Chantal's Everyday Dress

For literally wearing every day.
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For literally wearing every day.
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I've never been much of a uniform dresser, but I have, on occasion, found a single item of clothing that so embodies how I want to present myself to others that I wear it every day — for several months at a time. For example, I wore only a pair of light pink moccasins in the summer of 2006 until they completely disintegrated into a pile of smelly worn leather. I still miss them. 

While browsing the designer sales online at the beginning of June, I stumbled across a denim polka dot striped Kenzo dress. At first glance, it did not appear like it would be my sartorial soulmate and I anticipated probably returning it. And yet, once it arrived at my doorstep and I put it on for the first time, I knew that I wanted to wear it every day forever. First of all, the fit and flare shape is extremely flattering, as is the sort of stiff, stretchy denim that hugs my body snug. The vertical seams elongate my torso and the way the sleeves are cut slims my shoulders and arms. Everything about it is absolutely perfect. 

Unfortunately, it's not socially acceptable to wear the same dress every day — especially if you work in fashion. So, I compromise by wearing it two or three times a week, or whenever the situation really necessitates it. A scenic date on a sailboat? Obviously. An outdoor concert on the Fourth of July? Absolutely. A Taylor Swift concert? No doubt. I'm not sure when our summer fling will end, but for now I can't image the magic ever fading. We'll never go out of style. 

Kenzo 'Dots & Stripes' dress, now $234.16 at Farfetch, $316 at Forward by Elyse Walker and $218.25 at Moda Operandi

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