These days, with the rise of fast fashion, it's so hard to find quality dresses that do women justice. Cheap dresses from places like Amazon and Shein are filling our feeds (especially in influencer-promoted reels and TikToks), but these pieces lack a certain quality and won’t stand the test of time. Essentially, what we want are dresses that are classy, yet still flattering and feminine; something elegant and dreamy, yet still appropriate for modern day. This effortlessly ladylike look is achieved through quality fabrics and intentional designs.
The good news is that midi dresses and nap dresses are coming back in style. Often, they are hidden in plain sight. The key is to know where to find them. At the end of the day, a romantic, flowy, and feminine dress is the epitome of feminine fashion.
On the other hand, good quality dresses can be a bit more expensive. You can think of it as saving money in the long run, since these dresses won’t go out of style. You can also apply some shopping tips to save money.
To start, wait a week before making a purchase to make sure the dress is something you truly want. For the most part, only buy items that are on sale. Due to markups, you're paying much more than the value of the item every time you purchase something at list price. Search the sale sections of websites or wait until a site-wide sale event comes up. Also, be on the lookout for any promo codes that you can use to your advantage. Another tip is to subscribe to the site’s emails to receive a discount, and you can unsubscribe at any time later.
With these shopping hacks in mind, it’s time to look at some dresses. What these dresses have in common is a longer length, a flattering neckline, beautiful fabrics, prints, soft colors, and feminine details like ruffles, puff sleeves, and smocking. Here’s a list of links to some of my favorite websites and brands for dress shopping inspiration.
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Hill House Home
Hill House Home is the creator of the original nap dress, which brought the concept to media attention. Their dresses have flowy silhouettes with the iconic smocking and flutter or puff sleeves. Nap dresses are as comfortable as they are pretty and timeless.
En Saison makes dresses with attention to details, with feminine accents, prints, and tones. The dresses are designed with intentionality, making each one a standout piece.
Anthropologie is known for its eclectic collection of feminine bohemian clothing, including dresses. They sell many different styles of statement-making midi and maxi dresses that will add appeal to any wardrobe.
Simple Retro is a relatively new brand that uses vintage designs as inspiration. Naturally, these dresses are classy and feminine and include retro details like floral prints, embroidery, and cap sleeves.
J. Crew is a brand that has stood the test of time. Their clothing is known for the classic and clean cut aesthetic. Their dresses are preppy and fun and both trendy and timeless, making them true fashion staples.
& Other Stories
& Other Stories is a fashion company with designers based in LA, Sweden, and Paris, which gives the clothing a uniquely stylish look. Both cutting edge and classically feminine, the brand offers many options, including beautiful midi dresses.
Vero Moda is a European high street fashion brand, known for its striking looks. The dresses are stylish with an effortlessly chic air of European sophistication.
Lost and Wander
Lost and Wander dresses are always a feminine look. With pastel prints and flowy skirts, these dresses are dreamy and romantic but still contemporary.
Ivy City Co.
Ivy City Co. makes romantic, feminine dresses in all-inclusive sizing, including matching children’s dresses. The company is famous for its floaty, ethereal details and nap dress-inspired silhouettes, all in pastel colors and floral prints.
Dressing up elevates your image, radiates confidence, and inspires others. You will inevitably feel more dignified, energized, and beautiful when you wear a classically beautiful dress. A collection of several cute and feminine dresses is a great investment, and will upgrade even the most ordinary of days or occasions.
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