The seasonal transition continues. I’ve been too lazy to take my transitional dresses out of my transitional closet. Instead, I am making do with the most autumnal of my summer clothes.
Color can be as good a seasonal cue as coverage and weight.
A dark green cotton utility jacket with a white dress seems like the right mixed-message on an 80 degree day in September.
I love army green and white together and I like the gathered skirt of this dress with the fitted shape of the jacket.
I showed you this dress a few weeks ago, when I was taken with a description of the label as “inspired by men’s tailoring and Elizabethan garments.”
Is it weird to say that I thought Orlando was a good movie for clothes? Is it pathetic to admit that I otherwise found Orlando rather dull? And less interesting to me when I tried to re-watch it last spring than when I first saw it in 1992?
Do any of you fear, as I do, that you have become stupider with age? I think I have lost my ability to watch complex, intellectual films. It may, however, be that I have only lost my ability to watch films that are depressing, which many complex, intellectual films are. I am looking forward to The Death of Stalin — which looks smart and funny.
But I digress. Back to the dress. Does it look a little like a nightgown?
I have decided that this nightgown has a 16-week season: June, July, August, and September.
Long-sleeves in the summertime are smart because they provide protection from the sun. Obviously this dress is no sunblocking rash-guard, but it provides a little coverage when running out to fetch lunch at noon.
This dress reminds me of a favorite blouse. Is it weird and/or pathetic that I feel affection for a dress that reminds me of a blouse when both are hanging in my closet?
Notwithstanding my affection, I must admit that the dress is a little too long.
I think we can agree that the solution is child’s play.
The dress will look better when shortened by 4 inches, like this.
Perhaps I’ve pinned it a little too short. It should hit just below the kneecap.
Interestingly, one’s perception of the perfect length depends, in part, on how full the skirt is. With a fuller skirt like this one, the eye may believe that the middle of the knee is the right length.
Finishing things off, an assertive trans-seasonal shoe.
Have a fantastic weekend! If you live in the D.C. area, you should go see Red Molly —
an amazing female folk/roots trio — at the Birchmere on Saturday.
Jacket: JCrew; Dress: Thierry Colson; Shoes: Dr. Martens; Bag: Car Shoe