I Love This Dress!

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I Love This Dress!

I love this dress! These words have never come from my lips before. I’m just not usually a dress girl. Even as a baby, rumor has it, I cried when my mom put me in a dress. I would much rather be in a skirt but there are times when a dress is more appropriate. My good friend’s wedding was just such an occasion where a dress was warranted. A few months ago I started to think about what I was going to wear. A summer wedding in a church with no air conditioning can be brutal. No one wants to be sitting there sweating when you’re all dressed up and made up. I have some dresses that would have been fine but the mountain girl in me wanted something else. The brand I turned to  would seem unlikely to many people, but they have never let me down. I turned to Mountain Hardwear.

In the past I have been able to get some nice shirts from Mountain Hardwear. They are ultra comfortable but look great paired with a skirt or nice pair of pants. The moment I saw the Afra Dress I knew that was it. Made with a soft, stretchy poly elastane blend I knew that this dress could handle whatever heat Mother Nature would throw at us. It can be a bit risky making a clothing purchase online but I was willing to take the chance. I have many Mountain Hardwear products and felt confident that it would be true to size. Also knowing that the material was stretchy made me feel that I had a little room to work with.

Kudos to Mountain Hardwear. I received many compliments on my dress and was super comfortable all day long. My friends couldn’t believe that Mountain Hardwear even made dresses. I stayed comfortable all day long from the church to the reception, along with a stroll around the mall in between.  The dress comes with a built in shelf bra and flatlock seams. Of course I couldn’t escape the, “you should wear that when you hike or do your next Tough Mudder” comments. I’m not sure how the dress will look with some hiking boots but you never know, I could be convinced.

Amy Parulis


A former Strength and Conditioning Specialist and captain of the University of North Carolina track team, Amy now looks for her next mountain to climb or mud run to take part in to keep in shape. Her favorite hike was to the crater rim of Mt. St. Helens where she witnessed a steaming lava dome and she some day hopes to summit Mt. Rainier. In the meantime she can be found helping customers at the Waterford EMS. You can follow her adventures on Twitter @amyparulis