A simple sleeveless shift with a subtly swingy silhouette, the Lola is my ode to the perfect summer dress and was the first piece I designed while conceptualizing Building Blocks.
I admittedly own many fitted and flouncy sundresses, all of which I love dearly, but after some serious wardrobe introspection, I realized that the dresses in my closet I wore the most during hot, sticky Arkansas summers were not my sundresses, but dresses just like the Lola: breezy, swingy, and sleeveless. With the Lola, I set out to design an essential dress for every summer occasion: from an outdoor summer hike styled with utilitarian sandals and a backpack to a semi-fancy evening with heels and statement jewelry. The airy double gauze and flowy silhouette keep you cool, the button-cinched keyhole adds an elegant touch, and the hidden pockets make the Lola perfect.
- Main: 100% organic cotton double gauze from India
- Lining: 100% organic cotton batiste from India
- Designed, cut, and sewn in Arkansas, USA
- Swingy shift silhouette
- Button-cinched keyhole back
- Hidden side-seam pockets
- Fully lined
- Measures 35" 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, one vintage mother-of-pearl button, and organic cotton labels.
Take a look at our Size Guide to find your size.
The Lola is relatively loose-fitting and forgiving as far as size goes, but it is most fitted in the bust and hips, 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 — the dress will just be more comfortable and flowy that way!
Sarah is wearing a size Small and is 5'9" with a 33" bust, 24" waist, and 35" hip.