Surely we have enough staples in our closets that say casual, romantic, sporty, professional or party girl. But do we own a piece that screams drama?
Well, first let me define drama. Think Angelina Jolie in the stunning black thigh high-slit velvet gown she wore at the Oscars in 2012. The day after, the whole world was buzzing in delight about her show-stealing moment in what I would call a highly dramatic look. There’s not a woman on earth who doesn’t dream one day to wear a show-stopping gown such as the one Jolie donned. We all want to be the star of our own life but wouldn’t mind, if only for a day, to have the world at our feet and take notice, by wearing something spectacular. Yet drama dressing isn’t the privilege of Hollywood stars, it can be introduced in our wardrobes when we choose garments with striking or eccentric details and dare to wear vibrant colors, intricate cuts or unusual fabrics. There is a rule however. For these clothes to work, you have to carry an absolute sense of confidence. Let’s not forget that even more than Angelina’s dress, it was the way she rocked the gown by revealing her leg through the slit that became the main topic of conversation ... to this day!
What did the late Diana Vreeland once said?
“It’s not about the dress you wear, but it’s about the life you lead in the dress.”
My 9 Favorite Drama Essentials and How to Wear Them
- 1. Animal Prints
A timeless classic, it doesn’t matter if you wear shoes, coats or separates in animal print, your leo staple will always be the number one drama piece in your wardrobe! And it doesn’t hurt that it is also the epitome of chic. Need I say more? Yes. Wear it with absolute poise! All eyes will be on you the moment you walk out the door.
- 2. Mini Dress
There’s mini dress and then there’s ultra mini dress. How about making a grand impact and choosing the latter? Show your legs in the most outrageous way possible, yet be sure to do it in style. An example of this would be donning the one shoulder trend. A plunging neckline would absolutely ruin the outfit’s dramatic sophistication but extraordinary sleeves and statement chandelier earrings can totally enhance it! It’s all about proportions.
- 3. Crazy-Colored Chiffon Dress
Chiffon is a fabric we rarely wear because it is so whimsical and feminine that we feel it calls for a very special occasion. Well, the summer is coming and they’ll be at least one cocktail party you will attend. Opt for a gorgeous eye-catching number so that you can be remembered by the guests as the-only-girl-who-didn’t-show-up-in-a-LBD!
- 4. Uber Booties
Every once in a while we come across a piece we simply have to have even if it is absolutely not a necessity but truly a luxury. A pair of dazzling ankle boots belongs in this category and in the closet of any bona fide fashionista. They should be pure overstatement. You’ll love them for this! Snakeskin being the It pattern of the season, indulging in the trend when adding the alluring staple in your wardrobe seems like a total no-brainer! Wear them with absolutely everything, they're the new neutral!
- 5. Shearling Jacket
A shearling jacket in a deep, intense hue? Sign me in! There’s enough fabulousness already in this sumptuous staple but a charismatic color will deliver tons of oomph in addition and calls for major confidence. Are you ready for this?
- 6. Black Jumpsuit
Wanna look like a seductive, mysterious flamenco dancer? Then dress the part and choose a breathtaking piece with a daring neckline. The flare is optional but it sure adds to the mystique. The red lip is a must!
- 7. Faux Fur Coat
Drama dressing without faux fur is like Paris without the Eiffel tower! The brighter the color, the better. The bigger the coat, the better. You get the picture, this staple is not for the faint of heart.
It’s got to be ostentatious and loud, and teams wonderfully with your most flamboyant sequin dress!
- 8. Hats
There was a time when women wouldn't leave the house without wearing elegant headwear. It's not too late to bring this magnificent accessory back in our lives. It can boost a casual outfit with so much va-voom that you won't even remember your cropped denim jacket's life before it!
- 9. Jewelry
Statement jewelry should tell your story. Go ahead, be a drama queen for a day! Wear heaps of jewels including the oh-so trendy oversize chandelier earrings ... with your favorite track suit and go for a run! You'll stop traffic.