There is something about white dresses that makes them either a hit or a miss. They could end up making the wearer look like a nurse or a babe who loves clean lines and crisp colours (or the lack of colours).
On my recent sojourn to the mall, I actually discovered two gorgeous white dresses that were perfect in every way.
The first is this wondrous white shirtdress from Gap’s Design Editions:
Designed by the up and coming Doo.Ri Chung, the dress is simple and chic. Put it on without the belt and it looks like a tent. Belt up and voila! The gorgeous pleats of the skirt flows beautifully and twirls along with you. Genius, really. Who knew a whole bunch of cloth could turn into a dream concoction in such a jiffy. And, I really loved the crisp feel of the shirt. It was comfortable yet very smart looking.
Alas! The XS-sized dress was made for bigger women. There were oodles of cloth that I tried to stuff under the belt, unsuccessfully. At $129, it’s definitely a piece of designer clothing that is absolutely worth every buck.
Strangely enough, Singaporeans don’t seem to be quite taken by the Design Editions collection. It’s already sold out in the States but there were racks of these re-interpreted classic shirts hanging in the Gap stores at Wisma Atria and VivoCity. Pity, really.
The next dress that got away really breaks my heart: the white Kate Moss Topshop one-shouldered cotton dress that I had waxed lyrical about previously:
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It was really quite as perfect as it had seemed on the website: the layers of skirt brushing gently against your thigh, the unique ruching at the chest, the cheeky and flirtatious asymmetrical hemline, the demure white cotton.
Perfect, really, for our hot weather. Wear it with heels and a vintage clutch for a dressy night out or slip on a pair of Chuck Taylors for a breezy day out.
I was willing to fork out $149 for it but as luck would have it, Miss Moss had designed it for petites who had thicker-than-32-inches chest (it probably would have fitted a 36-incher) so it was no go.
I guess some things in life are just fated. Sigh.