January 30th, 2009
Need a simple style solution? Wear a dress. Dresses are, hands down, the fastest way to look effortlessly chic. Here’s how to dress around a dress:
1. Start simply with a dress. If you’re a dress kind of gal, we recommend building a dress wardrobe for both Fall/Winter and Spring/Summer, with heavier weight fabrics for cooler months and more breezy chic dresses for warmer times. Regardless of season, the key to a fabulous dress wardrobe is to pick silhouettes that work with your own personal architecture. This belted double breasted shirtdress, for instance, is great for women with a boyish figure; the dual lines of buttons create visual interest at the bustline, while the belt helps to create the illusion of a defined waist.
2. It is winter, after all, so you’ll want to cover up. Toss on a tailored blazer for looks and warmth. If you’re spending time outside in a cold climate, you’ll also want a warm, lightweight layering sweater between the dress and the jacket (and a silk base layer).
3. Accessorize with a few choice pieces: chocolate brown boots that complement the rich navy blue dress, a brown bag that works with the boots, and a gold necklace to give the outfit some warmth. Note how the ties on the bag echo the ties on the boots.
How would you dress around a dress? Share your style with us in the comments!