This post contains affiliate links and I was provided a dress for review by Ankura.
Ever since I cut my hair short again, I’ve had an insatiable urge to wear ’90s-style dresses.
The soft vintage rayon, the flattering cuts, the body skimming rib knit: it’s super figure flattering without feeling constricting, a little bit like late ’90s, kick-ass feminism (Buffy anyone?).
This year I have felt freer than usual in bringing in pieces that I like. It’s as if I’ve finally gotten back the confidence I had as a teenager to go with my gut and wear what I want. With that in mind, when Ankura reached out for a collaboration, I immediately went for this avocado green pima cotton dress, The Arielle.
Ankura makes sophisticated and quirky pieces out of sustainably harvested organic pima cotton and alpaca fiber, working with fairly paid artisans in Peru to produce their line of women’s clothing and accessories. Both pima cotton and alpaca are some of my favorite fibers due to their incredible softness, breathability, and long-wearing nature.
Ethical fashion can often feel like it’s intended for a stay-at-home artist or heirloom gardener with breezy, minimalist shapes that fit oversized.
Ankura shatters that perception with its crop tops, color blocked sweaters, form fitting skirts, and body con dresses that feel at once fun and a bit sexy.
My Review of the Arielle Dress
Going into this review, I knew that the Arielle Dress would likely hug my curves closely, so I opted to go a size up, to a Medium, to accommodate my proportionally larger hips. It was the right decision, but it also means that the torso fits lower and looser than it does on the model, meaning I really need to layer this up like a pinafore (or maybe have the top altered) to get the right look. That being said, I had actually intended to wear a t-shirt or blouse under it anyway, so it worked out.
The rib knit is tightly woven, which makes the fabric opaque and sturdy while still providing lots of give, and the contrast edging at the front V and the deep V in the back gives this an amazing retro vibe, especially paired with the ’70s-esque green shade. Considering that the portion of my neighborhood that I live in was built in the mid to late 60s, I was excited to shoot on the sidewalk rather than with my usual woodsy backdrop to lean into that vibe.
So what I’m saying is: this dress does a ’90s meets ’70s mashup so well, and maybe that’s also the best way to describe my sartorial taste at the moment. The Arielle Dress retails for $119.