Wednesday, May 4, 2011

How to wear satin

Satin's a tricky fabric. While it can be unforgiving if you pick the wrong size, the right satin dress will glimmer and gleam in all the right places - showing off your curves and highlighting your trim figure. Just ask Leighton Meester.

The Gossip Girl actress picked out a gorgeous brown satin gown to wear to the DKMS' 5th Annual Gala in New York City. The shimmering Vera Wang creation was a look so flattering, style maven Blair Waldorf - Meester's television alter ego - would most certainly be proud. The flattering dress showed of Meester's hips while cinching around her tiny waist. Plus, with a one-shouldered neckline, this outfit was the picture of youthful elegance.

Meester paired her satin look with a red clutch and some orange heels for an autumn-inspired pallet that, somehow, feels right at home this spring.

If you're thinking about wearing satin to your next formal event, there's one cardinal rule to keep in mind - always get the right size! Too large will create unflattering bumps and lumps where there are none, and too small will stretch and strain. Just right, however, will look positively flawless, so this is one fashion risk that's worth taking.

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