The purple-and-silver combo from The Sartorialist that I saw on Cherry Magazine made me think of this Ossie Clark dress (below). I wore it to the Factory Girl premiere in January (I loved that movie and don’t care what anyone else thinks).
The photo is unusually craptastic, but I am sharing it anyway because this is an interesting Ossie. You don’t see a lot of his knit Mod pieces but that’s what he started with. This dress torments me because of the vintage coffee stain you can see near the hem. If I hem it above the stain, it’s too short and if I hem it below…you see the stain. I’m always changing it and I am dissatisfied either way. Out, out damned spot! Still, I’m not giving up an Ossie like this, no matter what. I don’t care if I’m 80 years old and have to tuck my saggy knees into my ankle boots. I’m wearing this sucker. Consider yourself warned.
This dress also works as a Mod-girl Halloween costume when accessorized correctly. That’s an original white vinyl ’60s hat below. The boots are replicas.
The moral of this story is: Only buy things you love. If you love them, they will last. (And if you don’t follow my advice, please consign all your good stuff at a place where I can find it.) I’ve also got patent leather Mary Janes that I’ve had for over 10 years and a crazy pair of Patrick Cox wedges that are even older than that. And I never get rid of any of my Louis Vuitton “It bags.” Imagine the years of joy I will have if I finally get my fish feet, as I pray I will do any day now.
Thursday’s Book Club post is coming up … eventually!
UPDATED TO ADD: If you like the idea of a knit Mod dress with black tights and silver shoes, I suggest this dress by Alice + Olivia: