What I Wore: Universal Standard Astelia Cupro Shirt Dress

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universal standard green shirt dress

If you ask me what my favorite color is I say orange… but a bright green is a very close second. So when I saw Universal Standard came out with their Astelia Cupro Shirt Dress in Kelly Green I HAD to have it!

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Dress: Astelia Cupro Shirtdress c/o Universal Standard (XS) | Earrings: Large Carmine Hoops c/o Jenny Bird | Shoes: SARTO Franco Sarto (on sale!) | Bag: OTAAT/MYERS Collective (similar) | Watch: Metallic Watch c/o LOFT | Large Bracelet: c/o Chico's (similar) | Smaller Bracelet: Metal Marvels


I'm honored to have built a relationship with Universal Standard that I can see a gorgeous green dress in one of their daily emails, contact them, and they will send it to me. They are one of the first brands I actively pursued, believing so much in what they were doing. The quality, the style, the size range, and how they are constantly looking for ways to improve impresses me. This dress is made of cupro, and if you're like me you may have no idea what that is. It feels and moves like a heavyweight sandwashed silk, but is actually cotton. This article delves into the fabric but it's a fabulous vegan and eco-friendly alternative to silk. This dress has such beautiful details that justify the price.  Between the buttons are hidden snaps so no gaping at the bust or even further down when you squat or sit.  The threads to hold the self-belt are not just loose loops but sewn flat against the dress to keep the belt in the right place and to have them virtually invisible. I have large arms and non-stretchy sleeves usually dig into my skin, not with this dress.  And hello pockets!

jenny bird large carmine earrings

It's clear I'm a fangirl for Jenny Bird jewelry.  I bought my first pair of earrings, the medium Edie hoops I think almost two years ago and they continue to be worn regularly.  Since then I have bought two more pairs of Jenny Bird earrings and a necklace.  Jenny Bird reached out to me on Instagram and to thank me for the love, offered to send me two pieces from her latest collection.  I chose these earrings, ones I've been loving since I saw them at Nordstrom (I got the smaller version during the Nordstrom sale but really wanted these too).  They're just as spectacular as I expected.

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And these shoes… who would have thought bright pinky magenta suede heeled sandals would be worn so often? I wore these all day, after this shoot we ran some errands and then I went to the National Harbor to meet my friend Tonya from The Real Chic Life for lunch and my feet were happy the whole time.  They're now on sale; if you're looking for a shoe in the same color that's better for transitioning into fall, I found these slide loafers, and these block heel slides!

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These photos were taken at the new MOM's Organic Market in College Park, Maryland. MOM's has resided in College Park for many years and is one of our favorite grocery stores; last month the store reopened on the other side of the strip mall in a space double the size of their old location.  The store is gorgeous, more merchandise but also an organic vegan cafe, bakery, coffee shop, places to sit and eat or telework… and a pinball arcade! The pinball machines come from the personal collection of MOM’s founder Scott Nash. We're so lucky to have such an amazing organic supermarket virtually in our backyard!

A woman with curly hair wearing a plaid blazer holds a green fur coat over her shoulder on a city street.

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  1. I love this dress and color! I’m going to have to check out this brand that I’ve heard such good things about.

  2. Yes, that green looks almost as good as orange on you, which is saying a lot! But what I really want to say is thank you for crediting even small jewelry producers when you can, beyond just saying “Nordstrom” or “Etsy.”

    1. My pleasure! Sure I make money off affiliate links but only if you buy. You deserve to have the knowledge before you click and deserve to choose whether to click or do your own search for a link!

  3. This is a beautiful color! I love this dress but imagined I would need to wait for it to become available in petite. But aren’t you a petite, Alison? May I ask your height? The length works really well on you, so it might work for me, too. The other worry I have are the sleeves. They look just*slightly* snug on you, but then I think you’ve been doing lots and lots of strength training, so you have real muscles there! What do you think? Are the sleeves on the narrow side?

    1. I am 5’3″ and was worried it wouldn’t work on me but this is straight from the box no altering, just a run of my streamer on it! The sleeves aren’t loose that’s for sure but they were comfy, didn’t dig. I do have very large arms and have been working out a lot and it hasn’t diminished my arm size, just firmed them up!

  4. I love love love green and have been looking for “the” green dress, hope they make this in petites soon! (Love how the sandals work with the dress.)

  5. I’m neutral about the dress and this line but I have to say that your skin is incredible! You have such a glow and I am sure it’s not just makeup. Whatever you’re doing, keep it up.

    1. Thank you! I think working out has been the best skincare treatment. I’ve also cut down on dairy and alcohol and started meditating and doing yoga occasionally which I think has also helped!

  6. This dress looks great on you!

    US has been killing it with their new releases. I just saw that they released the Misa in a short-sleeved jersey version… so tempting!

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