How have your New Year resolutions been going? Hitting the gym daily? Twice a day? Cut out all alcohol? Chocolate? Junk Food? No. Yea… me either. Well, my friends the color block is here to hide a bevvy of spots, and create new curves that your Pilates instructor only warned you about.
The lady like sheath dress has a cut a place for itself as a fashion must-have on everyone from Victoria Beckham to Michelle Obama, but this past fall Kate Winslet with a lot of help from Stella McCartney turned the volume up on the sheath to take it from lady to vamp.
The Octavia dress has been referred to by stylists as a girdle, and being capable of holding everything in the right spot, while also visually creating the illusion of a very svelte hourglass. All of this nipping and tucking when Stella McCartney is your fabric surgeon comes with a price, and no insurance won’t cover it… So we look for the look for less.
The first “save” option is from Evan Piccone (at Macy’s). While not quite as va-va-voom as the Octavia is cuts a slim figure with the color blocked side panels and is probably the best bet for a day time look.
In the “splurge” category is the Asher Paneled Dress by VPL. Taking inspiration from a slip and underpinnings this is definitely a younger and sexier style, but is balanced by a casual fabric in stretch terry. In this case the panels are more subtle and accomplish the same knockout curves.
Would you wear this shape-shifting dress? And is it something you would be willing to splurge on?