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I’ve probably gone on about my mourning for this Cos dress for way too long (after accidentally burning half the front off with an iron!). I have saves on seraches on Vinted, watchlists on eBay and signed up to secondhand sites, even have Curate & Rotate on the look out for it.
Truth be told, not only would I like to rebuy it, I’d also like to size up (the elastic sleeves wore a bit tight after a long day), so it’s not as straightforward as repurchasing and a size medium seems much harder to come by….! Anyway, I decided in the meantime to find a replacement on the High Street.
Dress: £49.99, Zara
And it seems that a lot of you are on the same kind of search as I have received so many links and DMs to the ‘perfect’ black day dress. So this is actually almost entirely crowdsourced content. For me, I am after a 100% cotton dress, light and easy to wear and loose fitting, pockets, sleeves, and it needs to look good with chunky shoes/trainers/sandals (that I live in over the spring and summer months).
To help edit this post I have avoided frills, broderie anglaise and ruffles. This style is particularly utiliatrian, simple and some could say boring. But the styling will be in the accessories.
I have chosen a few below that deviate slightly, as understand not every will be on the exact same hunt as me…..these are the ones that have made my hotlist:
Dress: £65, Kin at John Lewis
100% cotton (the top is jersey, the bottom poplin) and it does have pockets. A simple, easy dress – I love how they’ve styled it with boots to show its versatility, too.
Contrast panel dress: £79, Cos Pleated dress: £79, Cos
The left dress is a longer version of the Kin dress with pockets. I always find that the fit and volume of Cos dresses are always so on point. The dress on the right is almost none of my dress criteria (besides pockets!) but I love it, so added it. I love the simplicity of it, an Issey Miyake-esque creation which would look great from black tie events (not that I ever go to those!) to city wandering.
Linen blend dress: £39.90, Uniqlo 100% cotton dress: £24.90, Uniqlo
I looked at this linen dress a lot on Uniqlo, but the shirring put me off (I find shirring on dresses so restrictive and tends to push my belly out underneath which doesn’t feel great). I have since been told that the shirring is only on the back, so have added it in as have heard such good reviews. The t-shirt dress is here because it is 100% cotton, is a great price and has pockets – for me this would be the perfect travel dress.
Cotton dress: £89, Arket
The volume! A big fan of this dress and really think this is a dress that will last and last in your wardrobe.
Other brands to look at (and recommended to me!) are Mother of Pearl Handmade (her handmade linen dresses!), Muthahood (made from a more sustainable type of viscose) and Lucy and Yak (organic cotton) and Boden for their t-shirt dress.
Thanks for doing the research 😎Have just ordered black dress from Zara 🙏🏼