Long-time readers may remember that I call special dresses “Fifty Cent Dresses.” If you want to know why, you will have to read this earlier post. If you are willing to accept the term Fifty Cent Dress no questions asked, then you can proceed post haste to photos and descriptions of this summer’s special dress.
There is no lesson today. No styling tips, no guidelines. I am just showing you a dress. But it’s a fun dress, despite being beige.
Perhaps the fun in this dress is not immediately obvious?
Allow me to show you a few perspectives and then the details.
This dress is all about the cut. And the fabric, I guess. So it’s about two things: the fabric and the cut.
The fabric is a cotton-polyamide blend and it feels slightly laminated. I know that sounds crazy and I have no idea HOW it will survive a trip to the drycleaner — the label says “professional dry clean” in tiny letters — but it feels wonderful. It’s crisp, but flexible and light.
The cut has great severity (you know I am into clerical robes), but the skirt bells very gracefully.
And now we must discuss the crowning touch: the brooches that came with the dress. The designer called them “detachable transparent plastic brooches inspired by jellyfish.” I am sure you can imagine that my eyes practically started spinning in opposite directions when I read that.
I wore this dress to the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center on Saturday night.
During the intermission, I went out to the terrace to enjoy the air and a little snack.
As I was walking back into the concert hall, a woman caught my eye and made a gesture toward her chest and then FROZE in HORROR.
I am generally suspicious of jewelry that comes with garments because it often looks cheap when it is not intended to. Here, there is no pretense. These brooches are not supposed to look like precious metals. They are 100% plastic. Their value resides entirely in creativity, humor, and joie de vivre.
Three final thoughts.
(1) If this dress were pea green or coral pink, it would be the most perfect thing ever.
(2) I wore these cut-out brogues because I felt this dress needed a summery shoe and these were the only summery shoes in my closet. I still haven’t retrieved my sandals from the storage locker in the basement. This dress would look nice with platform sandals or a low peep-toe heel.
(3) I asked The Photographer, Can I wear this dress to work, or is it too dressy? He said I could, but then I wondered why I was asking him. He is a self-employed writer who does not know the difference between a dress and a skirt and constantly disparages social conventions. Clearly, I asked him because I wanted permission to wear this dress to work. But I should be asking you. What do you think? My only hesitation is the length of the skirt in the back.
Many thanks for your excellent blog recommendations. I looked every one of them up and now have some new sources of amusement and inspiration!
Dress: A.W.A.K.E. Straw Weave Asymmetric Princess Dress, see also MatchesFashion.com; Shoes: Rebecca Minkoff; Bag: Furla; Watch: Michele CSX
For those keeping score, The Pieced Wonder was also A.W.A.K.E.
Note: Fatima added the darts at the bust for me. Without them, the armscyes were a little too big.