I’ve been seeing Daughters of India dresses all over my Instagram lately so I was pleasantly surprised when they asked if I’d like to style one of their dresses! Daughters of India makes the cutest flowy dresses that look perfect for spring and summer so I was really excited to try out the Diya Midi Dress. So without further adieu, here’s my Daughters of India Dress Review!
Daughters of India Dress Review
About Daughters of India
Daughters of India is a slow fashion brand that ethically makes their garments in Jaipur, India. DOI is a slow fashion brand that doesn’t release huge collections. This ensures that the artisans are not overworked trying to produce an unrealistic quantity of garments for a launch. The facility where they produce the clothing is also Sedex Fair Trade Certified. You can read more about how they empower women in India here!
Diya Midi Dress
I was torn between ordering the Kyra Midi Dress (which is one of their popular styles) or the Diya Midi Dress. In the end I decided to go with the Diya because of the contrasting yoke pattern. The mix of patterns in the dress and yoke just looks so pretty! Plus, the Diya came in a color that I really loved.
The Diya dress features a gorgeous block print in a chestnut color (which looks more reddish/pink in person). The contrasting yoke on the front and back features hand block printed flowers. The dress is lined on the body and has sheer billowy sleeves. There’s a chocolate colored tie on the front which can be tied closed or left open. Be aware that the V-neckline does dip down really low so you might have to wear a tank underneath.
The dress is made from 100% cotton. The cotton material is very light and delicate – which makes it really breezy and comfortable! However, I do think you need to be careful with the fabric because it seems like it will snag easily. I would also be careful when washing this dress and only hand wash in cold water and line dry. I wouldn’t put this dress in the dryer because I think it would shrink.
Size and Fit
I’m wearing the size small which is my usual size in clothing. I think this runs true to size. Even though this dress has a lot of room in the body (it’s not fitted at the waist at all) I wouldn’t size down. The chest area and underarm area (where you see the contrasting yoke material) fit more snuggly which makes me feel like the XS would be too tight. Technically, my bust measurement would be closer to an XS according to their size chart. But I went with the small and I think it’s a good fit for me. I did notice some reviews that said larger chested women had a little trouble fitting in these dresses. So if you are in-between sizes or have a larger chest I would take your larger size.
I think Daughters of India dresses are especially perfect for summer vacations. These just scream “vacation dress” to me! I think if I was going on a tropical beach vacation I would have picked out the mini version of this dress. I kinda wish I had one of these dresses when I was on vacation in Greece a couple years ago!
I paired my Daughters of India dress with a pair of Clover sandals from Wilder that I was generously gifted. Wilder is a small ethical shoe brand that focuses on making classic designs that will stay in your closet for years to come.
I’m either an 8.5 or 9 and I went with the size 9 for these sandals. They are only available in full sizes so take your larger size if you are in between sizes. The vachetta leather is a very dark espresso color – they almost look black. I really like this kind of leather because of the natural “imperfections” that develop on the leather over time from wearing them. They end up looking perfectly worn in. The Clover sandals are comfortable and they fit me perfectly!
Ordering from Daughters of India
Since I was gifted this dress I didn’t order directly from the site so I can’t speak to how easy it is. Be aware that shipping might take a little longer since these items ship from Australia. There is free shipping to the US over $300 but you are responsible for any duty fees. I don’t think the US charges fees as long as the purchase amount is under a certain number (maybe $800?? but I’m not really sure). FYI – I’ve ordered items from France and Australia from different brands before and didn’t have to pay duty fees. I don’t think it would be a problem if you are ordering one or two dresses at a time. Daughters of India does accept returns, however, you are responsible for shipping fees (which might be a little pricey).
I hope you enjoyed this Daughters of India Dress review! Let me know if you have any questions!