It can probably go without saying that I love a feminine dress — this one’s defined waist, cutout shoulders and tiny star print drew me in the moment I saw it. It also came in black which I’ll shy away from in stores because I think I own too much. Apparently I’ve done this for long enough that it’s no longer the case!
My graphic tee of choice is more J.Crew, less stadium concert, but I couldn’t leave this one behind when I went to see Beyoncé on her Mrs. Carter tour last summer. It’s taken me this long to wear it again and I can’t put the entire blame on unorganized dresser drawers. I turned to one of my wardrobe staples — this cognac leather skirt — to dress it up to my liking last weekend…and had to play some tunes from the Diva herself to get in the outfit photo shoot spirit! Wait for it, maybe this fall you’ll find her peeking out from a blazer. Until then you’re more likely to find me sporting Monsieur Karssen.
I’ve vowed to stop buying clothing that almost but not quite works for me. I’m sure you’ve been there — looking for a certain dress or pair of jeans and having to settle for a piece you don’t really love or one that would look better if this or that was changed. Right? Piol is a completely different story and a few weeks back I was invited to test it out! It starts with Edith Head’s style guidelines — from finding your color aura (based on your skin, eye and hair color) to choosing the most flattering silhouette for your body shape and tweaking the fabric and details (neckline, sleeves, skirt length) to best suit you. It lets you design the perfect dress from start to finish with couture-like expertise throughout the process. I chose a draped dress with a short skirt for a feminine silhouette and added 3/4 sleeves. My color aura included this crimson print which I chose on a smooth Italian georgette material. My goal was a dress that was versatile but not boring and I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out! I’ve already worn it to weekend brunch with my friend Rose and to work and can already tell you it will be making a date-night debut next time my boyfriend is in town.
Photos by Rose