Creatures of Comfort Spring 2016

Creatures of Comfort Spring 2016

Here's another label I love; one that I think consistently has a solid grasp of what it seems modern women want from their wardrobe. Namely, that would be, clothing that is unquestionably beautiful but also utterly wearable. It's not clothing that screams, but rather, as Alber Elbaz has put it, clothing that whispers.

I don't know if it's a phase I'm in or what, but I am finding myself really drawn to clothes that make getting dressed each day a bit (or a lot) more special. Sure I'm in jeans or pants or a mid-length dress virtually all of the time, but how much more fun is it if those pants have a meticulous cut, or the dress an interesting drape? I don't want to wait until I'm in evening wear to feel genuinely dressed up and excited about what I'm wearing. I want the feeling that I'm wearing something exceptional every day. Enter Creatures of Comfort with:

Neutral colors in interesting silhouettes 

Photos by Luca Tombolini/Indigital.tv via Vogue

This is exactly what I love about this label. Sure I'm in all navy, but look at that cut!!! I can think right now of no less than 20 ways I could wear that navy dress- alone, skirt on top, pants underneath, collared shirt around waist, collared shirt underneath, slip dress both on top and underneath...and I'm literally just getting started.

Bow detailing at the hip courtesy of Look 1 above has been something of a fantasy of mine since childhood when I developed an intense love-hate relationship with Baroness Schraeder in the approximately 700 times I have watched the Sound of Music. Why? I mean it goes without saying that we all strongly dislike her for trying to rob the Von Trapp family of the ray of light that is Maria, sending her back to the abbey in the midst of an absolutely fabulous party after her first waltz in decades, and then hardly knowing how to handle a ball. 

© 1965 Argyle Enterprises, Inc. and Twentieth Century Fox / Courtesy Pyxurz 

© 1965 Argyle Enterprises, Inc. and Twentieth Century Fox / Courtesy Pyxurz 

See what I mean? Despite all of that, I still managed to find room in my heart for the Baroness because, let's face it, she was an impeccable dresser, and you can dress your way to my love any day. 

Said bow and said hip. This outfit may very well have been my first image of what I thought womanhood was all about as a girl. © 1965 Argyle Enterprises, Inc. and Twentieth Century Fox/ Courtesy The Quintessential Clothes Pen

Said bow and said hip. This outfit may very well have been my first image of what I thought womanhood was all about as a girl. © 1965 Argyle Enterprises, Inc. and Twentieth Century Fox/ Courtesy The Quintessential Clothes Pen

Anyway, what were we talking about?! OH...

Clothes that satisfy the color craving

Photos by Luca Tombolini/Indigital.tv via Vogue

That red and white checkering with tassels is absolutely the show's slam dunk in my book. I'm usually in neutrals for a lot of reasons, including which building a neutral wardrobe is one way to buy less in the interest of a more sustainable relationship with fashion, but that is slowly changing. Not the sustainable relationship part, that's here to stay. But I am working on incorporating color into my wardrobe and these pieces got me excited about adding a bright infusion of color to my palette.  

Black and white, but not basic

Photos by Luca Tombolini/Indigital.tv via Vogue

Just kidding!! I'm back to my beloved black and white. I'll confirm upon visual inspection but I'm thinking the shirt in the first look above has voluminous sleeves and if so, I am fully on board. Look 2 takes what would be a simple pairing and adds so much interest through the ruffles on the top, contrasted with the slimness of straps, and the volume on the pants. 

Finally, because we have to chat about it, on the sustainability front, Creatures of Comfort is a small, independent brand that does (I think) live in a world of slightly slower, more considered consumption. Many of the clothes (but not all) are made of natural fibers, and the last Spring season was linen-heavy so that's a plus. Additionally, at least historically, some of the clothing is produced either in New York City or in the US. And from the pieces I own, I can attest to the quality and integrity of the construction. 

Planning to give Creatures of Comfort a whirl? Tell me about it. 

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