As an avid dress lover, I’ve been making a point to add many more feminine styles to my wardrobe this year. In addition to sundresses, I’ve found myself also needing pieces more elevated in style. Springtime should also be deemed “Occasion-time” with Easter just right around the corner, graduation season up ahead, Mother’s Day in May and several weddings, showers, and luncheons on the horizon in the near future. Similarly to how every lady needs a “Little Black Dress” in her repertoire for winter, we all need a springtime staple on hand for these memorable, elevated occasions happening throughout the spring.
When shopping for occasion-wear here’s three things to keep in mind:
- Balance: There is a time and place to bare a little skin, but for elevated occasions I prefer to keep it classy. If a hemline is shorter, seek out a staple with longer sleeves— These days bell sleeves will hardly ever steer you wrong. The same goes with longer hemlines. The older I get the more I appreciate midi-lengths, but to remain age-appropriate and to balance things out, look for a cropped two piece set like the style I featured here or a midi silhouette with a bodice that’s slightly more revealing.
- Versatility: When looking for an occasion dress, make sure it’s restyle-able. Is this something you could wear to a shower? Re-style for a wedding/ rehearsal dinner? Maybe even dress up or down for graduation season or an anniversary date night? There’s no telling how much money I spent on formal dresses in college that I only wore for one night. If you seek out styles that are more mature and versatile, you can not only get your money’s worth, but spend a little more on a staple that will take you a long way.
- Detailing: Balancing details is also key. If you’re sticking with a monochromatic color scheme, play up the detailing all you want. Nothing is more captivating than intricate details like lace, tiered fabric, and romantic ruffles . I’ve found monotoned dresses are often my most-worn pieces, but if florals, color blocking, or bright bold patterns are your thing, shift your focus from elaborate detailing to an uber flattering silhouette. If the color of the dress is simple, more is more. If the fabric is busy or has a lot going on, consider toning down the other elements and minimizing additional details.
While I wouldn’t wear this particular dress to a wedding because of my traditional “only brides wear white” belief, it’s been absolutely perfect for all the occasions in between. It checks all the boxes for balance and versatility and has just the right amount of whimsical intricate detailing. You may have caught a glimpse of it at the rewardStyle influencer party from my post recapping New York Fashion Week, but I’ve also worn it to a handful of dressy occasions in between. It’s ideal for an elevated Easter brunch, the white lace would look stunning on a bride-to-be for any of the occasions leading up to the “I-Do’s”, and it can easily be re-styled for an upscale Mother’s Day Luncheon, baby shower, graduation, or even afternoon tea.
This Alexis version is already sold out, but I found an EXACT replica here at only a fraction of a cost! The ShopBop sale is also going on now until Friday the 14th— another great place to find beautiful occasion outfits on sale 25% off! If you’re on the market for an occasion appropriate outfit, I’m linking my look along with several other darling dresses (most included in the sale) in a shop-able catalogue below!