Summer has arrived full blown here in Atlanta and we are sweltering right now. It’s not even into July yet and already the heat and humidity have settled in making it miserable to be outside for too long, unless you are floating in a pool somewhere. I’ve been wearing dresses more lately, because of the heat. Dresses are a little cooler to me this time of year since anything binding on my legs just makes me more hot and humid.
Back in the 80’s when I was working in the Corporate world, there was a catalog company called Chadwick’s. This was way before ordering anything online and the internet was just an idea back then. I used to get their catalogs in the mail and ordered quite a few clothes from them through the years. I always loved their styles and price points and their clothing was very affordable for a working girl and the quality was very favorable. Guess what? Chadwick’s is still alive and well and not only do they still do catalog sales, but they are online too, just like all other retailers these days. I’m partnering with them today to show you some of their dresses, specifically since dresses are so much fun, cooler to wear in the summer, and very feminine. I enjoy wearing dresses more than ever now.
The first one I thought was so cute when I saw it online, the Sleeveless Georgette floral. The skirt is sort of an organza material and it is fully lined with a slip lining/crinoline underneath.
I found these Calvin Klein nude slingback sandals at TJ Maxx (on clearance for $24!) and they will be a great pair of dancing shoes and go with anything shoes.
The flowy skirt is so feminine and I couldn’t resist this bright coral color for summer.
Here’s a little gif I put together showing the movement of the skirt and how flowy it is. The wind was blowing the day I did this photoshoot, so it was extra flouncy. I ordered this in a Medium, but would have gotten a Small, but it was out of stock. I had my mom take it up on the sides and top, so it works, but everything else I ordered either a 6 or Small, just to let you know sizing.
Did you notice my little photobomber in the background? Cody wants in on all the action too!
Next, is the Georgette Draped neck, a pretty floral, perfect for a summer wedding or outdoor event. What is more feminine than a flower bedecked dress?
It’s sleeveless with a little V in the back and the hemline is a little asymmetrical, but not too much. It’s a very feminine dress too and the colors are beautiful. It’s very fitted through the bodice, but flares out on the skirt just a bit.
I paired this one with the nude Calvin Klein slingbacks, for a casual but classic look.
Have you noticed how lace is having a big moment in fashion these days? I see lace everywhere now. It’s feminine and pretty. This Crocheted maxi dress in white lace is very comfortable and is fully lined, which I love. These leopard wedge shoes are also from Chadwicks and are a fun mix with this dress.
The lace on their dresses is not shiny, but very matte and flattering.
Here’s another gif on the white lace maxi dress, to show how flowy and flirty it is. I can see wearing this dress to the beach and it could be dressed up or down.
In fact, I dressed it down and wore it to church with my flat pewter sandals.
So comfortable and adds a nice touch to the dress.
Gladiator sandals from DSW , looks like Gold only available. This site has the pewter available. (not affiliate links).
I went with all silver jewelry to accessorize the dress. Silver starfish necklace (affiliate link) is a gift from the Etsy shop of Starfish Cottage.
One more lace dress in soft pink. I don’t think this is my best color, but soft pink/blush is so feminine and such a well loved color right now. This one is the Sleeveless Lace Dress in pink.
It too is fully lined and very pretty and feminine. If you’re looking for summer dresses or any summer outfits for that matter, check out Chadwicks for decent quality and exceptional value. You won’t see yourself everywhere else in Chadwicks clothing and I’m excited that they are still around and putting out nice clothing at a great price.
For an extra 20% off your order (over $85) at Chadwicks, use code CH56643 (affiliate code, expires 7/15/16).
Note: This post is sponsored by Chadwick’s.
I used to order dresses from Chadwicks all the time. I didn’t know they were still around either. I will check out their online catalog. They always had such feminine dresses and the length was also good, not too short. All of these dresses are pretty and I can see you dancing in that first one in the coral and white!
Hi, Lynne, I really love that they have longer and flattering lengths for us mature women. We don’t want our knees showing all the time.
Jamie Szalabawka says
WOW!!!! VAVOOOOM!!! You look gorgeous — in all of them!!! Wow, I used to get Chadwick’s catalogs too back in the day and loved their clothes. Thanks for letting us know they are still around. Will have to take a look at what they have. Thanks!!!
Love your outfits and your little photo bomber! I’ve ordered from Chadwicks since the 80s also and just got several new dresses from them. The prices are very reasonable, and they always have cute items. Be sure to sign up for emails since they send discounts every few days. I always read the reviews too…if people say order up or down your usual size, I believe them.
HI, Roxanne, I’m glad you have tried out Chadwicks lately too. I have ordered a lot from them over the years, so it was nice to hear from them. I had not checked them out online, but now we can. Good idea on the email discounts.
Such pretty, feminine dresses! You look fab! Love the nude slingbacks. The little photo bomber is adorable.
Loved the post! I decided to do a little shopping this morning and found some cute things on their site, but the promo code does not seem to be taking. Do you know if it is active yet? Thank you!
HI, Michelle, yes it should be active. Maybe call them on the phone and get them to apply. I’ll have them doublecheck that it’s working, but it’s the same code that is on the sidebar ad button. Oh, and the order has to be at least $85 for the discount to work.
Cheryl Ann says
Your dresses are so cute on you…love your hair too! This weather makes curls so much easier than blow drying straight. I have trouble keeping mine from frizzing though…any insight would be appreciated. You look very happy Rhoda. Nice to see!
Thank you, Cheryl Ann, I wish I could say that my hair is frizz free, but it is not! I struggle with that too and when I wear it curly, it gets wilder and crazier as each day goes by, so I have to rewash it and use some sort of de frizz product on it. Right now I’m using John Freida’s Frizz control spray, I think it’s called. It works OK, but I wish I could find something that really works on me. PS Yes, I am SO happy!
Cheryl Ann says
I’ve been washing with an olive oil conditioner lately…no shampoo & that has helped a bit. Yours looks so cute, I’m going to check out John Freida…thanks! Can’t wait to hear more about “SO happy”! Have a wonderful 4th of July!
Mary Sturgeon says
Very pretty! I love dresses also. I will check it out. Love the puppy in the window photo bomber?
Bonnie E says
So pretty ! Love your dresses – love the crochet look! I have a ton of it……it is my favorite & have it some tunics in crochet where you wear a cami under. Get so many compliments on them & so easy to wear with skinny cropped jeans or white stretchy tight pants. Kinda dresses up your look without trying. 🙂 You look amazing in your dresses!
Thank you, Bonnie, you always look great in your outfits too!
Nanci Lewis says
Love the dresses, and would love to have some similar for myself. Unfortunately, I find Chadwick’s choices in plus size clothing to be sadly lacking. Very few choices, and most of those are plain and simple…..and well, just kind of blah. I’ve been having luck ordering pretty plus size dresses for summer from Zulily this year.
P.S. Love Cody!
Hi, Nanci, maybe they can up their game for plus sized and get more stylish things in.
hanne schrødter says
I am impressed with how inspiring and great you look. Finding dresses that at least go down to the knees is challenging everywhere as you say. So thanks for the tip.
You ladies here in the States is so incredibly brave when it comes to colors! In Scandinavia where I come from most of those dresses would be unimaginable because of the colors.
Firstly, they would not exist in the stores, and if they were they would be blue, black, gray and possibly beige. Of course, it is often better with bright, light, warm colors than dark cold colors. Especially when you’re not the youngest generation around anymore.
The color choice in Scandinavia has for sure something to do with the climate, (snow, frost, rain, dark or sharp bright light), but it also has something with the habits and mentality to do. I’m afraid we have a lot to learn when it comes to free ourselves from the fear of standing out from the crowd and shine on our own as you do, Rhoda.
HI, Hanne, thanks for sharing about fashion in your part of the world. Very interesting! I couldn’t live with drab neutral clothes and love color, so I’m happy to find colors that work for me. Maybe you can start a trend over there with more color!
All the dresses look great on you. If you don’t think the soft pink one is your color, try adding a jean jacket or jean vest to it to bring in more color.
Janet (shabbyfufu) says
I hadn’t realized that Chadwicks was still around! You are so slim that everything looks great on you Rhoda!
All the dresses are beautiful, and you look beautiful in each one. They look so cool and comfortable for the hot summer day. Thanks for sharing, I am going to Chadwicks to view their clothes! Have a good summer!
They look great on you. Unfortunately there plus sizes are rather dull and lack any style. They must think all plus size people are old and boring. Come on Chadwick’s get with it!
Kathleen from California says
Love the dresses! Especially the pink one 🙂 You look so feminine and pretty! Always look forward to your posts!
Loved the video of your Dad “the famer” . Darling!
Thank you, Kathleen! Dad is a dear man.
debbi in Texas says
I also got Chadwick catalogs and ordered from them as they were in my budget. I love all these dresses and it is refreshing to see stylish dresses in a length I can wear. I am a size 8 but working to get back down to size 6, so new clothes are an incentive. They are all very flattering. I am going to their website now.
Pendy Bowers says
I’ve ordered from Chadwick’s before but struggle to find cute dresses that are NOT sleeveless.
Hi, Pendy, that could be an issue, especially in summer. How abut a lightweight sweater/jacket to go along with your dresses, that might work.
Lovely! I love the GIFs!
I’m fair like you and love the soft blush color. My tip for wearing it is to pair it with a tortuous or coral necklace (a scarf would work when it’s not too hot) to bring color to my face. I also try and brighten up my lipstick!
You look great! Thanks for sharing!
C’mon, please!? Who’s that little photo bomber cutie? PS All looks are lovely/summery!
THat’s Cody, my roommate’s dog.
You look beautiful in every dress that you modeled today! Love the colors & the styles are so nice. I’ll have to check out that website.