Boatneck Dress by James Perse ($165)

Rating: Trust It!

Judging by some other SheTrusts posts, I am not the only girl who buys great-looking high-end cottons with more than a hint of trepidation.  Fortunately, I have found a brand I feel I can trust, and an excellent example to share.

I bought this boatneck dress by James Perse two winters ago at Atriummy favorite shop in Miami, when I needed to add something more to wear to all the high-end art fair parties. Despite its being a jersey knit, I found I was easily able to dress it up with a statement necklace or jacket and great heels, and of course its very easy wear for daytime by just adding a pair of flat sandals (see Katherine's post on the Sam Edelman Gigi sandals - I have a two-year-old pair I swear by that's tobacco brown with black patent at the ankle). Since the first Miami I have worn this dress nearly to death, though you wouldn't know by looking at it. It has worn very well, never pilled, ripped or faded at the seams, or stretched slowly out of shape like other knit cottons I've owned.

I have a few other other things by James Perse and have been pleased with everything, so it's become my go-to brand for black and neutral cotton knits.  So don't let its premium price deter you from its purchase as best as you can - this dress has something much more valuable to offer besides a comforting fabric and a sleek silhouette: a lifetime of wear.

.... as worn by Jennifer Holmes.