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2 Summer Dresses: Pyne & Smith Clothiers + Everlane



The weather in Charlottesville has been in the high 90s for the last several weeks and it's all people can talk about. Because we're in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, we're subject to some strange weather patterns, and from year to year the temperature in late July can vary considerably. This year is one of the hot ones.

It seemed like a good time to (finally) photograph and review a couple summer dresses that readers have asked about: the Indigo Striped V-Neck from Pyne & Smith Clothiers and the Everlane Striped Tee Dress.

Pyne & Smith Clothiers Indigo Striped V-Neck



Pyne & Smith Clothiers is quite popular in the conscious, minimalist community. All dresses are cut and sewn in California out of high quality linen and are reminiscent of vintage day dresses. Most, if not all, styles are pull-on for ease of wear. I had been eyeing the Indigo Striped Dress since last fall and finally justified the $132.00 price point by buying it as an Easter dress.

The linen is of the thick, textured variety, as you can see in the photos, and I'm a sucker for anything indigo-dyed. I like that the top is fitted, but loosens up at the waist and into the skirt. Once on, it lays well, but because the fabric doesn't have much give, it is difficult to get it over my head and arms initially. Overall, I'm pleased with the quality of the piece, and see it as one of those items that will define my wardrobe for years to come. I need to remember to wear it more often, though!

Caring for this is easy, as linen doesn't hold odors the way cotton tends to. I just give it a rinse in the sink or put it in a mesh bag and throw it in the washer with my other laundry, then let it air dry on a hanger.

My measurements: 34" bust, 28" waist, 38.5" hips, 5'7" height.
Size ordered: XS

*The owner let me know that she recently redesigned this, so the straps are a bit narrower and the center seam is slightly different.

Everlane Cotton Striped Tee Dress

I previously talked about this dress in a Four Fair Finds post. The Cotton Striped Dress was released last summer, but is still available on Everlane's site, though they recently released a couple similar dresses.

I really like the fit of this dress. It manages to feel flattering (even if it doesn't look flattering), and the wide fit provides some much needed summer aeration. I made the mistake of drying this dress in the dryer last weekend and it shrunk up about an inch. If you're relatively tall, I recommend letting it air dry instead. That being said, like all of my Everlane cotton knits, this has held up really well and still looks new.

Size ordered: S


Let me know if you have any questions!

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