Local designer, Isabel de Villiers is known for her signature laser cut dress designs. Each year she comes out with a new laser cut design. This season her laser cut dresses are sporting a triangle design. We show you how these versatile dresses are perfect for the office, playtime with friends, or a sophisticated evening out. One of the best things about Isabel’s designs is that they’re suitable for all sizes – they come in a size curve that ranges from a size 32 to a 48. It’s also worth noting that each laser cut dress comes with its own fitted slip made from a comfortably stretchy fabric.
THE LASER CUT BOXY DRESS
This elegant, straight design, makes a great little work dress that is easily transformed into the perfect cocktail LBD. Keep it office sophisticated during the day with a classic black blazer and statement neutral accessories. Then, swap out your earrings, add some sparkle, and of course a gorgeous smokey eye, and you’re ready for that after-work cocktail event or date night.
1. Isabel De Villiers Boxy Dress in black (also in blue and red), R1600 – R1999 BUY
2. Kirsten Goss Hertzton Earring in Sterling Silver, R1240 BUY
3. Lodewijk Flap Bag in Wheat, R9850 BUY
4. Sam Star Suede Heel with removable bow, beige (also in grey). On sale for R1279 (normally R1670) BUY
5. Duchess Rosa Jacket Long Sleeve, black, R799 BUY
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6. Aldo Traycey in gold & black sequins heels, R1199 BUY
7. Lula Fox Ecolux Make-Up Eye Shadow Duo, Plum Paradise, R540 BUY
Click here for a tutorial on how to create a smokey eye with this stunning colour palette!
8. Kirsten Goss Wildcard no.7 Earrings in Sterling Silver (also available in gold), R2740 BUY
THE LASER CUT PANEL DRESS
This dress has a more generous silhouette and a longer sleeve than the boxy dress. The comfortable fit makes this the perfect Friyay dress to take you from the office to a lunch date and hopefully plenty of bubbles with the gals.
Because of its relaxed fit, I like this dress with a mid-length, unstructured coat. Choose a lightweight fabric for summer. Pair it with heels and chic earrings and you’re ready for the office. Here, I went for a vintage look with the houndstooth coat (probably best for autumn) and white shoes.
1. Isabel De Villiers Panel Dress, blue (also available in yellow), R1500 – R1600 BUY
2. Kirsten Goss Do Not Disturb Earrings in Sterling Silver, R1040 BUY
3. Witchery Verona Sunglasses, R499 BUY
4. Aldo Edania heels, white, R1599 BUY
5. Utopia Houndstooth Melton Casual Coat, R399 BUY
Sometimes I want a casually cool heel for lunch, but then other times, only a comfy pair of sneakers will do. This dress works both those looks. I also like the cobalt blue with both the burnt pink of the stunning Lodewijk tote (look 1: 2-5), as well as a neutral tan (look 2: 5-9). Add a little je ne sais quoi by using your L’Mad silk scarf as an elegant head wrap with either look. (Click here for some inspiration on how to wrap a chic head scarf.)
1. Marlene Steyn for L’MAD Sis Versus Sisters Silk Satin Scarf, R2490 BUY
2. Witchery Paris Sunglasses, pink, R999 BUY
3. Lodewijk Tot in Burnt Pink, R16975 BUY
4. Saint&Summer Sneaky, white, R668 BUY
5. Isabel De Villiers Panel Dress – blue (also available in yellow), R1500 – R1600 BUY
6. Julz Maddy Leather Heels in taupe, R1199 BUY
7. Bali Bag Bamboo, natural, R950 BUY
8. Yellow Jewellery Anaid Sway Earrings, R550 BUY
9. Witchery Sia Sunglasses, R499 BUY
THE LASER CUT KAFTAN DRESS
The knee-length kaftan dress has a luxurious over-sized draped fit. This is a wonderful dress to wear for relaxed summer days and evenings out to dinner with friends. We like it with a sandal during the day and a chic pump to dress it up a little for dinner. Don’t forget a slick of lipstick or lip gloss to finish your look for the evening.
1. Isabel De Villiers Kaftan Dress, black (also available in yellow), R1500 BUY
2. Kirsten Goss Onion Earrings, yellow gold vermeil, R1540 BUY
3. Saint&Summer Tonic, gold, R668 BUY
4. Saint&Summer Tonic, black, R668 BUY
5. Sam Star Pumps, black, R1479 BUY
6. Milaluna Black Leather Black Geo Pouch with Chain Strap, R1900 BUY
7. Lula Fox Ecolux Make-Up Lip Set Vino Gloss Duo, R550 BUY
8. Lula Fox Ecolux Make-Up Botanical Lipstick in Hibiscus, R320 BUY
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