My new favorite dress

12:32:00 PM

You know that one dress in your closet that gets all the wear time because it's comfy, and cute, and soft, and makes you feel like a million bucks when you wear it?  That one dress that you've worn to church a million times, and yet, you're gonna wear it again this Sunday because gosh darn can?

Yea, I used to have a favorite dress like that.  It was a cute little black number with a zipper up the back - and it made me look and feel HAWT...I mean honestly, it was amazing.

Nothing could replace that dress.

Until two months ago, when I got a call from this clothing company called Cleo Madison.  They wanted me (really??? Little old me!) to wear one of their dresses and write an honest review about it.

So, here's the thing. I've done reviews like this before.  Oftentimes I've returned the item because it just wasn't simply something I was willing to write about.  I was honestly prepared for that this time.  I went on their website, looked at the items and the prices, and thought - sure, I'll give it a try, but I doubt very much I'll like it. I'm pretty picky. 

So, I picked out a dress, and they sent it to me. And when it arrived it was like unwrapping the softest piece of velvety goodness I've ever put my hands on.

Look at those colors!  And the material is light weight - not at all hot (even though it's long sleeved) and soooo soft!  And the length was perfect (so hard to find something just below the knee...) and it was just amazing.

But, I remained skeptical.  And my happy little heart fell a little when it suggested "Hand wash only" - who has time for that?

How many times have you bought a dress and it was that perfect combination of stretch and soft - and then you wash it a few times and it becomes the same texture as gas station toilet paper - and has little lint balls all over it for added texture?

So, I withheld my excitement until I washed it and wore it a few times.

And I did.  And it kept surprising me.


First.  IT HAS POCKETS.  Yes, that was a super duper bonus I wasn't expecting at all.

I've washed this thing probably 10 times now.  I don't hand wash anything.  Let's get that clear right now - so I'm really putting this to the test.  I turned it inside out, washed on the delicate cycle and dried on permanent press. 

It's still as soft as the peaches from my grandmother's tree, still has the perfect elasticity, has ZERO little lint balls,  and still hits me right below the knee --- not a single bit of shrinkage!

I'm in love with this dress.  I wore it to church this morning for a baptism, and I'm STILL in it right now working at my desk.  It's THAT comfortable.
My daughters have already claimed it when I "pass it down" (like that's going to happen.) In all likelihood it will go missing to one of their closets and I'll find a ransom note pinned in it's place.  And I'm fine with that.  How many cute modest dresses have you found recently that your 16 year old daughter wants to steal from you?


So in closing...Cleo Madison is a BIG YES in my book.  And yes, I got this dress for free from them, but seriously, we are ordering about 8 more.  This one is next.