12 Best Tuckernuck Dresses + Which Ones I Wear Most Often

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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, 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.

12 Best Tuckernuck Dresses

Today I’m sharing a roundup of my favorite dresses from Tuckernuck for every season and occasion, including casual day dresses, weddings, date nights and more. I’ve added the most recent items at the top of the post, and you’ll see some of my older, colder weather picks below those. I try to update this post seasonally as I shop through the site myself.

Tuckernuck has really great solid colored dresses, but they also have amazing prints! Some feel slightly dated to me (like the Paola Mint Maxi Dress) but in general, I love the prints Tuckernuck carries. You’ll see a mix of solid and printed dress picks below.

1. Chambray Callahan Shirt Dress

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 overdresses 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 actually softened with a few wears. And it has pockets!

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2. White Annie Smocked Dress

I got the White Annie Smocked Dress last year and 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 right under $150.

Tuckernuck carries this dress in two colors: white and black. 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.

White Annie Smocked Dress | Best Tuckernuck Dresses
White Annie Smocked Dress | Best Tuckernuck Dresses

3. Black Floral Front Zip Chrysanthemum Mini Dress

The Black Floral Front Zip Chrysanthemum mini dress is such a fun, unique take on a simple silhouette. The puff sleeves add the perfect feminine touch to the polished collared style, and I love that the front zips all the way down for easy dressing! The material is almost stretchy, making it a great everyday option, even with sneakers.

I’ve been really impressed with the clothes from Hyacinth House, which is a more affordable brand that Tuckernuck carries. It’s selling quickly, so be sure to snag it now if you’re considering it. I saw a couple of women wearing this at the Masters earlier this year and it looked good on everyone!

Black Floral Front Zip Chrysanthemum Mini Dress

4. Royal Shirt Dress

I got this Royal Shirt Dress early in the spring last year 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.

Royal Shirt Dress - Best Tuckernuck Dresses

5. Grosgrain Trim Oxford Stripe Bouvier Dress

I absolutely LOVE The Oxford Stripe Dress. The oversized ruffle collar is as beautiful as it is flattering. It’s dressier than something I’d wear on an everyday basis, but such a cute option for fun dinner plans, a vacation, or a day-time event where you’re dressing up a little more. The grosgrain trim along the neckline and waist adds a subtle but elegant touch.

The dress is made from a high-quality cotton material that is comfortable and breathable, so you’re all set for warm summer weather, even though this has sleeves! I love how the model is wearing her hair up to show off the collar.

6. Blue Marley Smocked Back Maxi Dress

I purchased this smocked back maxi dress a few years ago in a slightly different colorway and the new option is just as stunning.. I think my favorite part is the fit — I’m 5’1″, so oftentimes maxis swallow me. But this dress fits like it was made for me! I wear this maxi dressed down most often, but it would also look great with heeled sandals and some dressier jewelry for a semi-casual wedding or nighttime event. It would work well for as a semi-casual or cocktail option for a wedding.

Tuckernuck maxi dress outfit | Best Tuckernuck Dresses

7. Red Vivi Dress

I am SO into the relaxed shape of this Red Vivi Dress. It reminds me of some of Hunter Bell’s styles, which are much pricer than this option from Pomander Place. The pleat and ruffle details along the neckline of this dress balance the boxy fit perfectly to make this style feel feminine yet relaxed. And guess what? It has POCKETS! The blend of cotton and spandex makes it comfortable and breezy enough for the warmest days.

This could be worn a millions ways with all of the summer shoes in your closet, including sneakers.

8. Polly Dress

The Polly Dress from Tuckernuck is another great business casual dress option for professional settings. If I was still working in Corporate America, I’d buy this for sure. Heck, I’ll probably buy it anyway since I’m a sucker for anything with a collar. The three-quarter length sleeves make it great for a work setting, but the lightweight fabric is also easy to wear in the summer months working at home. I love that these sleeves can be easily rolled up for a casual look.

I’d pair with my favorite Sam Edelman loafers for a meeting, but this dress would be especially cute with these white Veja sneakers and a simple ball cap (which Tuckernuck also carries), if you rolled the sleeves up. It has pockets, which we all love, and it’s under $100! It comes in 4 colors, but the red is my favorite.

9. Oxford White Sleeveless Royal Shirt Dress

While the dress I’m wearing below isn’t the exact same as the Oxford White Sleeveless Royal Shirt Dress, it’s very similar (and also from Tuckernuck). The main difference between the two is that the Oxford White Sleeveless Royal Shirt Dress has a flat-lay notched collar and mine has a windowpane pattern vs the all-white option on the site now. I love the sleeveless cut and the drop waist. It’s polished, but an easy option to throw on and go.

Tuckernuck white summer dress | Best Tuckernuck Dresses

10. Savannah Stripe Crawford Dress

My jaw dropped when I scrolled past the Savanah Stripe Crawford Dress while updating this blog post. I’m SUCH a stripes gal, so I was immediately drawn to this. The stripes are contrasted with stunning cuffs and hem in blue and red checkers. It’s like colorblocking, but better. The sleeves are oversized, but the waist is fitted. It’s made to fall right above the knee (but that will differ depending on your height).

The cotton material is lightweight and breathable, making it perfect for warmer weather. The dress also has a subtle ruffle detail along the neckline and sleeves, adding a fun, feminine touch.

11. Blue Annalee Dress

Next on my wishlist is this cute Annalee dress. I’m always drawn to blue, and this one is made in swiss dot fabric, making it even sweeter. The puff sleeves and ruffled collar are super feminine and dainty, but the relaxed fit makes it functional for all day wear. This is made with 100% cotton, so it’s lightweight and breezy for the warm summer ahead.

12. Navy Knit Striped Frenchie Dress

This Navy Knit Striped Frenchie Dress is on it’s way to me in the mail and I can’t WAIT to try it on! I mentioned it above, but I LOVE stripes. This preppy, almost Nantucket-style dress will be the perfect outfit for errands, lunch with a friend, church, or just a day at home. It’s made with 100% cotton but has a luxe knit feel. I wish I had a trip to the Northern Coast this summer!

I hope you find a dress or two you love! You may also find these posts helpful:

My favorite Tuckernuck tops

My favorite Tuckernuck sandals

Favorite Tuckernuck earrings

My favorite white jeans (after trying 15 brands)

My everyday jewelry

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