Photo credit: Pamela McLendon
Like others fashion-obsessed, I’m very picky about what I wear. I almost exclusively wear close-fitting, tailored pieces with neat silhouettes, since it has been my experience that the baggier or bigger the clothing I wear, the bigger my already-vertical frame appears. One of the only exceptions I make for wider cuts of fabric is for an A-line skirt or dress, like this Ilana Dress in Navy Powder Confetti Dot from Leota. As a standalone dress, it is quite pretty and flattering on all body types (such is the magic of the A-line), and it was very kind to my pear shaped frame.
One of this dress’ standout features is that IT HAS A REVERSIBLE NECKLINE! I’ve been called a Quaker a time or two, so I of course prefer the high boatneck over the low scoop, but the neckline is absolutely Hepburn-harkening, either way you wear it.
I wore this dress to work and my colleague Erasmo (the most fashionable man I know and much more deserving of a style blog than me) immediately complimented my dress. That’s a home run! Not only did this dress garner me lots of compliments, it was also a flexible piece for my varied day: work-appropriate to wear to the office, comfortable enough for a dog walk immediately afterward, and low-key enough to fit in at happy hour after the dog walk (as much as a Quaker can fit in at happy hour, anyway).
This dress did come with a matching fabric sash, but I have a super long frame as it is, so I always try to break up the ‘line’ of my body with statement belts or contrast belts. I found the photographed silk sash in my closet and swapped it out with the original, and it did wonders to divide this dress up on my body. However, if it is an elongated line you are looking for, I’d recommend sticking with the original.
This is not the first Leota dress I’ve owned, and I’m happy that it won’t be the last. They do women—of all body types and heights—proud. Find your perfect cut here!