Friday, May 18, 2012

Sheath Dress vs Shift Dress

I have not studied fashion in a fashion school but my passion for dressing and love for GOOGLE :) :) has made me learn quite a lot about fashion, trends, terminologies and jargons.
There was a time when I was repeatedly coming across terms like a Sheath dress and a Shift dress. Even though I was designing these types of dresses, I did not really know how to categorize them, after all a dress is a dress..right????
Anyhow, now I know the difference and I am outing the difference between a shift dress and a sheath dress on my blog for all of you to know or to reconfirm or to debate :)

Shift Dress
  • It does not have a defined waist line and is not form fitting
  • It generally hangs loosely from the shoulders and typically is said to be knee length and sleeveless
  • These dresses generally have a shorter necklines like a boat neck or may be collars
  • It can be worn with belts, stockings , tights etc
Sheath Dress
  • It is absolutely form fitting
  • It can be worn longer then a shift dress
  • This dress can be worn on many occasions and it has many interpretations like with or without sleeves, long or short,  formal or casual

This dress that I have worn here can be classified as a Shift and the following dress can be called a Sheath.

For the new readers: Some of the outfits I wear have been designed by me and made at my mother's boutique in India. Whenever I blog about any such outfit, I write a Design Story telling you all about how the outfit came to life. So here follows one more design story...

The Design Story
I got this dress made some 3-4 years ago. I wanted a very simple summer dress with satin ribbons used as embellishments. I have also used a feather lace along with the ribbons on the empire line
The Fabric: Printed Cotton Fabric
The Silhouette: Sheath Dress
The Design Elements: A Feather Lace and Satin Ribbons

Dress: Self Designed at Tangerine Designs, Ludhiana (India)
Scarf: Local Shop in Sharjah (UAE)
Footwear: Aldo
Bracelets: Colaba Causeway, Mumbai (India)
Ring: A Hand-crafter from Pakistan
Clutch: Bandra, Mumbai (India)

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Monday, May 14, 2012

The Yellow Maxi

Off late I have not been writing much on the blog. Well!!!! I have been so occupied with making all the art work, exhibitions and art classes... Did, I mention that I have started conducting art classes teaching my 3D Wall Art????  yup thats right, I am a teacher now :) :) sounds pretty good to me :)

Anyways, I guess my life will continue to be busy for a while, which I think is a great thing..... however, I will try my best to squeeze in at least 2 posts a week.

Now lets get on to the outfit. This one is again designed by me and stitched at my Mom's Boutique in Ludhiana

The Design Story
Yellow is a perfect spring summer color and a Maxi dress is one of the easiest and breeziest dress form to be worn in hot weather like here in Dubai. 
This maxi dress is paneled from the empire line to give it a nice A-Silhouette. Both the waistline and hem have been embellished with a dark blue colored velvet ribbon. Also I have kept the front and back neckline to be a simple round because I wanted to play with the bow that I made from a yellow lace. I also have added some cream pearls to the bow for the dramatic effect. I had this blue floral pendant lying around with me, which I decided to add to the bow. 
By the way, this bow is detachable, i.e I can pin it on any other outfit as well.
The Fabric: Printed Cotton Fabric
The Silhouette: A-Line Maxi Dress
The Design Elements: A Lace Bow with pearls and embellished flower


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