Last week I showed you my pink, loose-fitting summer dress and warned you that I bought it in a second color. Here it is!
I wore the pink dress (a few of you more precisely called it “salmon”) unbelted, which is how it was designed to be worn.
But I had a vision for the black version. In all honesty, I stole my vision from this incredibly stylish woman who sometimes greets people near the cosmetics counter at the Friendship Heights Neiman Marcus. Ostensibly, she’s handing out perfume samples, but I think she’s actually come from the future to teach us how to dress. Back to the vision: blacks of different finishes — glossy, patent, and matte — together.
I did make one original contribution to the ensemble: a navy blue patent bag, which adds a little color contrast.
The skirt of this dress is bias cut and asymmetical; one side is fuller than the other and the hem is uneven, which you can see in this picture. The great thing about a skirt like this is it provides coverage without being dowdy. In fact, it’s very graceful. When I walk, the skirt swishes (it even makes soft swishy sounds) and when I sit, it billows and then falls gently into place.
Come closer so that you can see the cut of the cap sleeves and the awesome belt.
I do want to acknowledge that the cinching of the dress would look better if the waistline were fitted. But if it were fitted, it would no longer be my loose-fitting summer dress, would it? I am suppressing my inclination to tinker and leaving this dress be, so that I can enjoy wearing it two ways — loose and cinched.
This belt is totally adjustable, but looks very trim because it has two sets of buckles — thus no overly long end that needs to be tucked or otherwise managed.
Many weeks ago, I suggested that cozy sweater dressing (an open cardigan and knit pants) could be elevated to business casual suitability by a great belt. This is my great belt.
Dress: Jil Sander from YOOX; Belt: Philosophy di A.F. from YOOX; Shoes: Tory Burch; Bag: Coach Poppy Tote. Unfortunately the belt is sold out, but there are many other great belts still available at YOOX.