Style Story: The Idea of Comfort

As a personal stylist, when getting to know my clients needs, I'm often greeted with the comment, "I like comfort." I then follow-up with the response, "Explain your idea of comfort?" The idea of comfort for many is wearing clothing that gives you the space and freedom to live your life without feeling restricted or confined. Unfortunately, the idea of comfortable dressing leads many to believe that Comfort = Careless. 

Comfort shouldn't and mustn't give way to caring less about one's appearance. In my opinion, to feel my personal best in my clothing, there must be an undeniable synergy between myself and the garments I choose to wear. In other words, feeling comfortable is at the forefront when selecting what I'll buy...and wear. So yes, I'm in complete agreement with my clients in regards to comfort, however, where our definition often differs usually lies within the idea of comfort.

My standard of comfort for the public is far different than my home-bound standard. While I may lounge around home in baggy sweatpants and my husband's t-shirts, for excursions, I choose to maintain a standard of wardrobe integrity. Garments may be loose and without confinement, but still, I elevate my sartorial choices from my home-bound attire. I hope you enjoy today's look and Sartorial Savvy, and I'll meet you below in the comment section.

An ultra comfortable parachute dress is the protagonist in today's style story. This relaxed silhouette can be worn with a variety of shoes from low to heeled sandals, to a pristine pair of sneakers. Comfortable but never careless.
Outfit Details:
Linen/Cotton Parachute Dress (comes in WHITE and BLUE) via eBay (I'm wearing a size small)
Medallion Bracelet: Vintage
Sterling Silver Bangle: Purchased in Mexico (Sterling Silver Bangle on Amazon)
Polish is Very Cranberry by essie

Sartorial Savvy
  • Such a simple dress makes a great blank canvas. You can either leave your look minimal, or you can spice it up with interesting accessories. I kept my accessories at a moderate level.
  • Belting this dress and disturbing its interesting shape would be a crime. Let it hang loose.
  • The word Comfortable does not and should not denounce having wardrobe integrity. The idea of comfort can be pulled together. 
  • A sleek, less bulky shoe balances the volume in the dress.
  • A collection of bandanas is a good idea. Keep them handy for days when you want to add a bit of whimsy to your look.
  • For soft dewy skin, check out my Beauty Bar for my top picks on moisturizer for the body.
  • This dress is a lightweight linen and required a 1/2 slip. Check out Kohl's for slips. They have a great selection.
  • Take an extra moment to spritz on perfume or doll yourself with accessories. Giving yourself the extra attention you deserve is well worth it.

I hope you enjoyed today's style story, and remember, the idea of comfort for the public shouldn't equate to careless.

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  1. I looked at all the photos over and over, and came to the conclusion that I love this dress. I had to remind myself you are not tall, and yet the volume of the dress is not overwhelming. I'm thinking it might be shorter on someone else, but I like the longer length. The heels are perfect for dressing it up. I think I'd prefer it dressed up. Comfort here sure does not look careless. I think we all like comfort, but I'm definitely in the camp of never straying into careless! This is a great look!

    1. Hi Karen!
      It's nice to see your comment.
      I must say I really enjoyed this photo shoot. The location had such a welcoming feel that resonated with the theme of the post. I felt relaxed and comfortable. I like the length as well. I'm 5'1 and it hits at a perfect tea-length. I've worn it with a cute pair of pristine white sneakers and it was equally fun. I'm going to have fun with this piece.

  2. This dress is so perfect on you. Just the right shape and length, and you look gorgeous. I am now wearing a tee shirt and running shorts, but I won't go out like this! xo


    1. Thank you so much, Patti! I'm very happy with my eBay purchase. I love shopping eBay because I always find the most clever items from Indy designers.

  3. I truly love the look of this white linen dress. I also agreed whole heartedly about the difference between personal comfort and public sloppiness. Thanks for sharing. Ms. Fredy

    1. Thank you Ms. Fredy, and you're very welcome. There is a big difference. I would agree, the majority of us want comfort, but it shouldn't stray into careless. Thanks for your comment.

  4. I do like your style a lot and consistently!

  5. Love the dress. I live in a hot climate. You say you are wearing a small. Please share what size(s) you are in conventional sizing so I can better guess what to order. I'm 5'9" and usually wear a 12 dress, but sometimes need a 14 because I have huge wide shoulders. Thanks!

    1. Hi Royleen! The dress is cut quite generously. I'm 5'1" and I typically wear a size 6 or 8 petite.

  6. I love this dress too, it has that hard to find combination stylish and comfortable.It does work well with your higher sandals , more dressy but a little flat sandal would also look good. Love your headwrap today too.

    1. Jill I thought of you when I got the dress. It reminds me of Yamamoto. It's such a versatile dress and works with a variety of shoe types. I'm excited to have it in my wardrobe.

  7. There's something special about a flowing free style dress... especially when you're trying to hide those areas that's not so flattering (like my tummy) these are perfect. You rocked this entire look.. head wrap and all

    1. Yes indeed, Jamala! There surely is something special and inviting about a free-flowing dress. When I saw it on eBay, I envisioned life while wearing it...relaxed, comfortable, and yet on point.

  8. I fully agree, such dresses are terrific. I used to wear them as well. But I find they work better with bare arms. Which I don't do anymore. Hmmm perhaps I should just get over my wrinkled arms?

    1. I would go crazy if I didn't here my arms. It gets so hot in California. I love the coolness of a naked arm.


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