While we don’t know the muggy temperatures, September is coming advent. That means I can’t stop thinking about all the fall outfits I fell in love with six months ago and will be wearing them soon. I’m designers Dylan Cao, Jin Kay and Huy Luong Zizai 69. The original inspiration came from their mother in 71sand’71 In Korea (where Kay is from) and Vietnam (where Kay and Luong are from), they have ground Develop ultra-wearable tailored pieces and dresses with special details that are sometimes out of place and always thoughtful.
The number one must-have for me this season is their sky blue oversized oxford shirt. An oxford shirt might seem like a boring choice, and nothing but a committee is boring! This one has a curved front yoke that gives it a vaguely western feel, and underneath — this is my favorite part — are two circular slits on either side of the chest. When I first saw these pictures, I immediately thought “me!” (Perfect for breastfeeding!, I’m kidding myself.)
This isn’t the first time I’ve gotten into trouble – wearing heels for their work. A few seasons ago, I bought a mint green satin button-down shirt with their logo embroidered on the left pocket. They call it the Banker’s Shirt, and I think it’ll be considered a classic satin shirt with a gray suit underneath, beloved by many business women, except that the elastic ribbon on the back makes the top half of the shirt a little puffy. When I was talking to them about their collection at the time, I remember they showed me a picture of a woman, maybe one of their moms, riding a motorcycle with the back of her shirt fluttering in the wind. The elastic is their attempt to reproduce the same silhouette on those of us who are still. I thought it was a genius.
This A mint satin shirt is one of my wardrobe staples that I can always count on to make me feel good about myself and became a must-have even when I was pregnant – I unboxed it, Let my tummy just hang out (from their mothers to future mothers, I think, it’s perfect). So, I know that a blue oxford shirt will pull its weight as well. It has to be mine.
Now, revisiting the series pictures, it’s unbelievable how their fall collection feels exactly like my current Dress exactly the same way. Coincidence or did they lurk in my subconscious a few months ago? Shirt (I think we can call it that now), tucked into belted high-waisted flared jeans; the shirt is worn under a boxy jacket over a silver sequined skirt (perhaps other