A girlfriend turned me on to J.McLaughlin dresses. Their store is just a few blocks from my house, but I had never tried it out before. I’m so glad she did because I am in love with their Emma dress. I currently own the dress with three-quarter length sleeves like the one below but in an orange print. I wear it year-round–in the spring/summer with nude pumps and in the fall/winter with a cardigan, tights, and boots.
Here’s what I love about the dress:
- The fabric is Catalina Cloth. It’s light enough for warm weather, but thick enough that you don’t need to worry about undergarment lines showing. It doesn’t require dry cleaning, and it doesn’t pill, like some cotton fabrics.
- The waist band is super flattering.
- It doesn’t have buttons or zippers and it isn’t a wrap dress you’ll be tugging at all day. Just pull it over your head, and run out the door.
- It has pockets!
- It doesn’t require dry cleaning. (I know I mentioned that in number one, but it’s worth repeating.)
So, when I got an email from J. McLaughlin that they are having their summer sale, I immediately went online to see if I could score one on sale, and, I did! I am now the proud owner of the Emma cap sleeve dress in cheetah.
This one has cap sleeves, so I won’t be able to wear it year-round, but I will still get plenty of wear out of it. It is usually $195, but it was marked down to $96.90 which means I just saved my husband about $100. He was super excited about that. I will now wait for the python print to go on sale–it will be great for fall with a black cardigan and red or black pumps.
If the price seems a little high for you, remember that you’ll never have to dry clean it. I was hesitant at first as I get most of my work dresses from the Banana or Ann Taylor outlet stores for under $50, but I have never regretted my Emma dress and I promise you won’t either.
If you live in Richmond, VA there are still a few of these dresses left, so try to stop over during your lunch break. You’ll find their Richmond location at 407 Libbie Avenue at the shops on Libbie and Grove.