We’re moving back into the season of transition and I am ready.
I think I am ready. But I am going to take things one day at a time.
Two rules of thumb when facing a disconnect between the season, the date on the calendar, and the weather outside are: bare arms with heavier fabrics or long-sleeves in lighter fabrics. Does that sound right?
Here, I am wearing a heavier fabric — a light colored wool flannel — with bare arms.
I’ve previously questioned the wisdom of manufacturing garments like this, because they seem to require exotic personal micro-climates: cold body, hot arms. But when you think about it there is a perfect logic to wearing an unwearable garment during an impossible season.
I found this dress on The Outnet several months ago. It struck several chords: grey! asymmetrical! structure! drape!
The color and asymmetry require no explanation. But let’s note the drape. It’s a bit alluring, no?
More remarkable is the structure of the neckline, which may not be obvious in the front view. For your convenience, I will stand in profile.
Come closer and marvel further.
This dress fit like a glove when it arrived, which felt a bit snug around my hip bones. I prefer my clothes to fit like a glove with an inch of ease. So I took it to Fatima and asked her to open the lining so that we could determine whether the seam could be let out a little.
Fatima’s response was — paraphrasing — Set aside the seam allowance. Dream Big! Let’s add a wedge of silk chiffon to the skirt. You’ll have plenty of room and it will be interesting.
She was pushing an open door.
Here is my remodeled dress.
For those who need Fatima, you will find her at Bespoke Tailoring, 1100 New York Avenue NW, WDC 20005. Always call (202/547-0000) and make an appointment.
For those puzzling over the early weeks of spring, I published a post last March on transitional dressing that offered a number of tricks to get you from March to May. But let’s open the floor to a broader exchange of ideas! How do you move into spring when the temperatures are bouncing around in March and early April?
Dress: Carven; Shoes: Cole Haan; Bag: Car Shoe; Bracelets: John Hardy; Watch: Michele Serein 16