I once went to Paris – for three weeks – with only a carry-on suitcase. I love packing. My love stems in part from the excitement of the trip itself, but also because packing is the ultimate puzzle: suduko and jigsaw rolled into one. YESSS.
(Unpacking, however, UGH. Don’t get me started.)
So I was pretty excited when my friend Bella, of NINOBrand, showed me this dress. I mean this top. This top that – wait for it – turns into a dress. And it’s not one of those tunic-length things where on short people it’s a dress, but on tall girls it’s a top – NO. It turns into a legitimate dress, a maxi-length dress by way of some seriously inspired pattern engineering on Bella’s part.
That girl? She’s a genius. (If you missed our profile on Bella last year, it’s worth a read. And there are a ton of pics of her amazing line to get a feel for what she’s about.)
Additionally, this dress is also one of those dresses that feel super casual but look amazingly glam. AND is machine-washable. See what I mean? GENIUS.
Keep reading to see The Miraculous Transformation From Top To Dress, info on where you can find Bella’s dress, and……
…a super secret surprise that Bella and I have been cooking up.
Oh Hi – I’m A Top
Behold My Transformative Power
Et Voila: A Glam (Yet Comfy) Dress
dress: NINOBrand Liv Dress (wearing a size 1, for reference) – note the cool hem. The flare at the bottom looks good even if it hits higher up the leg (for the tall mamas).
shorts: Frame denim (size 25 for reference – these are high-waisted, btw)
sunglasses: Warby Parker
clutch: Madewell vacation clutch
bracelet: Chan Luu wrap bracelet
shoes: super old – but these are similar
Also? I have a secret.
Bella’s Liv dress retails for $490. Which…..considering that you get two versatile pieces, it’s machine washable and made in the USA….
….but still. I wanted a more affordable version. And Bella loves a challenge. So. In these last few pics I may or may not be wearing a prototype of a dress with a few design tweaks to keep costs down, in a special collaboration between NINOBrand and TME.
And anyway, if it was said prototype….it wouldn’t actually be launching until later in June, so just….keep a lid on it, wouldya?
More soon. (promise)
All pics by the oh-so-talented Redfield Photography.