Industrial-Strength Chic

by Erin on June 26, 2005


Jil Sander dress
I have a sneaking fondness for dresses that, in a pinch, could double as janitorial uniforms or be listed under the heading "noncommissioned officers, for the use of," and this is a dress that definitely falls into this category. (Although most uniforms don't cost $590!)

I like the standup collar that looks as if it should be folded down, and the patch cargo pockets that look handy in principle but that I'm sure in practice would lead to large lumps in the least-attractive place for large lumps. I like the color, and the skirt length, and the 3/4 sleeves.

There really is just one thing I'd change about this dress (besides the insane-o price): I would not, I am absolutely sure, be able to resist sewing a name patch that read "Betty" over the left breast. But can you really blame me?

This one is from Jil Sander. I was originally looking to post a Jill Sander dress I saw that was nothing more than a shift of transparent silk organza with amazing little tucks giving shape to the bust, but I couldn't find a picture of it. I took a picture of it with my Treo, but I am resolved not to start posting crappy cameraphone pics of dresses shot in bad light through shop windows. That way lies a lot of wasted electrons, I am sure. But if any of you have better Google-fu than I do, and run across a good picture (believe me, you'll know it when you see it), feel free to drop me a line and I'll run grab it and share it here.

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Anonymous June 26, 2005 at 1:25 pm

Is it this one? http://www.style.com/slideshows/fashionshows/S2005RTW/JLSANDER/RUNWAY/00100f.jpgor this one, unfortunately obscured by a coat? http://www.style.com/slideshows/fashionshows/S2005RTW/JLSANDER/RUNWAY/00360f.jpgOr this one? http://www.style.com/slideshows/fashionshows/S2005RTW/JLSANDER/RUNWAY/00370f.jpg Or perhaps this one, once again obscured by a coat? http://www.style.com/slideshows/fashionshows/S2005RTW/JLSANDER/RUNWAY/00350f.jpgGuess I’m not that finely attuned to your aesthetic yet. Jil Sanders Spring 2005 featured many dresses with bodice tucks.www.style.com has photos of the complete runway shows of most prominent designers.

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Erin June 26, 2005 at 10:40 pm

Ooh, thanks, it’s that last one!

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