I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m smitten with my dog Cooper. He’s a sassy 2-year-old corgi that loves to play ball and anything that smells like chicken – plus, he’s no stranger to fashion photography. So while reading New arrivals from Old Navy Recently, I stumbled across a discovery that was all too important for the janitor job: Old Navy has suits that suit humans and their furry friends – and they’re eerily cute. Import Sleeveless Maxi Shift dress with smoky mixed sleeves ($38, originally $45) and Printed T-shirt & bandana set ($10, originally $18), both starred for the retailer’s “Blue Gingham” model. Ahead, check out my full review of the matching sections.
What I love about this dress and maxi dress
The discovery of these matching sets was an interesting coincidence. While checking out the novelty in the retailer’s pet section, I noticed that the aforementioned Printed T-shirt and Bandage Set had “Match the Fam” next to the model’s name. From there, I searched for “Blue Gingham” on the Old Navy search box and ton among popular products, including women’s tops and skirts, men’s shirts and even children’s wear. I was hooked on this Maxi dress especially for a few reasons: not only is the summer print perfect, but I’m obsessed with linen and tunics.
When I skated it in real life, I was equally satisfied. The linen-rayon blend is lightweight, breathable and comfortable. As for the fit, it’s airy (doesn’t look or feel oversized), which is a godsend for scorching temperatures. All the elements of this dress considered, I think it’s the quintessential summer dress; either trend (hello, cottagecore) and timeless.
Of course, we also need to touch Cooper’s outfit. I love how it comes with both a t-shirt and bandana for $10. Even though both items were worn together in the marketing scenes, I thought I’d choose one or the other so he wouldn’t feel uncomfortable. I ordered a medium size (he’s 32 pounds, FYI) for both the shirt and bandana and think we made the perfect choice.
Something worth noting
I ordered this dress in my usual medium size, it fits my hips but feels a bit big in the chest area. Other Old Navy shoppers have said they also had some trouble with sizing; A few reviewers thought it was too tight at the hips or chest. That said, if you can’t see yourself without this dress, you may want to purchase two sizes to determine which fits you best.
Another thing worth noting is that I’d say this dress gives off a weekend vibe rather than a weekday. It boasts a sloping V-neck and a slit across the leg that some may not find appropriate for the office. But if you work from home like me, no worries!
One final note: This maxi dress also comes in a super chic neutral – the only regret is that this color isn’t available in the doggie version.
Who are these pieces best for?
I think this maxi dress is best for a gala party looking for a versatile summer dress that can be worn up or down. I combined it with mine Sleeveless Maxi Shift dress with smoky mixed sleeves ($38, originally $45) and a matching mini tote, but I also think it pairs well with sneakers or heels. And maybe it’s obvious, but t-shirts and bandanas are the best thing for little mice (or cats, maybe?) who don’t mind dressing up for a day on the town.
Image source: POPSUGAR Photography / Marisa Petrarca