Style File – Isabella Mint Silk Tee

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.


  1. Erin says:

    Ooooooooo I like that a lot!

  2. Kinzie says:

    Lovely! It looks much more blue in the last picture than it does in the others. Either way, though, it’s lovely! I love how crisp the print is.

    • jacqueline says:

      The color looks a bit different in varying light. Overall, I’d say the “true” color is somewhere between the really pale from my first few pictures and the bluer color in the last.

  3. Monica says:

    LOVE! The sheer fabric, the color combinations – even the packaging – is just FABULOUS! I’m going to have to check out this company!

    • jacqueline says:

      I love good packaging. Makes it that much more special. I hung the card stock tag on the hanger with the shirt when I put it in my closet.

      • Trillium says:

        Quite a coincidence. Yesterday the front doorbell rang and when I went to see who it was, I saw a postal worker getting into the truck so I figured a package had been left. I opened the door expecting the package to be for my husband since he frequently receives work-related packages and I haven’t ordered something that might be delivered in over the year. Imagine my immense surprise when I saw that MY name was on the package. The return address was for someone that I do not know. As I carried it to the kitchen and found a knife with which to slit the tape around the box, I wondered and was puzzled as to who it could be from. I began removing bubble wrap and white tissue paper that was wrapped around another box inside. When I lifted more tissue that was over the top of the inner box, I no longer had to wonder who the package was from. I knew it was from my darling daughter since attached to the lavender fabric ribbon wrapped around the inner box was a small white tag with a pink heart on it and wording in the heart that said HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY! I was so excited. Then I untied the ribbon to find more bubble wrap and now dusty rose tissue paper that I gently lifted out to discover just the most exquisite, thoughtful gift. Cradled inside was a demitasse cup holding a bleeding hearts fabric sculpture. WOW, WOW, WOW! I absolutely love it!! So, I love good packaging as well; it definitely made this gift more special. I’ll have to let my daughter know.

  4. Terri says:

    I love the notion that this is one of kind…and I agree that you’ll wear this over many seasons. Couldn’t really see the mint until I saw the entire outfit. Well done.

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