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Bias-cut dress, bolero shrug

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.

Bias-cut dress, bolero shrug

Dress, thrifted; Shrug, thrifted (originally from Ann Taylor LOFT) Heels, Journeys (old) Necklace and clutch purse, gifts;Earrings, Mu Yin Molly; Hair Red FeatherFX

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.

Teal bias-cut dress, bolero shrug

Teal bias-cut dress, bolero shrug

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!

Teal bias-cut dress, bolero shrug

Teal bias-cut dress, bolero shrug

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.

Teal bias-cut dress, bolero shrug

Teal bias-cut dress, bolero shrug

Teal bias-cut dress, bolero shrug

Teal bias-cut dress, bolero shrug

Teal bias-cut dress, bolero shrug

Teal bias-cut dress, bolero shrug

Teal bias-cut dress, bolero shrug

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  • Diana Rincon August 25, 2016

    Cute outfit…I like every bit of it!

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