A simple dress + a striking piece of jewelry.
It’s a simple formula and it never fails. Remember that.
Bear in mind that a “striking piece of jewelry” need not be expensive or serious.
At right is an example.
I found this over-sized, knit brooch on The RealReal while searching for something else entirely and realized I’d struck gold.
Have you ever seen anything more wonderful than this multicolor pinwheel of joy?
It goes with everything, but today I have paired it with a correct and only slightly subversive Jil Sander dress made of scuba fabric.
Note: The dress is a wonderful peacock blue/teal color. It does not match any shade in the brooch, which combines acidic, muddy, and true colors. Ah, sweet mystery of life.
Does this dress look familiar? It should. I have it in navy blue wool and have shown it to you several times: here, here, and here.
Scroll back up and then scroll down to take note of the dress’s ingenious seaming across and down the bodice and through the waist, which ends in an inverted pleat. I think it’s easier to see this construction in these photos of the blue wool version.
When you’re done looking at the dress, come closer to see the brooch.
I believe — from what I’ve seen on The RealReal — that Sonia Rykiel created a whole series of knit brooches: a few styles and many colors. Over the course of the last six months, I’ve bought several — this one and another that I kept for myself and others that I bought for my nieces and the daughters of friends. All four girls are in their teens and I thought that these brooches would be just the thing for fashion-conscious, independent-thinking young women.
No one would not want!
Regardless of what I think, you, ultimately, are the jury.
Come as close as you need to while you ponder these questions.
Is the brooch pulling you in?
Do you find yourself powerless to disagree with me?
Fortunately, that is a visual-emotional effect. The brooch is not actually exerting any gravitational, psychological or moral force upon you; nor can it pull you through your computer and into my life. Your free will is unimpaired.
Dress: Jil Sander; Brooch: Sonia Rykiel from The RealReal; Shoes: Cole Haan; Bag: Coach Rider Bag