Clothing isn’t just about fulfilling a basic need; it can be a deeply personal means of expressing yourself. So when a designer creates a clothing line out of their needs, wishes and dreams, it’s sure to be something special.
Take the new clothing collection created by Orange is the New Black star Danielle Brooks. According to HuffPost, the actor teamed up with plus clothing line Universal Standard to design a capsule collection based on one simple question: “If you could design three pieces that you always wished you had in your closet but could never find, what would they be?”
With that in mind, Glamour says Brooks designed a “short and sweet” line, offering three pieces consisting of overalls, an off-the-shoulder sweater dress and a pleated shirtdress. While a collection of only three pieces may seem a bit too compact, Brooks told Glamour that the first thing she thought of when creating the line was designing something “transformable.”
“I was thinking, You know what could be cool? Having something that is transformable,” she said. “I chose the off-the-shoulder dress, because I felt like this is something I was just comfortable wearing. So if I’m on a plane and I want to be casual, then I step [out of the airport] and there’s paparazzi in my face and I want to feel a little more glamorous, I can take this dress either direction.”
The final two pieces — the overalls and shirt dress — were created from two different inspirations, Brooks told Glamour: the former to fit and flatter curvy figures and the latter to riff off a shirt she saw Solange Knowles wear. HuffPost reports that all of the pieces are under $200, with the sweater dress coming in at $190, the shirtdress at $110 and the overalls at $120, all available in sizes 10 to 28.
Armed with three looks that offer women of all sizes an effortless style, Brooks shared with Glamour that, even though they are her designs, she still can’t quite believe that she had the chance to do such a thing.
“…It’s crazy to finally have clothes out there that I designed. That never ever crossed my mind when I was a teenager, shopping at Walmart looking in the men’s section.”