Here's the heavily requested Yom Tov styling guide, dress edition.
Yom Tov is stressful, there's cleaning cooking and just plain finding something to wear (even more so when you're tall). I hope to make that a little simpler with this quick little reference guide and some tips and tricks.
1.) Florals - You can never go wrong with a ladylike floral print. There's something timeless and classic about a good midi dress. Combine the two and you have a great, shul appropriate look. If you can afford it, I would suggest looking at Ederm's dresses. His designs are gorgeous (pictured) and rely heavily on ladylike silhouettes and flowers.
If you're looking for something similar to the dress pictured, but a little more affordable, check out the Who What Wear collection at Target. They have lots of floral dresses in a variety of styles and sizes.
2.) Gathered or Draped - One of my favourite ways to spice minimal looks up is to get a dress with ruching, draping or detailed paneling. It's amazing how a few tucks and layers can make you feel like a greek goddess. For this type of dress, I usually stick to simple neutral colours and leave the patterns for other styles as it can look too busy and add bulk.
3.) Little Black Dress - Just like you can never go wrong with a little black pencil skirt, the little black dress is your dress up closet staple. It doesn't show dirt, is universally flattering and slimming. All in all it creates a somber, chic, elusive air that's perfect for everyone. You can stick to the basics or mix things up with leather paneling or skirting as shown above.
4.) Silk - I love silk! It's gorgeous, feels amazing, skims your curves and keeps you cool. What's not to love? This mustard, sueded, silk wrap dress is on trend and the flounces add attitude and flow. Silk looks amazing in almost every dress cut, but I personally love a good silk sheath dress. It's loose, airy and has romance written all over it.
5.) Velvet - I love the way velvet feels and this stunning silver number from Jcrew is perfect for events. It's the classic wrap dress, reimagined in trendy crushed velvet, and the tie cinches the waist nicely. (Sometimes velvet can add bulk sometimes, so defining the waist is key.)
This brings me to my next styling tip: It's pretty self explanatory depending on the cut of the dress, but the plain white oxford button down is your best friend. If you layer a button down under a sleeveless dress it adds an unspoken chic factor. Just Jcrew-cuff your sleeves and throw on a sparkly tennis bracelet or bangles and you're all set. This look is the perfect mix of trendy and careless; It's a win / win.
6.) Solid Colour A Line Dress - Another closet staple, the solid colour a-line dress accentuates your figure without overpowering you. I love this dress in a tan, navy or creme tone because it's the perfect building piece. You can add statement jewelry or show stopping shoes and change the look every time you wear the dress.
Shoes - Just make sure you can walk in them! and obviously no leather on Yom Kippur.
That being said, have a happy, sweet new year!