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.
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:
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:
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’.
Little Black Dress:
Versace Safety-Pin Dress:
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!