Linen Summer Dress with Fun Asymmetric Architectural Features
Today’s post features a uniquely designed summer linen dress. If you follow Dez & Dot, you know that I love clothing that offers interest in the way of its structure or architecture. I realize that strong or uncommon design details don’t work for everyone. When I share those pieces that have unusual style features, my intent is to introduce you to fashion that you may not have come across in the course of your usual retailers, to possibly inspire you to try something new, to step outside your style comfort zone, to remind you to have fun with clothes and let what you wear be an expression of who you are on a particular day or overall.
Just Try It!
This summer linen dress is by an Italian manufacturer, Il Vento & La Seta. I discovered it at my favorite small boutique, Shunzi in Petaluma and San Rafael, CA. (Local boutique shopping is a wonderful way to find styles that are out of the ordinary.) When the boutique owner took it off the rack to show me, my first reaction was – no way. Basically, I don’t wear orange.
But then, I reminded myself that styles on a hanger often don’t tell a story until they are on your body. Plus it was hugely discounted during a reopening sale. So I put it on.
Something about it just worked.
The shade of orange is a little burnt, and that opened me to considering the color. And though the shape is a bit “paper bag,” (I’m pretty sure my husband isn’t a fan), the strong design elements give the dress structure in an I’m-not-very-serious-so-have-fun-with-me way.
The dress is a blend of cotton and linen and the loose style makes it a perfect option for hot summer days. It works for the office as well as going to dinner, Hawaii vacations, or simply running errands. (It’s also a very accommodating style when dealing with a few extra stay-at-home pounds.)
Asymmetric and Architectural Style Elements
The asymmetric style elements are really fun!
- The dress features two pockets: one patch pocket and the other a slant pocket.
- The hem is gathered on one side and straight on the other.
- Three textured insets in a deeper shade of orange are placed seemingly randomly but actually balance each other.
Really, how can you take this dress seriously?!
I chose a long, colorful necklace to mimic the long dress length and break up the intensity of the orange, although a larger statement necklace might do a better job.
I paired the dress with a chunky summer shoe to balance the volume of the dress. These are my favorite summer platforms (I have them in three colors) by Eric Michael: Lily Platforms. I’ve had them for three or four years and wear them to death every summer – they are SO comfortable. Eric Michael shoes are typically found in premium shoe stores; this style is still available in a variety of colors in some sizes on Amazon and more sizes at Zappos.
(Unfortunately, all the photos that looked decent feature the necklace off to one side or the other – this is what happens without a photographer or assistant to fix me!)
Movement May Be Key
The dress has a lot of movement – a feature to look for if you try an unstructured style with a lot of fabric. It doesn’t photograph perfectly, and I had originally nixed this piece as a Dez & Dot post feature. But I couldn’t resist sharing it as a possible inspiration for trying styles with unique features.
Have fun trying a style feature that’s new to you!