Why You Need This Dress That's Also A Shirt, Vest, & Jacket

Photographed by Nicolas Bloise.
While we can often identify the marks of a good piece of clothing — quality, proper fit, timeless aesthetic — it's not usually that it's a one-size-fits-most, worn-every-which-way wonder. (Years of infomercial-viewing taught us how to become skeptical of the do-it-all fashion item.) But, artist and designer Alyson Fox achieves that mythical piece in the release of her new line. Already a purveyor of home-goods and accessories, Fox's take on apparel is from a practical, multi-functional standpoint.
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"The clothes are designed to be both modular within the collection as well as interchangeable across collections to come," she explains. And, simply put, that means her small, carefully-crafted lineup — two dresses, three tops, a skirt, shorts, tunic, and slacks to be exact — is meant to be worn in a multitude of ways. For instance, a button-front maxi dress (as seen on our own style director Connie) becomes a shirt when tucked into the waistband of a skirt or a vest when worn partially unbuttoned over trousers, or a light, maxi-length jacket, assuming weather allows.
In sticking with the theme of ease, Fox has aimed to remove one of the most difficult tasks in clothes shopping: selecting your size. The offerings in the Austin designer's line come intended to fit a size two through eight (some through size six), which doesn't quite make it a one-size-fits-all garment, but it cuts out some of the guess work at least.
Other pieces in Fox's "hand-woven, hand-printed, hand-sewn" collection include billowy, button-down tops, tunics, and waist-tied skirts that are intended to translated into a variety of styling options. Of course, for you throw-on-and-go types, they can certainly be worn alone, too.
The collection will continue to be released in small batches twice a year — which is good since it might take you a while to exhaust all your options from this first release. Click over to check out all the pieces available now, and watch below for a demonstration.
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