I’ve had my eye on this Shanghai Shift Dress by Mata Traders for a while now, but I wasn’t sure it would work for me. It looks adorable on the model, of course, but I worried about the length and the overall cut. Finally, I figured I’d give it a try, and return it if it didn’t work. When the dress arrived, I was incredibly thrilled by the fit! It’s short and flirty, but not too cutesy, and the shape is extremely flattering. The dress has ruching in the front and back, which gives the pattern its shape. Some of the fabric sticks out a little in the stomach area, so I cinched it with my trusty gold belt, added my strappy sandals and VavaVida bracelet, and wore it for Rhys’ party last Saturday.
I first wore this dress during a heatwave the weekend before, when the temperature reached 106 degrees Fahrenheit by noon. It was hot, to say the least, but I felt cool and comfortable running errands. I know I’ll get a lot of use from this dress throughout the summer and into the fall, and I’m really considering buying it in another color, too. The red colorway is calling my name and would be perfect for the Texas heat!