Probably not an item often mentioned as part of a capsule wardrobe but I think it should be, particularly for a summer wardrobe. Frock is an old fashioned term but just the word brings to mind a piece that is celebrates femininity and has a timelessness about it that means you will be reaching for it season after season. Both things which in SYW’s book earn an item capsule wardrobe status. I return year after year to a blue and white Fever palm tree print number, which makes me feel elegant timeless and summery the moment I put it on.
The Frock takes its cue from vintage styles particularly the 40’ and 50’s, not surprising really when you think that despite wartime and post war austerity, those era’s knew know how to give good frock. John Lewis has recognised this as part of its 150th birthday celebrations by reviving post war patterns on a limited edition basis, my pick is this floral number http://bit.ly/1mfQKz7. I am a big fan of the brands Darling, Emily & Fin, Louche and Fever who do vintage inspired modern frocks. My first stop for a new frock are local independent boutiques Lilac Rose and Lily & Mabel stockists of these labels.
A good frock must be capable of being worn for all occasions from the boardroom to the ballroom and everything in between. Changing its mood is all in the pairing of shoes and accessories. Take Ted Baker’s tea dress inspired nude pink frock http://bit.ly/1o4w8y0 add flat pumps for that Sunday afternoon feel but pair it with high wedges and statement earrings and you are ready for the cocktail hour.
Follow the capsule wardrobe rules, spend as much as you can afford, give it a personal touch that reflects your personality (perhaps a quirky print) and pick the frock to flatter your figure. For me pattern is what makes a frock rock, from floral to polka dot, who can forget Julia Roberts at the polo in Pretty Woman in the chocolate polka dot number? Don’t be afraid of pattern, try these tips:-
Taller or curvier figures suit larger, simpler prints, Phase Eight’s poppy print dress is one to go for http://bit.ly/1rzUccU Jungle print is popular this season and ticks the simplicity box, Dorothy Perkins’ tunic captures the essence of this print http://bit.ly/1mrYJOi
Patterns should be used to draw focus to your best features. For example patterns which get more detailed toward the bottom of a dress , like this maxi dress from Darling http://bit.ly/1qwZFkX ,can help take the attention away from a larger bust.
Small detailed patterns and textures help in creating curves for those with more athletic figures. Warehouse’s crepe shift http://bit.ly/1jjJUbT and Oasis’ floral bandeau http://bit.ly/TkgHXc do this brilliantly.
As for length/style the midi length is universally flattering and is the length right now. Try Fever’s 40’s style tea dress http://bit.ly/1nF7Nxg. A style that works on most shapes is the fit and flare – LK Bennett’s Annai http://bit.ly/1sFXD69 and Louche’s Gretta http://bit.ly/1iwNzZi really show this style off. The trick is to adopt a neckline that works for you, wider straps or halter necks for broader shoulders, sweetheart or v necks for larger busts. Higher flat fronted necks with detailing are the order of the day for smaller busts or pear shapes and thin straps and bandeau necks work well on athletic figures.
For our pick of the frocks See SYW’s Pinterest Board The Frock
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If you want to get your Frock on but don’t know where to start get in touch to arrange your SYW consultation. Are you a frock fan or convert? We’d love to see your favourite frocks, post us a picture here or on Twitter using #showusyourfrocks.