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What a little gem. This was perfect for a 100 day challenge all through the summer months. Here are some notes:
1) i chose Summer because of the added versatility--two necklines, belted or non-belted. i thought that would be helpful in staving off boredom during my 100 day challenge. However, over the course of my challenge, i almost always wore the v-neck and i never wore it belted. i found i just didn't need the built-in options.
2) The reason i never wore it belted was because cinching in at the waist caused the pockets to stick out like big ears, adding an extra boxy look right at my hips. i am sure it wouldn't fall this way on absolutely everyone, but it might be helpful to know that is a possibility. For me, it wasn't an issue because it was so comfy non-belted. That said, i really like this style of pockets because they lay flat and don't add extra bulk to my already generous hips. ;)
3) i am so thankful i chose marine blue. i just felt like red would be too much for 100 days, and black would be too heavy for the entire summer. This blue was the perfect happy medium and i really love it.
4) My daily activities include homeschooling my three kids, church, park dates, household shopping, etc. Summer was perfect for all of those scenarios. i love not worrying about whether or not what i'm wearing is appropriate for the occasion. As the weather began to cool off, i did add t-shirts and cardigans on top, but i pretty much wore this baby as is for three months straight. AND NOBODY NOTICED.
5) i am so thankful that i tried the 100 day challenge. i gained so much from the experience, but the main one i'll mention here is that near the end, i began thinking through what my clothing expectations would be once i was done. i realized that for most of my life, i trained myself to not really expect clothes to look "good." i mostly just hoped i could find something that would fit. For the first time in my life, i spent 100 days wearing something beautiful that i really loved and that truly was flattering. i retrained my brain to believe that i CAN set the bar high and i don't have to settle for just having clothes that fit sort of. i proved to myself that i am content wearing one outfit that i enjoy, and that i CAN hold out for clothes that are good quality and really look great. i also proved that i would rather have fewer options anyway. i moved during my challenge, and it was such a huge load off my mind not to have to think about outfits and laundry. i so enjoyed thinking about clothes less, and looking and feeling better for it.
This dress is very comfortable. I bought it thinking I would dress it up for an event (I have it in black) - though I didn't find it as "dressy" as I thought it would be, I kept it because it's comfortable and will wear it more frequently in more casual settings. I ordered both a medium and a small and the small was definitely the size for me. I'm somewhere between a medium and a small depending on the style. I don't particularly like how it fits me with the belt - but that's okay because it fits well with out. I also looks good layered under a sweater.
I love the summer midi. I tried it when it first came out in a large and didn't find it flattering at all. After seeing it on other people I sized down and I love it so much that I have one in every color. It is thin, flowy, and sleeveles. because of the length I can wear it without leggins, so this makes it a great dress for menopause! I have black in small, I have teal, navy, and red in medium. (I also have a small teal that I dyed emerald green because everything should come in green. Sadly the green one has a hole, which is why I replaced it w/ a medium teal and now use that one for working on my bus). The navy is so beautiful for work, and I would be happy wearing it out to dinner too. The summer midi is about the only thing that has been comfortable working in the heat of summer on renovating a bus with no AC.
This is a great dress. The only thing that keeps it from being perfect is that the pockets are too high, especially when belted. They should be at least an inch, probably 2 inches, lower.
I bought the Midi first because 1) it was early summer, and 2) it's cheaper than the maxi dress. Now that I've bought the maxi, I probably would have been happier just with the maxi. That said, I wore this dress A LOT all summer. It's comfortable and cute, but very thin. The maxi is slightly thicker—more of a regular weight of material. The pockets on this dress are a little bit more awkward than most of the other styles because it's reversible. I'm still going to wear it a lot but it's not quite my favorite Wool& dress.