A few years ago I bought a Crewcuts skirt for a friend’s daughter: a quilted, cotton-nylon miniskirt. It was so cute I wanted it for myself, but stopped short of testing the girls’ size 14.
My restraint was rewarded at the end of last winter, when I found this dress at Muleh on 14th Street:
Come closer and see the fabric.
It’s sort of like a cross between a down jacket and a roll of bubble-wrap, right? What could be cozier? More squeezable?
But when you think about it for a minute, a quilted dress is really a padded dress . . . and who looks her best wearing a layer of padding under her clothes?
The ingenious designer foresaw that question, and cleverly used the quilted fabric for the front and a matte jersey for the back. Brilliant!
Since this fabric is heavily textured and the lines of the dress are very elegant, I thought a necklace would detract. I did tuck a scarf (one of my vintage Liberty scarves) in the neckline for my commute, which I thought complemented the dress very well.
I love this time of year (fall in Washington D.C.) because it’s cool enough to wear boots and more substantial fabrics, but warm enough to still wear a sleeveless dress. It’s a very small window of time.
I do wonder about who wears sleeveless dresses cut from really heavy fabrics. People rich enough to create personalized micro-climates?
Sadly, Muleh seems to have closed, which is a loss. They only carried a few designers, but the inventory was well-selected: 3.1 Phillip Lim, Vivienne Westwood Anglomania, Autumn Cashmere, Hache, Ter et Bantine, Ports 1961.
Dress: Hache from YOOX; Scarf: Liberty; Boots: Kenneth Cole; Watch: Michele CSX