purpose dress line Q & A

We’re thrilled that you are interested in purchasing a Purpose dress! Have questions? Take a peek at our Q&A below. If you have any further questions that have not been addressed, please send us an email at online@purposeboutique.com. We look forward to hearing from you!


Q: What is the dress material?
A: Grey/White Stripe 66% Rayon, 28% Cotton, 6% Spandex
Plum Stripe 36% Polyester, 34% Rayon, 26% Nylon,
4% Spandex and 60% Rayon, 8% Spandex Jersey
Red 92% Rayon, 8% Spandex Jersey
Teal Stripe 95% Modal, 5% Spandex and 92% Rayon, 8% Spandex Jersey
Plum 36% Polyester, 34% Rayon, 26% Nylon, 4% Spandex
Teal 95% Modal, 5% Spandex

Q: The size ranges are really expansive (ex: Small is 0-4). How do I know I’m purchasing the right size?
A: Our Purpose dresses are designed to fit almost every body type! We hand picked fabrics for our dresses that stretch to fit comfortably across many sizes. Therefore, if you typically wear a size 0-4 in dresses, the Small Purpose dress will fit you well!

Q: Will my Purpose dress shrink?
A: Your Purpose dress should not shrink! We recommend you wash your dress on a delicate cycle and hang dry to avoid any possibility of shrinkage in the dryer.

Q: You’re out of my size in the color I prefer. Will you be getting any more in stock?
A: Since this is our first branded dress line and each Purpose dress is handmade, we have purchased quantities based on demand estimates. We cannot promise that we will have your size back in stock in the specific color or style, however, we’d be happy to place you on a call list. We will call you if your size and color become available again!

Q: If I order my Purpose dress online, and it does not fit properly, may I return it?
A: Absolutely! Please do not wash the dress or remove its tags. Upon evaluation, we will be happy to provide you with a full refund or a different sized dress- whichever you prefer. In addition, we will happily cover return shipping! Please reference our full return policy on our FAQs page.


Q: Where are the Purpose dresses made?
A: Our Purpose dresses are made in Austin, Texas at Open Arms, a clothing manufacturer that offers dignified work and living wages for refugees. 

Q: Who are the Open Arms refugee women?
A: Refugees are people who have been forced to leave their countries to escape war or other violence. The refugee women employed by Open Arms have fled horrific violence, often losing family members. These women made it to the United States, many with several children. But they found that they had to hold 2-3 minimum wage jobs in order to provide for their family. They rarely make it home on time to spend time with their children and tuck them into bed at night. At Open Arms, however, these women are provided with family-friendly hours and living wages that allow them to grow in skills in one job and have the time and income to give themselves and their families a better future. To learn more and read their stories, check out Open Arms.

Q: What makes these products “empowerment”?
A: Purpose dresses and the partner empowerment lines we carry go beyond fair trade with holistic support models that offer exploited or disadvantaged women sustainable paths out of poverty. These women are empowered to move beyond dependence on charity with education and training, emotional healing, and opportunities to work with dignity toward achieving their dreams.

Q: Will you be offering any other style of empowerment clothing anytime soon?
A: We are so excited to release our maxi Purpose dresses in the Spring! And we will be coming out with more collections of Purpose empowerment clothing later this year. We are so excited to grow this line with your support!