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.
"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.
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: