vintage '90s Esprit dress on Etsy, but it's not my size. I'd love to find a similar modern dress, but after scanning online stores for way too long, I'm stymied. Help!
is a direct link to the image, in case that listing gets taken down soon.
What I like about this:
— the structured and fitted (but still fairly casual) A-line style
— the collar
— the straight hem
— the slightly-above-knee length
— the short sleeves
What I'm neutral about: the pattern. If I could find a dress of this shape, I could go for either a subtle pattern or a solid color (ideally medium-dark blue, green, gray, deep red, or purple).
Also neutral about the fabric; the linked dress is polyester, but I'd prefer something with more cotton. But I do like the slightly stiff/thick look of the fabric; I'd much rather have something like heavy cotton or linen over a flowy, clingy, silky, sleek fabric.
Also neutral about: number of buttons or snaps. That linked dress has subtle snaps going about 3/4 of the way down, which makes it seem like it'd be easy to put on. But fewer buttons or snaps would be okay, as long as it still has a collar. I'd also be okay with a shirt dress with buttons going all the way down, as long as the hem is even.
What I DON'T want:
— a boxy polo dress
— a tight sausage-casing dress
— a wrap dress
— a faux-wrap dress
— a cocktail dress
— anything with lace or ruffles or embroidery
— any dress with a belt (I have an irrational dislike of dresses with belts; I'd prefer they be naturally fitted at the waist)
— a below-knee length
— a halfway-up-the-thigh length
— a pattern with gigantic flowers
— a shirt dress with an uneven hem to replicate "a boyfriend shirt"
— a sleeveless or long-sleeved dress (short, half, or 3/4 sleeves okay).
I've looked for similar dresses in many of the usual online suspects: Boden, ModCloth, Ruche, eShakti, Lands End, LL Bean, J Jill, Anthropologie, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Gap, The Limited, J Crew, Talbot's, Express, Ann Taylor. I've also looked through Zappos, Amazon, Macy's, Nordstom's. I couldn't find anything similar at all! At this point my eyes are swimming. I could also go look at some brick-and-mortar stores in Portland (or New York soon), but I haven't had time yet, and given my online luck I don't want to just go on a fruitless mission.
(I did buy this
dress from Boden a few years ago, in a different but equally loud pattern. The cut is great, and similar to what I'm looking for here -- it's hard to tell from that small photo, but it has a similar collar to the other dress and buttons going down about halfway. But due to its loud pattern it's pretty much only a summer/beach dress. Boden doesn't currently offer that style.)
It's just frustrating because it seems like such a simple, classic cut -- does it currently exist anywhere? If you've seen something like this anytime recently, please help a casual-femme out.