If at all possible, I like for my clothes to obliquely reference societal systems. My working life is full of -isms, so why shouldn't that be the case for my wardrobe? I present to you: the patriarchal shirtdress. A menswear-inspired shirtdress with a partial obi sash in which to cage your arm. That's right you women of the "lean in" generation, stepping into spaces traditionally held by men means trying to swim upstream with one hand artfully bound to your side. No raising your hand to ask or answer questions at the meeting. No bending an elbow to actually eat at that business meeting (unless you're lucky enough to be left-handed). You can't even raise your fists in anger and scream "Damn you, patriarchy!" onto the abyss that is Lake Michigan. And, when you finally free yourself from it, the system falls limply to your side, a pinstriped reminder of a system transformed. Don't even get me started on the choker.
Shirtdresses are a perennial favorite. It's one of the easiest summer wardrobe staples--crisp and airy, when you're feeling anything but. And JW Anderson has a great way of putting a new perspective on the traditional, and melding the masculine and feminine.
Shirtdress: JW Anderson Choker: Pamela Love Backpack: Levenger Sandals: Dolce Vita