— Aventura Clothing’s Schaffer Organic Cotton Dress — 

Aventura Clothing’s Schaffer Organic Cotton Dress might just be the perfect casual summer dress. Made from high quality, 100 percent organic cotton slub knit jersey, it’s cool enough for the hottest Southern California days, floaty without being flimsy. It has an A-line silhouette with an empire waist, expertly designed to perfectly fit women of all sizes and shapes while avoiding the unfortunate maternity look typical of too-floaty empire styles. Yes, somewhat impossibly, this dress manages to be flattering even over a less-than-flat tummy. The wide straps conceal bra straps, and the slightly shirred bust draws the bodice in snugly right where you’re the narrowest. From here, the skirt slightly flares down to a respectable just-above-the-knee level.

The lower skirt is scattered with floral embroidery rendered in white thread, reminiscent of fluffy dandelion clocks and wildflowers, dancing with turquoise screenprinted floral and vine motifs. Against the backdrop of slate grey, the embellishments are prettily ornamental the without verging into too-girly territory. The dusty yellow version is adorned with terracotta and grey; on the pale blue winter sky dress the details are a muted gold.

Aside from its flattering style and charming design, the beauty of the Schaffer dress is its versatility. It’s equally appropriate for a camping weekend or backyard barbecue, a day at the beach paired with flip flops and a wide-brimmed hat, or even at the office, dressed up with a silky scarf and flats. In fall or on milder winter days,  wear it over or under a long-sleeved tee with tights, boots and a chunky cardigan or blazer.

Aventura Clothing — family owned since 1965 — is based in the beautiful Sierra Nevada mountains here in California, so you can add the benefits of local ownership to its credentials. The company’s organic and eco-friendly line also includes skirts, shirts, tanks, hoodies, shorts, pants and capris made from cotton, bamboo blends and recycled polyester. Their clothing, designed by women, for women, all beautifully encapsulates the crossover between casual and “dress-up-able,” sporty and trendy, and unfussy yet cheerful. Check out the Schaffer Organic Cotton Dress in six sizes XS to XXL and see the full line at www.aventuraclothing.com.

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