The Find: A Lifesaver Dress

Jun 23, 2021

Last week, I ran into an outfit conundrum.  It’s the middle of the day, and I’m still in my gym clothes, when my phone rings.  And 30-seconds later, I am rushing to find an outfit that is meeting appropriate, while spraying dry shampoo into my hair and rushing out the door.

So what outfit do I reach for in hectic times when you need a great dress in a hurry?  This one.

Karen Kane’s Cascade Faux Wrap Dress is a fault-free dress.  The shape is incredible flattering, but still professional.  It looks good fresh from the dry cleaner or from the bottom of a suitcase. And it’s comfortable, so you never feel constrained.  The dress also comes in plus-size.

I’ve talked about this dress before, but it has saved me so many times.  When I don’t know what else to wear, this Karen Kane dress and the MM LaFleur Emily dress are my go-tos.  And, in the post-pandemic world, there aren’t a lot of work clothes being produced, so they are getting a lot of wear.

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  1. Priya says:

    You did not mention it but this Karen Kane dress is made in the USA!

  2. SC says:

    What a great-looking dress! A faux-wrap is on my to-sew list — I can’t wear actual wrap dresses here because it’s too windy, LOL.

  3. RKT says:

    I have this dress in several colors and I absolutely support Abra’s assessment of it. Pre-covid, I took it with me to conferences because it’s incredibly comfortable, packs beautifully, and can be dressed for day or night, as well as up or down. I wish it came in more colors/patterns – they offer them from time to time, but they usually sell out and don’t get re-stocked.
    They do have a red one on the Nordstrom and Karen Kane website:

    https://www.karenkane.com/products/cascade-wrap-dress-l13915

    Amazon sometimes has other colors.

    I also have a medical condition that can make stiffer clothing uncomfortable, and this dress is one I can always wear.

  4. Emily says:

    Those are some great deals on the MML Emily dress. I bought the claret color at their last big sale. What necklaces would work with the unique neckline? For that matter, would you wear a long necklace with this KK dress?

    • Belle says:

      I would wear a shorter necklace, pendant style.

      Also, I don’t usually wear a necklace with my Emily dresses, I think the square neck on its own.

  5. Sheryl says:

    Absolutely love this dress, have it 2 colors and they are wardrobe workhorses.
    I just got lark and ro classic wrap dress, which is much less and has a similar flattering waist/hip tie. I’m pear shaped and small busted, and it flatters my hips and does not gape (much) at the chest.

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