This is my creative professional work look 🙂
Super casual creative professional outfit:
Weekend late summer outfit:
Happy Wednesday!! As promised, here are so many more pictures of the Elliott dress by Frazier & Wing I hinted about last week.
I have to qualify this review by saying that I have not worn this dress outside the house yet because it’s just way too hot for mid-weight cotton twill; mid-August in DFW is no joke. And since I work at home, my lifestyle is such that I wear things I can be outside for long periods of time in. I have worn it around the house quite a bit and put it through the motions enough to get a pretty good feel for how it will “perform” out in the wild LOL. Beautifully, I think.
The dress is 100% Japanese cotton twill, pre-washed and pre-shrunk. It is brushed twill, so super-soft, and very sturdy. It holds it’s shape well, and is nice and warm for wearing in air conditioning during the summer months and outside when it cools off a bit. I’ve actually never worn anything that feels like this does; it’s such a luxurious but still practical fabric – I love it. Oh, and can you guess what color undergarments I’m wearing?? Can’t, can you? As I was wearing the dress, I caught a shadow of my black undies in the mirror when I looked hard enough, but honestly, the fabric is mostly opaque so I don’t think it requires a slip, unless you want to add a layer of warmth and coverage.
And someone on instagram asked me about wrinkling. When I took these photos I had already worn the dress at home on another day, and on this day, photographed it after an hour or so of up and down, sitting, standing, working on fulfilling orders for slowre, so you can get a good idea of how it looks with “hard” wear. Not too shabby. It wrinkles, but the heavier fabric keeps the dress from looking messy at all.
I’m wearing the size medium (For size reference, I am about 5’3″ with a 36a bust, 30″ waist and 40″ hips – my inseam is 26.5″), which fits me very well up top at the shoulders and chest. It’s a teeny bit snug at first in the upper arms, but gives nicely with wear. Since the dress is an a-line shape, it gets quite wide starting at the waist, but I don’t think it looks overwhelming. To be honest, I think it could be cut a little more narrow, but the wider cut does make the dress much more dramatic!
I have thought a lot about the length of the dress on me, and while I really do like it as-is (I’m really into midi-length right now, and I tend to dislike a-line knee length skirts and dresses on me), I’m thinking of taking it to my tailor to have the hem cut off about a 1/2 inch up and keeping it raw – I’ll have her sew around the bottom right above the raw hem so it stays in check. I think it would just fit my “undone” look a little better with the raw hem. And then when/if I get tired of it, I can always re-do a regular hem. Or I could just leave it as is. I may just wait until the weather is cool enough that I can actually WEAR it before I do anything to it…
The Elliott dress is very well suited to a creative professional work environment, but would also wear well on the weekends with sneakers (as seen above!). I did find it difficult to layer with a jacket, however, since the cotton is so sturdy and the top so structured – wearing it for winter would be challenging. Although it would be beautiful with a shawl or heavy scarf.
I’m so excited to have had the opportunity to try something from Frazier & Wing. Heather has done an amazing job with her collection, and I’m so pleased to have been able to introduce her to you. Her craftsmanship is beautiful; this dress is so well made, I know all you sewers will appreciate it! Oh, and in addition to the white and ochre which she has online, Heather can make this dress with a beautiful NAVY fabric too – you just have to email her.
So, if you’re interested in trying an Elliott dress for yourself, or any other pieces from Frazier & Wing (the Sherman top looks pretty awesome), please use code GRECHEN15 for 15% off your order. The code is good one time per customer and expires at the end of the year.
What do you think of Frazier & Wing? And white dresses?? This is my first white dress…I didn’t even get married in one!
*Heather from Frazier & Wing sent me this dress to review and wear, I was not paid for this post or for my opinion.