The design and sample making process is a wild ride. Sometimes, a design comes to life exactly as I had imagined. Sometimes a piece turns out even better than I could have imagined. But, sometimes, the initial sample just doesn't live up to my dreams. So, I have to work and re-work the design or fabric selection until it's perfect.
Typically only one fabric sample in a design and specific fabric is necessary followed up by minor design tweaks and alterations to ensure the perfect fit. In this case, it took three completely different fabric samples to end up with this design. The sample making process is expensive and time consuming, but worth it in the end.
The fabric drove the design of this dress. It's a medium to heavy weight ponte that drapes beautifully on its own and the stripes speak for themselves. I envisioned this piece being the most casual in the collection to date, but it turned out to be perfect for the office because it is so easy to dress up while still being extremely comfortable to wear (seriously, it feels like pajamas on)! It comes with a fabric belt, but it does not have belt hoops so you do not have to wear it with the belt. For a more casual look, skip the belt. Or, to mix it up, add a leopard print belt for some easy pattern mixing.
Shop the dress here.