EVER buy a dress, wear it a few times then banish it to the back of the closet after getting a hankering for something new?
Introducing the versatile “loop” dress, designed by Canberra’s Gemma Jameson and Francesca Altenburg of label 4 minutes 33, which can be transformed five different ways in seconds with a slight adjustment. Fashion writer LAURA EDWARDS gives it a test run.
Look 1: Laid-back and loose: With its loose fit, this look has a more casual feel than the rest. Extremely comfortable, I’d throw it on for a lazy Sunday barbeque or the beach. To accessorise, I’d cinch the waist with a thin black belt, and complement the laid-back tone with a pair of flats.
Look 2: An LBD with a twist: This is an interesting take on the Little Black Dress, with the draped detail showing off the animal-esque print. This look would be perfect to wear to a social occasion for something a little bit different. You could even wear it to the office, with a form-fitting blazer and black pumps.
Look 3: Soft and flowing: This look highlights the middle of the frame, while the side panels flow softly to hide any lumps and bumps. Although it was billowy, I didn’t feel swamped. To balance out the draping, I’d wear with sky-high heels and colourful accessories.
Look 4: Subdued versatility: This look shows a hint of the pattern beneath, coming through to the bottom of the dress in graceful drapes. Because of its dark colours, this look could transcend to winter worn with black tights and ankle boots.
Look 5: Effortlessly chic: This was probably my favourite way to wear the dress, as it had an effortless elegance to it, as if you’ve just thrown it on. Wear to create the perfect “in-between” look when the invite says “lounge suit.”
Loop Dress, 4 Minutes 33, $240, from Assemblage, Lonsdale Street Braddon. Hair by Elvira Tanfara at Antons, Civic.