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Invest in a Great Dress

Invest in a Great Dress that you LOVE!

There are some designer dresses out there that are to die-for.  But where would you wear them because our lifestyle is just not Downton Abbey:) But I do know that if you invest in a great dress, one that fits your body like a glove you will never regret the purchase because of the joy that it will give you over time. I just love a great fitted dress because you can easily wear it for many occasions, all you have to do is switch out the accessories.  That could be a scarf a statement necklace or a beautiful set of pearls.  Plus dresses are wonderful to travel with because they are easy to pack, you have an outfit in an instant and they make you feel so darn special.  I remember when I was a little girl I had all these beautiful dresses that my mother had made for me. They were of course for very special occasions and when I was allowed to wear them – boy did I ever feel like a princess.

History of Dresses Linda Ferguson Designs

History of Dresses Linda Ferguson Designs

Dresses have come a long way and we are not looking back – only moving forward with comfort and style!  Thank goodness we no longer have to think about wearing those uncomfortable corsetes that had whale boning in them to support your bust line and enhance your posture.  Today we have ‘Spanks’ and they certainly are a blessing for many of us.  And ladies, let’s not forget about the bra.  If your breasts are not lining up with the darts in the bodice of the dress, a better supporting bra is definitely needed.

Type of Dresses:

Types of Dresses Linda Ferguson Designs

Types of Dresses Linda Ferguson Designs

There are many different types of dresses out there, but they do not flatter all body types. We should remember when we choose a dress for work, that it is refined whether it is tailored or an A-Line they should always have simple elegant lines to them.  Keep your unstructured dresses that are flimsy and floppy for the weekends.  So one has to understand that you want to choose a dress that enhances your specific figure while it accentuates all your positive attributes.  For example, a strapless dress is not very flattering if you have bony or rounded shoulders.  If you have concerns about your ‘Chicken Wing Arms’ you know the ones that wave at you when you raise your arms:)  Then you would be better off with a dress that has a longer sleeve with maybe some neckline detailing.  But if you suffer from ‘Kninkles’ which are knee wrinkles or fat over your knees, you might want to consider buying a dress that is at least about one inch below your knee cap. However, if you have a large bust line we know that a V-Neck or Scoop Neck opening is much more flattering.  Once you find the right neck line for your body type, try to select those types of dresses and add them to your wardrobe.

Dress Neck Lines:

Dress Neck Lines Linda Ferguson Designs

Dress Neck Lines Linda Ferguson Designs

Dress Styles:

Now the dress can come in any colour, pattern or print, but we know that the ‘Little Black Dress’ or commonly referred to as the ‘LBD’ which came on the scene in 1926 by Chanel, made this dress a staple in every woman’s wardrobe today. The Little Black Dress can transform any girl into a woman because it instantly gives the wearer the appearance of good taste and confidence.  Hollywood stylists for decades now have long understood the value of an elegant LBD.  Edith Head the American costume designer who won eight Academy Awards for her beautiful designs stated that ‘Your dress should be tight enough to show you’re a woman, and loose enough to show you’re a lady’.

Dress Styles Linda Ferguson Designs

Dress Styles Linda Ferguson Designs

Little Black Dress:

Arguably history’s most famous Little Black Dress, the Hubert de Givenchy design featured on the 1961 Breakfast at Tiffany’s.  Audrey Hepburn’s turn as Holly Golightly was not only a defining moment in her career, but helped secure the fashion classic its place in style history. The dress is now one of many currently on display at the V&A’s Hollywood Costume exhibition.  When you invest in a dress that is timeless, the rewards are endless because of the pleasure it will serve you for years to come.
Audrey Hepburn's Breakfast at Tiffany's Dress Linda Ferguson Designs

Audrey Hepburn’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s Dress Linda Ferguson Designs

Versace Safety-Pin Dress:

When a little-known Elizabeth Hurley stepped out on the arm of Hugh Grant at the premiere of Four Weddings and a Funeral in 1997, her daring choice of attire made her an instant household name.  The plunging Versace design held together with gold safety pins is to this day, one of the most (if not the most) famous red carpet dresses of all time.   Now keep in mind that we definitely need to have the body and confidence to fit into such a provocative piece of art.  But sometimes these memorable pieces are the single ones that make us feel so magical.
Elizabeth Hurley's Versace Safety-Pin Dress Linda Ferguson Designs

Elizabeth Hurley’s Versace Safety-Pin Dress Linda Ferguson Designs

White Halterneck Dress:

The white pleated dress worn by Marilyn Monroe in The Seven Year Itch back in 1955 reached iconic status thanks to the way in which it was worn, as opposed to the design of the dress itself. The minute that Monroe stood above a New York subway grate on the corner of Lexington Avenue and 52nd street will forever be ingrained as the most widely associated image of the star, and consequently, the way that the world remembers her today.  Created by costume designer William Travilla, the halterneck dress was kept locked away in his archives – presumed lost by many – until his death in 1990, when it joined a private collection owned by Debbie Reynolds at the Hollywood Motion Picture Museum. The dress was later sold for over $5.6 million (£3.5 million) at a 2011 auction.  Never underestimate the value of a simple dress.  As Yves Saint Laurent stated many year ago ‘Over the years I have learned that what is important in a dress is the woman who is wearing it’.
Marilyn Monroe's White Halterneck Dress Linda Ferguson Designs

Marilyn Monroe’s White Halterneck Dress

If you are still not sure about what type of dress to invest in or which type best suits your body, go and check out my Pinterest site where you will be inspired to start adding different pieces to your wardrobe. I tell my clients to start a Pinterest board for the different clothing categories and then search for the garments that you need to complete your wardrobe. When you start this process this will be top-of-mind the next time you are shopping and you will only buy what you need to build your wardrobe. At Linda Ferguson Designs I teach women how to strategically invest in clothing pieces, and when you do that, you save a heck of a lot of money.  Always choose quality over quantity. Shopping online is a great place to find bargains and great pieces like at Net-A-Porter. Invest in yourself FIRST because your are worth it Girl!

About the Author

Linda FergusonAs a Fashion Designer for discriminating women, I have been dressing the female form for many decades. I love helping women of all ages and dress sizes learn how to look fantastic in the Body Type that they have today. Looking good is all about Line - Proportion & Balance. Designer Clothing with ATTiTUDE.View all posts by Linda Ferguson →

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