If I were to choose just one dress that epitomizes the beginning of fall to me, it would be the Rita dress from the August Collection. By the time I flip my calendar to September, I’m emotionally and mentally ready for autumn, but especially in Charleston, reaching for my sweaters and boots is totally impractical for at least another month. Enter Rita, which combines the textures and tones I gravitate toward every fall with a silhouette I can wear comfortably throughout August and September.
I’ll be sharing lots more behind-the-scenes peeks at the process of creating the Gal Meets Glam Collection soon, but in the meantime, one fun fact is that the design of every dress begins with the fabric selection. This plaid spoke to me right away–the cocoa and raspberry palette is neutral, but still so special, while the pattern seemed like the perfect introduction to the new season. It’s actually our very first plaid dress, but if the response thus far is any indication, you’re going to love all of the autumnal patterns we are launching in our September Collection next week on the 19th! One of my favorite parts of the design process is adding thoughtful details to each style, and the Rita dress has plenty of them. While I love the shirtdress-inspired collar and the slim belt, my favorite has to be the twirl-ready fit and flare skirt. I’m sure this doesn’t come as too big of a surprise! And as we ease into cooler weather, I’m planning on pairing a crisp white button down underneath for work to keep warm.
With so many dresses launching each month, it’s always fun to see which styles I end up reaching for the most frequently. Whether I’m spending the day in the office, running between meetings, or even strolling around a beautiful city like on the days we photographed the August Collection, I simply can’t resist Rita’s sophistication and charm.
If you’ve added the Rita dress to your fall wardrobe, where have you been wearing it? Be sure to tag @galmeetsglam and use the #gmgonme hashtag on Instagram so we can follow along with your adventures in your Gal Meets Glam Collection dresses!