Upon discovering this dress, I thought it was just about the most Mary dress thats ever Mary’d. We were meant to be together. This dress, this garment of absolute royal blood, is the Oyster Dress by Staud, in Merlot. Do you need a minute? I think I need a minute.
This floor-length, square-ish neckline, tie-waist monument to needle and thread is just about as perfect as dresses come, in my humble opinion. Did I mention it has pockets? DID I MENTION THAT? While I’m on the topic, please don’t ever try to keep me away from a good balloon sleeve, I won’t hear of it. The floor, and I do mean floor length of this dress lends itself perfectly to formal events, and the fact that you’re actually quite covered up while wearing it means that it’s entirely appropriate for an evening with colleagues, bosses and clients. Or an evening pretending you’re in the cast of Outlander—whichever you choose.
I know the length of this dress will tempt you to leave the house in slippers, but do remember that while you’re seated, your shoes will be visible, and it’s best if they don’t have rabbit ears on them. Your favorite elegant pump or high-heeled sandals should service nicely. A handheld bag is a must, something small and dressy, but since the dress is simple, you can have a bit of fun there.
I think this dress proves that dressing formally (and somewhat modestly) doesn’t have to be boring. Feel free to delve into rich, jewel toned color, dramatic dress elements, and romantic, feminine silhouettes. Dresses like these make us look wistfully at our mailboxes, hoping for invitations that merit their use. Don’t let this dress down the next time you’re invited to a formal charity event. She’s been waiting for her moment for long enough.
Below, a few more major moments in sartorial splendor for your next dress code that seems like a heavy lift. It’s actually not that hard to do formalwear right. When in doubt, pick a dress with a little drama.