I’ve been looking for the perfect pair of cropped jeans: dark rinse, slight flare at the hem; mid-calf length. This may be an impossible quest for someone of my height. Thinking that I could solve my problem by throwing money at it, I ordered a couple of pairs of Point Sur jeans from JCrew (v. expensive), but they weren’t right.
They weren’t right, but they made things alright. When I stopped by the JCrew store at Friendship Heights to return them, I found this charming dress.
So unassuming on the hanger, it almost evaded notice, but the Directrice is like the Eye of Sauron in certain environments.
Maybe you are thinking, “That dress is still unassuming.”
I must protest and catalog its attributes: cotton boucle fabric, the perfect fiber and weight for spring; elegant cap sleeves; self-determination for cinching of waist; belt has enough structure to tie a creditable bow.
The best part, however, is the hem.
Do you see what I mean?
Perhaps you need to step back and take it all in.
The shirttail hem is split (actually it’s an overlapping split hem) which creates a subtle flare. It’s so subtle, yet so much more interesting than the standard a-line or pencil silhouette.
The finishing touches are lighter, vivid colors. Hot pink always seems right in the spring. The azaleas are clearly guiding my subconscious.
Idea: Instead of the self-belt, a skinny belt in a bright color. Think about it.
Dress: JCrew Belted Dress in Black and White Tweed (on sale); Shoes: Tory Burch; Watch: Michele CSX; Bracelet: Dina Mackey; Bag: Coach Gramercy Satchel