I think a 4 would have fit a little better. If you’re in between sizes, I would say go down one size. The care tag also says to dry clean. I washed on delicate cycle, air dried, and steamed the dress and it came out just like new (and it didn’t shrink at all to my disappointment lol).
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