Whenever I see a loose fitting, one shoulder dress – especially when it’s in a flowy fabric like silk – it reminds me of ancient Rome. The off the shoulder drape, billowy bodice, and asymmetrical neckline make me think of something I might have seen in a historical drama involving gladiators. When a silhouette conjures up such specific images I like to let those associations inspire and even lightly inform my styling. Here are my styling suggestions:
1) Accessorize the dress with a belt that sits on your hips and is of relaxed design (preferably nothing with a buckle). Great options would be a leather knot belt, a hook and eye belt, a leather braided belt, or a loose chain belt.
2) I styled the dress with heels here because I love how the colors of the dress and the satin pumps compliment each other, but high gladiator sandals would look awesome with a short dress of this cut.
3) Everything should stay relaxed so opt for a purse with a long strap. Imagine a Roman goddess or gladiator (pick your inspiration) holding a clutch or a handle bag. That would just be awkward and unnatural looking right? Now imagine them holding grapes. Stick with the relaxed “grapes” vibe!