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Rated 4.2 out of 5
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Every wardrobe deserves a dress that is as elevated as it is dependable. The Essential Dress was designed with this in mind. A gorgeous relaxed silhouette paired with the perfect neckline and cap sleeve, all made in a fabric that flows and functions. We used the same machine-washable fan favorite as The Work Blouse and The Nonstop Top, so you know it's a winner. 

Sizing Notes:
This dress comes in 2 lengths. The long length is 2.5" longer than regular. Too long? Don't forget our Alterations Credit.

Kristin wears an XS (Long) in this dress. She is 5'8" and wears a size 2/4 in dresses.

Wren wears an 1X (Regular) in this dress. She is 5'10" and wears a size 16/18 in dresses.

  Size Guide

Sizing NotesThis dress fits true to size and has a relaxed silhouette. Order your true size. Want to get the right size the first time? We're here to help! Email us your bra, denim, and dress size (ex. 34C, 28, 6).

XXS XS S M L XL 1X 2X 3x
Length Regular 34 7/16 34 3/4 35 6/16 36 36 5/8 36 15/16 40 1/2 41 1/4 42
Length Long 36 15/16 37 1/4 37 7/8 38 1/2 39 1/8 39 7/16
Chest Circumference 33 34 36 38 40 1/2 42 47 51 55
Hip Circumference 39 40 42 44 46 1/2 48 53 57 61
Armhole Circumference 12 1/8 12 1/2 13 1/4 14 14 7/8 15 3/8 19 20 1/2 22
Bottom Circumference 43 44 46 48 50 1/2 52 56 60 64
This guide is specific to The Essential Dress.  Measurements listed above are of the full circumference of the garment.


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Rated 5 out of 5
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Such a great dress!!

Love: bright navy color, flattering fit, pockets, easy to wash fabric, v neck not too low, great for petites, comfortable to wear, wrinkle-resistant.

Easy to get the right size with input from Lucinda and/or the fit video.

Should I get it in mineral too?!

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Rated 5 out of 5
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Perfect work dress

This dress feels amaaaazing on. It's like a scuba fabric, minus the clingyness/heaviness. I think it looks even better in person than it does online. I only wish there was a slightly longer version (longer than the long!). A 40-41" length would be great for a more conservative office setting.

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Rated 2 out of 5
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Not flattering on me

I was so excited to receive this dress that I bought it in black, navy, and mineral for my first try on. I have luck with this style usually, and was ready for a new work "uniform". But I could not get this to work for me- the armholes were tight, and the back was pulling, and although the rest of the style was roomy, it seemed to be sitting strangely at my upper back over my butt. I think the fabric is just too structured to drape on me correctly. Sizing up would have helped some of the issues, but then would have much too large in other areas. I'm glad it's a style that works for so many others, but just not me. I have an athletic build with wider shoulders and slim hips, and it wasn't the dress for me.

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Rated 3 out of 5
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Beautiful Color and Quality; Not the Right Cut for Me

I wanted to love this dress, and generally have good luck with this kind of style. The color (navy) and material is beautiful, and well-made. Unfortunately, the armholes were tight around my shoulders and scrunched up under my armpits (gahh! I hate that!!), while the bust/hips were plenty roomy. With this predicament, sizing up or down in either direction wouldn't have helped. I'm 5'7", 130 lbs and normally wear a size 2-4, but have this problem frequently--it drives me crazy that so many styles seem to be cut for toothpick arms. Y'all, my arms are not big. Please fix this.

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Rated 4 out of 5
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Amazing dress--please make with a different neckline?

I just ordered this dress and was so pleased when it arrived. I'm pretty petite but pear shaped and other dresses I've ordered from Brass have been too tight across my butt and hips, so I was worried this would be too but it's not! This cut is loose but tailored--I travel a ton for a work and I know I'll be wearing this all the time. I am going to have to get it tailored, though--I'm small chested (32/34a) the v-neck neckline cuts way too low for me to be able to work. Would love to see this dress with other necklines!

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