Introduction: Duffield Lane

dresses, nautical clothing
Have you ever thought to yourself "I want to wear cute, stylish clothes, I want them to fit well, I want to be able to throw them in the wash, I want to dress them up and dress them down, I want to be comfortable, I want them to not fall apart and I want them to not break my bank account. Is that too much to ask?!" Let me introduce you to Duffield Lane.
If you're reading this blog I'm willing to bet that the above statement, which was taken directly from the Duffield Lane website, rings true to you. I've always been open about sharing my love of rewearing and restyling clothing to make exciting and new outfits (cost-per-wear people!), so much so that I started a whole series on this blog about styling one item two ways. What started as a simple experiment turned into my most loved column! I've received more feedback on this one column than any other the others I have written. Which is why I'm excited to tell you that I am working with Duffield Lane on creating another one item two ways when I am in the Bahamas next week! I really am going to try my best to pack light and having one item that I can wear twice is really going to help.

I don't want to spoil the surprise and show you what I will be wearing (you'll see a sneak peek on my Instagram when I am away next week!). I'm just so excited to share this wonderful women's clothing brand with you so I have created a new column called Introduction where I will be sharing with you all the new companies that I have come across and I'm thrilled to be starting with Duffield Lane. 

As an entrepreneur myself, I have a soft spot for female lead companies. Finding one that also makes the cutest and most colorful clothing for everyday and special occasions...well that's just like a cherry on top of a perfect ice cream sundae! 

The story of the brand starts with founder Jamie Duffield's love of the water. She combined that with a love of well-made classic clothing styles and in 2014 she and her husband left behind law careers to launch Duffield Lane. It sounds like a fairy tale doesn't it? Quitting the 9-5 office job to spend your days running a company that celebrates a laid back lifestyle. It's the dream of many! It takes a lot of work to source high quality fabrics from around the world, create classic yet updated designs, manage sales, wholesale accounts and social media and to top it all off, run a flagship store in their hometown of East Grand Rapids, Michigan (you can follow the shop's adventures here). 

Now that you know a little about the company, let's take a look at their newest release, their 2018 Resort collection! 

resort, preppy

resort style, preppy

flamingo, preppy

resort dress, preppy dress

Seriously cute stuff, right? I will tell you that I received my package from Duffield Lane a few days ago and the first thing that struck me was how soft the fabric is. Like I said, I plan on styling my item two ways which will not be a problem. It's incredibly comfortable to wear and oh-so flattering. 

They also have the most darling tartan trimmed sweater (on sale for $50!) and nautically inspired loungewear. A few years ago I had an epiphany that I should be wearing more grown up pj's (my cupcake jammies had to go). If like me, you are looking for something a little chicer, but still comfortable, I would check out the loungewear. It's still fun and bright but you know, won't make you feel weird if you have guests staying at your house and looking at you funny while you rock a Spongebob Squarepants nightgown. 

There you have it. The first of what I hope will be many female lead, small businesses that I can share with you dear reader. If you have any companies that you'd like to see shared here, please feel free to contact me