Mandarin Collar Shift Dress

Greetings, friends! Today I’m sharing a mandarin collar shift dress that came in my latest Trunk Club delivery. This is one of those dresses I didn’t know I needed until I saw it, and now I’m thinking of all kinds of places to wear it.

Jo-Lynne Shane wearing a navy mandarin collar shift dress with nude wedge sandals. #summerfashion #summerdresses

I wore this exact outfit to church last Sunday and out to brunch afterwards with my parents, and I got several compliments — including my mom and my husband. Both thought this dress was really cute and flattering.

Jo-Lynne Shane wearing a navy mandarin collar shift dress with nude wedge sandals. #summerfashion #summerdresses

It’s a tad shorter than I prefer, but shift dresses seem to run short, and I think it’s okay. For reference, I’m 5’5″. Also, I’m wearing a size 8, which is my usual for Eliza J dresses.

This dress is fully lined, and the fit is really nice. I like the split mandarin collar for something different, and take a look at the fun tassel detail. This dress also comes in white, which would be nice for summertime!

A flat sandal might have been a better choice given the length, but I wanted to dress it up a bit considering our brunch venue, so I wore these wedge sandals.

Jo-Lynne Shane wearing a navy mandarin collar shift dress with nude wedge sandals. #summerfashion #summerdresses

These are a few years old, so I’m sorry that I can’t link you to the exact pair, but these are quite similar — just not the same color.

So many of my wedges sandals have the espadrille-inspired jute-wrapped heel, which I love, but these are great because I can wear them in inclement weather… and as you know, we’ve had our fair share of that this spring! In fact, it was raining the day I wore this.

I didn’t feel the dress needed a necklace, so I wore large ivory and gold chandelier earrings. These are old, but there are lots of statement earrings out there these days. I really like these and these.

I also wore this gold and white coil wrap bracelet — a new addition to my jewelry wardrobe this spring. Full disclosure: I’m a Stella & Dot rep, and I’m linking to my shop. I love their designs and general quality. I’ve been wearing this bracelet a lot; it adds a nice summery touch to so many outfits.

I carried a shoulder bag to match my shoes, but it’s also an older piece that is no longer available. This one comes in the same color, though — Cardamom/Royal Navy.

I’ve been trying to explain my handbag choices more and more, after some of you asked for that. This is a situation where I have a bag that pretty much matches my shoes, and I like the combination, but a white or ivory bag would work too.

Jo-Lynne Shane wearing a navy mandarin collar shift dress with nude wedge sandals. #summerfashion #summerdresses

dress // similar shoes // similar bag (option / option) // similar earrings // bracelet

photo credit: Alison Cornell

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