So how exactly am I supposed to wear 6 items of clothing for an entire year and expect to stay sane and appropriately attired for all of the very important social and business functions I’ll be expected to attend?
If the past three months are any indication, I won’t be attending many fancy events. And if my life is any indication, making and wearing six items of clothing will be easier than trying to maintain (ahem, pay for) a large yet stylistically coherent wardrobe.
I was always that one kid in middle school that supported discussions of bringing uniforms into play. I’ve come to learn (from being a reformed clothes whore-der) that limiting sartorial choices leads to greater freedoms, including less time/money spent on laundry.
Finding the right multifunctional dress two years ago didn’t hurt things either.
Meet the dress that changed my life, the Signature Wrap Dress from Butter by Nadia, designed by Nadia Tarr.
If your willing to drop a few hundos, this dress will see you from the office, to the bar, to the gala, and then some. I’ve bought a couple of these dresses over the past several years and have yet to be disappointed. I always get compliments (especially from women) and I always feel amazing when wrapped in one of these beauties.
The styling guide below comes with every signature wrap dress. I will say from experience that these suggested stylings represent only a small fraction of the ways to wear this garment. I do some pretty funky things with mine, and love to layer it with t-shirts and strappy tanks. As you can see, multifunctional garments (also called convertibles or transformers) are articles of clothing that can be worn in more than one way or that serve multiple purposes. They can usually be altered by utilizing attached strips of cloth, ties, buttons or other built-in modifiers.
Several designers and small labels have chosen to work under such constraints, maybe because of the green movement, perhaps because of budget cuts.
The possibilities are limitless…speaking of which:
This popular transformable garment is made under the Dutch label Emani. Their Limitless Dress is incredibly appealing and versatile. If you’ve got the time, check out the website. They make an especially cool sweatshirt that can be worn upside down, a feature I plan on swiping.
Here are some swipes of transformers from various places on the interweb:
Why they gotta use a brotha as the model? This creative solution for the homeless was designed by students in Detroit, seems economically appropriate. The more I continue with this project, the more I think I will need this jacket/home.
…part emergency face mask. Seriously. Women will save the world when disaster strikes. What about us ladies with itty bitties? I don’t know about you, but I’m using both cups for myself.
Here are some additional videos featuring convertibles, including the very cool “cow dress” ( great multifunctional garment, terrible name. Why would any designer knowingly associate that animal with a garment meant to be worn by women?).
Even more avant-garde is this garment by Madrid-based designer Vanessa Soria Lima.
And in case you haven’t seen enough, check out these two articles:
My final say on multifunctional garments is that there is a fine line between fashionable a frumpy. My creations will be unique in that they will be designed together as a group and will not only be transformable by themselves, but will also be specifically designed to interact with each other. I’m excited just thinking about it.
Love and Enjoy.