Happy First Friday, lovelies! Can you believe it’s already February?! I’m honestly not ready or excited a whole month has flown by. I AM excited to share yet another gorgeous Dainty Jewell’s dress with you all…for the fourth time! The first review featured their leopard print dress (and was later featured in People StyleWatch magazine). Then I got to style and review their rich plum-colored lace dress. And THEN I got to style the most perfect pink checkered dress (same style as the above dress but in a different color).
Dainty Jewell’s is the only brand I’ve worked with four times, and for good reasons: It’s run by lovely, god-honoring women who seek to encourage modest dress for all ages, their dresses are timelessly feminine and chic (especially the bridesmaids dresses), and their dresses cost less than $100. Now, I have yet anther reason to love them: The clothes are responsibly sourced and manufactured! Read on for more deets on this classy black-and-white checkered dress (called the Merry Go Round dress in black).
Dress: c/o Dainty Jewell’s // Parka: J.Crew // Heels: Jeffrey Campbell via ThredUp
What I love
The retro vibe: Maybe it’s the mild checkered print. Maybe it’s the wraparound sash that ties into a cute bow in the back. Maybe it’s the crisp collar. Something about this dress feels slightly retro to me, but not in a dated way.
The quality fabric: On DaintyJewells.com, describe this dress as “oh-so-silky-soft and a blissful dream to wear,” and I agree with that description 110%. This has to be one of the softest dresses I ever owned. I can’t even begin to describe how silky soft this fabric is. The fabric is also very lightweight, so you can wear it comfortably in warmer months as well (sans parka).
The classic, versatile print: I mean, enough said.
And of course, I LOVE that a rep from Dainty Jewell’s confirmed the dresses are made in factories that are carefully vetted to ensure they conform to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and meet the company’s moral guidelines.
What I don’t love
The length: Midi lengths are often tricky for me since I’m on the shorter side of the height spectrum (5’3 to be exact). I’ll admit I did hem this dress about 3 inches so it is slightly past knee length, which I feel is a more flattering look for me. If you’re taller than me, the length may be no issue at all! If you’re not, I recommend getting the maxi length.
One important detail to mention is the price. At $94.95, this dress is not cheap. Normally I would list the expensive price in the “What I don’t love” category, but I understand the higher pricing tag now that I know more about the cost of manufacturing clothing responsibly and with quality fabric. You simply can’t make quality clothing responsibly for cheap; thus, I’ve come to accept that ethically made clothing is going to cost more than clothes sold in fast fashion retailers. On the plus side, this is so well made it will likely last for years and is versatile enough to be worn year-round; so you’ll get your money’s worth and then some. Don’t be surprised when it makes another appearance on Downtown Demure. 😉