The Annals of Closet Curation: A Floral Dress for Spring

The Annals of Closet Curation: A Floral Dress for Spring

Curating one's closet doesn't start or end with the act of buying something. So I've learned. This series delves into not the act, but the art of acquiring a closet of magical clothes. Building a closet on One Who Dresses, one piece at a time. 

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"I must have flowers, always, and always." 

- Claude Monet

 

When the first real taste of spring arrives, it brings with it a remarkable expansiveness. The things I can do! The clothes I can wear! Those first moments of limitlessness are so precious. 

Every year, one of the first things I want to do with my post-winter realization that everything in the closet is now on the table is to slip into a floral dress, thereby sartorially inaugurating the start of spring. As with quintessential items of clothing like the little black dress or the white shirt, the floral dress has had remarkable staying power, with every era in modern Western fashion having some version of this tried-and-true fashion staple.

 Bias-cut floral silk dress, 1936

Bias-cut floral silk dress, 1936

 Herbert Sondheim rayon dress, 1948

Herbert Sondheim rayon dress, 1948

 Jacques Fath dress photographed by Henry Clarke, April 1954

Jacques Fath dress photographed by Henry Clarke, April 1954

  Givenchy dress photographed by Philippe Pottier, Spring 1956,

 Givenchy dress photographed by Philippe Pottier, Spring 1956,

 Benedetta Barzini wearing Oscar de la Renta, photographed by Henry Clarke for Vogue Italia, Decemeber 1967

Benedetta Barzini wearing Oscar de la Renta, photographed by Henry Clarke for Vogue Italia, Decemeber 1967

 Deborah Turbeville for Vogue, 1975

Deborah Turbeville for Vogue, 1975

 Bianca Jagger wearing a floral dress in the 1970s

Bianca Jagger wearing a floral dress in the 1970s

 Yasmeen Ghauri in a 1990s floral dress; photographer unknown

Yasmeen Ghauri in a 1990s floral dress; photographer unknown

 Carrie Bradshaw in Season 1, Sex and the City, 1998. Image courtesy HBO.

Carrie Bradshaw in Season 1, Sex and the City, 1998. Image courtesy HBO.

 Alexander McQueen dress photographed by Tim Walker for Vogue, 2006

Alexander McQueen dress photographed by Tim Walker for Vogue, 2006

 Liya Kebede by David Sims for Vogue US, September 2015

Liya Kebede by David Sims for Vogue US, September 2015

 Edie Campbell by Ethan James Green for Vogue Paris, March 2018

Edie Campbell by Ethan James Green for Vogue Paris, March 2018

As I go about curating my closet and molding it into something remarkable, I want it to include pieces that have this perennial appeal. And so, kicking off The Annals of Closet Curation is Item # 1: a floral dress for spring. Now, what to look for in a dress! You'll want it to have some kind of a timeless quality (hard to pin down, I know, but it exists!) so that you'll be inclined to wear it season over season. I'm biased (!) towards two eras, roughly-speaking: the floaty bias cuts of the 1930s and the fit and flare dresses of the 1940s/1950s. I love something cut at mid calf or ankle length because it gives the dress plenty of occasional and seasonal versatility (note that if you find a full length dress you love, you can always have it shortened to that perfect, ankle-grazing length). When it comes to the sleeves, here's how I see it. Sleeves on a spring dress are amazing, no doubt. But an option that is sleeveless or summery in the sleeve department is more versatile because you can layer things under and over to create different looks. It's a question of preference as well as how you think the dress will be most useable to you.

In that spirit, here are a few spring floral dress options for your curatorial consideration: 

  1930s Pink Silk Chiffon Floral Dress via Etsy  (BRB, freaking out this is so beautiful)

1930s Pink Silk Chiffon Floral Dress via Etsy (BRB, freaking out this is so beautiful)

 Finally, although not a floral print, I include for obvious reasons this sweet little  1950s day dress with detachable sleeves via Etsy

Finally, although not a floral print, I include for obvious reasons this sweet little 1950s day dress with detachable sleeves via Etsy

And, a few more for your consideration here, here, and here. Let me know if you end up in a floral dress. In the mean time, hoping your spring blooms brightly. 

 

 

 

Feature image: Jan Rylander wearing James Galanos dress in Harper's Bazaar, April 1959

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