As a woman with a Rectangle/H body shape, I am a big fan of draping and rouching. Done even close-enough-to-right, it creates (on me) or emphasizes (on others) a gorgeous, feminine silhouette. And come on, does a clothing style GET any more classical? From Grecian goddesses to Madame Grès, from Dorothy Lamour to Donna Karan, it’s a look that gets interpreted over and over. As well it should.
Which is why I finally bit the bullet last month and commissioned a sarong-style faux-wrap dress from the store that’s been indulging my obsessive-compulsiveness AND adding a fair amount of variety to my rather staid wardrobe. But with my dress almost ready, I’ve discovered the ongoing draping trend has morphed into something better: a sarong-centric spring!
For the most part, mainstream stores are showing sherbet-y solids, single-process metallics, or classic black. However, there are a raft of labels offering reproductions in retro-inspired cotton, silk, or satin prints—in other words, there’s plenty of opportunity to add more razzle to one’s dazzle. With a range of RTW sizes and custom options out there, I don’t know how any dress-wearing woman can resist slipping into a sarong-styled number. [Busted budget aside, of course.]
As for me? I’ll be in a striped knit shot with metallic threads, a look that’s more Donna Summer than Bettie Page. Company welcome.
Day-to-Night Sarong Dresses That Will Shake Up Your Spring
Top Left: Jones New York Matte Jersey Flounce Dress. Top Right: Tory Cinch Dress by Kiyonna (plus; color options include navy and black). Above: Nanette Lepore Sateen Wrap-Style Dress in cotton/linen.
Sarong-Style Dresses People Make Or Get As Swag
Left: 50s sarong pattern meets ole Gywneth in Donna Karan Spring ’10. Right: 90′s era Vogue Attitudes Pattern 2568.
Vintage Sarong Dresses In Candy Colors
Left: A lucky Vintageous.com customer has this red-hot number, but for now PoshVintage.com’s pink floral goodness is still available. Right: Vintage Shaheen sarong dress from the personal collection of BlueVelvetVintage.com.
Sculptural Vintage (Well, 80s) Sarong-Inspired Dress
Navy. Rouched. Draped. HEAVEN. Victor Costa for Saks, from CoutureAllure.com.
Reproduction Sarong Dresses That Will Have You Channeling Ms Lamour
Sophisticated Sarong Dresses for Evening
Top: Tadashi Shoji One-Shouldered Jersey (Plus) sarong-inspired dress (some availability in other sizes). Above Left: Deliciously bare Maggy London Side Drape Strapless Jacquard Dress. Above Right: Tadashi Shoji Draped Jersey Dress (also available in 14W-24W in black or plum) provides coverage but ample sizzle.
Sarong-esque Enough To Capture One’s Heart
Left: Suzy Chin Maggie Boutique Dresses include a Ruched Faux Wrap Dress and a Draped Jersey Dress (Plus). Right: Donna Ricco Cutaway Novelty Ring Belt Sarong Dress in purple; Patra Beaded Metallic Knit Faux Wrap Dress (Plus).
Whew. Anyone else ready for a Blue Hawaiian?
Next: Part 2 of Sarong Song Dress, aka Hips-Hips-Hooray