You already know that I think Queensland-based designer Sacha Drake is all kinds of genius don’t you?
If not, you may be new to Styling You, so I’ll give you a brief run down.
Sacha designs frocks. And she gets women. Like REALLY gets women.
She gets that we’re not all the same shape but we still want to dress to feel and look our best.
She gets that we might not want to be a slave to the current trends but we do want to feel modern – because style does not come with a use-by date.
And she gets that we do appreciate a frock that not only offers a multitude of uses but is easy to care for … all the while making us look effortlessly chic.
Sacha has been creating these multi-wear frocks for more than 10 years now. Many women back in the day discovered the Sacha Drake label via the Ultimate Black Dress – it’s still a big seller and can be worn 20 different ways.
There are two new multi-wear frocks in the Sacha Drake collection – the Catelyn - a gorgeous short black frock I’ve featured on four different women in my forthcoming book – and the Grecian maxi, the frock I chose to wear for Mr SY’s annual Christmas party, a small gathering for 1800 people.
The theme of the night was New York.
Elmo and King Kong could be spotted in the room but, not being a fan AT ALL of fancy dress, I opted for a modern take on Audrey Hepburn’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s look.
And the Grecian provided the perfect blank canvas for that look. Check out the Grecian’s versatility on the model …
Sacha Drake Grecian maxi dress $299 (some guidelines on how to create these styles in the video below)
As Sacha says in the above video, it really is possible to play with the straps and create your own look. My look was a version of the cross-over but I’ve bought the straps back around the front again.
I chose to wear a strapless bra so I wouldn’t have to worry about bra straps and the shoulder pieces slipping all night. If you’re small busted, the in-built bust holder will be enough support for you.
The pleats are incredibly and surprisingly flattering, draping over the body, allowing me to leave the nana pants at home.
I love that next time I wear this dress, I can do so in a different way and suddenly it’s a whole new look.
It’s a “forever” dress that I can faithfully call upon summer or winter to see me through any dressy occasion.
That’s always a test for me when adding a more dressy garment to my wardrobe. I have to know that it’s going to go the distance with me.
Bonus points for the fact you can wash it at home, hang it up to dry and be ready to go again.
I’d pack it travelling if I knew I may need something for an occasion out.
Get used to seeing me wearing this necklace. A LOT. Not just for bringing down the cost-per-wear ratio but because I just can’t get enough of it. The freshwater pearls, the big diamantes, the tiny brass-coloured bees … it’s the statement necklace that keeps on stating.
I’ve had the Mimco studs forever and they work with this by still being glam but letting the necklace do the talking. The white Samantha Wills Bardot ring ties it together at my finger tips.
I had been waiting on a clear perspex clutch from MNO.Logie that I ordered at the beginning of October (I’m assured it’s on its way!) to work with the outfit but when this one arrived from Her Fashion Box, it proved more than a suitable substitute.
Her Fashion Box works like subscription beauty box companies but includes fashion pieces with some beauty samples delivered to your door each month.
My hair stylist, Maria at Suite Three, knows her way around some old-school hair construction. Oh yes, she does.
You can see the back of this ‘do here. I’m not kidding you when I say there were about 100 pins to pull out of my hair the morning after. I got about 10 out the night before but gave up and settled on sleep instead.
There was also no way I was getting a brush through this without a good shampoo and condition but I’m not complaining. I just love it.
Makeup-wise, I went for a soft smokey eye and a red lip as predicted here.
My lip colour is my fave red of all time that I really wish Napoleon Perdis would bring back – it’s called Lady in Red and is a hybrid lipstick/gloss in just the right shade for my skin tone. Lucky I stocked up when it was released as a limited edition.
Nails are a matchy-matchy Christmas gel red. ‘Tis the season and all that.
A little extra bronzer on the face balances out my face with the rest of me.
… and because the occasion to frock up would not have happened except for Mr SY’s work place inviting partners to share in the Christmas joy … and because I do love a man in a suit – particularly when that man is Mr SY – here he is too.
Scrub up ok, don’t we?
Is this a type of dress you’d get great wardrobe longevity out of? Do you have any other of Sacha’s “many-ways” frocks?
PS. My blogging mate Mrs Woog also has and loves the Sacha Drake Grecian maxi dress. If you missed her post, check it out here.
PPS. There’s just a couple of days left until the SY Christmas Giveaway closes. One of the prizes is an in-store styling session at Sacha Drake for you and a friend where you’ll both gifted with a gown or frock of your choice.
* These pieces were sent to me for editorial consideration