March of the Art Jewelry, Part III

An embarrassment of riches! Two posts in 48 hours. And two outfits + multiple ideas (though no new clothes) in each post!

You’ve seen this dress — the Somerset from Anthropologie — before.

The Somerset seems to have become a rich product line for Anthropologie, practically a store-within-the-store. It started as a universally flattering, patterned maxi dress. Then came a shorter option (mini-dress), then more fabric selections for both (linen, cotton, silk, patterned, solids), and most recently a skirt and mini-skirt.  There is even Faux Leather Somerset. The mind boggles. The one thing Anthro has not offered, which to my mind would be an obvious best-seller, is a knee-length option.  I made my knee-length dress (Fatima made knee-length dress) from a maxi-dress.

I did promise to load you up before going away

But the point of this post is not to prove, yet again, that more clothing manufacturers should consult with me. The point here is to show you a smart combination that I saw on Instagram and adapted within my own closet: a summer dress in black with white sandals.

Is this truly a revolutionary combination, Directrice?
Who’s to say? But it invigorated me!

This woman looks fantastic!  Not me. Danielle Jinadu. I love the shape of her dress — the close fitting bodice and bell-shaped midi-skirt. One small observation about what might make this combination work well: the sandals are a soft white, rather than pure white, and the soles are black.

On to other business: the necklace!

I found this Karen Gilbert piece at Jewelers Werk last winter. Three glass bubbles strung on a chain of long, thin silver tubes. It’s spare and elegant.

Soap bubbles caught on a stick

You may need to come a little closer to see what I mean.

Step right up

One other idea that we’ve discussed before: layering one dress over another.

You may recognize these? A Sacai shirtdress and a Helmut Lang slip dress? I previously wore the slipdress with a lightweight sweater and with a Jil Sander dress layered over it.

I loved the fabric of the slipdress, but the cut was voluminous. Fatima trimmed it down substantially and now it fits like a bias cut slip. Much better for layering purposes!

Not the most flattering, but surely not the most unflattering?

Why is that, I wonder? 

I’m not saying this shirtdress is the most flattering thing I own, but I do love it.

Why?  Well, it is made with beautiful, subtle details — like the tuxedo bib, the precise cap sleeves, the voluminous pleated back that cinches with a grosgrain belt.

It has a certain something.

The unexpected back?

First black dress: the ubiqitous Somerset Dress by Anthropologie (no link needed; the Somerset dress will find you); White sandals: Dr. Martens Nartilla Gladiator Sandals (on sale!); Second black dress: Sacai from The RealReal; Blue slipdress: Helmut Lang Foulard Print Slip Dress (a quick search showed one on Poshmark); Black sandals: Wonders

Karen Gilbert’s work is available at several galleries (with on-line shops) around the country: Ombre Gallery in Cincinnati,  Shibumi Gallery in Berkeley, and Gallery 360 in Minneapolis

3 thoughts on “March of the Art Jewelry, Part III”

  1. I’m channeling you Directrice – this was my summer for black dresses too! Different weights, different styles, but all in black. I rationalized my choice by citing you.

    The bubble necklace is so delicate! I also enjoy the layered dresses. Navy with black is lovely.


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