Impressed by the Dress

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The Olivia Dress by Central Valley-based label Armour Sans Anguish is one of my current favorite indie pieces in my closet (ps not me in the pic). I scooped it up at the last San Francisco Capsule event in May, but hadn’t actually taken her out on the town until last weekend, when I wore it to a casual rehearsal dinner held at a Chicago wine bar. Note the unexpected orange sherbet and pink hues, contrast of the felted wool top and cotton skirt, raw hem and deep scoop neck. The combo worked for me – my wardrobe strategy is generally to showcase the top half and camo the bottom as much as possible, and the cut of this dress certainly works for that. I paired it with a Mabel Chong necklace that dressed it up a few notches.

I was really impressed with the great fit – I’ve bought plenty of indie pieces in the past that I love, only to be disappointed with the fit in the end. Great fit is hard to achieve – even if you have something custom made. When I run across an independent designer who can make things that are not only creative and unexpected, but also fit really well, it’s notable – and certainly memorable.

Oh last (but not least) thing – all of designer Tawny H.’s pieces are made from salvaged and recycled materials and each is one-of-a-kind. That scores extra love from me.