I don’t have many regrets in life, but I have been kicking myself ever since I missed the opportunity to purchase Shana’s Good American “Taco Dress” before it sold out (AKA, a dress so flattering…you can eat tacos in it). I even attempted (and failed) to charm a TME Insider into selling me hers. (Hi, Jamie!)
Found: Another Sexy Cutout Dress (+ 3 Ways To Style It)
When I recently stumbled upon this Socialite Cap Sleeve Cutout Dress from Nordstrom I felt like Indiana Jones finding the Holy Grail (does that happen in Indiana Jones movies? Idk, I’ve never seen one.).
“I don’t know if I could eat tacos in this dress,” I whispered to myself, “but certainly a flauta or two”.
How The Socialite Cap Sleeve Cutout Dress Fits
I’m 5’7 with long legs and a short torso and this Socialite cutout dress hits at a midi length on me with a thigh-high slit. The cutouts show my upper stomach (apparently the only place left on my poor abdomen without stretch marks or bad tattoo decisions from my 20s). It’s sexy without being “kicked-out-of-the-end-of-the-year-class-party-at-my-kid’s-school” sexy, which, besides duvet-chic, is another aesthetic I generally aim for. I tried on my normal size large and the bottom was nice and flowy, but the top was too big. The medium definitely hugs my figure more, but the fit is chef’s kiss, particularly up top. Read the measurements, but consider sizing down (and yes, I took the consumption of tacos into consideration when I selected my size).
3 Ways To Wear Socialite’s Cutout Midi Dress
The Socialite Dress is even better than expected and I immediately started shopping my closet for ways to wear it (always a good sign that a piece is a keeper). From errands to date night, this versatile, under-$100 dress is one I can eat tacos in and then some.
1| Sporty Vibes: Cutout Dress + Jean Jacket & Sneaks
Few things I love more than a dress that looks great with sneakers. My Adidas Superstars look fab. with the Faux Taco Dress, and the acid-wash Free People jean jacket breaks up all the black and gives the ensemble a springtime vibe. Topped it off with a dainty lariat necklace for a little bling. Ready for errands, weekend day hangs, or just any day in the 60s, really.
Fit Notes: The dress runs large, so size down. I’m wearing a medium. The jacket fits TTS (I’m wearing a large). The sneakers fit TTS (I’m wearing an 8).
2 | Transitional Weather: Cutout Dress + Camel Coat, Tights & Booties
I adore the challenge of making pieces work for all sorts of weather. In order to wear this cutout dress now in Colorado, mama needs to layer. There’s never a bad time for a pair of patterned tights, and the cutouts are high enough that you don’t see the waistline of the tights. I added my beloved Vince Camuto black booties (similar pair here), a camel-colored wool coat and my new vegan leather handbag (under $100) to bring in some color.
Fit Notes: The dress runs large, so size down. I’m wearing a medium.
3 | Date Night: Cutout Dress + Heels, Fun Earrings & A Clutch
My husband and I have so much exploring to do in our adopted state and the list of restaurants we need to try for date nights is endless. I love how the Socialite Cutout Dress complements my new BP Slide Sandals (ps. they’re under $50). The pieces aren’t competing for attention. With some colorful earrings and my Rejina Pyo clutch that has, erm, come in clutch recently, this casual dress elevates to a date night-ready look.
Fit Notes: The dress runs large, so size down. I’m wearing a medium. The heels are TTS (I’m wearing an 8).
For less than $100, this Socialite Cutout Dress is an incredible alternative for the sold out “taco dress” that has haunted me since I missed out on it last spring. Here’s to many a fashionable Taco Tuesdays to come.