Modest Brand Spotlight: Tamar Landau + A Vintage Inspired Outfit

Downtown Demure x Tamar Landau - Polka Dot Shirtdress 1

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Dress: c/o Tamar Landau // Scarf: Nordstrom // Purse: Asos (similar here)

Shoes: c/o thredUP (click the link to get $10 off your first order)

Friends, I’m so excited to introduce you to a classic and modest label that has been on my radar for a while: Tamar Landau. If vintage-inspired dresses in wearable prints are your thing, you’re going to want to learn more about this label (and the sweet woman who runs it). Read on for my full review of this polka dot shirt dress!

Downtown Demure x Tamar Landau - Polka Dot Shirtdress

About the Company

Tamar Landau started her namesake label in 2009 after getting her degree in fashion design in Israel. Now she’s on a mission to provide modest clothes that are both affordable and flattering to women of all faiths. You all know I’m ALL about supporting female entrepreneurs who value and encourage modest dress, so it was a joy to partner with Tamar for this review.

Fit

Thanks to the classic A-line shape and belted waist, this dress fits like a dream and it would be flattering on ANY body shape. I was concerned about the midi length, but that concern vanished when I put on my thredUP heels (I didn’t even have to hem this dress! Hooray!). Quick tip for my petite fashionistas: The easiest way to make a midi length skirt or dress work for you is to wear pointy heels that match your skin tone (that creates longer, leaner lines so you don’t look stumpy).

Quality

No doubt about it, this a well-constructed dress. My only issue is the fabric. This dress is 100% viscose, which is a type of rayon (think: windbreaker). While the fabric drapes beautifully (which lends to a flattering fit) and is very lightweight, I don’t love how viscose feels against my body. Still, I forgot about my disdain for viscose within an hour of wearing this dress.

Price

I think $59 is a great price for a handmade dress, particularly since it is so versatile. You can wear this beauty to work, events, or just a casual stroll through town on the weekend.

Overall

It’s hard for me to NOT love this classy dress. It combines two of my favorite things: shirt dress + polka dots. There’s always potential for clothes with polka dots to look kitschy and immature. But Tamar created a beautiful dress that mixes elements of fun and whimsy while still maintaining a mature feel. I also love the vintage-inspired silhouette – so much so that I felt compelled to style this dress like a maven from the 40’s-50’s would (all I needed was a pair of white gloves and a box pill hat). Don’t be surprised if you catch me wearing this dress multiple times on my Instagram. 😉

If you’re curious to see more beautiful creations from Tamar Landau, here are more of my faves:

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Tell me, lovelies, what do you think of this polka dot dress?!

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    Jodie filogomo
    03/20

    This dress is a dream on you! If I’m wearing a dress or sweater that isn’t great against my skin…I’ll layer a thin shirt under it!
    Love the shoes & scarf with this—makes it wonderfully hip!! jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com
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    • Elizabeth
      Elizabeth
      > Jodie filogomo
      03/21

      You’re making me blush, Jodie! Thank you! 🙂 And yes, I second the thin cami underneath dresses with fabric I don’t love!

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    Taylor
    03/20

    Totally gorgeous on you, such a classic look!!

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    Alecz
    03/20

    Oh this dress is too cute! Loving the polka dots. The silver tip on those heels is amazing too!

    https://forsevenseasons.wordpress.com

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    Bridget J. Deal
    03/21

    Amazing collection, love your style here, dear 🙂

    • Elizabeth
      Elizabeth
      > Bridget J. Deal
      03/23

      You are so sweet! Thank you!

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    Kelly K
    03/21

    I absolutely love this dress and how you styled it! Those heels are gorgeous too!

    http://www.rosyoutlookblog.com

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    Len Parent
    03/21

    How gorgeous! Loving your dress girl. Thanks for the inspiration!
    Much love, Len
    http://www.lenparent.com

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    Kelsey&Kenecha
    03/21

    Love your vintage inspired look! The shoes are gorgeous !
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    Mary
    03/22

    Elizabeth,
    Your outfit looks so pretty for spring time! Love the retro cut and small dots! Very fun and actually this is my perfect style of dress!

    http://www.districthilo.com

    Love, Mary

    • Elizabeth
      Elizabeth
      > Mary
      03/22

      It seems we have very similar styles then! Thanks for the love, Mary!

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    Barbara
    03/22

    Another beautiful dress, what can I say you make all dresses look like, “i got to have that dress”. I just looked at a black and white polka dot dress and i said No!, i think i might go and get it. Thanks Love Auntie

    • Elizabeth
      Elizabeth
      > Barbara
      03/22

      Haha, you should definitely go back and get that dress! Polka dots are very wearable and so much fun. Thank you for the constant encouragement and love, Auntie! 🙂

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    Style Bits & Bobs of M.E.
    03/23

    I really like this dress because I’m a sucker for polka dots.

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    Rebekah @ More Radiance
    03/23

    This dress looks lovely on you! However, my favorite part of this look is your hair… it’s very pretty!
    Rebekah Joy
    http://www.moreradiance.com

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    jess jannenga
    03/23

    Love this dress on you, lovely with the blue added with the scarf. Polka dots always remind me of retro looks , you think i would own some. You look lovely!
    thank you for linking up with Turning Heads Tuesday!
    jess xx
    http://www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

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    Lanae Bond
    03/26

    You look lovely in your polka dot dress! I like how you included tips in your review. This company makes beautiful clothing and I will be checking this brand out.

    • Elizabeth
      Elizabeth
      > Lanae Bond
      03/28

      Thanks, sweet friend! I definitely your recommend you check out Tamar’s collection. Everything is modest and pretty.

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    jess jannenga
    03/27

    Love this tip to toe. The blue in the scarf is a great accent color and I love the classic polka dot dress on you. Perfect peep toes and a box bag makes it look vintage and so pretty a style
    Thanks for linking up with Turning Heads Tuesday
    jess xx
    http://www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

    • Elizabeth
      Elizabeth
      > jess jannenga
      03/28

      Awww! That means a lot coming from you, Jess (ALL of your outfits are elegant and chic). Thanks for the love!

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    Mai
    03/28

    OMG, I Love this post!! Thanks for sharing! Please check out my new post @ Ohiamiht Blog | Instagram

    Kisses,
    Miss Mai

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    Ada
    04/03

    Oh Elizabeth, this dress is so pretty and it is totally your style. But it is something I would wear 100% too. I checked out this designer and she has many pretty and modest dresses for a very fair price. I am a huge fan of a shirtdress and I am not looking for one with a flowy skirt in a midi length, like yours. I cannot believe your pumps are from ThredUp too. I love them and your bag. =)

    I just started a new linkup on Thursdays. You can still link up with me for this week’s “Thursday Moda” linkup. The linkup is open below. I would love to have you join it. Thanks. =)

    http://eleganceandmommyhood.blogspot.com/2016/03/thursday-moda-5-and-colorful-striped.html

    Happy April! Ada. =))