Why you need to get yourself a drape dress

by Sylvia

Black drape dress ideal for women over 40

A drape dress should be in every over 40 woman’s cupboard. Almost no other dress (except for maybe its cousin the wrap dress) is so flattering and so versatile, especially if you have one like this black drape dress that I will model in this post!

Black drape dress

Why you need to get yourself a drape dress

Black drape dress, great for women over 40

Here are just some of the reason a drape dress is so great for women over 40:

  • They are extremely comfortable
  • If you have a nice drape, they are extremely flattering
  • They will hide any ‘flaws’ in your body
  • You can have fun trying the different ways of wearing a drape dress such as this. Why not do 3 different shapes in 1 evening?
  • They can stimulate your brain as you are trying to work out, how to get the dress in the position you want or just in the default position!
  • You will feel like a greek goddess

Advantages of a drape dress


Some of the configurations of this drape dress include:

  • Default: as seen on top
  • One shoulder
  • Twisted, as seen above
  • You could even wear it long, although I haven’t quite figured out how to do that just yet
  • Whatever comes out after trying to get the dress to default again, as seen in below right example. I’m sure I don’t know half the ways you can configure this dress. Unfortunately, the dress did not come with an explanation booklet!

Flattering black drape dress

Still not convinced?

Well, don’t you think I look good in these pictures then? No fat bubbles to be seen anywhere ( just get a dress with sleeves if you don’t want to show your upper arms). There are many other ways you can wear this dress too. I forgot to show you how good it looks with a really wide belt I have…The only issue with this dress really, is to find a good strapless bra that fits well!

Dress: Abyzz, (local Singapore designer, the last time I was in the shop they still sold this dress)
Shoes: Kenneth Cole
Hat: Zara

So do you have a drape dress yet? Which of the dress’ configurations do you like best?

1 Silvergirl

this my first time seeing a dress like this
will have to keep my eye out for one

2 Sylvia

This drape dress is quite unique, but other drape dresses will look good too and you should be able to find them in shops.

3 Suzanne

This is an awesome dress! It looks great on you no matter how you wear it. The hat is perfect as are the shoes and bits of silver jewelry. I think this is my favorite look on you out of all of the outfits you have posted. You truly look like a model! The material drapes well and is soft yet structured at the same time. I would take this on vacation – pack one dress but have 6 different outfits! I love it. 🙂

4 Sylvia

Thanks Suzanne. Yes that would be a good idea. The dress itself is not light (you don’t feel that when you wear it though) so it’s great that you don’t have to pack much else!

5 Mandy@jugglingchic

I love this dress! All of the looks are great! My favorite is the 2nd pair!!!

6 Sylvia

Thanks for stepping by Mandy. Interesting. I still don’t know what my favorite is, I like the first from the back. the third from the front…

7 The Style Crone

Beautiful and versatile. Especially with the hat!

8 Sylvia

Thanks Judith!

9 Ofelia

I just adore this dress on you; I like it the first version with the great fedora and the long version as well.
I’m so happy that I found your blog, I enjoy reading it immensely!

10 Sylvia

Thank you for you lovely comments Ofelia. Comments like yours will keep on encouraging me to produce great content!

11 The Style Confessions

I have a sort of drape black jersey dress that I love. It comes with me on every vacation because it looks so good and packs so well. Love yours with the different sleeve options! It’s great.

12 Sylvia

Thanks Heather. I find mine a bit too heavy to travel (the dress has quite a bit of fabric) and certainly for Holland now it would be too cold, But yes otherwise it would be ideal because the dress wouldn’t wrinkle and travel well.

13 styleosophy

That is a one great dress. I posted about it on my blog and would love to have it in my closet!

14 Sylvia


15 Emmy

This dress is certainly a must-have! It’s a great variation of the LBD:)

16 Sylvia

Thanks Emmy!

17 KD

Love the dress and the versatility.
Love the hat!

Just not together.

18 Sylvia

Thanks! I actually still like this combo.

19 Ebeth @ House of Guise

I love this dress! I’ve never seen anything quite like it! Designers should really make more universally flattering designs, shouldn’t they? And that goes double for versatile and convertible styles!

20 Sylvia

Absolutely! Certainly for us over 40 whose bodies are not as tight as they used to be. I love garments that are both comfortable , stylish and flattering like this dress 🙂

21 BespokeGina

I love it when you have it over one shoulder. Very chic!

22 Sylvia

Thanks Gina!

23 Ly

That looks great on you! I need to get myself a drape dress.


24 Sylvia

Thanks Ly. Hope you find one soon!

25 Yasmeen (Castle Fashion)

It’s so versatile 😀 And it can be dressed up or dressed down; I don’t own one but I definitely will soon! This one kind of reminds me of some of Alexander Wang’s designs…not sure why. 🙂

Castle Fashion

26 Sylvia

Hope you find a nice one soon. As you say it’s very versatile and I think you could wear this dress for a long time…

27 Kionon

No, not quite convinced, aside from maybe use at a toga party, but it looks great on you. I actually like the Kenneth Cole shoes quite a bit.

I haven’t been paying attention to links a la mode for a while, and it is time to catch up…

28 Sylvia

I guess it’s not for everyone although I’m still pretty confident it will look great on many women. Thanks for stepping by and leaving your feedback!

29 Vanessa

I love this website, I’m just looking around for clothes inspiration currently and I am inspired by your site. I like that you model the clothes that you have chosen, they look great!!! I definitely want a drape dress.

30 Sylvia

Thanks Vanessa for your kind words. Yes, a good quality drape dress is a great investment!

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