I’ve been thinking about this Samantha Pleet dress since Pamela from Market Publique wore it to a Fashion Brunch here in Austin during SXSW. It was absolutely STUNNING on her (that’s her on the right) – almost like it was made for her.
The cutest thing about this dress is that the top and bottom are fastened together with buttons, so you can close it up totally, or you can unbutton the front a little to show some skin. And it’s only a little skin – nothing risque – just enough to make you feel like a girl 😉
But really, isn’t this is the way we should all be dressing? Not in a dress or skirt exactly, but in something that makes us FEEL good as well as LOOK good (see that smile on Pamela’s face? that’s the best part of her outfit). Most of that is a result of how you feel about yourself, but I also think it’s in no small part based on the type of clothes you choose to buy. Now is the time to choose unique, interesting pieces that reflect your personality and stop buying mass-produced things-you-can-find-everywhere (I’m talking to myself here, too). A lot of the time those pieces will cost more, but isn’t it worth it to have a few phenomenal pieces in your closet that look like they were made for you rather than lots of things that are in lots of other people’s closets? I think so.
I’m not going to dis James Perse here, there’s a place for basics in every wardrobe, but lately I’m craving more unique clothing & accessories – things that have a story, some interest to them. Like me. And I will admit that I was incredibly inspired by Pamela when I met her – she has a wonderful sense of style, is an amazing person, and runs her own business: Market Publique vintage marketplace. So, when I start to feel like buying clothes again, I will be hitting up some of the great vintage shops here in Austin, and searching for pieces that speak to me on a deeper level than just the perfect v-neck tee (sorry James).