Commandress Special Reports – “Smart, Chic & Made in the USA” is a month-long feature that will spotlight American-made clothing.
Thank you to Reader M for introducing me to J.McLaughlin on a trip to New York earlier this year! Reader M raved about their washable jersey dresses, which can suffer all sorts of mistreatment with nary a wrinkle. I purchased the Emma Cap Courtyard Square Dress shown here in Blue/White and could also rave about it for days – it is so flattering, easy to wear, and looks brand new after many washes. The dress also travels like a dream and is Made in the USA! It is above the knee – a little short for the office – but I’ve worn my dress just about everywhere else. The Blue/White is sold out online, but the Emma Cap Courtyard Square Dress is available in a few sizes online in Black/White for $195. J.McLaughlin clearly agrees that this style is a winner because they offered the Emma dress in several different prints – hopefully it will become a regular.
J.McLaughlin recently opened a store in Atlanta, so I’ve been able to spend more time checking out their clothes – lots of great items! It’s important to note that most J.McLaughlin clothing is not Made in the USA – but fortunately it seems that most of the items that I like are American-made (including all of the items featured in this post). Of course, even brands that are well-known for being Made in the USA may make 10% or more of their products overseas. If you want to be sure that you are buying American-made products you always have to check the label for each individual item (or get in touch with the brand/store to ask).
On my most recent visit, I found some fantastic washable separates – all made in the USA! First, this Gulf 3/4 Two Tone Elsie Top in White/Charcoal is perfect for business casual offices and anytime when you want to look polished – but not overdone. I’m typically drawn to more colorful items, but I love this distinctive print and it’s a great backdrop for fun, colorful accessories. The Gulf 3/4 Two Tone Elsie Top in White/Charcoal is on sale for $69.90 (marked down from $155). J.McLaughlin regularly offers this shirt style in a variety of fun prints.
This fall J.McLaughlin also has some great faux suede separates. I purchased the Reece Faux Suede Skirt in Black to go with the Elsie Top (and a hundred other things). The skirt is knee-length on me, incredibly soft, and extremely flattering – a great work wardrobe staple. And . . . it’s washable – hooray! The Reece Faux Suede Skirt is available in Black and Dark Brown for $158. The Darci Faux Suede Pants are brand new, so I haven’t tried them on yet – I’ll report back when I do. They are also washable and available in several neutral colors, including Black, Dark Brown, and Tan (shown above) for $158.
Last but not least, I love this Wavesong Normandy Boatneck Tee (shown here in White/Pink Berry). The shirt has a charming three button detail on one shoulder. The slim fit is fantastic and the stripes are too narrow to have the dreaded horizontal stripe effect. The top is available in several different colors for $98. Yes, that’s pricey for a “Tee,” but it’s a fair price for this top because the quality is fantastic – you’ll enjoy getting a lot of wear out of it. Also, no dry cleaning bills!