Good afternoon, everyone!
Today, we have a first for us: a sponsored post! To be honest, we expected that it would take us a long time to get to this point. We were quite convinced that we would be writing for such a small audience for quite a while; seeing that the blog has had over 800 page views last month was such a disconcerting, but exciting feeling! One thing that we would like to make clear is that we want to be very careful with the way we do sponsored posts. At this time, I think we will only be comfortable featuring brands we are already wearing or brands that have a focus on modest clothing. We will also be 100% honest with our reviews and recommendations. Being the right kind of Christians comes before being successful fashion bloggers, and we want to make sure that we are not misleading or dishonest in any way! If we do not like an item, we will be sure to tell you guys, even if we received the item as a gift!
With that out of the way, let’s talk about this dress!
Cleo Madison is an online boutique with a heavy emphasis on modest dresses, although they also feature tops, skirts, shoes, and swimwear! When Gus and I were looking through the options, we knew immediately that we wanted to pick out a dress. Modest dresses, as I am sure that you all know, are extremely hard to find. We went out shopping with our sisters on Thursday, and we were reminded again of how few modest options there are in normal stores. Cleo Madison really does have a lot of modest dresses, and even better, they have a lot of modest dresses with pockets! While not every dress was our style, they were all dresses we could have worn and not compromised our beliefs and standards. What a blessing!
We wanted to also pick a dress that would fit both of our styles, while also being a little out of our boxes. That left us with the Spencer dress because we both loved how subtle, but unique, the pattern was. We also felt that the pattern would work year round. We ordered the dress in a medium because I knew that the material would be a little thin, and I wanted to make sure that it would not be clingy in any way. In retrospect, we probably should have gone with a small!
For my outfit, I chose to pair the dress with my denim jacket (new version), simple sandals (similar), and my beloved coin necklace (similar, the first piece of jewelry that my husband ever bought for me). We were planning on having Gus show her outfit wearing the dress for this post as well, but unfortunately, the weather on Saturday was just awful, so we ended up giving up and watching a really bad Hallmark movie instead (if you ever need something fun for an evening: get a group together and pick out a Hallmark movie to watch. Ten to fifteen minutes in, pause the movie and write down as many plot predictions as you can! Winner gets ice cream!) Gus was planning on going simple and classic with the dress, pairing it with a long pendant necklace and metallic sandals. There are so many ways we could have worn it, though, and I think, in the fall, one or the other with us will most definitely pair it with an olive cardigan and ankle boots!
The dress itself is decent quality, on par for what I have seen from other online modest boutiques. The price is higher than I would normally pay for a dress that is basically Old Navy quality, but honestly, I am willing to pay a little extra in order to not have to worry about being immodest! The dress is not lined, so I wore a slip with it, even though I do not think one was absolutely necessary. The tag lists the dress as hand wash only, and I definitely agree with that! Gus actually put it through the washer and dryer to see if it would shrink any, and it did! In our case, we had extra room, so it was fine, but if you get your actual size, I would absolutely recommend hand-washing it!
In conclusion, if you are in need of some casual, modest dresses, check out Cleo Madison!