EVERYONE NEEDS - This Magical Dress
I’m currently in Vietnam, with a suitcase that’s full of dull, practical things. Dehydration sachets, an old cotton kaftan, my scanner, thermal layers for the mountains, three adaptors because I couldn’t work out which would work, some antiseptic cream, too many paintbrushes, ugly socks. I’ve packed such minimal clothing that getting a t-shirt back from the laundry feels like a call for major celebration.
And so I am dreaming about this dress, it’s haunting me. I put it on for our photoshoot in Bristol and I couldn’t stop smiling, I’m not sure I have ever loved wearing something so much. I bought it from ASOS Salon and sent it back after the shoot as couldn’t justify owning it. But since seeing the photos I’m trying to work out how I can talk myself in to NEEDING to buy it. Maybe I’ll get a last minute invite to a winter wedding? Maybe I’ll need it for an incredible Christmas party? Maybe I should make it a rule in my house that you can only wash up whilst wearing a black dress covered in sequins? It's now reduced from £180 to £144 so it's a steal. Right? (help me)...
The mesh is a little scratchy and the slip underneath is a bit short but hey, just details…..I LOVE it. And because it’s ASOS, it’s available in a good range of sizes (size 4 - size 18). I’ve illustrated it above on a selection of different models. I’ve worn mine in a pretty classic way, but you could style it with jeans and trainers a la the ASOS site.
I'm hoping that one day brands will shoot garments on a variety of diverse models, but until then I've decided to illustrate pieces that I love on a variety of shapes and sizes. I created the above artwork with a mix of pencil, watercolour, gouache and ink. Do follow me on Instagram as I'm often found painting on stories.
I'd love to know what you think! Please leave a comment below.
Dress from ASOS Salon
All photos by Remco Merbis
Assistant Bea Stoneham
Please note that this piece is not sponsored.