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The Perfect Easy Dress

mango denim dress

A couple weeks ago, my friend Gemma and I had a fun phone date where we went online shopping for each other. We chose dresses we thought would suit the other person and texted the links. It was so much fun to anticipate each other’s reactions! Gemma suggested this dress for me, and it’s so effortlessly pretty that I ordered it and have now been wearing it ever since.

mango blue dress

Here are three other pretty blue dresses, if you’re in the mood: denim, pocket and shirt.

What have you been wearing recently? Sweats? Shorts? Fancy dresses just for fun? I also LOVE this dress.

P.S. Tiny earrings and things I’ve worn a million times.

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  1. Susan Beaird says...

    The largest size that cute denim dress comes in is a size 8. Yikes

    • Rachel says...

      THIS

  2. I love this dress and it’s very YOU.
    Can we re-do this soon pls? I need a dress for my sister’s pandemic wedding!

  3. h says...

    Could y’all do a post on nursing dresses that aren’t too obviously…NURSING dresses? I’m wfh, on and off video calls, need to be able to easily bf and pump, and I MISS wearing soft comfy dresses. I have some with the flap front but they’re so maternityish . All I want is like a knit henley dress that’s not skintight, with working buttons, and I haven’t been able to find anything! This must be something other people might be looking for in this messy work-from-home-plus-childcare situation??

  4. Amber says...

    Love the featured dress! It is adorable!

  5. Geri Gaskill says...

    You picked two cute dresses that only come in sizes up to 8 and then another adorable one that was available in only x-small and small?! Kudos for including the huge sack dress that will fit the rest of us! Come ON, nearly 70 percent of American women are size 14 or larger and you just lost of most of us today!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      hi geri, I’m so sorry! when we originally published the post, there were any more sizes available in the other dresses. they’ve sold out quickly since then. but I definitely hear you about mango’s sizing — it’s so odd and we won’t be linking to them again. thank you so much xoxo

  6. Connie says...

    Ooh the tiny earrings post! I loved that one and still love it now. And still wearing my gold staples.

    But– are those just so “out” now? More accessories posts please, they feel like affordable pick-me-ups in this time and I can justify as people actually see them on Zoom :)

    • Amy says...

      That tiny earrings post did the trick for me, too. Now I exclusively wear tiny gold earrings, mostly in various geometric shapes! I don’t even care if it’s uncool by now.

  7. NH observer says...

    I love dresses and wore them all summer because — NO WAISTBAND. How fabulous is that? At the same time, I simply cannot wear entirely shapeless dresses because I (tall, muscular, flat-chested, broad-shouldered) look ridiculous. I saw an article recently noting a trend in which unflattering clothing is deployed to signal the transcendent beauty of the wearer. Unfortunately, that is not me! I need something fitted in the right places, and whenever I see adulation for loose dresses, I suspect that tends to exclude those of us who are not waifish, young, and gorgeous. Of course, I know that’s largely unwitting and others might feel differently.

    • Claire says...

      Let us all simply declare ourselves transcendently beautiful and wear whatever we damn well please.

  8. Annie K. says...

    I just turned 36, which it seems is the age at which I stop identifying with the models in photos to identifying as the mom, not pictured (i.e. awww look at her babyish cheeks)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      I do the same with guys in movies! now I look at the hunky stars as my sweet sons ;)

  9. Mollie says...

    Jen I’m 5’3″ and I often think when I see a tunic shirt, “Can this shirt be a dress?” 😂

  10. Rebecca Torres says...

    No way. Zero dollars to a business with sizing like Mango.

    • Leah Klein says...

      oh my gosh! so true. their sizing is not good.

  11. Sarah Gaskell says...

    I love this dress but this company consider sizes 10 and above to be plus sizes??? Yuck. No thanks.

    • Abi says...

      Wait, is that not the case in America? In Australia our size 16 (your size 12) is well and truly plus size.

  12. Rachel says...

    Shopping for a friend- fun idea! I should try this out with my sister.
    Just a note about the separate listings- I’m *almost* 5ft2 and have often seen “petite” listings separate from standard size listings on clothing websites before. This has never been an issue for me when shopping, as long as my size is available. Hopefully this is not an issue for plus shoppers as long as their size is available, too. Just sharing my experience.

  13. NN says...

    Love it!

    What did you pick for Gemma??

    • Vero says...

      That’s my question too!

  14. Christine says...

    Trying to wear more of my handmade clothing instead of the same comfy clothes all the time. Wore a dress I made today and felt great! Gonna wear another tomorrow to my baby’s doctors appointment and trader joe’s

  15. Asha says...

    Would love to see similar dresses in more accessible sizes. It’s a lovely dress. Thanks!

  16. Charlotte says...

    Eek! That dress only goes up to a size 8, unless you go to the “Plus Size” section which *BEGINS AT SIZE 10* and ends at size 18.

    • LK says...

      GOOD LORD. This sucks.

    • Amy says...

      So, where should the line be drawn in sizing for Plus sizes? I haven’t heard any outrage about where the line was set before; it’s like it’s striking a nerve with people who were proud of not being “plus-size” before and are offended to now be included? And how rude is that, to be offended?

      I get the Petite section being separate, as generally items are cut shorter than standard sizing while still being the same size around.

      Do we even need a separate section for Plus sizing though? Is it cut differently, or just scaled bigger around as you go up in sizes? In which case I don’t see a reason to have it set apart.

      If it’s all in one sizing group, then I typically just select my size when I start looking at a site so that I can see which products are available for me.

  17. Alix Joslyn says...

    I confess, I confess
    I just ordered this dress
    ~Shelter in Place Poem by Alix

    • Vittoria says...

      :)

  18. Agnès says...

    I only wear dresses to sleep! I have been living in 3 different jumpsuit; I LOVE them, I just feel like I’m going to do great things when I wear them.

    • Sofia says...

      Can you tell us what your favorite jumpsuits are? I haven’t found one I like yet, though I’m also short (5’2”) so it’s a bit more challenging to find one that works!

  19. Emily says...

    Long-time fan, first time commenter! I say this for the sake of conversation not criticism, but I am honestly shocked that this brand only goes up to size 8 in most styles (and a 10 is in the separate plus size section). Are we in a time machine?? I am disappointed to see an endorsement of a company that is so far from inclusive. Not acceptable! I will work on finding a similar style from brand that is accessible to more than a fraction of women.

    • Vicky says...

      How are they not inclusive, if they stock bigger sizes? Is your concern really that this company stocks your size in the plus size section? Does it really matter?

  20. Alex says...

    Pics of you in the dress!

  21. Kris says...

    You mean your bff Gemma;)🤎👍🏾

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yes :) :) :)

  22. K says...

    that friend date sounds so cute, goals. reminds me of when i was little and talking to my cousin on the phone while we watched the same tv show.

    i’ve been wishlisting so many cute linen dresses from etsy, i love that they’re made from scratch.

    • Alli says...

      Oooooh, I LOVE that dress Sara! The cut is perfect and the price is right! I’m ordering now!

    • Tina, NYC says...

      Sara, love it!
      You will be the chicest parking duty duty attendant, ever!!

  23. Katie says...

    Back in February, I splurged and bought a dress from Sezane I coveted for a trip to Hilton Head. That was obviously canceled. I’m wearing it for the first time tomorrow for our 3-year anniversary. I can’t wait!!

  24. Vanessa says...

    The UK charity Oxfam is organising Second Hand September, a challenge to not buy anything new for a month.

    I noticed that Cup of Jo doesn’t really feature thrifting in a big way (it’s mentioned here and there during outfit posts.) I understand you depend on revenue from affiliate links, and it would be interesting to discuss the viability of thrifting for people who are older/busier/have strict professional dress codes. I loved thrifting before I got kids and a full time job, but now I don’t have the time and just cycle through the same outfit in different colours for work (a trick I picked up from Cup of Jo too – the work uniform!)

    • Kaitlyn says...

      Love this idea!

      I would love to see more posts on reusing and thrifting for the modern woman. I think most readers are probably clued into/worried about the climate crisis so I can see it being really valuable.

    • b says...

      Yes to more on thrifting, as well as how to do so safely in the age of COVID-19. Obviously, wash before wearing, but are there other steps we can take to ensure the used items we buy are safe? Maybe I’m over the top in this thought process and am being paranoid, but this is the world we live in now.

    • Lauren says...

      Love this idea, too!

      Am currently in California and with everything (literally) on fire, it’s hard to ignore the impact we all have on our environment. Would love to see this blog weave in content on ways to reduce our negative impact. There are so many awesome companies and people doing work in this space and would be great to see them featured on this blog more regularly. ☺️

    • Cat C says...

      Please check out Thrift+ I discovered them during lockdown and have had three parcels of fantastic clothes, proceeds to charity and all second hand so no additional environmental impact. There are high street and designer options. I have absolutely no link to the company but I share far and wise because I love the model & adore thrifting!! Check them out!

    • Sean says...

      I’ve previously encouraged Cup of Jo to reevaluate their participation in the fast fashion economy (consequences include environmental destruction, systematic under-paying of POC garment workers, and denying these garment workers safe workplaces [Google “Rana Plaza”] and access to PPE during the pandemic).

      If Black and Brown lives matter to you, please take some time to reflect on giving up some of your power and income in pursuit of anti-racism.

      COJ hasn’t responded via comment or email, perhaps understandable due to the massive readership, but I’m so happy to see folks bringing up these topics in the comments. THANK YOU, Vanessa, Kaitlyn, B, Lauren, and Cat. :)

      To learn more, I suggest starting here: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/31/fashion/coronavirus-bangladesh.html
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGF3ObOBbac
      @AjaBarber on Instagram (*Stay out of her DMs* – quietly listen and read through all the free education she’s shared over the years.)

      @COJ, a potential alternative to earning via affiliate links is receiving support directly from followers via Patreon. I think many of us would joyously send you money directly – no middlemen involved (acknowledging, however, that we cannot understand your financial set-up).

      Wishing you all the best and noting that I will continue to encourage reevaluation of your fast fashion content.

  25. JessicaD says...

    Now that fall is rolling around, I am SO EXCITED to wear a couple of JUMPSUITS that I bought! I am highly unfashionable, but these are cool and fun and make me feel good. Will be a nice break from the casual dresses and shorts/t’s of summer.

    • Hope says...

      I love both! Trying to visualize the top one on my frame in XS = 5′, C cup. Think that would work?

  26. Kyveli says...

    Hi Joanna!

    I’ve had my eyes on that Button Midi Dress from Madewell for ages and your post reminded me to take a look it again. Turns out, it’s on sale on the Madewell website! :-)

    • Cookie says...

      oh! thank you!

  27. Anna says...

    Joanna what size did you order? Choosing the right size for me is always a struggle… and i have similar posture

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      I ordered a size up to get that looser look!

  28. Susan says...

    I love the dress, but I’m surprised that this site *starts* its plus size listing at size 10. What!? Why does it have a separate plus size section to start with?

  29. Rachel says...

    What a fun idea! Now I’m dying to know…what did you suggest for Gemma???

  30. Tina,NYC. says...

    Love it!! What did you pick out for her? Can I just say you two are so stinking cute together. More Jo and Gemma take on the world posts, please.

  31. Ruth says...

    My WFH look has been teeshirt dresses all summer. Feels fancy compared to leggings and a regular ol’ tee. These are great slightly nicer options! :-)

  32. Hope says...

    ****Which dress did you choose for Gemma*****

  33. Hayley says...

    Well, this is adorable. The dress and the friend date!

  34. Emily says...

    I love that dress, but as a tall 41-year-old, it’s a no go for me. My butt would be hanging out of that thing. And no one needs to see my rear. Too bad it doesn’t come in a tall!

    • E says...

      I hear you, Emily! I’m 40 and 6 feet tall. But! This dress would be SO cute over black skinny jeans with booties I think for fall….

    • Lana says...

      That’s so funny bc I thought, “as a medium height, medium build person, I could never wear this dress.” 😂 Joanna, post a pic of you on it!

    • Jen says...

      “Can this dress be a shirt?” is a constant question in my 5’9″ mind when browsing and shopping.

    • Alexandra says...

      Haha, love these comments. That was my very first thought when seeing this and the other linked dresses. I am a 6 ft tall person as well. These are shirts! Might be cute with leggings or skinny jeans though. Also, I am a bit shocked that Mango’s plus-sizing starts with size 10. That’s not very “size inclusive” considering that most women are 10 or bigger. (Just like Nisolo shoes that end with size 10 …)