This silhouette is one of Margu's signature styles, with a version of this classic shirtdress appearing in each of our collections so far. I like to think that each version has improved upon the last, and the Picnic Dress is no exception: with an improved fit, a stiffer collar, and some minor improvements to its construction, I'm starting to think there aren't many more improvements to be made.
For the Picnic Dress, I designed the short sleeves to be a bit longer than average, the waistband to be a bit more cinched, and the skirt to be bit fuller to give the dress a slight 1940s/1950s shirtwaist vibe. While its modest length and classic collar make it well-suited for semi-professional environments, the Picnic Dress is truly in its element when worn outdoors, with sandals and a sunhat, sitting on the grass and enjoying the sunshine.
- Main: 75% khadi cotton / 25% tussar silk handloom fabric from India
- Lining: 100% organic cotton double gauze from India
- Designed, cut, and sewn in Arkansas, USA
- Full button front closure
- Close-fitting bodice and waistband with gathered skirt
- Hidden side seam pockets
- Fully lined
- Measures 35" long from shoulder
- Hand wash cold, line dry, warm iron as needed (learn more about garment care here)
This dress is made of a blend of khadi cotton and tussar silk, crafted in India by skilled artisans on a handloom. The cotton in the fabric makes it breathable and soft, while the silk adds a faint hint hint of luminescence. The fabric is undyed, with the creamy, off-white color coming from the natural hue of the silk. The stripe pattern is part of the weave of the fabric and gives the fabric a truly distinct feeling in your hands. It is slightly sheer when unlined.
The dress is lined with undyed GOTS-certified organic cotton double gauze, produced in a Fair Trade certified mill in India. Our lining fabric is unbelievably soft and breathable and makes for a perfect lightweight layer against your skin.
In addition to the fabric, this dress uses organic cotton thread, 12 vintage mother-of-pearl buttons, organic cotton interfacing, and organic cotton labels.
Take a look at our Size Guide to find your size.
The Picnic is fitted in the bust and waist, so use both your bust and waist measurements when determining your size. The style runs true to size, but if your measurements fall in between sizes, I recommend sizing up to avoid any gaping in the front.
Sophie is wearing a size 4 and is 5'8" with a 36" bust, 28" waist, and 38" hip.