Here’s a scarlet letter I’m not afraid to brandish.
When I moved to New York City almost five years ago, I swore off my basics wardrobe. The one comprising an apparel company that shall remain nameless; my go-to for college parties and wild, strobe-lit affairs. It was time to step it up, so that even when I went for simple, it would still come across as streamlined and put-together.
I first fell in love with the Brooklyn-based brand’s Babe Dress—a long-sleeved body-con with a single sheer panel along the lower hem. It was cool, clean, and above all, didn’t require the self-conscious pull-down that many women endure when their freakum dress (annoyingly!) rides up. It was a time when Ekineyo consisted primarily of nylon/spandex creations in fun prints and bold hues. A few years later, its offerings have expanded and, in a sense, grown up with me.
For a night out, I now opt for Ekineyo’s fleece coordinating set. Currently in black and red color ways, the two-piece set is forgiving (thanks peplum!), and cozy enough to dress up a cold fall evening on the town. Plus, the co-ordinate aspect is a plus: wear both together or mix-and-match for a combination of different approaches. Either way, you’ll feel sexy and sleek without crossing a thin, co-ed line.