Outfit of the Day
Ok, show of hands: who here is familiar with the beauty of the bias-cut dress? If I’m speaking Klingon to you, here’s what’s what—a dress cut on the bias is super flattering!
Imagine the cloth before it’s sewn into a garment. It’s a grid of perpendicular threads, right? Usually when clothes are made, that grid stays put so threads are either going straight up and down, or left to right. Clothes cut on a bias turn that grid 45 degrees so the threads are at an “X.” What this means is the the fabric cuddles up to your body in a way that skims nicely. Lots of 1930’s style dresses are cut on the bias, giving you that femme fatale silhouette.
Because this little number defines the waist nicely, a little bolero shrug is all I need to elongate my body and make this a perfect work dress. A sweater that stopped at my waist would have cut my form in half, making me appear even shorter than I am.
Truth be told, I could use a dozen of these bolero shrugs like this one I found at St Vincent de Paul’s, originally from Ann Taylor LOFT. They’re extremely flattering, and it seems almost all my dresses have thin straps. I just need one in every color!
I paired these two finds with some strappy lace-up heels that have been in my closet so long they’re back in fashion! Hooray! My beaded necklace and clutch purse, both gifts, also complement this color and style perfectly.