I am thrilled to be partnering with Eliza J. because her dresses perfectly illustrate the six types of classic fashion.
Here on The Glamorous Housewife we are big fans of what I like to call “classic fashion”.
But what does that really mean?
The dictionary defines the word classic as, “of enduring interest, quality, or style” and of course I agree. But because different women have different styles, I thought it would be easiest to break down “classic fashion” into six separate (though overlapping) categories: Classic Simple, Classic Vintage, Classic Glamour, Classic Modern, Classic Preppy, and Classic Bohemian.
In order to further illustrate the subtle differences in these styles I thought I would use the gorgeous dresses of Eliza J. because her frocks can be found in each of these classic categories. Eliza J. designs classicly styled dresses with a bit of a twist as you will see below.
Let’s start with Classic Simple. This is the main category for all things basic. Both the fit & flare and the sheath dress seen above are perfect examples of timeless cuts in solid fabrics creating a simple silhouette. What I like about Eliza J. is her attention to details. Notice the belt on the blue dress; it gives a dash of moxie in an otherwise understated dress. As for the sheath dress, the lace takes this frock to the next level.
Now compare these Classic Modern dresses to the Classic Simple dresses above. They are straightforward in design but the addition of contemporary fabric and print gives these outfits a special flair. If they were solid in color they would be decidedly in the Classic Simple category, but with their modern embellishments they fall into this stylish section.
We all know preppy when we see it. Whether stripes or polka dots, solids or plaids, these Classic Preppy dresses scream cocktails in Palm Beach.
Originally I only had five categories of classic fashion but I found there were too many designs that were classic in style but didn’t fit into the other categories. Maxi dresses, ethnic and tropical prints, and many styles found in the 1970s seemed to be missing. I thought it best to include a “Classic Bohemian” section for this reason. Though Eliza J. is known mainly for her vintage inspired dresses, I found her bold and colorful patterns to be perfect examples of Classic Bohemian.
Classic Vintage is Eliza J.‘s forte. Many of their dresses fit into this category so I decided to pick my favorite two. The dress on the left reminds me of a 1950s silhouette and the print is very retro in concept. I would wear this to summer brunch or bridal shower. The dress on the right is more sophisticated and the dotted mesh reminds me of flocked dresses I have seen in the thrift stores. This frock is perfect for a night out on the town.
I end with Classic Glamour because Eliza J. has some gorgeous gowns. The dress on the left is very reminiscent of the 1930s and the one on the right was my personal favorite. It has The Glamorous Housewife written all over it!