A couple weeks ago I popped into Universal Standard’s new Seattle showroom and tried some pieces that were quite different from the type of silhouette that I usually wear-and once again for this brand, the quality, fit, and cut of these items won me over.
The first piece is a black satin bomber that has slits at the hips, so it sits a bit more loosely, and it has this gorgeous light, dressy vibe. I am OBSESSED with this jacket and can’t stop tossing it on as a topper with jeans, but the stylist/manager of the showroom also suggested trying it with a dress... more on the dress in a moment! This was by far the MVP during a trip to New York this past weekend.
Universal Standard also offers this bomber in a satin oyster, or a matte black wool blend/suiting material.
The second piece that I tried and brought home is the Universal Standard Geneva dress, a loose, asymmetrical, short-sleeved dress that’s ruched and cut high at one knee, and midi-length on the other side. This particular teal dress is in their crepe fabric, so it’s dressier than the knit version of the Geneva. The color is amazing (they have a few different varieties, but this was my favorite) and the dress moves like a dream. The crepe is thick enough that I’m not concerned about needing shapewear or feeling too exposed, but I also have a shape-I don’t feel like my curvy hourglass frame is hiding. I LOVE it.
Pictures 4-7 were when I tried it on. 1-3 were for an evening at the ballet, when I had to rush home from work, clean myself up while making the dog got out and had dinner, then dash out for the performance. This was the easiest outfit to toss on, and I felt terrific.
The Geneva is available in several fabrics and colors including a knit and a mesh dress for layering.
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