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Getting dressed in the morning is one of the most stressful parts of my day.
Someday, when I grow up, I will have a fully-formed capsule wardrobe that encompasses my style. The palette will be soft and cool with bright pops of patterns and texture. The cuts will hit me in all the right places, avoiding the muffin top and the wagon I’m dragging (actually, I’m daydreaming here, so I’ve worked off all the baby weight). And the aesthetic will scream: “I am a stylish and sleek version of Ms. Frizzle, and floral patterns are my muse.”
Seriously, y’all. That day is coming.
But for now, I’m usually at a loss when it comes to what to wear. Not everyone is like this, and that’s okay. I have a friend who recently asked me why I even care about personal style (“Whatever clothes you’re wearing are your style”), and that’s fine. But, pre-mommyhood, I loved getting dressed in the morning, carefully curating my outfit and my accessories and complaining about my lack of “feminine curves”(if you see 2014 Jasmine anywhere, slap her for me).
So when my friend Jessica from The Wright Style asked me to review two dresses for her shop, I was ecstatic.
Honey & Lace
Honey & Lace is a direct sale clothing company akin to LuLaRoe. Clothing is sold by various consultants both online and in at-home parties. LuLaRoe and its consultants’ many giveaways were my jam this summer, but while I kept a handful of the pieces I won, I ended up giving most of them away because the patterns weren’t quite my style.
Honey & Lace clothing offers a similar product: comfortable, low-maintenance clothes that are universally flattering on various body types. However, the price point is a bit more reasonable, and the patterns tend to be less jarring. They also offer a plethora of floral designs which — in case you haven’t seen my bridesmaid’s dresses -are also my jam.
I was able to try the Bradbury dress and the Los Osos dress, and I ended up falling in love with both of them.
The Bradbury is a sleeveless maxi dress with pockets.I’m about 5’8” and usually a size 8, and Jessica sent me a large that fit perfectly. I wore it to an event one night, and to church two days later, and it was perfect both times. It is very flowy with a generous elastic empire waist, although larger-busted women (like me) should probably go up a size. I think it would make the perfect maternity dress, though it’s not particularly nursing friendly (although I think another dress Jessica carries is). The bodice is not really on the forgiving side, so if you’re in between sizes, I recommend going up.
The Los Osos was probably my favorite. Jessica sent me a medium and, again, perfect fit. It is the perfect summer dress. It hits just above the knee, has a cut v-neck, another elastic waistband, and pockets. I wore it on a date with my husband, and to meet the parents at my school. It was perfect for both occasions. I would wear one every day. Seriously.
Jessica also sent me a fantastically cute pair of leggings, which were every bit as comfortable as my LuLaRoe clothes. They’re a bit too warm for me this time of year, but I plan to rock them more this winter.
Jessica has awesome customer service! My dresses arrived two days after I chose them with a sweet note. She was eager to make sure that I love what I received and did such a good job picking out patterns that were perfect for me.
Jessica is a pharmacist, an amazing mom, and a small business owner. There are many Honey & Lace consultants that you could order from, but I’m obviously biased.
These two dresses have been a fabulous addition to my fledgling wardrobe. One step closer to having a personal style, y’all. It’s coming!
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