Saturday, June 7, 2014

Why Every Woman Needs A Della Dress

Well we are officially on summertime here in out house and it feels great. After a crazy last week with all sorts of school events, we are now in our happy place here, with our only requirement is to relax. You can feel the collective sigh of relief!

Last afternoon I worked grad night preview at our high school. Sophomore parents had fun being security while the public is invited to walk through the grad night display before the festivities start. 

Chatting with another mom I worked with, we marveled at all the great dresses on the mom's of graduates who walked through. Truly, I thought, this is the year of the dress, as I cannot remember a time where I have seen more well-dressed ladies. That is not always the case. We attributed it to the return of the dress. There are so many pretty choices out there now, and they are transformative. Slip one on with a feminine flat sandal and a clutch, and you are pulled together, chic and impeccable. 



On that note, I have to share my favorite garment I own right now, A Della Dress! It is all those things I want a dress to be, easy, comfortable, light and stylish. I simply throw it on with my favorite sandal and I am off. No thinking is required and I have a polished look. As they skim the body, not grab it, I need no Spanx or any of that nonsense. When I don't know what to wear to a lunch or dinner or just running errands on a warm day, I can go with it and feel stylish and cool.

If you are a regular reader of this blog you may remember I wrote of A Della Dress before.  Andrea the designer, is based in Pacific Palisades and the dresses are all designed and made in California.  I love that!! So rare.  I like her simple philosophy of just 3 designs.. A shift, a sheath, and a shirtdress. It's brilliant and who doesn't look good in one or all of these?





Here's my newest dress, a sheath, in my garden. 


I wore this to my lunch with some lovely blog buddies at Bumble in Los Altos. Love that restaurant and I recently wrote about it. I was nervous about what to wear, lunching these fashionable ladies, Jody, Jennifer and Elizabeth, with me (nice closed eyes), but having my new dress to wear was so great.  

They are wonderful kind and fun women. (Don't they look fabulous?)


I am wearing my Ivanka Trump sandals (on sale now) and an older tote I am crazy about from Banana Republic (similar one here) that goes with everything, especially nice with this dress.


The fabric I picked was from Andrea's summer 2014 fabric collection.
It's from her lightweight cotton twill group that is called 'A Hike in L.A.'  Isn't that cute?
I choose the Los Lionnes print, and I am loving having yellow in my wardrobe. 




It was hard to choose which dress.


 I loved this Greek key print too ....






This dress felt very Jackie Kennedy to me. Adored the neutral colors.


Some of the pretty choices.


The cotton ticking stripes were very comfy and soft.
( Testing them out here in my boy's bath.)


Then there were also the Beach Party fabrics ...


These pretties are 100% yarn died linen.

Don't you love the tags?

The workmanship and details in these made in California dresses are impressive.
The buttons are always unique and striking.




I believe this is a vintage button on the back of my dress.



Look how Andrea added a little hook to hang the dress. She is swims and wanted to be able to  take it with her to the gym, hang it and just toss it on after a workout! Brilliant.

Now that is California living!



The buttonholes and beautiful sewing on a shirtdress here.



No annoying tags to stick out.

I ask you, do you own a dress with finished seams inside?


I know how much work this is as my grandmother was a seamstress, and this is a hallmark of a quality dress, but rarely found in today's world.





In the end I chose chose the sheath with the pockets (crazy for them) and printed twill.

I will be wearing this for many years as it glides over me, I don't need to stress if I gain a few pounds, or indulge on a holiday.

This is coming with me to Hawaii in a few weeks and will be partaking in as many macadamia nuts and tropical drinks as I am able to!!

Here's designer and owner, Andrea, visiting me a few weeks ago on one of her jaunts up here in Northern Cal to see some of her retailers.. Adored her coat dress.


If you are interested in purchasing A Della Dress, or knowing more, you can click on my sidebar ad.

Right now if you use the NORCAL code you can get free shipping!

Check out the photos of A Della Dress in Action that customers have sent to her in their dresses when you visit her site. It shows many creative ways of styling these dresses.


Here's Andrea on a recent trip to Palm Springs in the shirtdress from her summer collection in the Westridge cotton twill. I love how she added the booties with it. She has great style!

I am obsessed with the return of the dress and the ease and simplicity it adds to life!

What about you? Are you a fan of dresses or just rediscovering them again?

Happy June!

Kim

30 comments :

  1. Going out to lunch in style, I see! You look fabulous, Kim!! So chic. Ciao ciao

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  2. You look very chic and those dresses look so easy to wear Kim. I think they would be a hit even in London though we wouldn't get many chances to wear it with our weather...x

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    1. Thanks Naomi.. Hope you get more sun soon!

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    2. CSW - 27 degrees up here today! I look like a Spanish girl!

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  3. Good morning dear! OK--confess the bottom line. How much do these dresses cost?
    I did see this add in another of your blog post. Especially like the print worn by the designer in the last photo!

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    1. Dear Nadia, Shift dresses start at $160. That would be in the flue Westridge fabric like Andrea is wearing I believe, which is a cotton twill...All made in California and sewn individually! xx

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  4. So cute, Kim. Do you live near Jody and Jennifer? Such small worlds.

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    1. Leigh yes both live about an hour or so North of me.. All of us are in the San Francisco Bay Area...I'm in the South Bay.

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  5. So chic and cool! Love the print you picked out! You look lovely,my dear!
    OXOX
    Dawn Lucy
    fashionshouldbefun.blogspot.com

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  6. Kim dear-love this chic shift on you. You look like sunshine in a dress! I enjoyed seeing your photos of the blogger meet up for lunch. Lovely ladies who lunch and it looked like so much fun. Great introduction to this designer and her extraordinary quality and style.
    Happy summer!
    xx, Heather

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  7. Love how she does only three dresses??What a great concept!
    You looked adorable in your dress............and you will be a SMASH in HAWAII!!!
    Have a tropical drink for me!!
    XOOX

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    1. Elizabeth isn't that smart? I like less choices.. All one needs is the basics and build from there.. Okay I'll be thinking of you when I'm having a Lava Flow!!! xx

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  8. Hi Kim! I'm totally out of the loop because I've never heard of Della dresses:) so thank you for the introduction. Looks like wonderful styles that work for most women AND well made with a good price point. xxL

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    1. Leslie, They are even more lovely in person. I think you would appreciate the quality and fabric too. x

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  9. Kim - LOVE that dress on you - and pockets???? You look great. I haven't heard of Della dresses either, but I will go check her out. I'm also loving the return of the dress - such an easy way to look great all summer long!

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    1. Lana,
      Thanks so much. I'm crazy for pockets. I know I just cleaned out the closet and definitely need more dresses. Just all I want to wear when it's warm.

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  10. Your new dress is a fabulous print and colour combination which really suits you and the tote is perfect with it too. I also like the neutral one in the Greek key print. They look beautifull made and I like the attention to detail. I'm sure you will wear this over and over again as it's handy for so many occasions. Sadly it's not dress weather here at the moment (pouring down for the last few days!) but these dresses are ideal for our warmer days and holidays in the sun!

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    2. Dear Miss b, Thank you. I think you would appreciate the details! Hoping you'll get some sunny days soon. x

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  11. Hello Kim ! You look just perfect in your dress and you made the perfect choice; the fabric compliments your simple, chic style. And I agree with you, as much as it is difficult to wear yellow in big bold blocks, it is great to use in small touches; certainly adds sunshine to a wardrobe ! I personally don't wear dresses as I am big-busted and small-hipped and they never fit properly but I have just bought myself a sewing machine and I intend not only to make some shifts but also to alter the ones I can find which would be too large in the bottom part ! Oh and another thing : I love those labels; scratchy unpleasant labels are one of my pet peeves and removing them without ruining the garment is difficult so hurrah for a brand that makes refinement in details one of its priorities. Au revoir ! xxx

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    1. Dear SB, I have the same issues. This dress is one shift that I can actually wear and doesn't look too big on me. The tailoring is perfect I think. That is also why I do not own many dresses. Too many have those elastic waists now and also they hit me high and I have a short waist. Good luck seeing. Wish I was talented enough to make my own shifts! It's wonderful to be able to make something fitted just to you!! xxo

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  12. I'm loving "the return of the dress". I couldn't agree with you more, slipping a dress on is the perfect way to instantly look stylish and chic, well, at least when you slip one on like you did. Your choice was perfect! And you accessorized it so well with those sandals. This company is new to me but I'm finding this style to be right up my alley so I thank you for helping me discover a new and perfet dress.

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    1. Trina, Thank you. Just loving the ease of these and just throwing them on! Wearing dresses in a throw-away manner I think also makes them more chic not fancy you know? x

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  13. Kim...you look adorable!! Hawaii is awaiting your chicness!!

    Kelley

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    1. Kelley, You are kind. Hope you are having a good summer!!

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  14. You look wonderful, I remember when you posted these last time, I really liked them.
    Your hair is looking great too, I'd love that gradient of layering that you have at the front.

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    1. Tabitha, You are such a dress girl and would love these! Thank you for your sweet note. x

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