The Evolution of the Jersey Dress: How Casual Suddenly Became Chic
Jeana Lee Fleming and Charlotte Thompson
Style Tips Columnists
Friday, Jul 25,2008
It has always been my personal philosophy of “no pain, no gain” when it comes to fashion. I may deeply regret this years down the road as I for-see myself being confined to solely wearing tan colored “Easy Spirits” per doctors orders after years of running around in 4 inch heels but hey, I guess that is a chance that I am willing to take. Yes of course I love comfortable, who doesn’t? It’s just that for me personally comfort has never been a deciding factor in a decision on what to wear or buy. Fortunately with the evolution of the jersey dress over the last few years comfort has become the icing on the cake for looking chic and stylish.
Just as any individual can recall exactly where they were and what they were doing in regards to major defining moments in their life I can recall my love at first sight with my very first T-Bags jersey dress in US Weekly. Three years and a closet full of t-bags jersey dresses later I still love my “Go To” outfit as much today as I did back then.
What may have originally started out as the fad of the moment has quickly won its way into our hearts, our closets and onto the designer drawing boards. So many of fashion’s greats and fashion’s new comers such as Lauren Conrad are trying their hand and their take on the jersey dress. Who can blame them? The jersey dress is something that appeals to the masses. It is wearable for every body type because the fabric is heavy so it drapes well and forgives curves you don’t want to enhance. In addition comfort gives confidence which translates into chicness. When it comes to this fashion phenomenon it doesn’t matter what age you are, what your body type is or how big you think your butt looks. The jersey dress can be anything to anyone. It can highlight your best features while hiding other areas of concern all the while looking effortlessly chic
Basics such as the jersey dress lend themselves to personal style because it is what you do with those items that make a statement as an individual. One of the best features of the jersey dress is the versatility it embodies to go from daytime casual to nighttime chic. Regardless if you are at the beach, a gameday football tailgate or out on the town for dinner and drinks you can rest assured that your jersey dress is perfect for any occasion. Starting this fall you will see jersey bridesmaid dresses making their way down aisles near you as celeb designer favorite Tricia Fix has created a vibrant and elegantly stylish line of jersey bridesmaid dresses exclusively for Bella Bridesmaid. What more can we say? Casual has truly become chic.
Follow these tips to make the most of accessorizing your jersey dress.
Layered Gold Chain Necklaces: Not quite “Mr. T” big but layered nonetheless. These look great with all necklines of jersey dresses.
Long necklaces: Pearls, stones, beads- really anything will work.
Big Earrings: Look great with a halter jersey dress as sometimes necklaces are overkill with the halter neckline.
Bangles: Always a great way to incorporate color into your look.
Belts: Allow a great splash of color or animal print to a solid color jersey dress. They also allow for you to accentuate your waist in a loose or natural waist jersey dress.
Vest: A great way to diversify your jersey dress look.
Cardigan: The cardigan look is best achieved with a “short waisted cardigan”. Ideally the cardigan hits at the empire waist line. A cardigan compliments all necklines and tends to give the jersey dress a more casual feel.
Hats: Don’t be afraid to sport a fedora or a newsboy cap to compliment your jersey dress.
Cowboy boots: Best with short jersey dresses but great for long as well.
Gladiator sandals: Fabulous for both long and short jersey dresses and can transition daytime into nighttime as well.
Oversized Handbag and Shades
Lightweight scarf: this will be great for transitioning your jersey dress into fall football weather.
Slip- If you own a jersey dress you need to own a slip of some sort. Guaranteed whether you think it is or not your jersey dress is probably fairly see through from the waist down. Please do yourself a favor and save yourself the embarrassment of running around town with a see through dress. I know it sounds funny but really you will thank me later!