Dress Barn is My Favorite Fashion Secret

 

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Here I am with my husband celebrating my birthday last year wearing a Dress Barn Tunic that looks like a Pucci with tights and boots. Throughout the winter, I wear it with leggings.

By Estelle Sobel Erasmus

I’ve always prided myself on dressing well. Save for a brief lapse right after giving birth (who knew the J. Crew t-shirts were so form-fitting, and nobody told me that I couldn’t wear my maternity pants six months after labor), I think I’ve mostly worn the right clothes to flatter my curvy, tall figure.

Many of the dresses in department stores except for Bloomingdales, which I love  either don’t have enough material, or are made for women with a short waist (which is why I can’t wear those A-line dresses-the waist comes up as empire on me). I’m looking at you Boden.

As a midlife fairly new mom, I find that I traverse the range of events that I need to dress for.   Between blogging conferences, special events, date nights out with my husband and the rare soiree I need  the right outfit to wear and I don’t want to blow my entire clothing budget on just one dress.

Many times people tell me they like what I’m wearing and ask where I got it. Usually, I say, “Oh, I picked it up at a boutique.” So, here’s my big secret:  I get some of my favorite clothes from Dress Barn. I got engaged wearing a Dress Barn dress; I wore a Dress Barn dress  to my bridal shower; and probably would have bought my wedding dress there if they sold wedding dresses (hint, maybe they should). Basically, Dress Barn has been there for me through every big moment of my life.

Most women don’t realize that Dress Barn (and no I’m not an affiliate, nor is this a sponsored post–I just like them), have a plethora of flattering, non-matronly tunic tops and beautiful cocktail dresses, as well as leggings (although my favorite leggings are still the wide-waist ones from Hue that thanks to Pinterest Told Me To…, I now know about).

A caveat: You do have to carefully go through the merchandise. Some of it is over-the-top; too sparkly; too flowing; too boldly colored, and even sometimes matronly. However, in my opinion, some of the best finds in fashion are found at Dress Barn.

So, since seeing is believing, here are some more examples of me in Dress Barn tops and dresses.

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I love this dress that has a strong sixties flair with bell sleeves and a light chain along the bottom. The taupe stands out from the black. I wore it to a ’60s party, with tights and boots, and also wore it for a night out with nude pumps. I accessorized with a purple and beige rope necklace.
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I wore this gorgeous champaign-colored dress to a wedding last year accessorized with nude pumps. I love how figure-flattering the dress is.
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I wore this Dress Barn leopard style top for my daughter’s 3rd birthday party, with skinny jeans and gray boots. I can’t believe how dark my hair was a few years ago, and what was with that red background?
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I wore this gorgeous A-line black dress to an event last year. Love how elegant I felt in the dress.

So, what do you think? Do you like these selections? Would you consider buying your clothes from Dress Barn now that you’ve seen how pretty and stylish the clothes are?

I haven’t posted very much this month and that’s because shortly I’m headed to Australia  for a fun family trip, my brother-in-law’s wedding and a chance for my daughter to spend time there with her South African grandparents and her cousins. Follow me on Instagram at http://instagram.com/EstelleSErasmus to see my adventures, and what I’ll be wearing.

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About Estelle Erasmus

Estelle Erasmus is an award-winning journalist and former magazine editor-in-chief who is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post. Estelle blogs about life raising a young daughter in midlife at Musings on Motherhood & Midlife. She is the co-author of Beautiful Skin: Every Woman's Guide to Looking Her Best at Any Age (Adams Media), and has been a featured author in several anthologies. Estelle won BlogHer Voices of the Year awards in 2012 and 2014. She is a 2014 Disney Social Media Moms, and a 2014 National Geographic Kids Insider. She has spoken about publishing at Folio MidWest and iRetreat2014. She writes regularly on travel, parenting and lifestyle issues.

67 thoughts on “Dress Barn is My Favorite Fashion Secret”

  1. Estelle, you would look gorgeous in a burlap bag, but I am taking your recommendation to heart. Googling where the nearest Dress Barn is now.

    1. Helene,
      You are so sweet. Thank you. You can also order online and then return if you need to the nearest store. Not all the stores carry the same items.
      Estelle

  2. you got some really cute dresses and outfits. I need to go to dress barn and get some new things. My clothes are wearing out!

  3. All I can say is you look so vavoomish in some of those outfits.
    You always dress perfectly, but that champagne dress? Wow!

    I haven’t been to Dress Barn in years. As a mom and now working from home, I live in sweats and sneakers.

    With so many Dress Barns around, I am going back. Will you come with me, Estelle? I don’t like to shop and am the world’s worst at it!

    GREAT POST!

    PS Have a great time away, and let me know what you name is on Instagram. I’ve always wanted to take a trip to where you’re going, so for now I’ll live vicariously through you! xoxo
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  4. I am so glad you let us in on your little secret! Now I can’t wait to find a Dress Barn near me and check it out. However, I think you would look good in a burlap bag. ;)

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