A simple dress can be an end in itself. Even better, simplicity often yields versatility, which allows the simple dress to play many roles.
I’ve had this grey wool sheath for years; it was first (and I believe last) seen on this blog with a grey wrap sweater and a multistrand gold necklace. Very Effective, I believe, in the role of Foil.
But today, it’s been asked to serve a different role: Sponsor.
But first, before we discuss the brooch, let’s take note of the blouse.
The blouse may not register as much in these photos, but it’s a smart layering piece made of an elegant, matte-finish silk jersey. The neckline is a wrapped, key-hole design which, at rest, looks like a turtleneck (or mock-turtleneck).
For those who find YOOX impenetrable, you may want to dip a toe in the water by searching periodically for garments like this — smart, simple blouses in quality fabrics. Limit your search to a color (black), style (long sleeves), material (silk and/or wool), and time (15 minutes) Note: The time limit is self-imposed; YOOX provides no such filter and would be delighted to have you visit all day.
Just a thought.
Back to the brooch.
As much as I loved the form, intricacy, and implied action of this brooch, I was a little concerned about the color — black — and wondered if it might simple fade into the neutrals (including black) that I often wear.
A baseless fear!
Come closer and behold.
You might not guess it, but the brooch is feather-light. It weighs only 26 grams, which is an easily managed weight to pin on any jacket, winter dresses, and extra-thick sweaters. For those who are wondering what 26 g feels like, I’ve written on this topic, as it relates to brooches, previously.
This brooch came from Galerie Noel Guyomarc’h in Montreal. I selected it from a photo on the gallery’s website and believed that the little gold charm ornamenting the black fretwork was a miniature Eiffel Tower. But if you look closely, you will see that it is not. It’s something better.
A duck! Can you imagine my delight?
Some may read this as a cautionary tale, but I think it’s an inspirational story.
Another tip for buying a brooch unseen via the Internet: Get the dimensions as well as the weight. Make a paper cut-out using the dimensions and tape it to a jacket or dress to see whether it is too big, too small, or just right. You may be surprised when those dimensions make the jump from the written page to the material world.
Grey dress: Tory Burch; Black blouse; Strenesse from YOOX; Boots: Donna Piu; Brooch: No. 4 by Amir Sheikhvand from Galerie Noel Guyomarc’h (prices are in Canadian dollars); Bag: Kate Spade