What A Difference A Dress Makes

A-lines and empire lines,

Bell-sleeved trapezes,

Sundresses in cotton,

And dresses with tulle,

Little black dresses and dresses that wrap,

These are a few of my favourite things…

When my heel breaks,

When my hair flops,

When I’m feeling sad…

I simply remember my favourite dress

And then I don’t feel so bad”.

During October many women’s thoughts turn to dresses in all sorts of fabrics, lengths, and cuts.

Why? For some, it’s the challenge of finding 31 different dresses for Frocktober — the annual philanthropic campaign held each October to support The Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation Inc (OCRF).

For others, the second month of Spring heralds a lightening of spirits, more than a hint of the warm summer days to come, and the promise of the festive party season.


Photo courtesy 1958 Spring Fashion Ad, Pink & Melon Color Ensembles Photopin and Creative Commons

We all know the standard reason why the ‘dress’ is such a popular style option — it makes getting ready for the day (or night) quick and easy. Slip on a dress and you’re ‘good to go’ — well almost — you do have to think about shoes and accessories.

But as we all know, almost nothing worth having is quick and easy. And the same can be said about finding the perfect dress. But it’s worth the effort.

A great dress can make you remember what is beautiful about life”.  Rachel Roy.

Whether you have a preference for maxis, midis, or minis, there’s the perfect dress for every woman.


The indomitable Mae West created herself — from a platinum wig, outrageous costume jewellery, form-fitting long dresses, platform heels, to a wink, and a hand on her hip. Mae loved her maxis: “Say what you want about long dresses, but they cover a multitude of shins.”


Photo courtesy Mae West via Photopin and Creative Commons


Mrs Wallis Simpson might not have been crowned the Queen of England but she was a queen of style. Her sophistication and charm lead to King Edward VIII abdicating the British throne to marry her.

During her lifetime, Wallis had an incredible couture collection and a penchant for wearing the most current fashions of the day. She remained steadfastly loyal to Edward and her preference for simply cut and superbly tailored midi dresses (which were all the better to show off her magnificent jewels).


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The year is 1965 and it is Derby Day — part of the Melbourne Cup racing season. British model, Jean Shrimpton, shocked Melbourne matrons by wearing a mini, not wearing stockings (that showed off her long coltish slender legs to advantage) and being shamelessly hatless (allowing her long hair to be free of the confines of a highly lacquered hairdo).

This incarnation of the modern mini might seem modest and quite quaint by many, but all variations of this style are best worn by the very young and the very slender.


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How do you find the perfect dress for you? There’s lots of advice out there, but I think author of A Vintage Affair, Isabel Wolff, says it the best:

I’ve no idea when I’m going to wear it, the girl replied calmly. I only knew that I had to have it. Once I tried it on, well… She shrugged. The dress claimed me.”

If you have lofty goals and aim to find 31 dresses this October, why not visit Lyst for all the fashion you’ll ever need. For those of you trying to find that perfect dress of your dreams to ‘claim’ you this season, visit Lyst Dresses.

5 Comments on What A Difference A Dress Makes

  1. Bec
    October 11, 2016 at 9:22 pm (9 months ago)

    So happy to have you back Hipsterette xxx adore this post as I have always adored dresses they are my number one wardrobe choice – alll engths &’styles considered xxx

  2. Fiona Ryan
    October 13, 2016 at 8:06 am (9 months ago)

    Welcome back – I was just visiting your blog the other day so see if I had missed any updates. I didn’t even know that Frocktober was a thing. A lovely story – thanks.

  3. Bron
    October 13, 2016 at 8:06 pm (9 months ago)

    I love a good dress! The mini doesn’t look so mini compared to what we wear these days.

  4. Yvonne Warnick
    February 23, 2017 at 9:16 pm (4 months ago)

    Love the article thehipsterete. Thank you xx


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