If you've been following Margu for a while, you may remember back in FW16 a dress called the Wallflower. It was my favorite piece from the collection — I feel so much like myself wearing that dress! — but the more I wore the Wallflower sample I took for myself last fall, the more I started nitpicking all its little problems. And the more I started nitpicking all its little problems, the more I knew I was setting myself for a challenge to create an even better wrap dress.
Most of the little problems were minor, but there was one thing that bugged me more than anything: those two buttons that closed up the Wallflower in the front. Even if you tied the tie on the Wallflower perfectly, after moving around a bit, at some point, one of the buttons was going to become visible. And even though the buttons I used were beautiful, I didn't want them popping out like that. Once I had an epiphany as to how to resolve the button issue, by attaching the waist ties to the ends of each side of the bodice, and then creating a small slit where the waist tie could poke around from the inside to the outside of the garment, I knew I was on my way to creating the perfect wrap dress.
With a modest-but-not-too-modest neckline, a right-at-the-knee hem, and slightly exaggerated flutter sleeves, the Ellen is what I think of when I think of an elegant dress. The super-soft double gauze fabric makes the dress light and airy and perfect for warm weather, and the button-free construction makes it one of the most effortless dresses you could wear.
- Main: 100% organic cotton double gauze from India
- Lining: 100% organic cotton batiste from India
- Designed, cut, and sewn in Arkansas, USA
- Wrap dress with fitted bodice and pleated skirt
- Two ties are attached to bodice edges and wrap around waist
- Front slash pockets
- Fully lined
- Measures 38.5" long
- Machine wash cold, tumble dry low, warm iron as needed (learn more about garment care here)
This dress is made of organic cotton double gauze from India. Composed of two layers of gauze that have been tacked together, double gauze is unbelievably soft and breathable. It is light and airy and one of those fabrics that, like linen, is wrinkle-prone, but that's part of what makes it so great — even the first time you wear it, double gauze feels soft and rumpled and worn in, and it only gets softer with repeated washes and wears.
The dress is lined with organic cotton batiste from India. Soft, sturdy, and lightweight, batiste is the perfect lightweight liner for summer garments.
In addition to the fabric, this dress uses organic cotton thread and organic cotton labels.
Take a look at our Size Guide to find your size.
Because of the adjustable waist tie, the Ellen is forgiving as far as size goes, but it is most fitted in the bust and waist, so I suggest using both of those measurements when determining your size. The style runs true to size, but if your measurements fall in between sizes, I recommend sizing up — you can always tie the tie tighter if needed.
Sarah is wearing a size Small and is 5'9" with a 33" bust, 24" waist, and 35" hip.