Samantha Pleet outfit on Alden Wicker of EcoCult

Beware of this outfit. You must use it with caution.

That’s because Samantha Pleet designs her items not to look good on a hanger, but to look good on the female form. And apparently, men cannot handle it.

It’s not like it’s a slutty outfit. More like it’s a modern reincarnation of the 50s bombshell outfit, which works with your curves instead of against them. As I walked down the street, men erupted in calls of, “Beautiful!” and “Gorgeous.” Lost in thought at an intersection, I came to when a dapperly-dressed guy said, “Did you hear me?” I looked at him, and he said, “I love your outfit,” and then strode across the street. This one wasn’t a catcall, or at least it didn’t feel like one. It felt like a genuine compliment on my style.

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Still, I might save this outfit for less running around Manhattan and more attending an outdoor party or concert. It’s also perfectly comfortable for a hot summer’s day, it being in light cotton and a little bit of wool. It’s made in India, fair trade. You can get it online or in person at Swords-Smith in Williamsburg. The purse is a vintage Dooney and Bourke I bought at Brooklyn Flea.

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Shoes by Isapara // handmade in Greece // available at Modavanti

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Rings clockwise from top right: K/ller Collection brass peak ring, pinkie ring bought at Love Adorned, bought at ABC Home, bought at Bhoomki in Park Slope. Bracelet/ring hand cuff by Mettle Fair Trade.

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Vintage pin from my grandmother’s collection.

Image credit: Trevor Wilson