It’s the time of year when our mailboxes fill up with invitations to all kinds of holiday and New Year’s Eve parties…office parties, house parties, cocktail parties. It’s exciting – but sometimes challenging – to find the perfect dress. Christa, from made-to-order dressmakers Bow & Drape, sat down to explain how to pick the right dress for your body and how to deal with winter weather without sacrificing your style.
SB: What dress shapes are best according to body type?
- Hourglass – The Jackie is perfect for an hourglass shape. The silhouette is designed to accentuate curves.
- Pear – The Michelle Swing is beautiful on a pear shape figure. The combination of the full skirt and the fitted top is an interesting contrast.
- Apple – The Twiggy is well-suited and flattering for apple figures. This 60’s-inspired shift dress is a simple and chic look.
- Petite – All our silhouettes have the option to select hem length. For a petite shape, any design with a mini or knee length hem will be ideal.
- Tall – The Diane Maxi is stunning on a tall figure.
SB: What little black dress can I wear to fancy cocktail parties but also to more casual holiday parties? How should I accessorize in both situations?
C: The black Twiggy with a scallop hem and brass beading is a versatile and classic look. For a fancy cocktail party, I would accessorize with a statement necklace and bright colored heels. For a more casual look, I would accessorize with black tights and jewel-toned flats.
SB: How do I pick the proper skirt length for my body?
C: A good rule of thumb when choosing the hem length on a skirt is where the skirt falls around your kneecap. The skirt should hit below the knee or an inch above the knee.
SB: You offer a few different necklines. What is the most flattering for a small bust and what’s better for a larger bust line?
C: On a small bust, the boatneck is an elegant option. On a larger bust, the v-neck is very flattering.
SB: It’s cold in NYC during holiday party season. What dress shapes and colors look best with winter accessories like tights or slick knee high boots?
C: Any silhouette can be paired with tights for a more seasonal look. The Twiggy is a perfect silhouette for knee high boots; I love the combination of a simple shift dress and a bold boot.
This holiday season, I love our emerald shade – it is a rich color that will make a statement.
The Diane Maxi is also a nice option for a holiday party. This maxi dress covers your legs and is a timeless, classic design.
SB: What are your favorite ways to stay warm while your dressed up and jetting around town?
C: Our Perfect Scarf is my favorite winter accessory. The extralong length makes it easy to stylishly wrap and keeps you warm. Also, a wool coat and a hat are staple pieces for winter weather.
SB: How can I accessorize an embellished dress without going over the top?
C: Earrings are a great accessory when your dress has a lot of detail. I think a complimentary pair of earrings adds a nice balance.
SB: What silhouettes are best for going from the office to dinner?
C: The Jackie and the Diane are great silhouettes for the office and translate well to a night out. Also, the Twiggy can be belted or unbelted to accomodate different occasions.
SB: Do you have any styling secrets you’d like to share?
C: Making sure that your shoes compliment your outfit is very important. I always make sure I have the appropriate style shoe for any occasion.