Universal Standard has been on my radar for a few years now, but wow! In the last year or so they have added so many new pieces. They have some of the softest basics and loungewear, but now they have a ton of cute dresses, overalls, denim, sweaters, workwear, activewear, maternity and more…PLUS the perfect pair of track-style pants I’ve been searching for!
The best thing? Universal Standard offers one of the most comprehensive size ranges I’ve seen, from 00-40 and are changing the game on standard sizing. Check out their Fit Liberty line where you can exchange an item if your size changes within a year of purchase. Amazing. You may have seen me reading their wonderful children’s book with my daughter on my Instagram last year. SUCH a phenomenal message. I love supporting a company like this.
Universal Standard Dresses & Pants: Comfy, Stylish & Exciting
I decided to order up some dresses and try ’em on, since that’s what I love doing for you all. The pants were a stellar surprise, but they’re not the only goodie in the batch. Now, let’s check out some of the cute stuff!
My New Favs | Stephanie Wide Leg Ponte Pant
So, dresses were my main focus for this try-on sesh, but last minute I added on these trousers that have a track style vibe and–y’all–new favorites! They’re a perfect length on my 5’4″ self (I’m typically right in between regular and petite length,) and they’re so flattering and rad! Here I’m wearing Universal Standard size 3XS (2-4) and I think the inseam on these is about 27-28″ (it’s unclear on the site). While the waistband is just a tiny bit snug, they fit so well everywhere else and the waist is soft enough I wouldn’t size up. I’m usually a 4/6 or 27/28 in other brands, for reference. These are definitely NOT track pants, but trousers (back trouser pocket) with a sporty vibe; the fabric is thick but soft. So so good. They also come in black with a black stripe that gives a more tuxedo pant look. I’ll be honest, I might need both.
So, don’t get me wrong, I love a shirt dress lewk. Always have. But who do they make most shirt dresses for? Not my body type I guess. While this one is still a little too long, it fits my hips AND in the bust! I am going to have to hem it some, but worth it. (Universal Standard offers quite a few items in petite sizing, just not this one.) I love, love that the sleeves are wider. It’s a cute oversized vibe that also allows me to actually roll the sleeves up to above my elbow if I want. Score!
I like thinking outside the box a bit and I’ve always adored interesting layering. I love this combo. A cropped tee would look cute here, too.
Ooh, this Sonya dress is so lovely! I felt quite fancy like I would sport this to an art gallery opening or something, but it’s also insanely comfy. There are small slits at the hem on both sides and a nice flattering v neck. It was hard to photograph, but there is extra fabric in a cool drapey shape at the hips (but when in selfie-mode my arms cover it.) I love the slightly oversized cut but do wish it were a tiny bit shorter on me. Wearing a 3XS.
Such a cute versatile dress! This one is jersey knit and I tried a size up, 2XS (6-8.) I like the longer length on this for a slightly dressier/comfier vibe than the petite version I’ll show below. The crewneck version of this is the only dress offered in petite right now. I hope they’ll be able to offer more! They do offer other pieces in petite sizing though.
So so cute! If I weren’t already heavy in the t-shirt dress category, I’d be snapping this one up. I still might, actually. It’s so so cute (I just can’t stop saying that, ha!) You can see the significant difference in length from the regular above. I do wish this petite Geneva dress came in the v neck option. Wearing a 2XS (6-8) here. The petite line does seem to run overall smaller as most petite lines do…ie. it’s not just the length that is shorter.
This caftan style is SO cute! Elevated house dress anyone? It’s kind of a column shape, but with room for hips and it even has pockets! This was the only dress I had to steam before shooting. The fabric is gorgeously soft (crepe-like) with stretch yet it’s substantial. The front panel feels like silk. The site says it’s made from a brushed cotton twill but it feels much softer than that sounds. Really lovely! Perhaps just too long on me, but I honestly don’t mind it with heels. So comfy and an almost cooling feel to the fabric. Wearing size 3XS.
Shop More Universal Standard Favs
Well, after putting this shopping widget together, it looks like I need to do another try-on sesh! Gosh! So many cute pieces. My friend Posy also has these black stretch overalls that she wears all the time and looks ah-mazing in.
So excited you’ve expanded your line so so much lately, Universal Standard. Thank you for paving a new path in this way. Gosh. It’s so wonderful to see. Stay tuned for more pieces reviewed here!
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