Thursday, August 07, 2008


So many women miss Jean Muir dresses. When the House recently closed, it seemed a gap in the market was revealed: chic jersey dresses that are diplomatic in fit, yet retain sensuality and are ultimately so wearable. The two early 1970s jersey dresses before are here to fill that gap, but one is a Muir and one is an impostor! Both dresses come from the same well-dressed closet, ironically. The purple viscose jersey dress has a clever tie-neck design and features all the classic Muir-isms: contrast stitching, fluid jersey that never looks vulgar, and decorative seaming. The impostor is by Ann Buck, a fellow Brit who makes her dress in rust jersey and adds another Muir-ism, punched suede, into the mix. With a self belt and ornamented cuffs, the dress is very Muir indeed.

Either day dress, the Muir or the Buck, will make the next owner quite happy. Nothing beats a viscose jersey dress for fall. Easy to pack, easy to layer, time-less designs. We think the answer is To Muir and To Not Muir,

Jean Muir purple viscose neck tie day dress, c early 1970s. Marked size 6, modern size 4SOLD
Ann Buck rust viscose with forest green punched suede trim, c early 1970s. Marked size 6, modern size 4 SOLD
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