THE ESSENTIAL DRESS

The only dress your wardrobe needs.

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
THE ESSENTIAL DRESS Sizing

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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Will buy in every color

I've had it two weeks and I have worn it 3 times. Quickly turning into my go to for work and weekend.

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Rated 5 out of 5
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OH so perfect!

The dress, man. It's comfortable. It's flattering. It's easy. I love it! I am typically a large, but due to some of the reviews I decided to size down for a more fitted look.

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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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