A modern take on classic style
The art of dressing for a lady’s luncheon or glamorous high tea may not seem so modern, but when you’re a busy women entrepreneur, we think it’s chic to take time out, dress up and celebrate an afternoon of high style and dainty bites with your girlfriends. When it comes to ladylike dressing, this week’s outfit is so easy to assemble, the only finger you’ll be lifting is your pinky as you sip your cup of Early Grey.
Gina was so inspired by her recent trip to Sydney that she wanted to bring a bit of the Harbor City home, so she decided to plan a gorgeous afternoon tea with some friends for this month’s Entertaining Story.
After 965 phones calls and countless hours of online shopping for Wedgewood tea sets, matching Sferra linens and gold trimmed serving sets—it was finally time a to spend moment on Gina’s outfit. (Yes, my job has many facets.)
We wanted a pretty feminine look that was a modern take on ladylike chic. For me, this meant a soft structured dress that was elegant and functional without looking stuffy or old fashioned.
We found this bright red Oscar de la Renta dress on sale at Saks and immediately fell in love with the color and style—can you say Divine Find? This happened to be a look from Oscar’s last collection before he passed away, which made it extra special and even more of a must-have for Gina’s closet. Collecting pieces from an iconic designer is not only up-leveling your style, but it brings a certain confidence to the wearer. When you stop and consider the workmanship and details that go into a designer dress like this, you can really begin to appreciate what you’re spending your money on. At a certain point in your career, you should begin to up-level all aspects of your brand, and that includes the way you present yourself through your style—and express your passion for it.
I loved the seams and structure on the top half of this dress, as they helped to create tons of shape and find Gina’s natural curves. Details like this are super important when choosing a fitted dress as they help keep tailoring to a minimum or allow for alterations without adding unintentional lines to the garment. The slim belt highlights and calls attention to Gina’s waistline and finishes the look instead of actually cinching her in. I loved that it was monochromatic in tone so it doesn’t interrupt the body-line and keeps things long and lean.
Our favorite part of this dress was the surprise design element at the back. Though high-neck and modest at first glance, when Gina turns around the back of the dress plunges to an open V with a soft ruffle detail that’s sophisticated and sexy all at once.
Instead of opting for a prim and proper pump, we added this metallic Jimmy Choo strappy sandal in a soft gold, to edge things up a bit and add some serious glamour. Gina doesn’t like to do predictable, so the contrasting shoe felt modern and unexpected.
In a nod to the simple elegance of this high tea, we kept the jewelry quiet and delicate, opting for a simple drop earring in rose gold and a matching stacked band ring.
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