Friday, April 17, 2009

Seen in the shops THIS lunch time


Inspired by the Alexander Wang T-shirt dress from theOutnet.com, I ended up in COS trying on this grey cotton-jersey version. I've admired it several times before for a number of reasons. Firstly, like cult blogger Susie Bubble of StyleBubble.co.uk, I, too, have a love for all things in grey jersey - and the grey marl of this one is the perfect shade of darkness. Secondly, the slightly batwing sleeves are a subtle nod to the 80s trend without being too try hard. And thirdly, the asymmetric pleat detail is oddly pleasing.

Now, I've overlooked this dress on previous occasions. I guess it's just one of those items that doesn't look that hot on the hanger. But wow, when I put it on in the changing room, it was amazing (and I should have shown a shot of me in it to get my point across - but I'm shy!). The asymmetry somehow works, giving the dress an edginess that looks both sexy and cool. Worn cinched in with a thin belt or loose, it works both ways, making it the perfect day-to-night number. I can also picture myself wearing it everywhere from the office to the beach, making it a versatile buy for £39.

As the April showers have shown up in full force, this T-shirt dress also offers the perfect excuse to slip back into tights again. For a touch of spring fever, I'm thinking the floral versions that are cropping up everywhere from River Island to Topshop will offset the grey nicely. My favourites are these Topshop ones in a vintage rose print for just £8.

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