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Roland Mouret – The Carlyle – 02.12.2016

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Dress by Roland Mouret

Roland Mouret is a French born designer of luxury apparel for women.  He is best known for his galaxy dress and, thanks to Victoria Beckham, his moon dress.  Both of these items can be viewed and purchased on his personal website.

The Roland Mouret flagship store is based in London where he has spent a great amount of time in recent years due to his business partner Simon Fuller, you know this man best from American Idol as he created the Idol franchise.  In 2014 Mouret partnered with Banana Republic and created an affordable collection.  You can still find pieces on eBay of the BR collab.

The designs of Roland Mouret are an investment, but wow, the colors he uses and the quality of fabric is amazing.  I got this dress on sale last year and you can often find Roland Mouret on sale, it just won’t happen at the top of the season.   If there weren’t sales, this dress would not be in my closet.

Roland Mouret items I like that are on sale or consignment:

POLITICS

I hate when sales people say to me “this is an investment piece and you will have it for the rest of your life.”  That statement is total BS.  Even if the piece is able to stand the test of time, my body won’t.  That is just what being a woman is all about.  Our bodies change and I may even weigh the same on the scale but things are always in different places.  My Burberry trench coat taught me this important lesson when it failed me after I exited my twenties.  While the trench meets my definition of “investment piece” today, it taught me that the sale associate definition was wrong.

That said, this dress is my definition of investment piece.  That means I can wear it multiple times for a couple of years if I am lucky and it makes me very happy to wear it every single time I put it on.  When buying an investment dress like this I advise that you  wear it as much as possible immediately after purchasing.  Don’t wait.

My other criteria for purchasing an investment piece of clothing includes:

  • Go into the purchase knowing that this piece won’t last forever and that you are buying it for now and as long as you can wear it.
  • Already have in mind and know you can wear the item for multiple occasions and style it multiple ways.
  • The item should both look and most importantly make you feel great on both “skinny” and “fat” days.
  • You better be excited to wear it a lot.  If not, not worth it.

ETIQUETTE

I love a basic yet quality dress like this for the office with a shrug or blazer, for cocktail parties with fancy metallic shoes and jewels, and with a leather jacket and leather boots for other less conservative events.

Photo Information:  Photos taken by Anna Meyer at The Carlyle Hotel in Dupont Circle – home of The Riggsby.