The Best Tuckernuck Dresses
My style has changed a good bit over the last decade since I moved from Utah to North Carolina and also as I got a little older. Everyone’s style evolves over time, and in the last few years, I’ve especially started to love southern styles that are colorful, feminine, and slightly preppy. And since shopping and sourcing items for readers is part of my full-time gig here on the blog and Instagram, I spend lots of time scrolling through websites and scouring new arrivals to find great dresses, jeans, tops, shoes and accessories. (There are links below to some of those round-ups so you can find my current favorites in each category, plus a couple other popular fashion posts.)
One of my ALL time favorite fashion retailers is Tuckernuck. I discovered Tuckernuck only a few years ago, but since finding them, I’ve become rather loyal. It was started by friends Jocelyn Moore Gailliot, Madeline Moore, and September Rinnier in a Georgetown garage, and has been incredibly successful since their 2012 launch. The women started the company while hunting for unique gifts, clothes and accessories for the many weddings, baby showers, and dinner parties they were attending. They wanted an easier place to shop (specifically online) for things since it was taking them hours to find what they were always shopping for.
I’ve found that Tuckernuck is exactly that — an online boutique sourced so well that I want to order nearly every item they carry. They make shopping so easy because they only carry the best items from the best brands. They also have amazing hostess and wedding gifts on their website too. It’s truly a one-stop-shop. My favorite items from Tuckernuck are always dresses though since they’re an entire outfit all on their own. They have dresses at every price point, for every occasion.
Today I’m sharing a roundup of my favorite dresses from Tuckernuck for the spring, including casual day dresses, weddings, date nights and more.
I love the fit of the Chambray oversized shirt dress. I’m wearing an XS, and it’s relaxed (especially in the back), but still flattering. Many oversized dresses can look like a tent, especially on my petite 5’1″ frame, but this one still looks polished and put together.
However, the material is sheer, so I tend to wear a skirt slip underneath (or Amazon biker shorts which I like to wear when I’m chasing my son around in a dress). The material is not super soft when it first arrives, but it’s softened with a few wears. And it has pockets!
I got the White Annie Smocked Dress two years ago. It quickly became my favorite after discovering how comfortable it is. The dress is made with 100% linen. So, it’s lightweight and breathable, and the stretchy smocked bodice front is comfortable and flattering. The puff sleeves are the reason I ordered this dress, and even though I have a petite frame, the sleeves don’t swallow me.
The length is right about my knees (I’m 5’1″), so I could definitely have it hemmed if I wanted to, but I haven’t made it to an alterations shop yet. Plus, since I’m chasing a toddler around all the time, the extra length is nice. If you’re closer to 5’5″ or 5’6″, this dress will be a cute mini length, but still not too short. This is a pull-on style dress, so no zippers. The bodice is really stretchy, so I’d be a great nursing-friendly option too. It’s priced super well since it’s on sale. And while I don’t recommend final sale items often, I can confidently say this is worth the purchase and the sizing is forgiving.
Tuckernuck carries this dress in two colors: white and black (I own both). I paired it with a pair of my favorite flat sandals at the beach, but it’d also be super cute with wedges or espadrilles and a clutch for a date.
This Navy Knit Striped Frenchie Dress is one of my favorite purchases from last summer that I can’t wait to wear when it warms up a tad this spring. It’s boxy but not oversized or sloppy. It’s made with 100% cotton but has a luxe knit feel.
I absolutely LOVE the Chambray Crosby Dress from Tuckernuck. The tortoise shell buttons on the front and cuffs are such a tasteful detail, and the adjustable cinched waist is super forgiving for any stage of life. I styled this with heeled clogs and sneakers this past fall and will wear it with loafers this spring. Order your usual size – I sized up to a small and it was too big.
It’s been a long time since I’ve found such a perfect black dress like this Adeline dress. It’s ideal for the in-between warm and cold seasons – you can wear it with sandals while it’s warm, and then transition to boots, booties, sneakers, or clogs. I love the oversized flutter sleeves, the tiered skirt, and the small ruffled collar. It’s relaxed and casual, yet still feminine and polished.
AND the price is pretty good too. This black dress is one of those pieces you’ll have in your closet for a LONG time. I ordered and love this dress, but just note that it runs big. Size down!
I got this Royal Shirt Dress early in the spring two years ago in a cobalt blue (sadly, no longer available), but comes in so many other great colors. It’s ideal for business casual work wear, church, or just to wear for daily mom life. The three-quarters length sleeves and button down front feel very polished, but the boxy fit keep it casual and comfortable. The material is silky smooth stretch cotton sateen fabric and doesn’t wrinkle easily. And yes, it has pockets.
This dress comes in seven colorways. The solid colors are great for professional settings, but the floral patterns are so tempting. The length is a little long on me, so I got it altered shortly after getting it. (The picture below is pre-hemming.) Keep in mind I’m 5’1″, so if you’re a little taller, it may not need any hemming, and it runs TTS. This dress is right around $200, so it’s an investment, but a worthy one considering how much wear you could get out of it for years to come. It’s a timeless style.
I’ve worn this dress many ways: heels, sandals, and even white sneakers (I favor these Veja sneakers). Throw a baseball cap on, and you’re ready for your kids’ sporting events right after work.
Yet another nursing-friendly (and pregnancy friendly too!) dress option for the spring. I love shirt dresses (always have), and this Lavender Oxford Harris Shirt Dress is calling my name. I love the idea of cuffing the sleeves, popping the collar, and styling with sneakers or loafers for a casual, everyday look. And it will also be PERFECT for dinner out since you could throw on a pair of platform sandals, and you’re good to go.
I’ve been seeing people drape chunky knits over their shoulders when they style shirt dresses, and I’ll have to try that as well.
I ordered this Navy Kate Maxi Dress within minutes of seeing it on sale during the annual Tuckernuck Sample Sale (which has already happened this year, sadly). Unfortunately it was too small, but I’m considering ordering it at full-price now that I have seen it in person and know how much I love it. It’s a perfect nursing friendly option for church, and since it’s navy, I can wear it year round. The midi length is beautiful and classy. I love this polished option for nursing mamas.
One of the dresses on my spring wishlist is this Pink Floral Matilda Mini Dress. It’s around $150 (which is decent for Tuckernuck) and it’s nursing friendly, which is a must for me this year. I love hot pink, and this mix of pink hues is right up my ally. While I used to stray from feminine patterns like this, now I enjoy cute prints like this. I feel so cute when I wear them!
I plan to wear this dress with heeled and flat sandals and even white sneakers.
While the Bermuda Pink Palmerston Dress feels a little dressy because of the sheen of the fabric, it’s also the perfect throw-and-go style that doesn’t require a complicated bra and can be dressed up or down with shoes. I love the collar for a polished finish too.
I hope you find a dress or two you love! You may also find these posts helpful:
My favorite white jeans (after trying 15 brands)
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