Not too long ago, I featured some great spring pieces on sale at Lands' End. Stunned was I, then, to pop over to their site to check something out and see even more wonderful pieces for summer. I absolutely LOVE their current collections! So, even though it's been less than two months since the last time I told you how much I love them, I'm going to do it again. Most of these things have no hope of fitting my pregnant and immediately post-partum self, so I thought I'd pass them on to you instead.
The real high point, in my opinion, is the dresses. Lands' End is just making wonderful dresses right now. Some examples?
Women's Regular Short Sleeve Cotton Modal Drapeneck Dress, shown in Cayenne, $55
I love this dress. The neckline is so flattering, and the pima cotton/modal blend should be a great, soft, wrinkle-free fabric. One of the reviewers on the site says that the dress feels like "a high quality t-shirt," and I love that idea.The simple cut would be flattering on tons of bodies, and I adore that it's available in four bright colors. Yay for moving away from neutrals! It is available in regular and petite sizes XS-XL. A similar dress (same fabric and colors, different neckline) is also available in plus sizes.
This dress is made of the same pima cotton/modal blend fabric as the previous one, so it would again be soft and wrinkle-proof. I love the "liberty blue floral" pattern, and the fit and flare style is so flattering and versatile. It is available in regular and petite sizes XS-XL and plus sizes 1X-3X. If you aren't into the floral, the same dress is also available in a bunch of solid colors.
I love a shirt dress, but I love this one extra much because of the awesome cayenne with embroidered white polka dots fabric, and the fact that the wrap is faux (secured at the waist). The idea of a wrap dress always serves me so much better than the reality. Everything about this dress looks perfect, though--the cap sleeves, the v-neck, the just-above-the-knee hem...love it. It is available in regular sizes 2-18 and petite sizes 2-16.
Though the dresses are my favorite of Lands' End's summer offerings, they aren't falling down in other areas, either. There are some really cute tops available, including:
Women's Regular Lightweight Pleat Scoop Shell, shown in Navy Print, $30
I love the print on this shell--available in navy, sisal (beige-ish), and chesterfield (mustard). The large abstract florals just do it for me. I also like the scoop neck with the self-fabric trim, and the easy breezy fit. It's made of jersey, so it's going to appear pretty casual, but it's summer, there's nothing wrong with that! It's available in regular and petite sizes XS-XL and plus sizes 1X-3X.
Women's Plus Size Dot Shell, shown in Blueprint Embroidered Dot, $65
I LOVE this plus-sized only shell! I believe it is the same fabric as the shirt dress above, but available in blueprint (navy) and cayenne. It looks to be made of sturdy sateen cotton, and it's got a nice wide neckline with just a little bit of ruching that I think would look great on a number of figures. I also like that it's a bit long in length and has a subtle, figure-enhancing gather in the back. It is available in plus sizes 1X-3X.
Women's Regular Lightweight Cotton Modal Drape Shell, shown in Algae, $25
This shell is a very basic piece. It's also probably my all-time favorite shirt cut. I love sleeveless shirts, and one like this one, made of high quality but lightweight jersey, with a super-flattering draped neckline? Can seriously do ANYTHING. Even though they won't fit right now, I'm still tempted to buy a few of these (and you save $12 if you buy any 3 regularly priced knitted tops right now!). I also love love love the available colors, including this great green, Palm Pink, and bright Blueberry. This top is available in regular and petite sizes XS-XL and plus sizes 1X-3X.
I don't know that I've ever paid much attention to the shoes or accessories at Lands' End--I tend to be a bit single minded when I'm shopping on the site, I guess--but I took a look around today and they have some really cute things. None of the shoes come in my size, but if you're more average sized, I'd definitely check them out. These are my favorites:
Women's Parker Mid Wedge Knotted Espadrilles, shown in Rich Red Gingham, on sale for $39.99
Espadrilles kill me. They are such a fun throwback. And this gingham fabric (they're also available in blue or khaki gingham, chambray, and plain black) just makes them cuter. They're a 3/4" platform and a 3" heel, so they'll give some height, but they look comfortable, too. I think they'd be super cute with any of the dresses, or with shorts or cropped pants. Best yet, they're on sale for $40! These area available in regular and wide sizes 6-11.
No trip to Lands' End online is complete with a garner at the sale section. My favorite sale pieces are:
How cute are these inexpensive ballet flats? They come in a ton of colors (my favorites, besides the purple, are gunmetal and persimmon), and they'd be SO versatile. Size availability depends on color, but ranges from 6.5-11 in both regular and wide.
I LOVE this dress. So tempted to buy it with the rationale that it will fit me someday! The tri-colored stripe, the gently draping v-neck, the soft cotton...it couldn't be more perfect. And it would be versatile, too--totally cute with a cardigan over it for work, all the way down to thrown over a swimsuit. It's available in regular and petite sizes XS-XL.
Women's Regular Fit 1 Refined Stretch Ankle Pants, shown in Black, $44.99
I believe I have mentioned before that if you're going to wear cropped pants, especially in a professional setting, I think a slim fitting, not-too-short pair, like these ones, is key. I love these pants--they read very Audrey Hepburn to me. I love that they don't hit mid-calf (what an unflattering place for a hem!), but rather just above the ankle, and I like the small, flat cuff. They're available in four colors: black, toffee, navy, and "Venetian blue," and regular and petite sizes 2-18 (with some sizes not available in all colors).
Women's Regular Ponté Knit Shift Dress, shown in Harvest Pine, $34.99
I love ponte. I love versatile shift dresses. Stands to reason, then, that I would love this simple, stylish ponte shift dress. And for $34.99, I love it even more! The slightly pleated neckline is fantastic and I love that's not just available in black, but also dark green, as shown, and claret red! Size availability depends on color, but sizes run from XS-XL, regular and petite.
The usual Lands' End shopping caveats apply--pay really close attention to size charts and reviews, because sizing can run crazy big. Be ready to return things if they don't work. But seriously, for those looking for high quality pieces that don't scream trendy? LE is doing better and better. I'm impressed.