It's Maycember. Like December, but May. In a week or two it gets crazy. All the parties, gifts to buy, places to go, outfits to plan. Are you prepared? Do you have hanging in your closet what you need to get you through the month's shindigs? We're here to help you look fabulous all month long with one simple wardrobe piece. The Dress.
I can see you rolling your eyes at me. You think it's near impossible to find a good dress and you may not even like dresses. It's a nightmare to find one if you hate shopping or have no time to scour the racks and try on different styles. You definitely don't have time if you're an expert at multi-tasking meals/car pool/lessons/homework. Or an attorney or a teacher or anything but a professional shopper and wardrobe consultant. I'm not an expert at many things, but this I am. I know how to put you in a dress. In fact, I have! The May Style Vault comes with a bonus section, Dresses For Every Occasion, dresses for every shape, at all price points, for all types of occasions. All shoppable from one place. Shopping done. Finit. Moving on with your life and looking fab was never so easy.
What I'm going to do here is show you which dresses you are never to wear and which ones always work, and how to switch up your favorite dress (if you even have one) so you can wear it multiple times this May.
First, no babydoll dresses ever. Ever. Unless you are in fact a babydoll or want to look like one.
Next, no long dresses that resemble your neighbor's drapes unless you are dressing for a theme party.
And finally for the no-no's, if you want to get a lot of mileage out of your dress to wear to multiple types of events, stay away from memorable patterns and strong colors. Quick - what dress does Julia Roberts wear in Pretty Woman when Richard Gere takes her to the opera?
I'm going to show you how to make one dress look different every time you wear it. So the first rule when it comes to buying a dress is alter, alter, alter. Fit is First. Not too big, not too tight. If you fall in love with a dress that doesn't fit in the dressing room, not so fast. There are certain kinds of alterations you can do to a dress.
Dress too big?
What if the dress is too small?
What about the length? I have had so many clients think they have to pass on a dress because it's too short. You don't if there is some extra hem. Just turn it up and look. A tailor can always face the bottom of your dress if you need every inch of that hem.
Let's talk about how long or short to go.
Now for what shape to look for in a dress:
Sheaths without many darts and seams work on women who are fairly straight, i.e. more of a flat tomboy figure than a hippy/booby one.
If you are curvy, opt for a dress cut on the bias so the fabric will skim your curves without hugging them, like the Lafayette dress from Gus Mayer above. Fit and flare dresses work well, too, for curvy figures. Think skim not hug, that's what we want. (I've provided some pretty dresses for curvy women inside the bonus issue of the May Style Vault, Dresses For Every Occasion.)
A universally flattering dress shape, almost all the time, is the wrap dress. You've heard me say this many times. It bears repeating often.
The traditional sheath, with some shaping, is also pretty universal. Here's how to take one and wear it to all your May events. Ok so no one would do this unless the news is doing a feature on The Woman Who Wore The Same Dress For 30 Days - and this has actually been done; but my point is that one good dress can change your life. Here's mine, and I hooked up Style Vault Insiders with this fab grey sheath in May's bonus issue. If you want to buy it, join the Vault today. It comes in petite and curvy, too.
Now I'm sick of this dress and you'll probably never see me wearing it again, at least until September when I have a whole new slew of events to wear it to! Kidding. I think I'm wearing it tomorrow.
Thanks for reading and if you want us to style you for all your May events, check out our wardrobe services. Amy, Barbara and myself love pulling rabbits out of hats in closets. And if you're not in Nashville, better get inside the Vault to get May's must-haves and the dresses in the bonus issue. Items are selling fast and I sourced amazing outfits for every item, with savings over $1,000 this month alone.
All the best,