Clothes stash: dresses from Wall

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I’ve treated myself to another trip to Wall London for New Year.

Pleat front dress

This New Year I have treated myself to another roam around the website of Wall London, one of my go-to clothing companies for women over 40. 

Wall is a high-end company that makes clothing for grown-up women in flattering matt fabrics such as Pima cotton jersey, merino and alpaca. The clothes are aimed at women who have an intellectual as well as social life, and who regard their pieces as investments which stay in their wardrobe for a long time.

They offer a discerning buyer some rare qualities, such as a comfortable cut and sleeves on dresses, as well as beautiful and unusual fabrics.  

It takes quite a lot these days for me to buy clothing, as I only buy something if I can’t make it, but since I am rubbish at sewing stretch fabrics, I absolutely love my first purchase from Wall, which I made last March, of this Pima cotton jersey dress (mine is black, not burgundy). With its v-neck, long sleeves, A-line knee-length skirt and beautiful pleat details, it skims over every troublesome area and accommodates itself to every occasion from work to cocktails to dinner out. 

On me, being short, the v-neck is considerably lower than it was shown on the model, so I have to wear a vest under it, which enables me to ring the changes with a flash of colour at the neckline. I’ve regretted, ever since, not getting it in two different colours. 

Issy dress

For New Year 2013, I decided to treat myself to this ‘Issy’ dress (presumably for Issey Miyake), which is something I’ve had my eye on since last spring. It was available in black and a lipstick pink, but I opted for it in grey to show off the fantastic bodice seaming while not calling too much attention to itself.

Sleeves on a dress like this would have been great, but sleeveless is also useful, to go with numerous cardis and shrugs. The asymmetric skirt, I think, is really beautiful and unusual and I can see myself getting a lot of wear out of this garment.

Pirouette dress

Once that was bought, I also decided on this cowl-neck Pirouette dress – this time sleeved, with this interesting shape of skirt, which I chose in ‘umber’ – not a usual shade for me but the grey altenative struck me as slightly too nun-like. I am a tad concerned it will be too long, but it will be an easy matter to ruch up the side seams of the skirt if necessary and created a more gathered look. There is something about it that makes me think of the great French couturier Vionnet. 

Teal Lantern dress

I now have my eye on a couple of other things too: this Lantern dress in teal, with its asymmetric bodice and very unusual bag hem, and this nifty little princess-seamed jersey dress with kicky gores at the hem, which will go with just about everything. 

Grey Wall dress

This is what I’m aiming for, then, as I approach my sixth decade – simple, elegant, comfortable, well-made clothes in flattering colours that can be dressed up or down, but have a bit of an arty twist that lifts them above the run of the mill.  


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