Well, we’re into another week of working from home/social distancing and it seems a lot of us are eager to get more creative with our style. I’m personally ready for something a little more spring inspired!
Earlier this year I was chatting with my friends at VETTA about ideas for the spring and while I was very tempted to add a new piece (their spring capsules have been incredible), I thought this would be a great opportunity to revisit a past favourite of mine, which is The Button Up Midi Dress. It’s one of the comfiest and most versatile dresses I have (which are not many) and with double digits in the forecast, I couldn’t wait to bring it back out again.
Now, a dress may not be everyone’s first pick for working from home but I think these looks might prove that it’s entirely possible to wear a dress and still feel every bit as comfy as you would in sweats.
Read on for some quick notes on The Button Up Midi Dress and four easy ways to style it for working from home.
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A FEW NOTES ON
SIZING/FIT: Available in sizes XS – XL. I wear a size Small (my usual from VETTA) and it’s definitely a relaxed fit. For reference: I’m 5’7” and about 125-130 lbs and my measurements are 32C, 26.5 in waist and 37.5 in hip.
I could have maybe gone for an XS but being a button up I didn’t want the buttons to have any pressure and I worried the shoulders might be too tight. The fabric is very silky so it drapes beautifully and doesn’t feel boxy.
FABRIC: 100% Tencel. Eco-friendly, wrinkle resistant, silky in movement, smooth to the touch and soft on the skin.
COLOURS: Tan Stripe (shown) | Black | Navy | This IG post shows all three colours and how the dress fits in different sizes.
PRICE: $149 USD | Free US shipping | 10% OFF your first order with newsletter sign-up | Custom capsules are back! (save up to $100 USD)| Keep an eye on VETTA’S Instagram Stories this week for special discounts on staff favourites.
CARE: Machine wash cold, tumble dry (stripe and black only)/hang dry (navy)
MADE IN: Made in NYC by a family-run factory
DETAILS: The detachable belt is great for cinching the waist and creating shape. Side seam pockets are convenient but discrete. Reversible design lets you wear it with the v-neck and buttons forward or flipped for a higher neckline and minimal front.
ABOUT THE BRAND: VETTA specializes in creating versatile capsule collections unlike anything else on the market. Just 5 pieces can create 30 unique outfits! The designs are brilliantly conceived to be multi-functional yet always sophisticated and the garments are produced thoughtfully from start to finish. Every piece rings in under $180 USD and a full five-piece capsule rings between $479 – $529 USD. I’ve worked with the VETTA team for years and know how hard they work to make their collections accessible and wearable for years.
NOW LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT 4 COMFY WAYS TO STYLE THE MIDI BUTTON UP DRESS!
UNDER A KNOTTED CARDIGAN WITH LOAFERS
I couldn’t wait to test out this dress and sweater combo. The result is a little bit romantic and feminine yet still simple and relaxed enough for working from home. It’s great for early spring days that still call for a bit of coziness and a great way to extend your sweaters from the winter months.
Whenever I’m wearing a more flirty look I like to bring in a bit of contrasting style and these menswear inspired loafers were just the ticket! They keep the outfit from feeling too precious.
If you’d like to try this styling trick, choose a cardigan that’s a bit oversized or relaxed and keep the knot relatively loose to avoid stretching out the fabric. When you take it off at the end of the day, flatten and reshape the sweater and fold it neatly. If wrinkles remain after a day or so, a light steam should do the trick.
VETTA recently released a convertible wrap sweater specifically designed to be tied this way (and several other ways of course!) and I love the balloon sleeves.
SOURCES: GASPARD CARDIGAN by SÈZANE (wearing a Small, more colours available) | Similar Cardigan by VETTA // MIDI DRESS in TAN STRIPE gifted last year VETTA (wearing a Small, relaxed fit, more colours available) // LOAFERS* n/a EVERLANE // FRAMES* old GARRETT LEIGHT // LUMEN NECKLACE by WOLF CIRCUS (Canadian) // LIP COLOUR: UNDONE // *Linked to similar
UNDER A LOOSE TOP WITH A LONG SCARF & SLIDES
This one came together by chance when I was organizing my clothes rack and noticed my flax linen Linn Tee and cream cashmere scarf hanging next to this dress. I loved the soft, airy palette and how all the different textures mixed together.
In early spring (and honestly most of the year) I always keep my light scarves handy to throw on as a shawl when it’s not quite warm enough to go without. In this case I think it plays a key part in adding depth and proportion to the look.
An old pair of stone grey suede flats are a nice alternative to slippers but still have the ease of a slip on. This outfit is just the ticket for a day of writing and editing at my desk.
SOURCES: LINN TEE gifted 2 yrs ago ELIZABETH SUZANN (Wearing OS) // MIDI DRESS in TAN STRIPE gifted last year VETTA (wearing a Small, relaxed fit, more colours available) // SLIDES* n/a EVERLANE // FRAMES* old GARRETT LEIGHT // LUMEN NECKLACE by WOLF CIRCUS (Canadian) // LIP COLOUR: UNDONE // CASHMERE SCARF gifted EVERLANE // *Linked to similar
REVERSED & BELTED WITH A LONG CARDIGAN & WHITE FLATS
This one is ready for a cozy, candle lit corner, a cup of tea and a corgi curled close by. AKA my ideal scenario on a cloudy morning.
I flipped the dress around so that the buttons are to the back and the neckline falls higher up, then I loosely tied the belt. When pairing two long, loose items I like to have something that adds a touch of shape and visual interest around the midpoint or the garments can feel a bit overwhelming.
I added my Day Gloves for a pop of bright white to keep the palette fresh but a pair of slippers (like these) would do just as well!
SOURCES: CARDIGAN* n/a HAN STARNES (similar option here for less) // MIDI DRESS in TAN STRIPE gifted last year VETTA (wearing a Small, relaxed fit, more colours available) // DAY GLOVE* EVERLANE (full review here) // FRAMES* old GARRETT LEIGHT // LUMEN NECKLACE by WOLF CIRCUS (Canadian) // LIP COLOUR: UNDONE // *Linked to similar
OPEN OVER A WHITE TEE & WIDE LEG PANT WITH SLIDES
I’d had this outfit in my mind for a while before I tried it out but it turned out even better in reality (which is not always the case!). It’s my rendition of what an art director meets gallery curator might wear. It’s also every bit as comfy as a pair of pjs with a robe but the result feels way more sophisticated.
I love how the mossy browns pair with the tan stripe and that the ribbed knit of my bodysuit subtly repeats the pattern in a different texture. For me, floaty fabrics are key in this look to keep it from feeling bulky.
Why not take this time at home to try some outfit combinations you might not otherwise attempt? You may be surprised by what you create!
SOURCES: MIDI DRESS in TAN STRIPE gifted last year VETTA (wearing a Small, relaxed fit, more colours available) // BODYSUIT by BODYSUIT OF BARCELONA (similar here) // FLORENCE PANT by ELIZABETH SUZANN (wearing a M Regular) // SUEDE SLIDE* ATELIER BATAC // FRAMES* old GARRETT LEIGHT // LUMEN NECKLACE by WOLF CIRCUS (Canadian) // LIP COLOUR: UNDONE // *Linked to similar
THANKS FOR TUNING IN!
I hope this post gives you some new styling ideas.
It’s a really difficult time for a lot of folks right now and I hope this space can continue to be a source of short-term reprieve from all the heavy headlines. While clothes are not be a top priority, I still think it’s important to find joy in what we love. Perhaps now more than ever. For me, and I’m sure many of you reading, that is style.
I’ll be back soon with some helpful resources and a peek into life lately around here. Until then, stay home and stay hopeful if you can. I’m thinking of you all!