Graphic by Katie Ide
1. Delaine Dress 2. Sea Salt Soap 3. Austine Trench 4. Resound Platforms 5. Satellite Shades
The moment I realized I was a fully-fledged, completely grown up adult woman didn’t happen when I left my parents’ house, nor when I graduated college, nor when I moved into my first apartment, nor when I started carrying an organizer and penciling in things like “eat” and “do it”out of necessity, nor on my 30th birthday, nor when I got married, nor when I started craving softer, prettier music, nor when my metabolism came to a screeching halt and my arthritis began feasting on my cartilage with undaunted gusto. No, the moment I realized I was a Woman with a capital W came last week when I looked around the shop and thought to myself, “Wow, I’m really digging all these sophisticated neutrals. I want to wear more khaki and beige.”
No, just kidding, it didn’t actually freak me out. I like growing up. If I didn’t I’d still be wearing a dog collar and DIY ear gauges with low-rise bootcut jeans, pyramid stud everything, hello kitty underwear, and I’d be trimming my crew cut around my single dreadlock. If you can see your lifetime piling up, change is exquisite. Change is glorious. If you could make Lindsay Lohan walk through a doorway and have her emerge on the other side as Katherine Hepburn, you’d be doing good. So if you want to appear youthful, well– stop. Try looking cool, sophisticated, collected, and poised. That’s a look that goes with any age.
The Delaine dress hearkens to the 60’s, a simple but structured shift that begs for a simple but structured updo, in soft shades of toffee cream, blush, and shimmering gold. The neckline is demure but scooped just enough to expose your collarbones, the waistline is nipped in at the natural waist with tidy little darts, and the length falls to mid-thigh, a modernization of the classic wiggle dress. The fabric is weighty and has a luxurious sheen. It’s class all the way. For your outer layer, throw on the easy-breezy Austine trench. In smooth, mushroom-hued microfiber, its unstructured, effortless slouchiness acts as the perfect complement to the primly tailored Delaine. Pairing these two together sort of gives the vibe of Audrey Hepburn having traveled to 1985 to steal Kathleen Turner’s jacket. And as long as the time machine still has fuel, she may as well take a hop, skip and a jump back to the 1970’s to raid Anjelica Houston’s closet for some shoes and grab some sunglasses from Twiggy’s purse. The Resound from Nicole are astoundingly comfortable, shockingly lightweight and walkable, and constructed from leather and natural cork, evoking an intimate and genuine earthiness. If that sounds boring to you, look closer. The smooth neutrality of the cork is broken up with a peppering of bright fluorescent flecks– not enough to clash with anything, and not so many it’s distracting, but exactly the right amount to add the same depth and visual interest to the shoe as freckles add to a pretty face. Protect your pretty face with the Satellite shades. They combine a space age, pop art vibe with today’s 400 UV protection, and they do it all in shades of smoke and water. It’s time to let your graphic tees sink to the bottom of your drawer to become pajamas, time to slough off the dried, crackling vestiges of novelty clothing and don a new era, time to emerge from the shadows of dressing ironically like a dweeby little princess and ascend to the glimmering, tasteful throne of a queen. Girl, you’re a woman now.