This $80 Quince Dress Makes Me Feel Like I’m in ‘Succession’—and It's Machine-Washable Silk

Also, it’s a luxe nightie

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Dana Dickey
  • Drape: 18/20
  • Comfort: 20/20
  • Versatility: 20/20
  • Washability: 19/20
  • Value: 19/20
    TOTAL 96/100

I’m a person who is a wild snob about natural fibers—and who lives in hot Southern California, where the breathability of cotton, linen and silk are much appreciated. Unfortunately the cost of dry cleaning silk really adds up, so I usually have to skip it. When I saw that Quince, the online retailer that’s committed to high-quality but lower-cost fashion, had come out with a whole line of washable silk dresses, I was intrigued. As a person who has long coveted machine washable silk pajamas for their feel and breathability, but demurred at paying close to $200 for a shorts set or night dress, I was thrilled to see a day dress that looked like a sexy siren nightie had a baby with a ‘90s tank dress. But at $80, how luxe could the Quince Washable Stretch Silk Tank Midi Dress be? I decided to put it to the test by wearing it 24-7.

What Is Washable Silk?

The silk that Quince sources is made from the cocoons of mulberry silkworms, also known as Bombyx mori, according to Veronica Tan, Senior Director, Apparel & Accessories at Quince. "For easy care, we finish our silk fabric with an extra treatment to be washable," she says. The dying and finishing mill that Quince uses has been rated Oeko-tex standard 100—free of all harmful chemicals, azo compounds and formaldehyde. It is is certified by Bluesign®, a Swiss technology system with strict safety requirements for textiles.

Washing silk fabrics with a gentle detergent is generally recommended to maintain the fabric’s quality and color, and to help preserve its vibrancy for many years. Quince recommends turning its washable silk garments inside out, placing inside a garment bag and washing on a cool, gentle cycle then hanging or laying flat to dry.

How We Tested This Quince Dress

I unfolded the dress right out of its low-impact soft pouch mailer from Quince and put it on the next morning, for a 24-hour trial detailed below. After this extended wear, per the brand’s instructions, I turned it inside out and placed it in a garment bag to wash with gentle detergent on my machine’s gentle cycle. After hanging dry, I found it actually had fewer wrinkled than it had right out of the pouch, along with no funny or stiff “hand” (fabric feel) once it had dried. While the fabric (19 mm weight, 90 percent silk with 10 percent spandex for stretch) doesn’t feel flimsy at all, I still would be shy about ironing it, even on the inside of the dress, as Quince recommends. I had good luck with my taking my mini-steamer to it, and watching its nice hanging waves of silk fall perfectly straight. When I tried it on post-wash, it hadn’t shrunk at all.

6 Ways I Styled the Quince Washable Silk Midi Dress in 24 Hours

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1.   WFH Retro

I paired the dress with a short-sleeve T-shirt (so ‘90s), wide mock croc belt and leather sandals for my morning editorial meeting. The bias cut of the silk, together with the stretch in the fabric, make wearing it bathrobe-level comfy.

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2. Dog Walking with a Jacket

A quick morning walk with my boys, during which I test the ability of this demi-matte silk dress to look casual chic and be thick enough not to be see through or even show VPL. I paired the dress with some On Running trail shoes and a Quince cropped jacket, and I didn’t feel self-conscious at all about wearing silk to pick up dog poop.

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3.   Lunch Date Layers

A café meeting with a work friend seems too offish to rock the dress’s bare shoulders, so I layered a Sezane lace top over the dress, slid on a statement cuff and threw on a pair of heels. The slick feel of silk on my legs felt so good, and post-pasta entrée, I appreciated the dress’s stretchiness.

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4.   After-Work Drinks

This is a chance to let the dress shine on its own, giving minimalist, Shiv Roy evening wear vibes. The dress’s high scoop neckline is what makes it look expensive, as does the copper color I selected it in. (Shiv loves jewel tones, and this dress also comes in forest green, navy and black.)

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5. In Bed

Basically, what I’ve been waiting all day to do—would this dress be comfy to sleep in, or a disappointment that restricts my ability to move around overnight? I’m happy to report the stretch again comes in handy, and the small (my regular size) wasn’t too tight under the arms or around the neck, nor did the small button closure cut into my neck. Also, I felt cool thanks to silk’s porousness, and the fiber’s natural oils I swear felt soothing. Of course, I didn’t slather on any skin oils the way I do when I’m wearing cotton PJs, since I was concerned the silk would stain. Who cares—the glamorous way I felt in bed was totally worth that compromise.

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6.   Coastal Grandma Morning

By hour 25 in the same dress, I was still feeling great about wearing the Quince tank dress. I layered a linen button-front shirt, bandana and short cardigan over my dress to stay cozy, then slid into a pair of clogs to go check on my roses. Overall, now I’m fully converted to the cult of washable silk, especially at Quince’s affordable price point and taking into account its quality, machine-washable construction. With this dress, I feel like I’ve got summer covered, from weddings to farmer’s markets. And even for the occasional especially chic dog walk.

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