I am a really big fan of denim dresses, in particular shirt dresses, but have always felt that the majority of them were made for the warmer Spring/Summer months – relatively lightweight cotton and light washes don’t really work for the Fall/Winter season even here in LA where the weather is pretty mild. But this season I seem to be in luck with the new 7 For All Mankind Denim Shirt Dress in Black Coated.
The clean dark color and heavier fabric make this dress an absolutely perfect addition to your colder season wardrobe. The black glossy coating has taken this style to a whole new level; the classic and traditional shirt dress silhouette has gotten a massive make-over into an edgy and really bold piece and the genuine leather string belt accentuates the leather-like look of the denim even more.
I love the fit! This dress has perfect proportions in length and width that work great for such style. It is just roomy enough so that the cinched waist creates a distinct hour-glass shape without that “bubble” skirt effect. The shirttail hem is also a very cool and smart detail; the front and back length of the dress is kept quite proper but the higher sides elongate your legs beautifully and add sexiness to this simple style. I also like the big wide cuffs that look great folded just once.
The fabric of this dress is pretty unique. I have quite a few coated jeans and this dress is really nothing like them. The coating is not exactly even throughout the garment and is somewhat light on the majority of the body but is reinforced on the placket, cuffs and collar along with a slight iridescent sheen that captures the light beautifully. In general you’d be surprised how drapey and supple this 100% cotton fabric is; the coating didn’t take away any softness while adding a bit of structure. I love to pop the collar on my dress and thanks to the coating it doesn’t collapse at all.
The 7 For All Mankind Denim Shirt Dress in Black Coated is a really cool and special piece that I know I will be wearing a lot. It is edgy, stylish, comfortable and versatile on so many levels. It is also super fun to accessorize and outfit – it can handle lots of bold jewelry, colorful accents of shoes and bags and even bright printed tights.
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