One of the aspects of blogging that I really enjoy is sharing wonderful new finds, and this one is no exception. neesh by D.A.R. is a clothing line designed by Denise Allen Robinson, with an eye toward ageless-yet-feminine, flirty-yet-subtle, whimsical-yet-wearable clothing with a bit of Paris attitude. Denise began by designing sweaters for a friend’s boutique, and the clothing line grew from there. She travels to Paris multiple times per year (so envious!) for inspiration and design ideas.
How would I describe the pieces they sent for me to try on and style for you? Modern vintage? Practical romantic? Feminine, definitely very feminine, but not too jeune fille? All of these, actually. The current collection was inspired by Downton Abbey, so you may recognize some of the characters in the style names.
This Jean Valjean jacket is made of wonderfully soft French Terry, has a double-action zipper closing, and a grosgrain drawstring that allows the collar to either be worn gathered (as I’ve shown here) or flat. The Mary’s top (for Lady Mary, natch) is a soft floaty tunic.
All of the clothing is made in the USA, and most of the pieces I’m wearing in this post are machine washable. Most are made with natural fiber fabrics. There’s a lot of “mixed media” design, and one of the details I liked the most was the full sleeves or sleeve insets of jersey, which provide a snug and flattering yet comfortable fit. The pieces I tried would be fabulous for travel, due to the washability and packability (can be rolled or scrunched up).
I’ll admit it; I had so much fun styling these pieces. And I think that sense of fun is what neesh by D.A.R. is all about. The clothes are available online as well as in stores (maybe one near you). Of the pieces I’ve shown here, I was offered my choice of one in consideration for this write-up…can you guess which I picked? Which would you choose?
Other items worn shown below.
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