Friday, May 7, 2010


It seems to be that time of year when people receive invitations to weddings, Spring Galas or other dressy affairs.   If the dress code allows, a cocktail dress is a good choice.
Oscar de la Renta silk faille
Oscar de la Renta silk faille

For most people in reasonable shape (and don't worry - everyone has a figure flaw!), this means lighter fabrics like silks and chiffons for spring and summer.  If you want to contain a more rotund figure, or are advanced in age, a stiffer taffeta or silk faille might be more appropriate.

Whichever material you choose, think of playing up your assets both in terms of shape and color.

Here are a few thoughts on the softer fabrics and styles.

Fuschia Dress
beading on Fuschia dress
The Fuschia Dress:
  •  has beaded straps to emphasize the shoulders.  
  • This can balance out curvy hips.
  • The skirt bottom flares out from a tulip shape and has deconstructed ribbon accents on diagonals.

The Lavender Dress:
  •  Empire waist works for short-waisted ladies.
  • A-Line shape disguises broad hips.
  • Beading in bust area keeps attention at the face.
  • The dress has a delicate, fairy-like feel.
Lavender Dress

Beading at chest area

Halter Dress
The Halter Dress:
  • This is full of visual tricks for someone who wants to look longer and leaner
  • The deep V-neck and vertical stripes elongate the torso
  • The skirt is cut on the bias giving a swing to the skirt
  • The diagonal lines of the skirt trick viewers into thinking your silhouette is lean and dynamic

For those who can enviably wear any wispy creation they want, I just love Alberta Ferretti's inspirational spring collection:
Alberta Ferretti Spring 2010

Biggest thanks to Lily Dong, my talented photographer friend, for shooting my dresses beautifully in this blog.

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