*I received this item as a gift to review and thus this is a type of sponsored post
It's finally here! The Everlane Polka Dot Shirt Dress review! This was the item I was debating on whether or not to request from Everlane back in early July. Well due to their warehouse move I've only just received this dress (and I know a lot of you guys are feeling the pain of the shipping delays! I too ordered some other things from Everlane that have still yet to be delivered, but I've heard that the warehouse move is just about done and things are about to get back to their normal albeit still rather slow shipping time--but at least it won't be excruciating slow lol).
I was so interested in trying this dress because it's made of a new-to-me material called Cupro, and after doing some research on it I knew I really wanted to try it out. Cupro is a sustainable fabric made out of cotton linter (basically cotton waste by-product) and via a closed-loop chemical system. Cupro is similar to tencel/lyocell in that it's a man-made fabric but tencel is made from wood cellulose fibers. Since cupro is made from cotton by-products, the material is biodegradable like cotton and also breathes like cotton. But it feels a lot like a heavy silk and thus is often used as a vegan form of silk. Best of all you can just machine wash it at home, unlike some silk garments. Cupro also has hypoallergenic and anti-static properties. (References: 1, 2) To me this material feels wonderfully silky smooth and heavy-weight (the material feels way more substantial than silk). Plus it has a really nice drape.
I love this polka dot pattern (a rare patterned dress from Everlane). I also love that it comes with a belt so you can define your waist. The other dress I really love from Everlane (the collarless belted shirt dress) also comes with a belt. Though I kind of like the look without the belt too (pic below).
I'm wearing a size 4 here and find it fits TTS. The back hem is slight longer than the front so it covers my backside well. I'm 5'4" and I love the length on me, but I think if you're quite a bit taller than me, you'll find this dress a tad short. Also since it's a belted style of dress, the sizing is quite forgiving and this would make a great buffet-eating dress lol. My only teeny tiny complaint is that this dress doesn't have any pockets, but oh well sometimes you can't have everything.
Anyway I really love this dress! I think for the gal 5'5" and shorter, it's a perfect casual dress for the weekend or even a business casual dress for the office. $110 is quite steep for a dress, but I think you're paying the price of the sustainable material on this one. As for me, I'm super excited to add this not-flowy but not form-fitting dress to my collection since I only have a couple of these. I'll let you know how this material wears with time and washing but I have high hopes for this one!