Of A Kind is one of the best fashion sites developed in the past few years. Created by Clair Mazur and Erica Cerulo, it offers limited edition items — accessories, garments, and other clever pieces — by rising designers. I think of it as the web’s version of a farmers market, but sub the veggies and fruits for the coolest fashion.
I’m subscribed to its daily newsletter, which features the newest offering on the site. When I saw a hand-painted Rachel Rose silk tee one morning, I squealed inside. There were only 50 of a kind available, so I pounced.
The shirt arrived last weekend and is heavenly in person. It is paper-thin silk with a watercolor wash of mint and navy polka dots scattered across it.
I’ve been hesitant to add too many trendy pastels to my wardrobe — mostly because I know muted colors are tried and true to my personal style, and I can’t afford to invest in an expensive piece that’s going out of style after a season. But the watercolor affect doesn’t scream trendy pastel, and it’s hand-made quality won’t look cheap and last season anytime soon.
I think it’s a perfect addition to my wardrobe — it can be easily paired with jeans or any of my neutral skirts. On warm days it will suffice, but I can also layer it under a blazer to add professionalism or a jean jacket to dress it down. For a normal work day or an afternoon out, a simple cardigan will look flattering too.