Designer's Pick: Top 3 Dresses & Jumpsuits of 2018

Gloria Berck, Connected Apparel Head of Design
Gloria Berck, Head of Design

With 2019 around the corner, we wanted to share a quick recap of our 3 best dresses and jumpsuits of 2018 chosen by Gloria, Connected Apparel’s Head of Design.

Before we reveal Gloria’s top 3 picks for 2018, we wanted to share the special place Gloria holds in the history of Connected Apparel. It started back in 1975 when Gloria worked her way up from the mail room to assistant buyer at Judy’s specialty stores. Once she became a buyer, she met Jay (Connected Apparel’s Owner & CEO) who was working as a dress salesman for his parent’s company, Upfront. Gloria and Jay continued to work together as Jay moved from Upfront to another company and finally Chorus Line, where in 1988 he hired Gloria to work in the design department. There, Gloria learned everything she knows about designing dresses from Jay’s mom, Sobel Balaban. Then in 1998, Sobel retired and Gloria began leading the department.

In 2000, Connected Apparel launched with Gloria as Head of the Design Department and we couldn’t be more honored to still have her on our team and as part of our family!

Now that you’ve “met” Gloria, let’s find out her picks for the 3 best dresses and jumpsuits of 2018.

Lisa 2.0 Faux Wrap Dress | Connected Apparel

Why did you choose this dress? What about it makes it so great?

The Lisa 2.0 dress is a classic silhouette made from a fabric that moves with you. It boasts an extremely comfortable fit that looks and feels amazing on any body shape and is designed with smart and thoughtful details.

What occasion would you suggest someone wear this dress to? How would you style it?

This dress is perfect for many different events, including career, daytime, evening, cocktail parties and numerous special occasions, both formal and informal. To style this dress, I would keep it simple to let the dress speak for itself. If it's a less formal outing, go for a pair of studs and a shorter heel. If you're going to a nice event, try a pair of dangling earrings (colored jewels are always great) and a pair of high heels. 

Is this a new dress silhouette to Connected Apparel's collection? If not, what has been so great about it?

The Lisa 2.0 is an update to our tried-and-true Lisa silhouette. After nine years of making and selling the Lisa dress, this style continues to be one of our most popular and versatile dresses. So this year, we created the Lisa 2.0 by adding a flounce to the sleeve. This helped us modernize this timeless silhouette while not taking away from what makes it such a great dress

The Uptown Stretch Metallic Knit Jumpsuit | Connected Apparel

Why did you choose this jumpsuit? What about it makes it so great?

We've received a ton of great feedback about the Uptown jumpsuit so I felt it was important to highlight it here. The coverage of a jumpsuit coupled with the femininity of a drape neck makes this silhouette figure flattering and elongates the body. Not to mention the fabric has stretch to it so the Uptown is a comfortable and chic jumpsuit option. 

What occasion would you suggest someone wear this jumpsuit to? How would you style it?

Wear Uptown for any occasion where you want to be an elegant standout. The fabric does it all, and the draped neck and tie belt is all you need to be good to go. If you want to add jewelry, keep it very simple. And if you want a contemporary flair, try a square knot instead of a classic bow at the waist.

Is this a new piece in Connected Apparel's collection? If yes, why did you decide to put it on the line?

The fabric has been a strong seller for us and since jumpsuits are very popular, we knew that a jumpsuit in this fabric filled a void in the market offerings and would be a great item to add to our collection. 

 

Stevie Red Floral Placement Print Dress | Connected Apparel

Why did you choose this dress? What about it makes it so great?

I absolutely love our Stevie dress. While the body silhouette is simple, the dress is spectacular with its striking placement print and fluid, flirty chiffon sleeves.

What occasion would you suggest someone wear this dress to? How would you style it?

Any party, special occasion or any time you want to be a stand out.

Is this a new dress silhouette to Connected Apparel's collection? If yes, why did you decide to put it on the line? If not, what has been so great about it?

The basic silhouette we have done in other novelty fabrics, but this is a first with a placement print. We knew that this was a silhouette that we could move in many directions with. This is the first signature placement print in the Stevie dress with more to come!

Whether you’re looking for some style inspiration or want to start 2019 with Gloria’s top dress and jumpsuit picks, you’ll find an outfit that perfectly suits your style. Shop our other special occasion dresses and jumpsuits for even more beautiful styles.

If you want to learn more about Gloria and the rest of the Connected Apparel family, check out Our History

 

  • Charlotte Holland says...

    I’m looking forward to visiting your website to view these items and more!

    On March 11, 2019

  • Sylvia Campbell says...

    I would like to order the “Lisa 2.0” dress. Please provide me with more information about this dress and others. Thank you.

    On January 17, 2019

  • Deborah cheers says...

    I want to know how to order that shimmer jump suit? That’s beautiful

    On January 17, 2019

  • Rena says...

    I would like to order this dress.

    On January 02, 2019

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