This Dress Makes Me Feel SO Confident—& It’s Only $35

Alicia Kort
This Dress Makes Me Feel SO Confident—& It’s Only $35
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I’ve been in a toxic relationship with high-cut, fit and flare mini dresses for the past decade. I wore them exclusively, solely because I didn’t think that any other silhouette would look as good on my body. But, during a quarantine closet clean-out, I said goodbye to 15 skater dresses and started to experiment with different shapes and styles. The first one I ordered was the Dokotoo Summer Mini Dress
on Amazon—and it was an instant hit.

Sure, there are a lot of Amazon dresses that everyone on TikTok raves about, but I knew I wanted something a little more unique, so this one checked all my boxes. This dress is low-cut in front and has a low back, which is definitely more flirty than anything I wore pre-quarantine and requires me to go braless. Still, I thought the ruffles, long sleeves and looser skirt balanced out the lower-cut areas and I wanted a summer dress with romantic vibes inspired by summer’s Regency Era-inspired trends lately.

I discovered the dress after noticing it trending on the Amazon Fashion Best-Sellers List and decided to add it to my cart. It has 4.1 stars and more than 8,200 ratings, which is definitely more than decent. Unlike the Nap Dress (though I am a fan), this dress is budget-friendly and only cost me $37.

After reading reviews and seeing that it looked good on reviewers no matter their body type, I ordered a Medium in the green micro-leopard print and hoped for the best.

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Courtesy of Dokotoo.

Right off the bat, I knew I’d found a winner. The skirt of the dress
has a zipper, so it gave me a tighter fit around the waist. There was also a button at the back of the neck, which was easy to fasten. If a dress takes two people to put on, there’s like a 10 percent chance I’ll wear it more than once. This one, though, fit me like a glove and emphasized the areas that I wanted it to.

I wore it to my friend’s wedding rehearsal dinner, which was also my first big social event since quarantine began last year. I knew I’d be seeing friends from all over the country, plus many people I had never met before (How did I used to socialize with strangers on a regular basis??) so I was hoping my dress would do the talking—and it did.

StyleCaster | DokoToo Dress Review

Courtesy of Alicia Kort.

I’ve never racked up so many compliments in my life! I couldn’t believe I felt comfortable in real clothes, which felt miraculous after wearing nothing but T-shirts and sweatpants for the last year. Even in the blazing upstate New York heat and humidity, I still felt cool despite the long sleeves, thanks to my dress’s breezy silhouette and lightweight fabric.

I felt cool enough to borrow my friend’s sunglasses for an impromptu photo shoot in front of a red barn, which further affirmed my belief that I should take more risks with the types of clothes I wear.

This dress definitely took me out of my comfort zone in the best way, so now I’m recommending it to all of you. It comes in 14 different colorways
, so you can find one that matches your vibe. Whether you copy me and go for the green or one of the more neutral-toned options for fall, I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.

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