I received this dress in the summer of 2008 when I was working at the cutest dress shop in the East Village, Huminska. The owner, Janice Huminska, cuts and sews everything by hand in New York City’s garment district, which is something to applaud in this day and age when everything is outsourced to China. For that reason, each dress is unique. I have about four dresses from her shop and while they’re not cheap if you buy them full-price, they’re super comfortable, easily transportable (my favorite part… they don’t wrinkle!) and amazingly cute. It brings back memories of the summer of 2008, listening to jazz music, trimming flowers and helping her stylish customers choose their dresses. If you go to Huminska during a sale, you can often score a dress like this for less! For those of us on a budget, Ms. Huminska had a $99 bin full of beautifully colored and cut dresses (at least when I worked there a couple of years ago).
Bows are a Huminska signature. Most of Ms. Huminska’s flirty, girly dresses feature a bow! Unfortunately, this bow often gets in the way at work and I think the dress is more professional without it, so I skip it during the week.
I wear this ring every day for a couple of reasons. First, it’s my favorite piece of jewelry to date because of the sentimental value it has…that’s one of the reasons I love jewelry so much! More often than not, jewelry has a story behind it, whether it’s a family heirloom, a gift from a loved one or something you made. Second, it’s is simple, elegant and day-to-day wearable.
The cowl neck is another great statement neckline. It’s not too low cut and with a blazer or cardigan (as pictured below), it looks sophisticated and feminine, which is always our sartorial goal for office outfits.
Dress: Huminska, $300
Cardigan: J.Crew, $30
Ring: Elsa Peretti for Tiffany, a gift
Bracelets: Courtesy of Meredith