Wear Anywhere Dresses by J.McLaughlin

It’s been a while since we’ve featured J.McLaughlin, so today I’m excited to share a couple of my favorite easy to wear and washable print jersey dresses – which are now on sale!

First up, I bought this J.McLaughlin Lola Ikat-Print Ruched Sheath Dress because the fit is fantastic and the dress is versatile enough to easily dress up (with midheel sandals) or down (with flat gold sandals).

I love J.McLaughlin’s jersey fabric (which is soft, durable and impossible to wrinkle) and the dress’ flattering print placement (which pairs a waist-accentuating horizontal line with several lengthening vertical lines).

J.McLaughlin Lola Ikat-Print Ruched Sheath Dress on sale - washable print jersey dress - Commandress

The J.McLaughlin Lola Ikat-Print Ruched Sheath Dress is $157.50 from Dillard’s (regularly $225) and still available in all sizes.

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One of my other favorite J.McLaughlin styles is the Emma Dress, which I was pleased to find at Nordstrom Rack on sale for $89.97 (regularly $205) in several prints. I’ve had a couple of these dresses for several years and they still look brand new.

J.McLaughlin Emma Dress on sale - light blue palm spring print #commandress

The detail at the waist gives the dress a flattering shape even though it’s as comfortable as a favorite Tee.

And the pockets are one of my favorite features – so useful, but they lay flat.

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I’ll add a shop the post here with more of my J.McLaughlin favorites after today’s post goes out.

Abigail Signature with Feather

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Don’t Like Your Clothes? Revitalize Them! (Part 3)

This is the third post in a series about how to tackle your wardrobe if you’re unhappy with your clothes – or just feel like you have nothing to wear.

In Part 1, we talked about giving yourself permission to cull your wardrobe, keep only the clothes you love, and identify a neutral skirt or pants that fit, flatter, complement your personality and suit your lifestyle.

In Part 2, we covered coordinating tops to wear with neutral skirts and pants.

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Today’s post is all about Commandress’ secret weapon: the dress!

The post ends with examples of an everyday dress, a work dress and a dress for special occasions.

(If you also love the idea of workout dress, check out our beloved sports dresses from Patagonia and Prana that we’ve featured here and here.)

“As much as I like a cute outfit assembled from separates, I prefer dresses.”

I find dresses to be more comfortable than separates. I also think you end up spending less on your wardrobe if you favor dresses over separates.

They’re also so easy to wear! With a dress, your major decisions about what to wear are already made and all you have to do is accessorize it.  How is that for making life easier?

Of course, all this assumes that from today forward you only keep – or buy – dresses that fit, flatter your shape, complement your personality and suit your lifestyle.

Each dress should also be appropriate for the occasion(s) for which you wear it. For example, a cool sleeveless knit cotton dress is perfect for a casual day or even a picnic, but it probably isn’t suitable for work or a cocktail party.

So, it’s time to revisit your closet and assess your dresses. Are there any you love? Great! Are there any you would love with some minor alterations? If so, bring them to the seamstress. Say goodbye to the rest.

“I think a lot of women default to thinking that dresses are expensive or only visualize cocktail dresses when they think about dresses,
but there are dresses that fit every budget, need, occasion and woman!”

Just as I suggested that you tally your outfits made from separates in Part 2 of this series, factor your dresses into the equation. If you prefer separates, that’s fine. But I encourage you to give dresses a try!

How to Shop for Dresses That Work for You

Different styles and brands tend to flatter different figures. When you try dresses on, make note of both the style and brand for both the dresses that flatter your figure and the ones that do not. In the future, this will help you steer toward the styles and brands that work for you.

For example, now that I’ve started paying more attention, there are styles and designers that I know will fit me well before I’ve even tried them on. I can even order their dresses online confident that I will love them.

Think about the gaps in your wardrobe before you begin dress shopping.

If you lead a very casual lifestyle, there is no sense in buying a bunch of cocktail dresses you won’t wear – no matter how tempting those dresses might be! You’ll want to focus your efforts on more casual dresses. If you work in a conservative office, you’ll want to hone in on dresses appropriate for your work environment. And, of course, when you do need one, dressed up dresses are the most fun to shop for!

Three Dresses That Illustrate Everyday Style, Work Style and Dressed up Style
Womens Casual Dress Womens Work Dress Womens Cocktail Dress

Everyday Dress (Left): The perfect casual dress is one that you can wash and wear – repeatedly. I love KUT from the Kloth’s Woven Shirtdress in Navy! ($108 from Nordstrom, Made in USA) This is the kind of dress you will do an extra load of laundry for because it’s so easy, so comfortable and so flattering. For a loose version, click here. To see more examples of casual dresses that Commandress profiled recently, click herehere and here.

Work Dress (Center): When looking for work style, you’ll want a dress that looks polished, but is easy to wear. With its three-quarter length sleeves and knee-length, Boden’s Elena Wrap Dress in Brown Sixties Geo will make you look professional, comfortable and confident. (Sale: $118 from Boden, Original: $148) Wrap dresses are universally flattering because they are so adjustable; I often pair my wrap dresses with camisole just to ensure a degree of decorum. To see more examples of work dresses that Commandress profiled recently, click here and here.

Dressed Up Dress (Right): A dress for special occasions doesn’t have to be all satin and lace. In fact, you may get more mileage from a LBD-style dress – like this classic dress in red. T Tahari’s Valencia Fit & Flare Dress in Poppy is a perfect blend of striking and versatile. ($108 from Bloomingdales) To see more examples of dressed up dresses Commandress profiled recently, click here and here.

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We’ve covered a lot of ground in just three posts! We’ve found bottoms we love and tops that look great with them. Today, we’ve talked about how great dresses are.

The next post in the series will begin the process of transforming those separates or that dress into polished outfits that work for you.


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How to Stay Cool in a Hot Weather Outfit – Commandress

When it is this hot outside, all I want to slip on is a casual, comfortable dress – one that works for running errands or puttering around the house. Given that the Nordstrom Annual Anniversary Sale ends this Sunday, August 2nd, I’m profiling the perfect casual dress plus coordinating accouterments on sale from Nordstrom for only three more days.

Womens Clothes on Sale Casual Summer Dress Leather Thong Sandals  Neutral HandbagDress: Gibson Stripe A-Line Dress in Heather Grey/Ivory | Sunglasses: Gucci 58mm Cat Eye Sunglasses | Handbag: Cole Haan Antonia Snake Print Crossbody Bag in Black/Ivory Snake | Earrings: Kendra Scott Dani Stone Drop Earrings in Gunmetal/Turquoise | Bracelet: Kendra Scott Arden Station Cuff Bracelet in Gunmetal Turquoise | Shoes: UGG Sadie Studded Flip Flop in White Leather

 A Hot Weather Casual Dress With Cool Summer Style

In this heat, wearing a loose jersey knit dress is more comfortable than a top with shorts. The Gibson Stripe A-Line Dress in Heather Grey/Ivory ($58, Made in USA) is perfect with its easygoing style. The shoulder pleats are a cute detail. It is also available in Heather Grey/Black and Navy/Ivory.


Casual Striped Dress on Sale Summer Knit Dress

Necessary Accoutrements Include the Perfect Shades, Jewerly, Handbag & Sandals

Since one of my dogs nibbled on my current pair of sunglasses, I’m considering the lovely Gucci 58mm Cat Eye Sunglasses. (Sale: $196.90, After Sale: $295)  A neutral, striped dress would look awesome with similarly hued print handbag. Cole Haan’s Antonia Snake Print Crossbody Bag in Black/Ivory Snake is my recommendation. (Sale: $145.90, After Sale: $218) It will look great with your fall and winter outfits too!

Cat Eye Sunglasses     Black and Grey Snake Skin Handbag
Because I love color, and I really love a pop of color with neutrals, great jewelry to wear with the dress are Kendra Scott’s Dani Stone Drop Earrings in Gunmetal/Turquoise (Sale: $33.90, After Sale: $52) and Kendra Scott Arden Station Cuff Bracelet in Gunmetal Turquoise. (Sale: $32.90, After Sale: $50) The earrings are also available in Gold/Amethyst Quartz and Rodium/Blue Cat Eyes. The bracelet is also available in Gold/Amethyst Quartz and Rhodium/Rose.

Blue and Gunmetal Earrings Kendra Scott Earrings     Blue Turquoise and Gunmetal Cuff Bracelet Kendra Scott Bracelet

I want as little as possible on my feet during summertime. A comfortable leather thong sandal is ideal. UGG’s Sadie Studded Flip Flop in White Leather is exactly that. (Sale: $59.90, After Sale: $84.95, Nordstrom Exclusive) It is also available in Ash Nubuck and Black Nubuck. Wearing UGGs is like walking on a cloud.

Ugg Leather Thong Sandal Leather Flip Flop


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