Can you see it?
Can you see the face on this Anna Sui suede mini dress? Because we can see a face on this dress: and it’s not a happy face either. In fact, it’s a grump, annoyed face – a face that clearly says, “For crying out loud: why am I attached to a stupid suede mini dress? Why wouldn’t I have been a vintage Dior ballgown? Or something Taylor Swift might wear? Instead I’m stuck here with birds for eyes, and a really big nose…”
Now can you see it?
OK, OK, bad Photoshop is bad, we get it. But you see the face now, right? And now that you’ve seen it, you can’t UN-see it. That’s the problem with faces in places : they’re funny, and they can sometimes even be cute: they’re not always what we’d call a “crime of fashion”. But wear them once, see the face, and you will never look at that dress, or sweater, or whatever it is, the same way again. All you’ll see – and all anyone ELSE will see – will be the face.
If you’re lucky, you might be able to swing this as a “statement” piece. Because it is one. The problem with statement pieces, however, is that, well, they make a statement. Sometimes quite a strong one. So rather than YOU wearing the clothes, the clothes will almost always end up wearing you in these cases: people won’t remember what YOU looked like – they’ll just remember you as being “that girl with the dress that had a face”, and you have to ask yourself if that’s what you really want your wardrobe to do for you.
If you do want that, fair enough. But if you want people to see YOUR face, rather than the one on your dress, we recommend steering clear of faces in places – no matter how cute they might look.