The dress is a woman’s greatest asset.
Sometimes the wonder of the dress is forgotten in our rush to wear the pants.
We take what we think is the easy way out, the comfortable route and the familiar. Trousers fit into that mind set. Sometimes, trousers or jeans are the only solution but often we wear them because we forget about the beauty and ease of the dress.
Habitual dressing is a trap. This season I am tailoring my habit and re-focusing on the dress.
The dress is an ally.
A dress requires less thought; only one piece and some accessorising completing the outfit.
There is something luxurious and superbly feminine about wearing a dress. When I am wearing a dress, even the simplest shift I feel as if I have made more effort with my appearance. Obviously we feel feminine when wearing a dress, but it seems more than that, something of a secret advantage. A dress makes me feel more elegant, better groomed and well co-ordinated.
Dresses suit most women.
Friends tell me, “They don’t wear dresses” because they don’t “work for them”. I don’t really believe this logic, as I know dresses can. It is more about finding the style and length that is suitable for an individual shape and not being “frightened” of the dress. It is easy to hide in pants and jeans because they become our fall-back and our comfort position. Wearing a dress makes more of an individual statement.
The Right Dress?
Finding the right dress is like hitting the jackpot.
I believe in buying a dress when you see it, not when you need it. I have never had great luck in finding something for a special occasion and I know buying what you fall in love with, what feels comfortable and what flatters will find its time and place.
I have similar dresses in my wardrobe.
When a cut suits, duplicate it. There is nothing more advantageous than copying a successful shape. Run with it; there are so many variations in fabric and colour to play with.
This season I have decided to wear dresses more often, dresses that take me through the day and into the evening.
The ease of waking up and putting on a dress is very appealing; all that remains is the choice of shoes or boots to compliment the look. I like that idea of simplicity. There may be more planning in the buying, more experimenting and trying on but once found, it is done.
Did we once think that dresses were only to be worn for best?
They aren’t. Dresses are for every day that we choose to wear them. Footwear makes all the difference when it comes to dressing the dress up or down. One dress can perform in many ways with a change of shoe.
And what about the dress worn with an overcoat? This combination was once well worn and a favourite ensemble of fashionable women.
The glimpse of dress peeping out between the layers, the line of the body accentuated by the cut of the coat and a beautiful pair of shoes is one of the most feminine ways we can dress.
The dress is a wonder and our asset to work with. Let’s use it, xv.
thank you matchesfashion.com for the inspiration and for the constantly superb curation
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