Most of us real-life ladies can’t quite wear the body-hugging dresses favored by some celebs (hi, Posh) without at least a wee bit of help. We have shapewear, of course – thank you, Sara Blakely, creator of Spanx – but we recently discovered that the unstoppable Diane Von Furstenberg has been using some ingeniously flattering fabric blends in a few of her most versatile dresses. The blends of polyamide, elastene, and viscose or cotton are thicker than your average dress material, and they’re stretchy but push back just a bit, helping to smooth over those pesky bumps that can keep a form-fitting frock from looking flawless.
The three pieces below, in addition to featuring the fabulous fabric, can be worn under a blazer to work as office outfits. But we’d be most excited about slinking around in just the dresses – why cover up something that looks so good?
DVF’s Tank Dress (left, $365) and Heron Strappy Dress (middle, $345) both feature empire seams, far more forgiving than lower-waisted alternatives. The strapless dress (right, $355), an elegant take on the recent color-block trend, has small seams near the waist and hips so the skirt doesn’t cling too much.
To try this flattering fabric for a bit less cash, check out the alternatives below. They’re made of comparable blends, and the styles are every bit as elegant.
Theory’s Short Jumper (left, $165) can be worn alone or over tights, turtlenecks, or crisp button-downs. Who said it was hard to get dressed during March? Theory’s Color-Block Dress (right, $285) isn’t quite cheap, but it is exceedingly similar in style to the DVF strapless number, for a smaller fraction of your paycheck.