My style has really taken a turn for the minimal in the last year or so. I think it reflects a lot of deeper stuff going on in my life (and in my head). Perhaps I feel overburdened, but I just want things that are simple and easy, and not too many of them.
I made this Laurel to wear on New Year’s Eve, but I knew I wanted it to do double duty. My goal was to create an LBD that I could dress up for a holiday, or easily dress down for day-to-day wear. Simple. Easy. Pretty much my perfect dress.
I added single welt pockets, because welt pockets make anything classier.
The fabric is a cotton-silk blend I bought while shopping with my awesome friend Christine Haynes at The Fabric Store in LA. If you are in Los Angeles (or New Zealand or Australia), you must check this place out, because the selection is stunning.
I shortened the Laurel a little, because frankly I like my legs. I have long legs and not a lot of waist definition, so mini shift dresses are pretty much the perfect shape for me.
I also shortened the sleeves, since that just seemed like it would work better with the fabric.
I paired it with back seam stockings, vintage Ferragamo Vara flats, and my camel hair wrap coat that belonged to my grandmother (thanks Nonna!).
I also scooped out the neckline a little bit, just to play with the shape. That’s one of the great things about bound necklines, it’s easy to adjust the shape exactly to your liking on the fly without having to change any other pieces.
My necklace is one I recently bought from local jewelry designer Tiro Tiro. You might remember that Teresa loaned us jewelery for the Zinnia photo shoot. After seeing it in person, I was totally smitten by every piece and decided to save my pennies and buy one for myself as a holiday gift. It has such a wonderful weight to it and a gorgeous warm bronze cast. I love jewelery that looks both modern and ancient. I’ve been wearing this necklace almost daily.
Details (for those that care):
Dress: Laurel by Colette Patterns in cotton-silk polka dot jacquard from The Fabric Store
Shoes: Vintage Ferragamo
Coat: Vintage (via my Nonna)
Makeup: Laura Mercier oil-free foundation, MAC pigment in bronze, Almay Liquid I-Liner, MAC Kinda Sexy lipstick (my current favorite nude-pink)
Nails: Essie Charmeuse with a matte topcoat
Jewelry: Necklace from Tiro Tiro, vintage rings