This is a great, no-nonsense Modern Classic dress that is flattering on a range of body types. It’s just the type of item that Ralph Lauren does well season after season, which is why I’m loyal to the brand. It is a great length with a good neckline, sleeved, very comfortable, and breezy.

It’s tailored, yet flowing. No need for shapewear, but you need to wear knickers with a high waist so that the seam doesn’t cut across the belly to give you muffin top. It’s 94% cotton and 6% elastane, machine washable, and going for a song because the sale price is discounted. It’s available in petite and regular sizes at Macy’s, and in plus sizes on the Ralph Lauren site. There are some colours, fabrics, and necklines to choose from. It looks better in person. My hope is that it will launder well too.

LAUREN WOMAN Cotton Fit and Flare Dress

The tomato red and navy striped version with the boat neck is already hanging in my closet because I start refreshing my wardrobe for Spring and Summer VERY early. When an item is right, it’s right. I tried the dress on and it fit perfectly, ticking all the boxes. It will be four to five months before I can wear it, which is fine by me.

Note that this is a very casual dress. It’s been styled in the picture as a dressy frock with strappy high heels, which looks off to my eye. I will wear mine with chunky white pearls, white sneakers, and a denim jacket in air conditioning. It will look fab with flat sandals and mules too.