So far, I've looked at footwear, accessories, baubles and tops in Matchbook's list of 50 Classics for your Closet, and in the last installment I covered pants and trousers. This week, I'll look at my favorite pieces of clothing; skirts and dresses. Why are skirts and dresses my favourite? Because there is no easier way to look feminine and polished than in a skirt or dress. Lots of SAHMs complain that skirts and dresses are not practical for someone running around after young children, especially toddlers, but I have never found it a problem. In fact, if you pick your fabrics right, dresses and skirts can be some of the easiest pieces in your wardrobe.
Skirts & Dresses
- Little Black Dress
- Fun Day Dress
- Shirt Dress
- A-Line or Bell Skirt
- Wool Pencil Skirt
- Cotton Mini
The Fun Day Dress is what makes up 99% of my dress wardrobe. All of my dresses are in fun and often vibrant prints, and for fall/winter, they are all jersey, and for spring/summer, it would be a 50/50 split between jersey and cotton. I love dresses for day - they are so easy to slip on, are nice and cool for summer, and with a cardigan, tights and a jacket are toasty warm for winter. I have a tummy, so a faux wrap is the perfect choice for my jersey dresses. For my cotton dresses I almost always go for a variation on a sheath dress - sleeveless, scoop neck and pencil skirted. If I had a different figure, I would swan through summer in a full skirted 1950's style dress, so if you are slimmer than me, please give this style a whirl! My main criteria for selecting a day dress, after silhouette, is whether it be machine washed. If not, I don't buy it. For a dress that is going to be worn regularly, I want something that can be tossed in the washer. And in the case of jersey dresses, I hang them to dry on a coat hanger, and then they don't even need ironing. They are truly the pinnacle of low maintenance!
Oh, the Shirt Dress...how I love thee. And how little you suit me! When will I accept that a shirt dress is possibly one of the least flattering pieces of clothing out there for body shapes like mine? All those buttons, just waiting to gape in all the wrong spots - of course this is a disaster piece for me, and most likely, for the majority of women out there. A shirt dress is truly a beautiful piece of clothing - it's crisp and polished, with a hint of sexiness combined with a hint of utility. But just make sure it is a perfect fit for your body.
Stay tuned for my last entry (finally!) in this series, when I cover a much forgotten part of our closets, our outerwear.