Commandress Special Reports – “Smart, Chic & Made in the USA” is a month-long feature that will spotlight American-made clothing that is work-appropriate and professional.
Welcome to the third week of Smart, Chic & Made in the USA on Commandress! Today’s post features a selection of the best work dresses that are American-made.
One of my goals for this feature has been to raise awareness about the variety of work-appropriate clothes that are Made in the USA – not just for readers, but also for me. I’m also enjoying this opportunity to discover so many fantastic American designers! For example, I love this Avril Dress by Amy Matto. I’ve had my eye on this dress for a while, but today ended up being the perfect day to feature it because it just went on a great sale – $148 instead of $296 – but is still available in all sizes. The color-blocking is subtle enough to look current without the danger of looking dated (like some of the more dramatic options that are trendy right now); it also makes the modest but feminine silhouette look even more professional. (Please note: the Amy Matto website indicates that all sale items are final sale. I recommend calling to ask for more information about fit and sizing before placing an order. Also, keep in mind that too big would be better than too small because you could get the dress tailored.)
Alex & Ava is an American brand that offers a lovely selection of wrap dresses at Nordstrom. One of my current favorites is this Cap Sleeve Jersey Wrap Dress in Cuban Sand (on the far left and available in regular and petite sizes) for $158. I love the subtle but interesting print and muted color scheme – it would be a great backdrop for bolder accessories. The ruching at the shoulder is a pretty detail and the extended cap sleeve is a very flattering shape – not tight on the arm or shoulder. I also love the bolder abstract print of the Alex & Ava Wrap Dress in Bordeaux (on the near left and also available in regular and petite sizes) for $198. The rich colors make this a perfect fall dress for a warm climate. Both dresses are machine-washable and Made in the USA. These dresses would also be perfect for travel because the synthetic jersey will not wrinkle.
This navy Juliet Stretch Knit Ponte Dress from Dobbin looks polished and so easy to wear. It’s a sheath dress that is both tailored and relaxed; this dress would look flattering on most figures and professional on women of all ages. The rich navy is a perfect backdrop for your favorite jewelry and a fun pair of shoes. The Juliet Dress, which costs $168, is machine-washable and Made in the USA from imported fabric. Dobbin is sold exclusively online and the company offers free shipping both ways. The Juliet dress is currently available in limited sizes only (12, 14, and 16), but I’ll be checking back to report on new sizes – as well as new styles to feature on Commandress.
This Avon Vale Ponte Dress by Nanette Lepore is a perfect dress to wear to work. It’s a great find because the dress is so chic and pretty – yet perfectly appropriate in every possible way (knee-length hem, three-quarter sleeves, high neckline, and the tailored – but not tight – fit). It’s also perfect for pairing with bolder accessories. The colors are gorgeous: the dress is available from shopbop.com in Evergreen and Iris; it is also available from Saks and in Evergreen and from Neiman Marcus in Iris. The Avon Vale Ponte Dress costs $328 and is Made in the USA from imported fabric.
Finally, it’s always fun to include a dreamy item that would fit right in with Commandress’ Rest Your Eyes on This posts. This Cowl-Neck Three-Quarter-Sleeve Dress by Lela Rose is stunningly beautiful. I love the dark, sophisticated Wine color and everything about the dress’ feminine tailoring: the silk chiffon fabric allows the dress to look both crisp and soft at every turn. Absolutely gorgeous. Here, I would add beautiful but streamlined accessories (simple, classic earrings and shoes) to keep the focus on the dress. The Lela Rose dress is $1,195 from Neiman Marcus and Made in the USA from imported fabric.