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say yes to the dress

May 27, 2014



Growing up in the South, Jolie Bensen Hamilton and Sarah Elizabeth Dewey were accustomed to seeing men in seersucker suits when the season turned hot and humid. Later, they wondered why there were so few seersucker options for women at work and play. So the go-getter gals thought “who better than us” to design a modern yet classic line of Southern-inspired dresses.
Their company: New Orleans-based Jolie and Elizabeth. Since it started in 2009, the company has made 7,900 dresses with a “Made in Louisiana” label.
Background: New Orleans-born Jolie and Sarah Elizabeth (from Dallas) studied Textiles, Apparel and Merchandising at Louisiana State University. The designing duo worked together at fashion giant BCBG in New York before returning to the South to start their dress company.
The inspiration: Seersucker, the lightweight cotton textile and Southern staple.
The goods: Dresses ($99 to $268). Known for its seersucker dresses, the company offers other must-have frocks for various occasions (brunch, work, cocktail and bridesmaids) and a choice of fabrics, including silk, chiffon and cotton. There is a choose-your-own hemline option as well.
Best sellers: The Kennedy dress ($186). The simple seersucker sheath can go from work to cocktails or other off-duty events. The Birmingham Wrap ($186), a classic A-line wrap dress, is runner-up.
Other favorites: The Bardot party dress ($99) in red and pink is flirty and feminine.
What’s new & moving fast: The Rebecca dress ($189) features a scalloped hemline (pictured below).

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