Per usual, there are garments that stand the test of diversity. This means the garment flatters and fits various women from different ages and different body types. This month the all star players in my eyes have been these dresses below, and may I add, like many of my tried and true recommendations, these dresses look even better in person and on your body.
This “Tonia” Shirred maxi dress is made with yummy-soft strong fabric and the cut is perfection. It nips in to give just about anyone a neat and tiny waistline and it provides your bust with incredible support. Even a D cup can skip a bra with this dress (Hallelujah! Bless our stars! No bra!) If skipping a bra is too racy for you, this dress still lies in your favor. The straps, from front to back, should cover standard bra straps. If you want to hide your arms or foresee a chill, pair it with this Nic + Zoe cardigan in Blue Roma.
Sizing: This dress is stretchy, but it runs a bit small. As a size 4-6 woman I fit into a size small, but I bought a medium because the small cut into my armpit fat a little bit. This print also comes in plus sizes 1x – 4x. As for the cardigan, it runs large. I wear an XS.
Eileen Fisher $198
Eileen Fisher is so damn friendly. She cuts her clothes so perfectly to enhance your breasts and hide your belly. I consider her the inventor of the a-line tee. Which is the PERFECT fitting t-shirt. Which means, Eileen’s V-Neck Fit & Flare dress is the perfect fitting dress. It will cup your bust, and then graceful skip over any lumps and bumps in your belly or hip area. The fabric is also strong, soft and bouncy, which gives it a flirty feel that could be dressed up or dressed down. Simply switch out the statement necklace and heels for a watch and flip flops. Belts also go nicely with it.
I will personally use it as a house dress and grocery chic attire more than anything. I can’t explain to you the pure comfort of it, plus I feel cute. My throw on dresses right now are a ten- year-old Forever 21 frock and an ugly James Perse Tee dress. I needed something better to say the least. I will also use the dress as a canvas piece. I am so attracted to statement jackets, but rarely have plain items to pair with them. This dress will be a home for them.
Sizing: Eileen Fisher runs large. As a 4-6 woman I chose a PP (the smallest size available in Eileen Fisher), although a petite small (PS) also fit great, but I like a tighter and shorter fit. A size 2-4 woman should still fit beautifully into a PP.
Loft is doing a fantastic job with its maxi dresses this spring. My absolute favorite is the Paradise Halter maxi dress in serpentinite grey. The linen and rayon blend is perfection and the print is rich, unique and won’t show stains. And, of course, the silhouette is lovely. It lengthens the body and won’t cut into or overly expose armpit fat.
Sizing: Loft runs large. As a size 4-6 woman at 5-feet and 4-inches tall, I found the XS Regular fit best, but it is too long so I will have to hem it. I did try the petite version, but it was far too short. I believe the words my lover used were, “It does look a bit like ankle biters.” He has a way with words, doesn’t he?
Tory Burch $395
Just like most of the best spring dresses, this gorgeous light-weight printed v-neck frock has stretch. It appears as if it hug your curves, but it really just slips around them. That is the beauty of a great cut. I love the sleeves as they hide arm pit insecurities and gives a bit more coverage for my clients who don’t like to wear sleeveless. As for the print, the color and pattern are just delicious, so much more so in person. This dress also goes with the Nic + Zoe cardigan in Blue Roma.
Sizing: It runs true to size, but it runs a bit long on the shoulders. I have had to take it up on the shoulders on two clients. As a 4-6 woman, I would wear a size 6 in this one.