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Get Dressed To This: Babydoll

23 Oct

The decades of the 20th century always find their way back to our closets. They sneak in via shoulder pads, wacky neon prints, lipstick colors, and heel heights, but a few of them have nothing to hide and brazenly broadcast their presence with the help of simplicity. Certain styles are basic enough to stick around with the help of seasonal or trend-based updates (like a sleeve alteration or a new pattern). One of them is the babydoll dress.

Though we’ve seen it in several different incarnations, the basics are simple: falls mid-thigh, has short sleeves, is tighter around the bust and/or has an empire waist, and has delicate, “feminine” details. Though this dress style was all the rage in the 1960s and 1990s, it has come back full-force in the 2nd decade of the 2000s. Fortunately, we don’t always interpret things as literally anymore, so the exaggerated cut and styling for this type of dress has ceased, and subtlety reigns supreme.

For this Get Dressed to This, I wanted to focus on the lighter side of fall fashion with an homage to the dress that never dies: the babydoll. The music is by the Round Table Knights, and as per usual, it’s a luscious, deep house mix that starts off slow and increases in intensity with each minute it plays. With tracks by Homework, Jesse Rose, Justin Martin, and more! Enjoy:

The Music

Round Table Knights – Autumn Mix 2010

(click to play; right click + save target as to download)

tracklist (below) after the jump

The Outfit

1. Beans on Toast, Irregular Choice, $150 USD

2. Chocolate Brown and Tan Mini Dress with Lace Bust and Bow, patriciavalery store on Etsy, $49 USD

3. Transparenze Dora Wool Rib Over Knee Socks, MyTights.com, $14 USD

4. Cassonade Coat, Anthropologie, $198 USD

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Get Dressed to This: Shifty

20 May

Shift dresses are perfect for the entire year. Chameleons in their own right, shift dresses look boring on the hanger, fairly square and lifeless, but once worn, they take on the shape of the wearer and can be well-manipulated by accessories to fit any body type. The summer shift dress tends to be a little looser fitting and of thinner material of course, but it still bears the quality of being adaptable for all. Speaking of adaptability, this week’s Get Dressed to This mix comes by way of XLR8R (yes, I know I have been sweating them hard as of late, but a TON of their new posts are pure treasures) from a DJ named Ben UFO who, as Shawn Reynaldo of XLR8R notes with amazing accuracy, has quite a mutability of his own:

The world of electronic music is filled with quirks, but one of the most confusing is the fact that so many DJs only get attention if they also produce tracks. If someone has banged out a quality tune or two—and in some cases, the “quality” requirement is optional—they can quickly find themselves DJing around the globe, regardless of whether or not they are actually any good behind the decks. On the flip side, there are amazing DJs whose talents go unnoticed simply because they’ve never slapped their name on a song or remix. For a genre where clubs and parties take center stage, it seems like the system has been flipped on its head. Nevertheless, a select few still manage to break through based solely on their DJ skills. That group includes young Ben UFO (a.k.a. Ben Thomson), co-founder of the London-based Hessle Audio label. His top-notch DJ sets, usually combining the freshest funky, garage, and 2-step sounds with a choice selection of classic dubstep, house, and techno, have been blowing minds for a while now . . .

That said, enjoy this set and outfit as I invite you along to Get Dressed to This . . .

The Mix:

Ben UFO – XLR8R Podcast no. 137

(click to play / right-click + save as to download)

tracklist below after the jump

The Outfit:

1. Dress: Elizabeth and James Japonais Shift Dress, Planet Blue, $198 USD

2. Shoes: T-Strap Sandals (in Silver), Forever 21, $10 USD

3. Jewelry: Cuff Chain Earring “Alae”, Armor Jewelry, $85 USD

4. Underneath It All: Cotton Spandez Jersey Basic Bodysuit (in Nude), American Apparel, $24 USD

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