Itemized: Boxing Kitten Sue Cutout Dress

Photographer Maia Stern
August 23, 2011

Every week a different FADER staff member will pick a clothing item or accessory that he or she has lately been spending a lot of time with—or would like to—and write a little love letter to it. We would’ve done a column on who we’re dating but that seemed a little bit much. This week Deidre Dyer talks about her new Boxing Kitten’s Sue Cutout Dress.

I am usually a decisive person. I tend to know exactly what I want (everything), and when I want it (right now). When I go out to eat, I'm the one that corrals my dinner mates to quickly look at the menu and make up their minds. I frown disapprovingly when they try to modify signature dishes, switch out side orders and are generally flummoxed by all their options. Now I finally understand their bewilderment. While browsing the bevy of pretty dresses in Boxing Kitten's summer collection, I found myself unsure, weighing numerous options, but ultimately just wanting all of them. Each Ankara-printed dress bore a sassy little name, (Billy! Varla! Rosa!) and beckoned me on with their feminine peplums, cinched waistlines and flirty cutouts. It took no less than ten days of deliberation, the opinion of four close friends, and a lengthy email chain to coerce my stalled decision making process. I felt like a character in a Woody Allen film, coming undone when faced with the fork in the road, sputtering "I'm usually not like this."

The sagely advice of my close friends prevailed and we all agreed that Sue was the lady for me— black and white rectangular print with a feisty leopard trim. Once I received my Sue in the mail—preciously wrapped in floral Hawaiian wrapping paper—and tried it on, I knew I'd made the right choice. This dress fit like it was made just for me. All the other options paled in comparison. In a lofty, otherworldly sense maybe this dress chose me, knowing that I, in a moment of indecision, might have gone left instead of right.

From The Collection:

Itemized: Boxing Kitten Sue Cutout Dress