I really like this skirt, from Talbots. But why is it dry-clean only? (Prime suspect: the lining.) As we know, linen develops a nice soft hand when washed, and it's hardly beyond our skills. Even the model looks none too happy about it. Talbot's theme this spring is France, but French women have savoir-faire about upkeep costs.
This Eric Bompard sweater (ordered on sale) turned out to be one of the worst cuts ever, and had even the usually supportive Le Duc rolling his eyes. The sleeves were so tight I worried about splitting them trying it on and attached to the body with diamond-shaped gussets that twisted. Weird and ill-fitting is not Bompard, what happened?
I'm out about $25 for shipping/handling, which reminds me to stick with styles I know. When a piece has a non-standard fit it should be noted in the copy; even a euphemism like "narrow sleeve" would help.
On a happy note, my Parisienne GF Huguette e-mailed to show me, via the Ventilo web site, what she's buying for a June garden wedding– a fresh approach equally elegant on a larger woman, and so easy to wear. Huguette spends a lot, has one of those three-foot long closets and wears her things into the ground.
And for those of us fretting about whether long skirts are over as we consider spring and summer, I noticed this at ever-cool Ventilo. Long skirt, little jacket, scarf. It's the mix that lifts it, comme d'habitude.
A djellabah worn with big bangles is another less-conventional casual wedding or party option. Huguette and I share Boho leanings and we like Antik Batik's embellished silk version. This one's on Net-a-porter, $665; Huguette hits the St-Suplice boutique. These are easy to copy if you have some yardage and basic skills, but cut still counts, it is not shapeless.
|Jolie: Hava Djellabah by Antik Batik|