A few weeks ago I was feeling really good but really lacking in the transitional dress department. I wanted to spend my hard-earned money on something classic that I could wear multiple ways, to multiple different events, and could be styled for all seasons. Here’s my transitional dress, styled once before over shorts, and here in two additional ways. What should you look for when you’re trying to decide whether to shell out for an expensive dress? Why, the Three C’s, of course!
- Color. It’s important to select a color that you know you wear a lot already, or can mix into your wardrobe easily. I wouldn’t purchase this dress in pastel pink, for instance, because it wouldn’t go with my wardrobe’s mix of brighter, more rich reds, mustards, plums, and navies.
- Cut. I go for unfussy, simple lines when I buy a pricey dress because I want to be able to wear it lots of different ways. This dress is not too tight, not too loose, which makes it a perfect summer dressy option by itself with a sparkly necklace and flats, but also easy to layer over or under other pieces. I unbuttoned the dress and wore it cape-style over a tank and high-waisted jeans for a more casual look. What makes it all possible is the fact that there aren’t any pleats or pockets to get in the way of my layering desires.
- Classic-ity. Or classicism perhaps? This dress is clean and simple and therefore classic. Despite the twist of it’s asymmetrical hemline, a black shirt-dress draped to perfection is not likely going out of style anytime soon. It’s also the perfect weight and color for any season, so therefore it can be worn all year, for years to come.
August 1, 2011