Ditch the generic party dress and create a look of your own on the most glamorous night of the year. Here are a few tips to help you find the perfect dress and stand out from the crowd.
The first step in finding the perfect dress is to know the dress code of the event you’ll be attending. What’s appropriate? Is it formal? Casual? Semi-Formal? When in doubt, it’s always better to be overdressed. For this New Year’s, I’ve chosen Elizabeth and James Isis Satin dress in Black from Neiman Marcus; a classic semi-formal black dress I’ll wear for years to come.
The Personal Shopper
In a rush or not in the mood for some serious shopping? Calling up a personal shopper at your favorite department store or boutique will solve your problem. They will do the shopping for you, and in many cases this amenity is FREE of charge. Remember to have the all the necessary details ready to inform your personal shopper including size, color, length, price range, shape and occasion. The more information, the closer they will come to finding options that best suit you. My personal favorites are Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom on Michigan Avenue, they both have great dress departments and the absolute best shoppers.
No girl wants to be seen at the party in the same dress as someone else. While you may not be ranked in US Weekly’s “Who Wore it Best,” it’s still a buzz kill for the night. My advice? Go vintage. Shops like Sofia Vintage, 72 E. Oak Street and Silver Moon, 1755 W. North Ave., have fabulous vintage dresses from vintage Dior to a 1950’s velvet two-piece.
The LBD Redefined
Can’t seem to find what you’re looking for? It’s time to fancy-up your favorite LBD (Little Black Dress). Add a little sass with animal print platform pumps and gold accessories, or a bag with gold hardware. My pick: Leopard Print Platform Court from Zara, 700 N. Michigan Ave. Or, add some sparkle with a jeweled belt and embellished shoes. J. Crew’s Jeweled Elastic Flower Belt ($49.95) in black is great with a pair of Dolce Vita ‘Tavi’ pumps ($168.95) from Nordstrom; add tights and your LBD and you’re good to go.
Once you find the perfect dress, its time for the tailor. Finding a great tailor is key to a dress that really stands out and flatters your figure. Check with the store before you purchase, they may offer complimentary tailoring (especially if you’re a frequent shopper or spending a lot). If not, head over to Golden Needle in the Gold Coast at 814 N. State St. It’s a little pricey, but well worth it when you look in the mirror.
Samantha McCarthy is a born and bred editor in downtown Chicago, but has a love for all things fashion. She has wears many hats (and owns one too many pairs of shoes) with one of them always being in-the-know of the fashion industry.