I saw this black evening dress from Balmain today and I wanted to talk to you about it.
You see, just like every item of clothing, not all evening dresses are created equal. Some evening gowns will make you look tall and statuesque, while others will visually widen and squash you.
Do you know how clothes work?
Do you know the effects of colours, prints, panels, necklines, detailing and fabrics have on your silhouette?
If you don't, odds are that you are buying and wearing the wrong clothes for you; wasting your time and your hard earned money. Why keep buying clothes that don't make you look sensational?
It is difficult to get to grips with the PRINCIPLES of self-styling but like learning every new skill, once you've mastered the basics, you will always pick the perfect piece for you.
This is part of what I teach in my French Chic courses. Instead of giving you outfits, I give you an EDUCATION.
In order to choose the PERFECT gown for your body, you need to know first of all, your body shape. Yes I know, I know, body shapes again... but if I mention them time and again, it is for a good reason. Knowing how to dress for your body shape is like practising scales when learning the piano. You need to MASTER the basics first.
Once you know your style objectives for your shape, how to dress for your body shape and size, you will just dress better. There is no doubt about it.
Ok, so now, let's see how this dress works.
First of all, this dress caught my eye because it reminded me of the OSCAR STATUETTE.
Can you see this too?
When you think of the Oscar statuette, you think about a long and lean silhouette.
So is this gown.
The design of this dress is very clever.
First of all , the overall look:
Long, lean, belted, it defines and slimlines the silhouette.
Now the bodice.
Halter neckline: The shape of this neckline points upwards towards the neck and face of the wearer.
This is exactly what you want, but especially on these occasions when you will have an up-do, exquisite makeup and maybe diamond earrings. This neckline will point to your beauty.
The waist is accentuated with the belt panel at the waistline. This creates and gives you a narrow waist.
It is long and lean, so is slimming for the silhouette. The two nude narrow stripes/panels at the sides of the skirt help to create the feminine, lean line. These panels, as well as the long style of the skirt will give you long, slim legs. Wear with stilettos and oh my!
I will be unequivocal here: It is VITAL to know your style objectives and how pieces work with these, and how these components can make or break your look. This knowledge will help you make the right decision, whether to buy and wear, or not, as the case may be.
If you don't know your style objectives, you will not know what to look for. You will be looking for a beautiful dress but NOT one that may look beautiful on you.
If you don't know how clothes work, you will not know whether they flatter your silhouette or not.
This evening gown, in my opinion, is a clever piece of design by Balmain. If I was a movie star, I would do my best to wear this dress so that I, too, look Oscar worthy!
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I'm Marie-Anne Lecoeur. I teach women how to upgrade their style and think, shop & dress like a French woman in my Ecourses and The French Chic Academy
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