If you are looking for ethically made summer dresses then Tradlands should be on your radar! I had the opportunity to try out their popular Nico dress two years ago and loved it. They recently gave the Nico Dress an update so I’m sharing the new 2.0 version in today’s post along with one of their newer styles – the Birdie Dress! I hope you enjoy this Tradlands Dress Review!
Tradlands Dress Review
One of the things I like about Tradlands is that they produce their clothes in small batches. You won’t find a a HUGE selection of different styles on their site. They focus on making timeless, quality closet staples that will be in your wardrobe for years to come. I love when a brand has signature pieces that they continue to bring back each year.
They are also committed to sustainability. They use natural fibers like cotton, linen, tencel, and deadstock fabrics. Through Small Batch Production they are also able to run more efficiently and sustainably which helps eliminate waste. You can read more about Tradland’s sustainability practices here!
Nico Dress 2.0 Review
My measurements: 34-39-39, 130lbs, 30D, 5’7″
The Nico Dress is a simple, easy going dress that’s perfect for summer. It’s breezy, comfortable, and practical. You can wear this dress running errands or running after your kids! The shirred waist gives this dress lots of flowy movement. It’s also very forgiving and will cover up a postpartum belly or even a food baby…haha.
Tradlands has this dress available year-round, I believe. And they release it in different colors, patterns, and fabrics throughout the year. I have the original Nico Dress in Linen size small in a limited edition pattern and the new Nico 2.0 Dress size small in a gingham print. The original Nico Linen dress is 70% Linen and 30% Tencel and the Nico 2.0 Gingham is 100% cotton.
I added my Tradlands Shelter Cardigan to this outfit and you can see the full review post here!
Nico Original vs. 2.0
I was able to try the original Nico Dress out 2 years ago and you can see it in this post. I’m not sure when Tradlands came out with the Nico Dress 2.0 but it’s relatively new. Apparently, they made updates to the fit and it fits more true to size now. Since I have both of the versions in a size small I can do a little comparison so you know how the Nico 2.0 compares if you already have the original version.
The differences between the original Nico Dress and the 2.0 are very subtle. The 2.0 sleeves seem to be cut a little differently and slightly longer. Overall, the 2.0 body seems more fitted and the 2.0 also has a keyhole button closure at the back of the neck. The original Nico Dress is slightly longer.
The biggest difference I notice when wearing the dresses is the feel of the fabric. The linen blend has a little more weight to it so I feel like it lays a little differently. Honestly, I really like the feel of the linen blend fabric so I prefer my original Nico Dress for that reason. It’s also a little longer and I like that length better for me. But I think if the Nico 2.0 was released in the same linen blend I would like it too! I do like the keyhole button closure of the Nico 2.0 so that’s a positive!
As I mentioned above, I’m wearing the size small, which is my usual size. I think you can get away with sizing down in this if you want a more fitted look – especially if you are between sizes.
Birdie Sleeveless Dress Review
The Birdie Dress is a REVERSIBLE tiered midi dress made from 100% cotton. It has shirring and pockets just like the Nico Dress! Right now it’s available in limited gingham-marigold and gingham-navy colorways. The classic black color in a soft crinkled cotton is also available.
I love that this dress is reversible! It has a double tie detail that can be worn on the front or back. I like wearing it in the front so that it has a slightly different look than the Nico Dress. I’m wearing the size small but I think I could have sized down. Since it’s sleeveless I notice the gap in the underarm area. I have a more petite torso so I feel like I have a little more room in the chest area with this dress. And since this dress has ties I can always loosen then up to make the top section a little bigger.
I do think the Birdie Dress is slightly more flattering on me. I prefer midi length dresses verses above the knee dresses. I also think the double tiers and the double ties give this dress a little more interest.
I hope you enjoyed this Tradlands Dress Review! If you have any questions about fit or sizing let me know below. And check out my review of the Tradlands Shelter Cardigan!