The Hunt: The Best Dresses for Work

collage of dresses for work

Sure, we all know what wardrobe essentials for work professional women are supposed to have in their closets, but if you’re buying one for the first time or replacing one you’ve worn into the ground, it can be a pain to find exactly the right incarnation in stores. In “The Hunt,” we search the stores for a basic item that every woman should have.

Pictured at top: one / two / three / four / five

It’s hard to beat the classic sheath dress for work — it’s a blank slate that you can dress up for an important work event with a blazer and sleek heels, but also dress down with a cardigan and a funky flat or a sandal. What I look for in a great sheath dress for work these days includes:

  • thick enough straps or sleeves that there is no chance of bra straps showing through — look for lingerie snaps inside dresses to keep your bra in place, or ask your tailor to add them if you have a problem with falling bra straps
  • a work-appropriate length that isn’t too trendy — usually within an inch of your kneecap 
  • a fit that is tailored and polished but not “bodycon” — no one wants to work long hours in skintight clothing!
  • pockets, which can be great (because, well, pockets!) but often add a lot of bulk and detract from the sleekness (I still almost always want pockets, but that’s me.)
  • sleeves, which can also be a double-edged sword — sleeveless styles will inevitably layer better underneath cardigans and blazers. That said, sleeveless looks are not appropriate for every office — so know your office culture if you plan on wearing a sleeveless dress by itself.

Finally, note that on some sheath dresses you may have to rip your vents for the skirt — if there’s a little X sewn into the bottom of the vent, that probably isn’t supposed to be there. Readers, what are you looking for in a sheath dress these days — what makes the best dress for work in 2019 in your eyes? Which styles and brands do you wear the most?

Curious for past roundups of sheath dresses? Here they are from 2018, 201720162015201420132012, and 2011. For other sizing issues, you may want to check out our roundup of bespoke dresses, which you can order to fit exactly to your measurements.

There were so many good ones this time that I thought instead of focusing on just a few random dresses, it might be fun to look at the general offerings at each store. (Don’t miss our Hall of Fame listings above, though, for a bunch of other styles that have been around for ages!) So here are some of our picks from the usual suspects for the best dresses for work…

The Best Dresses for Work at Ann Taylor

collage of the best classic sheath dresses from Ann Taylor

Pictured above: one / two / three

All of these dresses come in regular, petite, and tall sizes, all of them are machine washable, and all are available up to size 18. They’re $ 129-$ 149 (but keep an eye out for 40-50% off sales!) at Ann Taylor. Personally, my top pick would be the first dress — I like that the back is totally covered and it’s seasonless stretch (unlike dress #3), but I think the neckline is a bit more versatile than #2.

The Best Dresses for Work at MM. LaFleur

collage of MMLF dresses for work

Pictured above: one / two / three

MMLF keeps putting out classic dresses that are reliable for work. (I heard recently that their sizing changed recently — what say you, ladies? A friend was complaining about having to return size 6s for 4s due to vanity sizing.) #2 has always been our pick for a Hall of Famer in the past — nice high V, totally covered neckline, machine washable, and available in a ton of colors — all for $ 145. #1 looks very similar to me but has a slightly wider V-neck and a slightly straighter skirt — and it’s available up to size 3X, which is great. Alas, this one is dry clean only, and sells for $ 240. #3 is one of the classic MMLF styles, and — huzzah! — it’s got pockets. It’s $ 195, comes in a zillion colors up to size 3X, and is machine washable.

The Best Dresses for Work at J.Crew

collage of J.Crew dresses for work

Pictured above: one / two / three

By my count, the newest dress to the dress party at J.Crew is the first one pictured above, made of a bi-stretch cotton and with some nice serious darts down the front. It’s available up to size 24 (as well as petites and tall sizes), and comes in five colors, some of which have a matching cropped blazer. The second and third dresses have been around for ages and are definitely classics at this point! They are all priced $ 148-$ 188 full price, but keep an eye out for 30-50% off sales. 

The Best Dresses for Work at Boden

collage of dresses for work from Boden

Pictured above: one / two / three

Boden, as always, has a ton of cute dresses for work — and so many of them have sleeves and pockets, huzzah! The first one above is a nice take on the scallop trend (and comes in a ton of colors), whereas #2 and #3 are both classic styles at Boden and have pockets; #2 is machine washable. All three are under $ 150 at Boden.

A Few Other Dresses For Work…

collage of different dresses from Nordstrom

Pictured above: one / two / three

Obviously, we couldn’t include every dress for work that’s getting good reviews right now — but here are a few additional mentions. The first one pictured above first came on my radar last year at last July’s Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and has been going strong since, getting tons of great reviews in all its various colors. It’s definitely more of a statement than the other dresses we’re featuring here. The second one above is a bestselling style at Eloquii that Nordstrom now carries as well; Nordstrom has several colors, as does Eloquii. Finally, #3 is the most expensive one we’re featuring today — it’s $ 445, from BOSS. I always think of this sleeveless dress as being the “basic BOSS sheath,” but I keep coming back to the one pictured above — the sleeves and the slight A-line shape make it feel really fresh to me. 

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Fab Finds: Leggings, Dresses, Motos and Jeans

The weather is all over the place in the US, which means we’re wearing light layers one day, and heavy layers the next. That’s why retail is covering its bases by providing winter woollies, breezy Summer dresses, and everything in between. That’s also why this week’s fab finds reflect a range of seasons.

1. Danskin Women’s Classic Supplex Body Fit Ankle Legging

If you wear leggings as Athleisure, or with tunics, sweaters and dresses and the like, these are one of the best pairs of leggings around. They’re opaque and substantial, wear like iron, and the waistband isn’t too high, low or tight. They are easy to pull on and off. They can be easily hemmed if they’re too long. They come in six colours and run from sixes XS to 3X.

2. Boden Maisie Jersey Midi Dress

This dress is even better in person. Super soft, extremely comfortable, very flattering on a range of body types, and easy to maintain. Lightweight yet covered, and drapes like a dream. Nice skirt swoosh too. It comes in 5 colours, petite and regular, and goes up to a US18. The US2 fits like a US0 or XS. The mid to larger sizes fit TTS. There’s a V-neck at the back, so make sure you’re okay with that. It’s high enough to cover the bra strap. I bought this dress in the cobalt blue pattern, just to change things up. It’s shorter on me than on the model wearing the cobalt pattern, but still very midi. I’m going to wear it with white and blush pink footwear and bag, and throw in a blush pink scarf for sun protection when I’m walking in blazing heat.

3. Motos

Here’s a selection of moto jackets across a range of colours, lengths, fabrics, fits, weights and sizes. Many of the leather styles are faux, and look spectacular. Some are very casual, a little rugged and hard-edged, and some are more refined and dressier. I’ve seen some of these in person, but they all have good reviews. The shorter lengths work particularly well with skirts and dresses, thereby creating traditionally flattering proportions. The long and oversized motos can also be worn over dresses and skirts, thereby creating a more fashion-forward vibe. The KUT from the Kloth faux suede motos run a size or two big. The BB Dakota styles might run small.

4. Boden Cambridge Skimmer

In my search for bright red bottoms, I threw in these tomato red jeans, and those are the ones I kept because of great fabric, colour and fit. The rise is high on me because I’m short in the rise, but they’ll probably be more mid-rise on others. I’m sick of the calf-sucking fit on tapered pants and jeans, and my calves are narrow to begin with! These skim my calves in a tailored way – not sucking – which looks fresh and dressier to my eye. I’ll need to have the waistband and hips altered because of my slight sway back and the high rise, but the rest of the fit is perfect. They’ll fit a straighter and curvier body type, and won’t look too tight if you get the size right. The substantial fabric helps create a better fit.

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15 dresses that prove florals for spring ARE groundbreaking

Because we need at least one or two (OK, 5) floral dresses in our lives…

floral dresses

Don’t let Miranda Priestly fool you, floral dresses are just as versatile as your LBD, especially when it comes to summer dressing. Nothing says wedding season quite like a floral frock, and luckily there’s a host of brands updating the classic print for the new season.

Floaty, midi, mini or super-structured – there’s plenty of ways to work the trend this season. See our SS19 summer fashion trends report, to see this season’s twist on the trend. Hint: it’s not all about ditzy florals.

Floral dresses for weddings

Print-wise, anything goes for wedding guest season. Those new to the trend and looking to avoid anything too girly should look to abstract prints, seen everywhere on the catwalk, it’s a sure fire way to liven up occasion dressing and a great way to break up any dull wardrobe shades. If you’re a fan of mixing prints, look to Rixo, GANNI and Richard Quinn for a riot of colour and print.

Romantic ruffles with a 70s vibe are having a moment and the trend is here to stay. From super long styles with splits to shorter shifts, frills are in. Just add heels and a clutch – et voila!

But don’t feel like you’ve wasted money by buying a dress you’ll only wear once. The beauty of most floral dresses is that they can easily be dressed down. Influencers like Fashion Guitar, Hannah Crosskey, Monikh and Lucy Williams, wear theirs with box-fresh trainers and ugly sandals.

Floral dresses with sleeves

The high-street’s love affair with shirt dresses means there is plethora of gorgeous long-sleeved floral dresses (see Kitri’s updated version of last season’s sell-out dress), and it’s a style that is perfect for the office too. Pick a flattering midi length, which you can easily wear with heels or smart sandals.

Floral maxi dresses

Maxi dresses are having a bit of a moment, and they’re the ideal length for a summer holiday on the coast. We love wraparound styles with a pleated skirt for that elegant touch, or a silk cami for a sexy spin.

Floral midi dresses

You’ll never go wrong with a flattering midi length, which suits most body shapes. From vintage floral prints to digital works of art, you’ll find a print to suit all tastes.

Shop our edit of the best floral dresses below.

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Layered ’90s Slip Dresses and Pinafores: Yay or Nay

The slip dress in all sorts of lengths and patterns is about as ‘90s as it gets, especially if you wear it with black combat boots or white sneakers. It’s a fitted sheath or roomier A-line silhouette with spaghetti straps. The waist can be defined or surrendered. It’s usually made of soft, breezy and dainty warm weather fabric. It can be bias-cut

The slip dress is worn on its own, or with a topper like a jacket, cardigan or vest. Or you can layer a tee or turtleneck underneath the dress for coverage, warmth and interest. The tee or T-neck layer is usually black or white, but you can choose any colour.

The pinafore is a ‘90s look that was borrowed from the ‘70s. My Winter school uniform in the ‘70s was a woolly grey pinafore worn over a white shirt with bobby socks and blazer to match. The pinafore is a dungaree in the form of a dress. The silhouettes are usually A-line. They’re almost always worn with a tee, turtleneck, blouse or shirt layered underneath.

This collection shows a range of slip dresses and pinafores with an underlayer.

I wore pinafores with T-necks in the ‘70s, and midi slip dresses with tees in the early ‘90s. I haven’t worn them since, although I’m open to it in 2019. I particularly like the ‘70s midi pinafore worn with a turtleneck and boots, and could do that for Autumn later in the year. I could do the Summery slip dress with a layer like a very fine gauge ribbed pullover since I don’t wear T-shirts. I’d layer something like Banana Republic’s Fitted Stretch Cotton Crew Neck Sweater under the dress because it looks dressier than a tee made of jersey knit:

I like the coverage and textural interest of the slip dress & tee combination, and its relaxed vibe. I like the ‘70s and dressier version of the pinafore with T-neck. I’m a solid Yay. And you?

Grace Hill Linen Slip Dress

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Outfit Formula: Motos with Skirts & Dresses

When a moto jacket is shorter in length and fairly fitted, the proportions work particularly well with dresses and skirts because it adds structure and lengthens the leg line. Remember that moto jackets needn’t be leather, black, or trimmed with lots of hardware. They can be faux leather, Ponte, knitted, woven and lined, any neutral or non-neutral, and quite void of hardware.

These outfits showcase hard-edged black moto jackets with skirts and dresses. If that’s not your thing, substitute the look with YOUR type of moto.

1. Hard-Edged Pastel

I like how the black moto and flat combat boots toughen the soft and pretty pastel midi. Fabulous juxtaposition. The white tee and bag create a nice complement. The bookended black creates a pulled together and cohesive visual. The shorter length of the jacket lengthens the leg line, which makes the length of the midi flattering. Heeled boots or pumps can work, but it’s nice to see a flat option for those who don’t wear heels. Personally, I enjoy black worn with pastels, although it might not be your cup of tea. I like light blue and blush best with black. Feel free to add sheer black hosiery.

MADEWELL Ultimate Textured leather Biker Jacket

2. Hard-Edged Flounce

Combine a black tee with a flouncy skirt and top it off with a moto. There’s a lot of black in this outfit, which creates a cohesive statement, but feel free to create any colour palette. Finish off the look with a style of shoe that works with the proportions of the outfit. I like the sneakers, and the way they complement the body bag. The white accents add a crisp and soft touch.

IRO Ashville Leather Biker Jacket

3. Hard-Edged Ditsy

Combine a solid or patterned prairie dress or two-piece dress with a moto and tall sleek boots. Here, the tall boots are high-heeled, but they can be low-heeled or flat, as long as they’re tailored. Throw in a bag that works with the outfit.

PROENZA SCHOULER Cropped Leather Biker Jacket

4. Hard-Edged Asymmetry

Combine a layering top with an asymmetrical skirt and top it off with a moto. Add tall tailored boots or booties. Heeled sock booties are a great idea. Again, the repetition of the black in the outfit pulls the look together, but you can choose any colour to repeat. Add nude-for-you or black hosiery. Add jewellery, eyewear, watch, scarf and headgear as desired. 

BALENCIAGA Cropped Printed Leather Biker Jacket


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Zappos Roundup: Dresses and Boots

In my experience, the Zappos online shipping experience cannot be beat which is why they made my list of highlights for 2018 — again! All shipping is free in the US, and it’s FAST. I’ve ordered something at night and received it the next day with no extra charge. Items are well packed, and the boxes are robust (an important factor when packages stand out in the rain here in Seattle). Zappos honours their return policy and refunds are quick. They’ll accept a return a year later, and listen to your quality concerns. I ordered a pair of pricey white designer loafers that I wore with joy for a couple months until they broke. I was very disappointed, and spoke to customer service about it. They were most apologetic and refunded me without question once I’d shipped back the shoes. That’s how it should be.

All this to say that I will often order an item from Zappos because I know shipping will be fast, free, and the return policy is excellent. Here’s a short roundup of winners from the great retailer. Browse the colour options and read the rave reviews.

  • Palladium Pampa LDN LP Mid Suede: Adorable hiking boots with a wide toe box. Super comfy and a little playful. The white soles keep the look crisp and pretty. Comes in four colours.
  • Mephisto Lili: Inge has these because they fit her orthotics, higher volume feet, and are very comfortable. Pewter metallics are hard to find, and the shine on these is subtle. They look better and a little dressier on the foot.
  • Frye Veronica Combat: Casual glitz is fab, and these create a streamlined fit on the foot and ankle. Comfy and well made. Not good on higher volume feet. I like the rose gold and white best, but they come in a fabulous distressed grey, and the usual black and brown. No easy access zipper so you have to be okay with that.
  • Frye Carson Piping Bootie: A little cream distressing for those who prefer it to a crisp optical white. Tapered on the ankle, well made and comfy. Comes in five colours.
  • Frye Melissa Deco Chelsea: Equestrian Bootie Fabness. A classic that works best on a lower volume foot and ankle. Rich, and well made.
  • Maggy London Catalina Crepe Twist Neck Asymmetrical Midi Dress: GORGEOUS elegant dress if you can fill it out. Traditionally flattering and works on a curvier hourglass body type. The neckline is a little high for a short neck, but it can work for a larger bust and longer neck. The fabric glides over the contour of the body and does not cling The crepe is quite luxe, and the romantic sleeves are not overwhelming.
  • Donna Morgan Geo Printed Midi Jersey Dress: A classic dress that is very flattering on those with a defined waist. Its structured movement is fabulous and awfully comfortable. It’s quite forgiving on the midsection, conceals a good amount of lumpage and bumpage, and packs well for travel. It would have been mine if the colours weren’t cool-toned.
  • Maggy London Flemish Tile Scuba Crepe Sheath Dress: A fab structured dress that’s a little more than a simple sheath. The placement of the pattern creates an extra streamlined effect, and the romantic sleeves are more streamlined than you expect. Best on a smaller bust, straighter hip, and short or regular waist.
  • Free People Tough Love Shirtdress: This style of dress silhouette works on a range of body types – from apple and pear shapes, to rectangles, hourglasses and narrow-hipped inverted triangles – because the silhouette moulds to the contour of the body. It hugs you where you’re narrowest and glides over the rest. No need for shapewear. It’s dramatic to wear over cropped skinnies or straights too. Comes in red, and runs TTS if you like a narrow fit, or a little small if you prefer a fuller fit. Broad shoulders will battle – no zipper and no stretch. My narrow shoulders thanked the narrow fit. You have to figure out whether it’s worth climbing in and out of. AMAZING side entry pockets. Fabulously flattering. Beautiful drape. Very nice fabric. I love this dress and one of the colours is sitting in my wardrobe ready for a hot Summer’s day.
  • Tahari By ASL 3/4 Sleeve Scuba Crepe Sheath with Side Ruching: A punchy classic faux wrap sheath that can work on a curvier or straighter body type.
  • Børn Regis: Extremely comfy biker bootie classics that go the distance. The ankle fit is more streamlined in person. Comes in four colours.
  • Aquatalia Belle Weatherproof: Beautifully made waterproof booties in a classic style. Works best on low to regular volume feet.
  • Franco Sarto Zelda: Classic loafers with a trendy touch. Dramatic on the foot. I love the height of that dear little heel. Refined, comfortable and versatile. I tried very hard to make these work, but they were too wide and I was in between sizes.

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16 New Year’s Eve dresses that will outshine the festive confetti

16 New Year’s Eve dresses that will outshine the festive confetti


16 New Year’s Eve dresses that will outshine the festive confetti

New Year’s Eve is on the horizon, and we’re ready to ring in a brand new year. Forget about those 2018 resolutions that fell through the cracks after last January; 2019 is here to wash you anew after a prolonged 2018.

To commemorate the New Year, we’ve compiled a shopping guide of New Year’s Eve dresses to don on December 31st. From sequins numbers to champagne frocks, you’ll raise a glass (or entire bottle after the year we’ve had, tbh) to these options. Wear these festive dresses while you sip on some bubbly and watch the ball drop at midnight.

Below, shop 16 New Year’s Eve dresses that will outshine the festive confetti.

1. Topshop Met Slip Dress

Nordstrom
| $ 68

Match the champagne bottle when you wear this slip dress.

2. Express Sequin Sheath Dress

Express
| $ 59

Shimmy under a disco ball in this sequin number.

3. Torrid Champagne Velvet Wrap Dress

Torrid
| $ 31.49

Raise a glass to the New Year in this velvet frock.

4. Torrid Black Lattice Sweater Dress

Torrid
| $ 48.23

Stay cozy (and cute) during your NYE festivities in this lattice sweater dress.

5. Nasty Gal Back Down Sequin Dress

Nasty Gal
| $ 36

Make your New Year’s resolution to wear more sequin dresses in 2019.

6. Nasty Gal Dance Tonight Glitter Dress

Nasty Gal
| $ 28

Complement the gold confetti with this glittery frock.

7. Betsy & Adam Plus Embellished Dress

NYE Dresses
Macy’s
| $ 279

Upgrade your LBD with this festive embellished beauty.

8. Betsy & Adam Plus Metallic Off-Shoulder Dress

NYE Dresses
Macy’s
| $ 239

Hit a swanky bar with this metallic stunner.

9. PrettyLittleThing Black Feather Hem Bodycon

PrettyLittleThing
| $ 45

Hit the dance floor in this black feather hem.

10. PrettyLittleThing Dusty Pink Knotted Midi Dress

NYE Dresses
PrettyLittleThing
| $ 28

Toast to another year gone by in this dusty pink number. The high-slit and loose sleeves also give this dress an elevated touch.

11. ASTR the Label Lina Dress

ASTR the Label
| $ 134.40

Match a bold lip with this bright red number. Plus, we love that it’s a blazer dress.

12. ASTR the Label Blazer Dress

ASTR the Label
| $ 148

Substitute a basic frock with this sophisticated blazer dress.

13. Fashion Union Plus Metallic Long Sleeve Dress

ASOS
| $ 56

Stay cozy but look chic when you wear this metallic long sleeve dress.

14. Chi Chi London Plus Sateen High Low Dress

ASOS
| $ 103

Opt for a vibrant pink cocktail dress. Let 2019 be the year you dress to the nines.

15. Shein Mock Neck Glitter Dress

Shein
| $ 19

Count down to new beginnings in this glitter dress.

16. UO Starlette Sequin Mini Dress

Urban Outfitters
| $ 98

Pop a bottle of bubbly in this sequin mini dress.

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Outfit Formula: White Boots with Dresses and Skirts

This is part two on how to incorporate white boots in outfits. Last week I covered white boots with pants and jeans. This weeks it’s dresses and skirts. 

Repeating a few upfront comments I made in the previous post on white boots with pants and jeans: 

  1. Platinum blondes, light silver, and white-haired people naturally bookend white boots in outfits. If the white boots match nothing else in the outfit, they will effortlessly create a complement with their light-coloured hair.
  2. It is not essential to bookend the look. You can have ANY complexion and hair colour and rock white boots.
  3. When you wear tops and toppers in shades of white, white boots look more integrated into the outfit.
  4. Create a two or three item complement with white boots using a belt, a scarf that picks up some white in the pattern, a handbag, or a an item of jewellery. My white pearls do a good job of picking up the white in my footwear.
  5. Don’t worry too much about mismatching white boots in an outfit. Their jarring and bright effect as a stand-alone addition is in itself a trendy look, although an acquired taste

Some visuals to get those white boot outfits rolling:

1. Super Hero Dress

Combine short white heeled booties with any dress, walk out the door and feel like a super hero. Finish off the look with a topper that works with the outfit. The pattern of the dress does not have to have a white component. White works with any solid, and you don’t need blonde or silvery white hair to bookend the outfit.

Eloquii Printed Knit Fit and Flare

2. De-Bombshelled Mini

I liked how the short skirt is combined with a fluid blouse that’s tucked for structure instead of a tight top that would create a body-con look from neck to hem. The tailored flat booties further de-bombshell the outfit the same way a pair of sneakers would. The tailored low-contrast booties lengthen the leg line, as does exposing the waistline which offsets their flatness. The white in the tartan of the skirt picks up the white of the boots.

Heartmade Soran Skirt

3. Sharp Neutals

Combine a neutral top and bottom and finish off the look with white boots because it’s as neutral. The cohesion in the outfit comes from the repetition of the cognac bag, toffee top and ginger hair of the model. Of course, you can wear any neutral, but the earth-toned repetition here is interesting.

NEOUS Spath Leather Ankle Boots

4. The ‘90s

Black and white matched with bright red is the most classic palette of all. Combine a black skirt with a red top, and finish off the vibe with white boots. Here, the black soles and laces of the boots work well with the black skirt. The blonde hair of the model bookends the white of the footwear. Of course, black pants and jeans work just as well.

R13 Glossed-leather Ankle Boots

5. Prairie Fabness

Midi dresses are very fashionable, and flouncy ones like this are a nod to the Western trend. Tall white ruched boots with high heels are a fringe trend, and look fresh under the longer length of the dress. The light background of this dress complements the white boots, which pulls the look together. Tall white cowboy boots could look fabulous too.

Alexis Junno Dress

I wear white Western shooties instead of white booties with my skirts and dresses at the moment, and insulate with sheer barely black hose or black micro fishnet hose. Here are the exact items from my wardrobe. I add a pair of cropped flares to the short Zara dress and wear it as a tunic.

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Fab Finds: Toppers, Pants & Dresses

Here’s an assortment of items across a range of price points that have been winners on my clients recently. It’s fun to see fresh and “new” silhouettes come through, and in colours other than black and grey. It’s great to see a more consistent level of good quality across brands like Universal Standard, Boden, Club Monaco, Halogen and COS. I’m loving the availability of extended sizes too. 

1. Universal Standard Short Puffer Jacket

This is the first time I’ve seen a plus-size brand size down to supply regular sizes in the same items. Usually it’s a regular size brand sizing up to provide plus sizes, and I like how the tables have turned. This puffer is available from a US2-4 to a US26-28, and the complete size assortment was displayed in the casual Point of View area at Nordstrom. A step in the right direction. It’s one of the best short puffers of the season, and well made too. Avant-garde, fashionable and architectural. Looks like a COS piece. The cut is sublime and works on a range of body types. The high-low hem is flattering. The colour is in between a cinnamon and burgundy, and quite accurate in the stock photo. It’s very versatile, looking as good with a dressy outfit as it does a casual one.

2. 1901 Cape

Bring out your inner Sherlock Holmes with this darling cape jacket. It’s SUPER cute, especially in the check. The waist tie is removable so that you can button the jacket like a proper cape if that’s more your vibe. Runs a size big so size down. NICE quality and crease-resistant. The checked cape has matching wide cropped pants. That’s a lot of check to wear in one outfit, but fabulous if that’s the statement you want to make.

3. Catherine Malandrino Faux Fur Collar Snap Down Jacket

One of the best $ 47 purchases of the year, and unfortunately the stock photo does not do the item justice. It’s a sweater jacket with a small faux fur collar that works on all neck lengths and bust sizes. Its gentle cocoon silhouette gives it an on trend vibe, as well as a Modern Retro one. It’s soft, comfortable and works over single and multiple layers. Dress it up or down. Wear it over dresses, skirts, jeans or pants. Leave it on indoors, or wear it as outerwear. VERSATILE. The ink blue with black collar gets my top vote. The black with the leopard collar next.

4. Boden Velvet Pants

The best velvet pants of the season at a relatively affordable price. Beautifully made and a fabulous fit. They have worked on everyone who has tried them on, although some need a slight waist alteration at the back. A magical fit that works on curvier and straighter body types because of sturdy fabric, a longer length rise, a bit of stretch, and enough room on the legs so that pocket linings don’t grin through. Available in petites, regular and talls in an assortment of colours, and up to a size US18. Very deserving rave reviews. The mustard is on its way to me.

5. Boden Velvet Blazer

The best modern classic velvet blazer of the season. It has worked on a range of body types, and is absolutely GORGEOUS quality. The stretch makes it extra comfy and allows it to mould to the body. Wear it with the matching velvet pants, or with jeans or trousers. Available in petites and regular, but not in tall. It might feel a little short on tall gals, but not too bad. Read the rave reviews. The mustard is on its way to me.

6. Zara Coat

BEST brown on-trend cocoon coat of the season. The silhouette is very flattering in an architectural way, and has worked on a range of body types. There is ample structure in the tapered hem and architectural drape of the style. My client tried it on and took my breath away. The shade of brown is cool-toned too. Wear it over single or multiple layers.

7. Club Monaco Dress Kyosti Sweater Dress

One of the best holiday dresses of the season. Warm, covered, avant-garde, architectural and very comfortable. Fabulous quality. Both colours are beautiful. Best suited to a straighter hip and less curvy bottom half, although a gentle hourglass can feel fab in it too. No shapewear required. Works really well on a broader shoulder line and shorter neck. Length is longer in person unless you are very tall.

8. Club Monaco Knitwear

Do yourself a favour and browse Club Monaco’s knitwear this season. Try it on, and look at all the colour options. It’s a little dressier and more unique than most of what is out there at the price point, and much nicer quality too. The colours skew cool-toned and neutral, which isn’t good for me, but might be ideal for you. The styles in this collection are the winners on clients so far.

9. Halogen Atlantic Pacific Faux Fur Coat

The quality of the coat is brilliant for the price point, and better than the usual Halogen level of quality. It’s a delicious shade of spicy cinnamon and makes a gorgeous on-trend statement. Modern retro, versatile and fun. Great length. It spans a range of sizes, which is one of the best things about it.

10. COS Pleated Dress

This is a repeat style for good reason because its works extremely well on a larger bust, and both curvier and straighter body types. Not good on extreme pretty pear shapes, but wonderful on adorable apple body types and broad shoulders. Substantial fabric and great drape. Can be dressed up or down. Wear it as dress with hose and boots, or over leggings. Our Inge has last year’s version in navy and looks sensational in it. She wears it over leggings and with booties and pops a coat and scarf over the top. Urban Casual Chic.

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Alessandra Facchinetti Dresses Don Carlo Cast for Swiss Performance

DIVA MOMENT: Alessandra Facchinetti has designed the costumes for Giuseppe Verdi’s Don Carlo opera, which will take place on Oct. 27 at the St. Gallen Theater in Switzerland.
Facchinetti is the former creative director of Tod’s women’s collections, a role she left in 2016 after joining the luxury brand three years earlier. Before that, Facchinetti, a former Gucci and Valentino head designer, had worked with Pinko to launch the Uniqueness brand in 2011.
Facchinetti designed approximately 90 costumes for the main roles, created in the atelier of the St. Gallen Theater. These are uniforms, tailcoats and capes designed for men and sumptuous dresses for women. The designer emphasized the selection of dark colors, ranging from plum to petrol green.

A sketch by Facchinetti 
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Conducting the orchestra is the Lithuanian Modestas Pitrenas, and the opera is directed by Nicola Berloffa.
Thanking Berloffa for the opportunity and his guidance, Facchinetti said she admired “his contemporary, but at the same time respectful, vision of the opera. We had a wonderful, professional exchange.”
The designer, whose father is musician Roby Facchinetti and whose brother is DJ and singer Francesco Facchinetti, expressed her passion for music, cinema and theater, and said that she always believed she would have liked to try her hand

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Fall & Winter Footwear for Midi Skirts and Dresses

There were questions on the forum recently about what type of footwear to wear with midi skirts and dresses for Fall and Winter. There are many, many options across flats and heels and the footwear you choose will depend on how dressy you want to look, and how much you want to elongate your leg line. The higher the heels, the longer the leg line. Personally, I choose flat and very low heels (up to an inch and a half in height).

Here’s my current collection of Fall and Winter midi skirts and dresses. The voluminous olive COS dress is a little longer on me, but not knee-covering. It’s not a true midi because of the short front, but the sides and back are longer so I treat it like a midi. The red floral dresses are knee-covering.

Here’s my assortment of Fall & Winter footwear that I wear with the above skirts and dresses. I sport sheer black hose, nude-for-me-hose and black micro fishnets with the footwear. Sometimes I wear socks with the tall boots instead of hose. There are high-shaft booties with a sleek ankle fit. Western shooties that are extremely tailored on the foot. Refined oxfords, ankle strap pumps, and classic ink blue tailored knee-high boots. TAILORED footwear is my preference. Coincidentally, all shoes have a low heel.

If you don’t get very cold feet like I do, you can wear some of the more open footwear styles I wore with warm-weather midis all Summer long. Leave off the hosiery and socks. Here are my Summer midi dresses and skirts with the shoes that I wore with them. Pointy-toe ballet flats, classic sandals, loafers, mules and white sneakers. All of the shoes here are flat.

I don’t like to wear boots that gape at the ankle or calf with midis. The fit MUST be sleek. I wear a lot of light-coloured footwear because it bookends my blonde hair and looks crisp. I also enjoy some darks, metallics and brights to change things up. Or wearing white footwear with sheer black hose to create a graphic contrast. It works well when the midis are dark, which all my Fall and Winter midis are.

I’d love to get more midis because my outfit happiness factor is through the roof when I wear them. Hands down they are my favourite item to wear in 2018 across the seasons. White jeans and fun pants are a close second.

Eloquii Hankerchief Hem Rib Midi Skirt

Eloquii Tie Neck Midi Dress

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