I am not going to lie – I love a fabulously put together, complicated outfit, where the juxtaposition of the print and strips works in perfect harmony with an expected pair of fabulous shoes, and is pulled together in a cohesive fashion statement by an extravagantly over the top coat in a gorgeous colour. Stylish – check; fashionable – check; trendy – check; every day achievable – not quite!
A meticulously curated complex fashion statement is a delight to behold and is indeed an art form. Is it a realistic expectation for the average woman who waked up early every morning to begin a new day of juggling a multitude of life’s expectations? I most certainly think not; except for those of us who may be blessed with exceptional taste, it is near impossible to pull together highly stylised ensembles that require considerable thought on a day to day basis.
Let me share a small story – a few weeks ago, I started noticing that a particular polka-dotted white and black loose fit dress by Zara was obviously selling very well (I do not own one). The reason I noticed this was because I was seeing this dress quite often and often multiple times a day in London. I remember making a mental note that it was so interesting that such a deceptively simple dress should be so well-liked. I did not realize that I was not the only one to pick up on this independently – till I saw the following article on The New York Times website – The $50 Dress That Conquered Britain
Only once I had read this article did I realize that I was late to the game but my observations were correct – this dress is a cult hit! It is indeed a best seller and even has an Instagram page dedicated to women wearing it. Various articles have been written about the success of the dress and Zara is still selling it – back for a second season.
This begs the question – why is this dress so popular? In my opinion, the single most important reason is that it is deceptively simple to wear in every sense of the word. It is a relaxed fit, a comfortable midi length and can be dressed up and down with any combination of accessories. The print is a simple canvas that allows you to wear any shoe, jewellery, handbag, coat in your wardrobe and still make the overall effect look well pulled together. This is the kind of dress that lets the wearer interpret it to work with their body, to their convenience and to their taste – not the other way around!
This is why I believe that one simple recipe to looking instantly stylist is to keep it deceptively simple. Simplicity can indicate a measured restraint and radiate a quiet confidence that translates into a formidable fashion statement; it shows that you understand that sometimes less is more and allows your personality to do the talking.
I am a huge fan of single colour dresses and they make up a good chunk of my wardrobe. They stand the test of time well and they also present an unlimited opportunity to try out various combinations of accessories and shoes.
In this lookbook, I am wearing a beige dress and a white dress that are simple but their cut and style are highly stylized in my opinion. I have paired my beige dress with an old statement cuff (animal print is still all the rage) and a bold bag to make for a sophisticated work look. I have paired the white dress with a gorgeous Indian necklace from @toraandesign and the simplicity of the white dress really provides a chance for the statement necklace to shine. COS is a great source of single colour dresses with a novel cut; in the summer and the winter – I am a fan! I hope you enjoy these looks and have a great week ahead. As always; thank you for reading Isha’s Verdict.
Clothes and Accessories:
White shirt dress – COS (old)
Beige A-line Dress – COS
Indian Necklace – Toraan Design
‘Cult Dress’ – Zara