Thursday, August 19, 2010

E is for Evening Gown

Hello my Dear Readers! I hope you are having an absolutely FABULOUS week! Today I am sharing another excerpt from the book The One Hundred by Nina Garcia..."A Guide To The Pieces Every Stylish Woman Must Own." It shares the A-Z staples each woman should have in her wardrobe, and today we are continuing on with the letter E. :)

E is for Evening Gown:

Ms. Garcia writes:

      "WATCHING FAMOUS WOMEN on the red carpet wear their evening gowns has become a sort of sport. We all sit there and comment, judge, and praise or deify. But when the situation is turned on us, when we are the ones who have to go somewhere that requires an evening gown, we often enter into a state of terror. This is why you should buy an evening gown when you do not need it. Typically, we search for an evening gown only when we have somewhere to go. Then we are in the torturous situation of the under-pressure-evening-gown-hunt. A few hours into the search, we will usually throw our hands up in defeat and spend too much on a dress we are not even that crazy about.
      The smarter girl never passes a sale rack without looking at the evening gowns. If she sees one she loves, she buys it. It does not matter that she has no black-tie events in her future. She knows that the invite will come- and when it does, it's best to have an evening gown waiting in the wings."


*Strapless: If your chest and arms are your best feature.
*Column: For the tall and thin.
*Bias-Cut: For the curvy, feminine body.
*Goddess: For everyone.


* Opt for a year-round fabric: chiffon, lightweight crepe, or lightweight silk or satin.
* Avoid any details that will make the dress go out of style. Too much beading, ruffles, toomany colors, prints.
* Choose a dark or neutral color that can be worn over and over again (just change your accessories each time).
* The most figure-flattering option: a bias-cut gown in chiffon or satin (bias is a cut that follows the line of the body and is easier to wear than a straight-cut dress).

"A woman's dress should be like a barbed-wire fence: serving its purpose without obstructing the view." Sophia Loren

(All the information above is from the book)

Evening Gown Delight:

So what are your thoughts? Do you feel that having an evening gown *on standby* in your wardrobe at all times is a necessity? Do you already own one? If not, will you be searching for one now? Please do share. :)

*Btw, just in case you missed this post earlier today, I wanted to let you know that I now have a page on Facebook and hope you'll come join me! Just click through my FB Badge in the sidebar (or the post from this morning) to be redirected to my page. :)

Have a wonderful day!



  1. I love this! Nina definitely hit the nail on the head... I think it's always harder to find something you want when you are *looking* for it (and that goes for everything, not just clothes!). I only have one evening gown, but I definitely buy cocktail dresses without occasion to wear them :)

  2. Could not agree more. Smart woman and smart ideas. i do nothave a book, but it's fun to read the excerpts. Thank you for posting!