I’m unashamed to admit that I am head-over-heels infatuated with my dog, Cooper. He’s a sassy 2-year-old corgi who’s obsessed with playing ball and anything chicken-flavored — plus, he’s no stranger to a fashion photo shoot. So while perusing Old Navy’s new arrivals recently, I came across a discovery that’s too important to gatekeep: Old Navy has matching outfits for humans and their furry friends — and they’re ridiculously cute. Enter the Sleeveless Linen-Blend Smocked Tie-Back Printed Maxi Shift Dress ($38, originally $45) and Printed T-Shirt & Bandana Set ($10, originally $18), both starring the retailer’s “Blue Gingham” pattern. Ahead, get my full review on the matching pieces.
What I Like About This Maxi Dress and Set
Discovering these matching sets was a happy accident. While checking out the newness in the retailer’s pet section, I noticed that the aforementioned Printed T-Shirt and Bandana Set had “Match the Fam” written next to the pattern’s name. From there, I looked up “Blue Gingham” on Old Navy’s search box and a ton of pieces populated, including women’s tops and dresses, men’s shirts, and children’s wares, too. I was drawn to this maxi dress in particular for a few reasons: not only is it the perfect summer print, but I’m linen and long dress obsessed.
When I slipped it on in real life, I was equally as pleased. The linen-rayon blend is lightweight, breathable, and comfortable. As for the fit, it’s breezy (without looking or feeling oversize), which is a godsend in scorching-hot temps. All elements of this dress considered, I think it’s the quintessential summer dress; one that’s both on trend (hello, cottagecore) and timeless.
We need to touch on Cooper’s outfit, too, of course. I love how it comes with both a T-shirt and a bandana for $10. Even though both pieces are worn together in the marketing shots, I think I’ll choose one or the other to keep him from feeling uncomfortable. I ordered a medium size (he’s 32 pounds, FYI) in both the shirt and the bandana and thought we made the perfect choice.
What’s Worth Noting
I ordered this dress in my usual size medium, and it fit in my hips but felt a bit big in the chest area. Other Old Navy shoppers have mentioned they’ve had some trouble with the sizing, too; a handful of reviewers mentioned that it was too tight in the hips or the chest. That said, if you can’t see yourself without this dress, you may want to purchase two sizes to determine which one fits you best.
Another thing worth noting is that I’d say this dress is more of a weekend vibe than a weekday one. It boasts a plunging V-neck and slits up the legs that some may not find suitable for the office. But if you work from home like me, no worries!
One final note: This maxi dress also comes in a super-chic neutral shade — the only bummer is that the color isn’t available in the doggie version.
Who Are These Pieces Best For?
I think this maxi dress is best for the gal that’s looking for a versatile summer dress that can be dressed up or down. I teamed it with my Sleeveless Linen-Blend Smocked Tie-Back Printed Maxi Shift Dress ($38, originally $45) and a matching mini tote, but I also think it would pair well with sneakers or heels. And perhaps it’s obvious, but the doggie T-shirt and bandana are best for pups (or cats, maybe?) who don’t mind getting dressed up for a day on the town.
Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Marisa Petrarca