If there’s one designer who completely nails perfect holiday attire, it’s Lela Rose. Her dresses and separates are elegant and often embellished, making them the ideal choice for a wedding, holiday cocktail party or other fancy fête. I own a number of Lela’s pieces, probably most notably my favorite floral midi skirt that you’ve seen a few times on here (remember this?). I’ve worn it to weddings, fashion week, and other events where I need to look elevated and extra chic. The main reason I love Lela? all of her pieces look incredible in photos. Even on my phone it looks like a million dollars. That’s what I want out of clothing – I want it not only to look good on the hanger, but also on me and especially when I’m being photographed. As I know I’ve mentioned before, Lela designs her dresses for a variety of body types – my favorite style is definitely the fit-and-flare (tight at the waist, loose at the hips) silhouette as seen in this green dress, this adorable LBD and this scarlet brocade number. That full skirted, A-line look is universally flattering, but for those with straighter hips, she also does a number of pencil-skirted dresses and simple shift silhouettes as well (like this one and this one!).
This green embellished number has held my gaze for at least 6 months – it’s from her pre-fall ’14 collection. Isn’t it stunning? The green practically glows, it’s so rich. This dress may just be my favorite piece of Lela’s ever. Also, the Lela Rose boutique in Highland Park Village just received the spring ’15 collection and it is major. Remember this gown? It’s there…and I want it. I highly recommend you stop in if you’re in the Dallas area over the next few weeks!