Ah, math! Trapeze dresses are named as such because of the trapezoid shape they feature in their cut – the body of the dress flares out at the waist and hips. This style of silhouette is ideal for both comfort and style. It allows for flow, yet drapes gracefully. Building from this starting point, we aimed to design a dress for the woman who wants it all.
Knowing that the cut of the dress made it inherently comfortable, we were free to play with design features that would carefully balance elements of casual-cool and refined. The goal was to maximize its versatility, which is of primary importance in the modern closet.
As with our cami, we loved the sophistication that a v-neck brings to an outfit, but we didn’t want to overdo it. We decided to make the width of the neck less wide, playing down its innate refinement. We also added an interfacing on the inside for a clean line along the edge of the neck.
For the arms, we turned up the cool factor à la James Dean, rolling and tacking the cuffs against the sleeve. This simple but unique detail was unlike any other trapeze dress we had come across, letting the wearer express their individuality. We also loved that, even with the casualness that the sleeve added to the outfit, it could easily be hidden with a cardigan should you decide to opt for a more dressed-up look.
Finally, we ended the dress just above the knee to make it wearable all year round (give or take some tights on a cold day) with a length easily styled for a wide variety of occasions and activities.
This is a black dress that can play a myriad of roles in your closet, with a distinctive style that you’ll be coming back to for years.