Tuesday, May 11, 2010


Bottega Veneta Spring 2010
This continues a series of blogs on Fancy Dress Events

Why do so many brides and debutantes wear the classic strapless gown?  Because they are so naturally flattering!

The average woman - whatever the state of her tummy or derriere - has presentable collarbones and shoulders.  The fitted bodice of the classic strapless dress, particularly if stiff with corset boning, can seem to make any tummy flab disappear.

(Also see the  Oscar de la Renta strapless dresses from the last blog entry.)
Jason Wu Spring 2010
Interestingly, I find this shape flatters those with a bit of flesh rather than the very skinny.  Ladies with very bony shoulders and collarbones can look like the Social X-Rays of "Bonfire of the Vanities"!  In the Jason Wu dress above, the skinny model is given a little bit of volume by the intricately pinched fabric in the bodice and bulbous skirt.

Spring strapless day dress
After I gave birth to my daughter, I couldn't fit into any of my wispy evening dresses.  I gained 65 pounds during pregnancy and retained about 15 pounds after!  I had to reach for the classic strapless dresses for dressy events.

  • Choose stiffer fabrics that retain their shape and "hold you in"
  • Taffeta, Silk faille, shantung silks are some examples
  • Make sure the top fits so you are not constantly tugging all evening.
  • Time to bring out your best jewelry to accessorize: chokers or bare necks with dangly earrings look good
  • A silk organza wrap or other cover is an elegant finish
Stiff pink satin accent


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