This $36 Amazon Dress Gets Me Stopped on the Street

On my way to the subway one recent morning, a woman approached me and said something that prompted me to take my AirPods out. “What?!” I yelled back, because this is New York, and we don’t usually talk to or acknowledge each other except in rare emergencies. “I love your dress!” she said. After I thanked her and revealed, in a slightly embarrassed tone, that it was from Amazon, she whipped her phone out right there on the spot, looked it up, and added it to her cart. Am I…an influencer? I thought, as I continued my walk to the Q train.

R.Vivimos Half Sleeve Cotton Dress



Such is the magic of the R.Vivimos Women Summer Half Sleeve Cotton Ruffled Vintage Elegant Backless A Line Flowy Long Dresses, which has to be the longest-named item of clothing I own. Cut in a flattering A-line shape with a square neck in a lightweight cotton blend, the dress comes in 23 (!!!) different colors, including three different shades of green. It’s breezy and flowy but double-lined, so it’s not see-through. The lilac color I own is perfect for every occasion: days in the office, lunch at a fancy poolside resort, on a 4-hour trade ride through Morocco in June with no A/C. It’s machine washable and rolls up very compactly, so it’s perfect to pack for summer weekend trips, and any wrinkles easily straighten themselves out within an hour of wear, especially during the city’s humid summers.

The dress is so beloved that not one, but three ELLE editors have it in their current rotation.

“I ordered the dress in yellow and feel like Belle from Beauty and the Beast every time I wear it,” says senior writer Rose Minutaglio. “It’s the perfect mix of feminine and functional, with a billowy skirt and puff sleeves that go just off the shoulder.”

Also, it costs less than $40. Need we say more?

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