Fellow Bostonians, join me next Wedensday, December 11th at the Newbury Street Ted Baker store for a little holiday shopping party (RSVP here)! There will be a 20% discount throughout the store, plus catered snacks and cocktails.
For those who aren’t familiar with Ted Baker, they’re a British brand that started out as a contemporary men’s line before branching into womenswear as well. I’d best describe their designs as tailored pieces with classic silhouettes, but also a touch of whimsy through unique prints/linings and interesting details.
I chose this dress for the event as I love the flared silhouette with cobalt blue velvet. I haven’t tried on a thing in this material since the days of the velvet /velour sweat suit, which most of us now try to wipe from our fashion memories.The return of the fuzzy fabric works for this piece and pairs easily with metallic accessories.
Ted Baker’s sizing is a little different – clothing starts in 0 and goes up to 1, 2, 3 and so on. In my experience, their clothing in stretch materials run narrow (several of their dresses in sz 0 are pretty fitted on me, even though the size chart equates them to a US sz 2), but the lengths are designed for a figure taller than mine. Here’s how this dress looked on me off the rack:
This dress was a good candidate for an easy alterations trick that you see on here often. I had my tailor take it up by the shoulders about 1.5 inches, which effectively made the armholes smaller, plus raised the waistline and the hem. The results appear subtle but make a difference. As seen in the photo above, the torso is pretty narrow (with a bit of stretch) so it did not require alterations after being shifted in place. My tailor charged me just $15 to take up the shoulders, but I estimate this could cost $20-$30 at other tailors for a lined dress.
Couldn’t resist a chance to turn the camera on my photographer! These photos were taken again at the lovely Liberty Hotel, where one of our holiday parties will be at next week (I’ll be back in the same ensemble – a no-brainer).
Hope to see some of you on December 11th! PS – 201 Newbury St is a two-block walk from Copley Station.