I have been – I hesitate to use the word “obsessed” because that makes it sound so EXTREME – “considering” how much I would love to add Shaina Mote’s tie dress to my wardrobe for a very long time. Since I first saw it online, actually, when Shaina Mote burst on the scene maybe a year or so ago?
I never had the opportunity to try it on in person, though, it NEVER goes on sale, and anyway, I had no idea what size I would be, so I’d pretty much given up hope until I found it in local made-in-the-US boutique Piermarini. BONUS: it was 30% off THAT WEEKEND. I tried it on when I was there with a friend, with some hesitation, because I was so afraid that I’d love it. And of course I did.
I spent the entire rest of the day and all night – I would say, literally, but I didn’t LITERALLY think about it ALL NIGHT; I merely fell asleep thinking about the dress, and woke up thinking about the dress. I carefully considered where I’d wear it (everywhere), how I’d wear it, if it is my style, if I’d be happy with it for a while, and if I was willing to spend the money on it. And after waiting my full mandatory 24 hour “waiting period,” I decided to go back and get the dress while it was 30% off. That, was the deciding factor. Not that I don’t think it’s “worth” the full price, but even so, I’m hard-pressed to buy much without some sort of discount…
Then, I wore it out of the store. The funny thing is, that the dress is rayon – but it’s a very different rayon that my recent Everlane dresses. It’s more finely & tightly woven, heavier, and more “substantial” – almost like a twill? It’s meant to be dry-clean only, which I will absolutely do (with Dryel in my dryer at home), and anyway would recommend, because washing in a machine can really change the shape of things, as I’ve learned over the years.
As you can see, there are quite a few ways to wear this dress. I love them all, but my favorite is this last one, with the higher neckline in the front and tied at the waist. With any of the ways, though, wearing a “traditional” bra is tough, as it’s cut rather low under the arms. For these pictures I’m wearing an old organic cotton tube top, not a bandeau bra (which I wouldn’t have a problem wearing), but a full-length tube top to provide a little more coverage. If you wear the dress with the scoop neck in the front and the ties wrapped around the waist and tied in the front, as in the first picture, a regular bra works fine, as long as it’s not very full coverage. Even so, a nice black lacey bra would be pretty peeking out from the sides.
Of course, I couldn’t tell that the models on any of the sites that sell this dress are wearing bras at all, which is rather irritating…because who can get away with that in real life??
Nevertheless, I’m thrilled that I was able to get this dress for 30% off, and look forward to wearing it for many years. As much as I love James Perse, I’d really like to branch out a bit more, and try other smaller designers I love and have always wanted to wear, so this seemed like a good opportunity to do that. And since I’m not getting my hair cut or colored this month, and I’m taking next month off of Pure Barre since we’ll be out of town for a couple weeks, I had a little wiggle room in my budget so that I could afford to get the dress.
I wonder how it will travel, though, because it would be ideal. I mean…you could theoretically wear this dress a different way every day for a week if you were so inclined. I just don’t know how this heavy rayon will travel – not that I mind a few wrinkles here and there.
Sizing – it’s “regular” women’s sizing, but obviously VERY oversized, which is why I took a size 4. If I’m sitting, it’s a bit snug at the hips, but the rest of the dress is perfect; if I’d sized up, it would have been much too big for me. And the fabric does give a bit with wear, although not enough to look “messy” so I thought this was the right size for me. Strange, because I NEVER EVER in a million years would have thought that a size 4 would work.