Let's think about happier things, like July, and Painted Tortoise. This is another Buenos Aires piece, and it possesses the much-appreciated quality of looking better on a body that's filled out a little from six months of eating lots of pizza and pasta (Argentine cuisine is not particularly veg-friendly) than a more slimmed-down body.
It's the wrap element: it emphasizes any hourglass tendencies you might have.
I love the full sleeves, though, and the collar. The collar makes Painted Tortoise feel almost businesslike to me, as if I could wear it to work, in a world where there were parameters on what I could wear to work.
The print is also a huge part of the appeal; I feel like a fabulous reptile in it. Like, let's say you had a pet tortoise, and you came home to find your seven-year-old had carefully painted in the entire shell with the surprisingly expensive nail polish you'd picked up at Sephora the day before.
Would you carry your pet around like a humiliated, world-weary accessory? Would you try to get its new scalage off with nail polish remover? Would you Instagram it with a Kelvin filter? Would you feel okay using the same brush and polish to paint your own nails?
It was kind of a big deal. For a lot of people, it's still going on. Donate to your charity of choice.
All photos by Michelle Derden Edwards!