But for those rare times when gingham rompers won’t cut it (sigh), Brooklyn-based designer Dona Monroe’s debut collection of classic frocks is our go-to. Following stints in seven cities and four countries, Monroe found her way to a fashion publishing firm in NYC, where she became frustrated by the lack of sophisticated day-to-night pieces in her closet.
The solution: design her own tightly edited line of everyday little black dresses made from lightweight, sand-washed silk (for edgy, downtown appeal). With help from her pattern-making mother, Monroe has updated the all-season fabric in flattering silhouettes from the ’70s and ’80s (viz, the boatneck mini and plunging, ruffled number).
We plan to gussy up the V-neck shift with a pair of bronze earrings and a boyfriend blazer for work Monday a.m. Join us.
Available online at donamonroe.com, $290-$330.
Photo: Courtesy of Dona Monroe