After reading the comments on the Key Set, I felt compelled to advise, perhaps assure, all of you that I often look extremely conventional.
O.K. I sometimes like extremely conventional.
O.K. I occasionally look extremely conventional.
I am not trying to look conventionally attractive. I simply find the clean lines of a classic dress or jacket appealing.
I think I recommended this Brooks Brothers dress to you last year. In fact, I know I did; proof lives on the internet.
It’s a simple sheath, but with sleeves (such a bonus) and lovely seaming that gives it a gentle, pretty shape.
I am playing this one on the level. No scary necklace, no Saran Wrap brooches.
If I owned this brooch, I would be wearing it right now. But alas, he does not belong to me.
The delicacy of that brooch might pass for normal.
But when you put pressure on it, it changes shape. It’s alive.
Back to the dress. In addition to an elegant, classic cut, this dress is made of a beautiful wool crepe — Tollegno 1900 — manufactured in Italy. JCrew uses material from this mill in some of its products, too.
If one thought that the stark simplicity of this dress was itself an avant garde statement,** we can add a belt to make it more normal. Flick your eyes to the left and see what I mean.
This belt is just a bit different. The smallest bit. Arguably, that bid for interest is a lament of normalcy.
Dress: Brooks Brothers; Belt: Emporio Armani; Shoes: Tory Burch; Bag: Coach; Watch: Michele CSX
* You may remember when trips to Bed, Bath & Beyond became a fetish on 30Rock?
** Last week, there was a very interesting article in the New York Times on the high fashion trend toward modest clothes.