I have found the perfect dress to wear in March, well actually I think it could be a perfect anytime dress, but it will certainly work for that strange mid-season weather-world where you want to wear something more spring like but the chill factor could mean you want to keep thermals and thick tights as an option too.
It is the navy blue knitted dress (above) from A.P.C and is wearable today with opaque tights and flats or boots, or in May with bare legs and sandals. I spotted it while in the new APC store in Redchurch Street, which is itself a very elegant and grown up space in which to shop. The APC website quotes it as being 210 euros, but it is £185 in the store.
I was very tempted, It is both trend-less and season-less, being made from a knitted linen boucle and all the better for it. A grown up wardrobe is built on beautiful building blocks of reliable style to which you can add trended excitement as you see fit, this dress could be with you for years and of course navy blue goes beautifully with pink.
It also has a built in petticoat. Wearing a petticoat is properly grown up dressing and improves the hang of a dress no-end. However gorgeous you are, see-through dresses without under-slips border on the ‘Madonna pretending she’s still 25’ concept and we all know that’s a bad move. At vintage fairs I often come across 50s and 60s dresses with petticoats built in, or with tiny press-stud loops at the shoulder seams to keep your own petticoat in place, so I’d like to start a campaign to bring this back please.
Is there a word for this type of season-less style (with or without petticoat), ‘Classic’ always sounds such a dull downer of a word when used to describe clothes attached to our age, even when well meant, I have visions of neglected corners of Spa Town department stores stuffed with rails of beige polyester slacks whenever the word is used. Wardrobe constants? Perfect pieces? Any suggestions?