The only dress your wardrobe needs.

Rated 4.3 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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Love it!

Love it! I want it in more colors please?!! I’m thinking about ordering it in Navy but I wish it were in Red - a true blue red!!!

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Rated 5 out of 5
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Best. Dress. Ever.

I’ve come to a point in my life where I only want quality pieces of clothing in my closet. This dress fits the bill of everything I had been looking for in a dress. The fabric is amazing and I feel so put together when I’m wearing it. Purchased in black and mineral and will definitely be ordering the navy.

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Rated 5 out of 5
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Great staple for your wardrobe

I love that the essential dress can be worn so many ways- it's a casual mom outfit I can wear with sneakers to the park, but it looks just as appropriate worn to work with tights and a cardigan. It also washes really well and drys quickly when hung dry. I am pretty solidly a XS/2 in all Brass and other brands, but on Lucinda's advice I did size down in this one since I have narrower shoulders and got the XXS-Long. The fit was great and the long length was perfect for my height (5'8" put it just 2 inches above the knee). Hoping for some new seasonal colors to be released and I'll add another to my wardrobe!

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Rated 5 out of 5
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Better than expected

i was hoping for a nice ponte dress that i could (mostly) wear at work and maybe the occasional going-out wear.

This dress exceeded my expectations. The fabric is much nicer than ponte but is also somewhat seasonless. It stayed cool when it was hot but was not flimsy at all. I'll be buying more from Brass

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Rated 4 out of 5
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Care instructions

The care instructions for this garment are a bit lacking. I love the dress (after some trial and error on sizing/length). After washing and drying the dress according to the instructions it had wrinkles. I lightly ironed it on with medium heat and ended up scorching it on one spot. Please include “do not iron” or iron on low heat to care label.

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