Party Dress

Do you ever go to a party that warrants dressing up, but not too much? By that I mean festive and bright and not informal — but short of shine, sparkle and/or décolletage? Like a work party?

I go to an office holiday party every year. Some years (the even numbered years), the office party is an evening party and involves shine, sparkle and even décolletage. But this year (an odd-numbered year), the party is a fancy lunch and a day dress is the thing to wear.
I have a charming, knee-length, red wool dress with origami-like flowers all over the bodice that I have worn on more than one occasion.
But I can’t wear that dress every year, so this year I thought this dress would do the trick.
Ho ho ho
Ho ho ho?

Lighter, brighter Directrice
Most of my winter dresses are dark (mostly navy, grey, and black), so I bought this dress to add a little variety.
It’s visually lighter — ivory is so pleasing in the winter — and I love the the quirky style. The foundation of the dress is a very fine, soft ivory boucle; houndstooth fabric is appliqued on to the boucle. And then techno-fabric accents (in a crisp nylon) are appliqued on top of that.

The back side of the dress is quiet, but not without interest. It is pieced to create a set waist and an asymmetrical hem.
Elegant and interesting
Elegant and interesting

As shown by the designer, the sash just loops through the D-ring and hangs. Worn like that, it looks (to me) like a black tongue, so I’ve knotted it.
Tongue tied in knot, quite literally
Tongue tied in knot, quite literally

Pocket be mine
Pocket be mine
As a pocket enthusiast, you can imagine my delight at this graphic detail.

However, a little testing revealed a major design flaw.
Pocket be mine
On The Directrice, form always follows function
This doesn't seem quite right
This pocket is perfectly placed . . .
Perfect if I need a tissue  . . . while playing Twister
if I need a tissue . . . while playing Twister

A Confidence: I had originally envisioned this post as a dramatic “before-and-after” tutorial. The sleeves need to be adjusted a little at the shoulder — i.e., the shoulder seams need to be shortened an inch or two. But after seeing the “before” photos, I realized that the difference post-alteration may only be noticeable to me. I’ll let you know!

Dress: 3.1 Phillip Lim Collage Dress (but also try Nordstrom, Saks, etc.); Boots: Kenneth Cole

8 thoughts on “Party Dress”

  1. This dress is wonderful and so interesting. I do think you need some more pointy toed shoe options though–just my opinion, but the square toed boots seem to be clunky with it. jodie
    ps…it’s better not to put a tissue in that pocket…then there’s not the chance it gets washed & dried (and found in pieces—ha ha)

    • Thanks, Jodie — I will try the dress with my other boots (which have a round, but not pointy, toe) and low heels and add an addendum in the future!

  2. This is beautiful! Love it, head to toe. Not a frightening amount of quirk for your conservative colleagues. (I see that the website deemed this a “flight pocket.” So that must be the problem — perhaps the pocket is to be used only while hang gliding.)

  3. Not sure if you watch CBS’s “The Good Wife” — but one of the main characters wore this dress recently! It was either episode 6 or 7, current season (7).

    • Ha! Thank you for telling me. I found a website that seems to be devoted to the costuming of The Good Wife and found a still photo. She looks good!


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