Meet my uniform of summer 2022…
No. 895 Sequined Tulle Caftan
This sequin tulle caftan is one of the more in your face options from the La Vie Style House brand. I was skeptical whether it was going to work for my size and frame, especially once I noted smaller (than me) bloggers wearing the one size fits all brand and looking fabulous. However, once I slipped on the lace version (posted last week), there was no going back. La Vie Style House is officially my summer 2021 outfitter and since then, I cannot stop shopping it.
As documented across the internet, the founders of La Vie Style House intended for the one size fits all line to fit all ladies, not just the small, not just the tall! The founders have differing body types but found mutual magic in the same caftan. With that, they chased the magic and managed to replicate it into the most magnificent line of caftans, wraps, and shirts.
I will say that the return policy for the brand in particular (not so much it’s stockists, in this case, Matches Fashion) is especially brutal: a fourteen day window. Hope that caftan doesn’t arrive while you are out of town.
Banana Republic Factory Store Slip
During the second trimester of my pregnancy, I went back to work for my old DC company after just having returned to the District after four months in Monterey and two-and-a-half years in Philadelphia. My work uniform was either one of four knit maternity dresses of the Old Navy and Gap variety or one of two cashmere dresses from Hatch. The knit dresses were low maintenance except for the fact that they required a slip. One week into being back in the office, I was sitting in our conference room. Something in my clothing felt slightly off. I visited the restroom and realized that my pregnant hiney had ripped my go-to silk slip from J.Crew circa 2010. Quelle horror.
Cut to me purchasing the tall size range Banana Republic Factory slip that I discovered earlier this spring. Actually, I bought several: white, and (three of my versions of) the True Hues nude. An honest review…
I think the True Hues line is fantastic. For those who do not know, True Hues is a line of undergarments that are available in range of eleven shades of nude. There is even a quiz online to find your ideal hue and styles. I appreciate that Banana Republic made it more accessible by carrying it in its Factory arm.
I … did not end up loving the material. It is a heavy polyester which I understand was made out of twenty-something recycled bottles a piece. The fit, which is less bodycon than my current go-to slip, is exactly what I wanted. I kept all four, because while the fabric feels heavy, that will be ideal for autumn, winter, and spring.
caftan: La Vie Style House via Matches Fashion // slip: Banana Republic Factory // sunglasses: Krewe // sandals: Sarah Flint // earrings: J.Crew // necklace: Meira T // bracelet: Meira T // watch: Cartier