The hunt for a casual dress is never an easy one. They’re a great one-and-done option for many ladies and cooler than pants or shorts in the hottest weather. A reader asked me to share more options so today, I’m going to focus on a few knee-length summer dresses, I tried on for you last week.
If you’re new here, welcome. A dressing room diary is when I go into a local store for a try-on session so you can see what’s new and how it looks on a woman over 25. For reference, I am 5’4″ and weigh around 134 lbs with broad shoulders and straight hips. I have a long torso and arms so I often buy one size larger on top.
I try on clothes in colors and shapes that may or may not flatter me so you can see what’s in the stores and get some styling ideas. I tell you what sizes I am wearing to help you understand how things run. As always, you can click the red text for more info and to shop the item at no additional cost to you.
This A-line knit tee shirt dress comes in a floral or this stripe in misses, petite, women’s, and tall. The center back length is – misses 38″, petite 36″, women’s 41″, and tall 40″. I am wearing a petite medium that fits through the shoulders and flares loosely over the hips. It’s a cotton/Tencel.spandex blend that will be very cool in hot weather.
This woven puff sleeve dress comes in 3 colors in sizes XS-XXL (22/24). I am wearing an XS which is snug through the shoulders so it runs true to size. It’s a cotton/nylon/spandex blend with a 39″ inseam. The reviews are positive, except for one that complained it was not lined which I find true for many dresses.
This 100% cotton dress comes in 3 colors- misses, petite, plus, and plus petite sizes XS-XL. The length is 38 1/2″ in misses, 36 1/2″ in petite, 42″ in plus, and 39 1/4″ in plus petite. I am wearing a small in misses which is too narrow through the shoulders and snug on me so runs a bit small and I suggest you size up. The adjustable tie gives a nice shape to the dress you can make at tight or loose as you like. You could easily dress this up or down with a change of accessories and footwear.
This pleated shift dress has a flattering shape in a rayon/spandex blend. It’s sized XS-XXL with a length of 39″. I am wearing an XS which is too snug so it runs true to size. Here is the short sleeve version which I assume more women will gravitate to. It can also be dressed up or down which is a nice option, especially when traveling. The waist is slightly above my waist which is normal in a dress that’s too small for me.
This 100% linen dress comes in misses, petite, women’s, and tall in sizes XS-4X. It is unlined. I am wearing a small petite. The center back length is- misses 38½”, petite 36½”, women’s 41″, tall 40½”. It’s a slim A-line that feels more like a straight shift to me. This dress could also be loose belted if you wanted to have some waist definition but there was no belt in the store for me to illustrate.
This A-line dress comes with this embroidery or in an all-over floral. It’s 100% cotton with rayon embroidery. It has a drawstring through the front waist that allows you to snug it in slightly for some shaping. It comes in misses, petite, women’s, and tall sizes XS-4X. The length at the center back is -misses 37½”, petite 35½”, women’s 40″, tall 39½”. I am wearing a misses small. It is lined so no slip is required.
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If you wear dresses, what length do you prefer?
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