Elegant slimming dresses are a very stylish addition to any baby boomer woman’s wardrobe.
Last week I received my copy of the latest ‘Australian Stitches’ magazine – Vol 24, No 4. In it was an article on ‘Circular Ruffles and Flounces’.
It was the comment that ruffles and flounces are always more elegant than a gathered frill that sparked this article. It led me to the American designers, Mark Badgley and James Mischka.
Badgley Mischka – Slimming Elegance Defined
Mark Badgley and James Mischka founded their label in 1988. As designers go, their clothes range in price from US$400 – $800 with the most expensive, up to $1 200.
Their signature style is ‘designs that are simple, streamlined and thoroughly elegant. There is always an element of interest, either in the silhouette or with luxurious detail.’ They specialise in evening wear with some cocktail and day dresses, outerwear, swimwear, shoes, accessories and fashion and fine jewellery.
There is a lot you can learn from Badgley Mischka style. Using two of their pattern designs, let me show you how they use slimming shapes and an element of interest to create styles that look good; are timeless and invite compliments.
Elegant Slimming Dresses – Vogue Pattern 1513
This is the dress featured in the ‘Australian Stitches’ magazine. As you can see from the pattern it has a princess line, front and back, from the centre of your armhole. This is the classic slimming design from our baby boomer youth.
Its ‘element of interest’ is the one-shoulder, softly-pleated ruffle that starts on the princess line at the front and goes down almost to the centre waistline at the back. It’s unusual, flattering and elegant. It belongs to no trend; so can be worn for many years and always look modern and stylish.
The neckline is high and stands out a little. That stops you from feeling like the dress is choking you. Make the neckline ruffle the ‘star’; so follow the model and wear your hair up or short. Add earrings and maybe a bracelet. A necklace would detract from the elegance of the frill.
Elegant Slimming Dresses – Vogue Pattern 1399
This dress can be found on the Vogue Pattern website. As you can see from the pattern it has a princess line, front and back, from the centre of your shoulder. This is the modern classic slimming design that suits women of all shapes and sizes.
Its ‘element of interest’ is the side peplums that go around part of your body. They do not go across your widest parts; so you usually only see a small part of the peplum. The peplums are sewn into the princess seams and that keeps them flatter. All in all, quite a slimming look. The dress has a detachable waistline tie that you can add or leave off.
The neckline on this design is the same as the first one. Note that this dress has slightly extended shoulders which give it a more elegant look. Your hair length is your choice and you could add a necklace to this style.
Elegant Slimming Dresses – Colour Choices
The usual colours that help define elegance in a dress or top are deep and rich colours like the deep fuchsia of Vogue 1513. If you wish to go a light colour, choose a cream, champagne or a silk white like the Vogue 1399. These are the soft rich colours. If you wear stark ‘photo-copy’ white or bright red, they will portray a different personality.
Badgley Mischka’s ‘element of interest’ is one of the key fundamentals of dressing and shopping that I teach all my clients as well as pointing it out to you in my Ezine Articles and You Tube Videos. Practise and master this and you will rarely be one of those women who complains that she has a ‘wardrobe full and nothing to wear’.
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