Pointers for Ethereal Dresses
A few key factors which I look for when scouting the perfect A/W dress are as follows. I’ve divided it up into Style & Cut, as well as Fabrics & Prints:
Style & Cut
This is a backbone of your ethereal dress, it’s what brings that certain je ne sais quoi that is what the ethereal dress is all about!
The easiest for adding layers discreetly but always great when paired with nipped in waists and full skirts for beautiful silhouettes.
Again perfect for adding layers discreetly and always the most elegant. I like to think about the women wore first wore these styles and how magnificent they looked.
Long Sleeves and Beautiful Cuffs
The practical girl in me! I get cold so easily (queue thermals!) and this is the best for warmth whilst also incorporating design details.
The perfect happy medium when dealing with erratic weather as maxi lengths and rain are a recipe for disaster. Nothing will ruin my day more than being cold and wet.
Waistbelts and Bows
I never like to feel too oversized in a dress so a cinched in waist is always a great way to counter that. Instant beautiful feminine curves!
Fabrics & Prints
Ouuu don’t get me started on Fabrics & Prints – we could be here all day! Nothing quite moves me as much as a weighted fabric and print in the autumn and winter. Here are the main things I look for :
I tend to stay away from white based dresses or anything with too much vibrant colour rather opting for muted, warmer tones.
Well-Lined Heavier Fabrics
Did I mention I hate the cold? This is a sure-fire way to keep the warmth firmly in.
This might not be something that you necessarily look for, but after having designed my collections, I have to say that this is a key elegant design detail. Really adds so much to the look.
I’m always drawn to botanical or toile du jour style prints. I’m loving how prints have really made a comeback, it adds so much personality to the outfit.