Thursday, August 19, 2010

Recipe: Tank Dress Done Two Ways

I searched far and wide for a long tank dress that was as flattering as the ones I coveted from street style mavens all over London and Chicago. I finally landed on this ultra-soft piece from Aritzia . The criteria that led to my decision are threefold:
1. The uneven hem compliments the length that I envisioned in my mind. I did not want this dress to go to the floor but instead to show a bit of ankle. A U-shaped hem is much more flattering and interesting at this slightly shorter length than a straight hem.
2. The cut of the dress manages to suit my body perfectly. It is drapey up top, where I like to have my clothes hang loosely, but it hugs my hips enough that I do not look like a shapeless sack.
3. The bare-cut up top can show quite a bit of skin (as shown in the first iteration). I like that I can still reveal my body even when I’m generally very covered up.
3.5 (bonus!) The slouchy oversized pocket.

This first version is my humble venture into a tougher aesthetic. Bandeaus are an amazing solution to larger armholes and bare-backed tops, as well as all things oversized. I’m happy to inject some color into this look, and the necklace manages not to compete with the bright turquoise of the bandeau. I love a good tribal adornment, the bolder the better!

Wilfred tank dress from Aritzia, Free People bandeau, Mango belt, MICHAEL Michael Kors shoes, Yokano necklace, purchased in Madrid, Forever 21 bracelet

The second version is softer, and ultimately more me. The salesgirl at the Water Tower Artizia on Michigan Ave. put the bustier with the dress, and it was one of the few times that I walked out of a store with a readymade combination. I could have pretended like this adorable juxtaposition was all me, but I believe in giving credit where credit’s due.

Wilfred tank dress from Aritzia, Talula bustier tank from Artizia, J. Crew belt, French Connection Wedges, Vintage KJL chess necklace, purchased from Persephoneclothing, Etsy, Grandmother’s watch

1 comment:

  1. lovelove the dress, lady. the bustier is beautiful with it, and the necklace is fantastic. so nice to see you today, albeit briefly--looking forward some quality vintage shopping in the near future. xoxo allie