I’m hoping you can help me settle on what sort of jacket to wear with a cocktail dress. I’m making it in a rich blue violet matte jersey with an almost crepe-like texture. It’s got a high neckline and cutaway shoulders. It also has a draped detail on both sides at the mid-hipline. The back is open to the very structured, pieced waist. Instinct tells me something waist length or a bit shorter, clean front, narrow or no lapels – maybe a tuxedo style jacket or a jewel neck jacket in black woven, crepe, or velvet or sequined black or bronze. Am I on the right track?
Oh – shoe advice would be grand, too. Thank you in advance for your keen eyes!-Bridget.
I’m certainly impressed that you are going to be making your dress! To be able to sew is a lost art!
Well, this dress is just FABULOUS but it does have some constraints when it comes to wearing a jacket.
The biggest issue you are going to be dealing with are those pockets on the hips.
- If you wear a cropped jacket, those pockets are going to stand out and look out of place.
- Because the dress will be a thin crepe, stay away from velvet, it will be too heavy looking.
- We like your idea of a long, black tuxedo jacket. It will be elegant and echo the formal clean lines of the dress.
As for shoes, since the dress will be a rich blue violet (Oh, that just sounds gorgeous!), we suggest that you go with either a black or metallic shoe. Depending on the weather and the formality of the party, you can dress it up or down.
- If you wear sandals, remember, you can’t wear hose.
- A closed toe, pointy pump would look lovely with nude or sheer black hose
- If you go with a metallic shoe, only wear nude hose.
- Your earrings should be the same metal as the color of the shoe. (No necklace is needed!)
Here are a few I would recommend:
(All shoes are from Nordstrom)
Good luck and please send us your photo when you finish the dress and are all set to go to your party!