The Etsy Stylist

Day-to-night dresses for summer.

Handmade dresses by Larkenne and Fink are unique alternatives to chain store purchases.

For Washington women yearning to find unique pieces on a budget,—which sells handmade and vintage items ranging from T-shirts and hair accessories to bespoke suits and ball gowns—is a great option if you know where to look. Every week, Amber Taylor finds Etsy’s best, whether you’re dressing for an A-list event or brightening up a trusty dress.

This custom-made wrap dress in a summery seersucker will never gape at inopportune times and leave you grasping for the safety pin at the back of your desk drawer. oneaviandemon, $140.

Crisp cotton and a vintage-inspired screenprint will keep you looking sharp despite the heat, and the detachable ruffle allows you to opt for a touch of frilly femininity. makemeadress, $145.

Pleat details call attention to your figure, but the prim neckline on this black-and-white number maintains office decorum. larkenne, $75.

Jersey becomes cool and forgiving in colorful original prints by iheartfink, and custom sizes are available. $115.

Myblackdress offers custom cuts in retro and modern styles—-get a work-friendly Lucy or a more summery Alice. Henry Ford this designer is not: Other colors are also on offer. $110 and $115.

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