(image via Tracee Ellis Ross’ Facebook Page)
I’ve mentioned before that I can spot a James Perse a mile away. I have Perse-dar; in case you hadn’t noticed, I’m pretty obsessed with James Perse. I identified Claire from Modern Family’s JP tops, Carrie Mathieson’s sweatshirt (she was actually wearing the older version, with the 3/4 sleeves) in Homeland, and while my husband and I were watching Black-ish this week, here comes Tracee Ellis Ross in the James Perse open back tank dress I wrote about trying on over the summer. I was torn between the open-back tank dress and the belted tank dress, and eventually got the belted tank dress (on sale at Shopbop), which I love, but STILL always wanted the open back dress also. Because, you know, they’re different. And Tracee looks absolutely phenomenal in the dress. But she looks pretty good in anything…
(Image via Tracee Ellis Ross’ Facebook Page)
The open back tank dress is longer – goes below my knees – and has more bra-friendly straps than my tank dress (I have to wear a racer-back bra with it, and even then, you can sometimes see it). It’s also more “clean” without the belt and just has subtle ruching at the hips. And the open back is amazing – it looks so tame, really, but in person it’s just stunning. Check out Tracee’s Facebook page for some more still shots of the episode she’s wearing it in.
(via James Perse)
Anyway the dress is still available in some sizes at James Perse (I would take my true JP size, which is a size 2) but otherwise sold out when it went on sale over the summer. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT, and am still tempted to get it (in black) myself right now, but also kind of want to wait and see if it’ll show up in their next sale in my size in gray. A risky proposition, for sure, because often, when JP pieces are gone, they’re GONE. But then again, I know where to get early access to their sales. And luckily so do you…(right here! in case you didn’t know…)