Every once in awhile, you find something that fits perfectly — right off the rack. Behold the dress that fits perfectly everywhere — length, waist, bust, armholes. As you can see below, it fits perfectly even when I am doubled over laughing. How extraordinary.
So . . . What is the correct response when you try on a dress and find that it fits perfectly?
a) Enter feedback loop of rage/regret for all the money spent on alterations over the years, drift out of store empty-handed
b) Buy dress on the spot
c) Buy dress in TWO colors
d) Don’t know
Answer: C is the correct response
This dress has some lovely details: self-fabric appliqués at the shoulders, a little draping and soft ruching in the bodice. It could be worn unadorned, but a necklace adds polish.
With a sleeveless dress, having a cardigan or soft jacket on hand is a good idea. The trick to wearing a cardigan or jacket with a dress is picking something cropped and fitted, so that the waist of the dress is still visible. Here are two options: a wool-mohair shrug and a black cotton knit jacket.
The shrug was adorned with beads and crystals around the neckline, which I found a little odd. So I removed as many as I could before work one morning (snip snip snip), but I haven’t finished the job. I will.
This black jacket is double-breasted with 3/4 sleeves. It’s too small for me, but was the only one of its kind left at the end of the season, so I bought it, figuring that it would stretch as cotton often does. Perversely, it has not stretched a millimeter — but I think it’s ideal for this purpose.
Dresses: Elie Tahari; Boots: Kenneth Cole; Cameo necklace: Leonard Jewels (Sorrento, Italy); Silver pendant necklace: Ann Demeulemeester; Black necklace: Mimimimosa; Shrug: Class Robeto Cavalli; Jacket: Talbots; Bag: Coach Gramercy Satchel (2015)
Photo Credits: Lauren Ackil