Fashionable statement pieces for at-home celebrations

Published July 4, 2020, 8:22 AM

by John Legaspi

Virtually in style.

Special occasions need not be put on hold amid our current situation. In fact, having experienced a crisis like this has allowed many of us to put life’s priorities in perspective. With the realization that life is precious and fragile, more and more people are celebrating love and appreciation for family and loved ones in the most intimate ways.

These past few months of lockdown have been witnesses to tons of creative ideas and rediscovered talents taking center stage, all of which were applied to celebrate special moments in virtual format. As we mark a new period in our lives, where gatherings are mostly made through video calls, we must remember not to sacrifice individuality and self-expression.

One way to ensure that we keep a sense of normalcy when attending online events is dressing up for it, the way we would have, before the pandemic began. Check out these top fashion picks for your next virtual celebration. After all, this is as good a time as any to shine on the big (or small) screen.


Whether you’re a guest or the main celebrator, these dresses are sure to catch everyone’s eye once you log on. Stun the waist-up crowd with beaded bodice pieces from Adrianna Papell and choose from a variety of silhouettes, like a V-neck cut that elegantly elongates the neck and accents the collar bones, or a more classic and conservative choice like the boat neckline.

Adrianna Papell short beaded dress with a V-neck cut


One can never go wrong with a Marchesa Notte piece. Opt for a romantic look with a 3D floral embroidered high-low gown for that dramatic flair or be flirty and playful in a polka-dotted pink ruffled dress. Spring-themed weddings, to be done in the context of social distancing, call for statement printed pieces much like the orchid vert gown with an elaborate popover ruffle, or a Bellervie printed floral fitted jacket with a waist-accentuating belt from Badgley Mischka.

Marchesa Notte pink polka dot ruffled dress
Badgley Mischka tropical-printed scuba dress


Halston gives you options for the classic look with choices from a minimal embroidered black gown set off by a timeless column silhouette to a striped structured gown that captures both femininity and edginess.

Halston’s Abstract ruffled dress

Make weddings even more memorable with immaculate white dresses from Tadashi Shoji that will look timeless in photos. Tadashi also has a plethora of options for those who will be bridesmaids. They might choose from Tadashi’s beautiful selection that pops with color, or perhaps rock a metallic paisley printed gown.

Tadashi Shoji’s Emica crop overlay gown in copper-shadow


Graduates have a lot to celebrate, so why not enjoy the moment with a playful beaded piece with flutter sleeves from Adrianna Papell? Swish your way into merriment with a Halston pleated metallic dress that exudes a youthful and flirty vibe, or choose an abstract ruffled LBD for a more classic style.

Halston pleated metallic dress
Adrianna Papell short beaded dress with cape sleeves


Need a last-minute outfit for your mom or dad’s birthday? Have a splendid celebration with Tadashi Shoji’s Arisu obi-inspired dress, which is is subtle yet refined. On the other hand, you might want the Zatlyn Metallic illusion dress, which exudes a more glamorous persona.

Arisu obi-inspired dress in petal and black


If your style is more laid-back without compromising fashion, go boho chic with embroidered and patchwork choices from Vivienne Tam. Get creative with pieces that you can definitely reuse for many celebrations, online or in person. From multicolor cotton woven patchwork pants and skirts, to a colorful flower power printed top, you will surely make a lasting impression with these pieces of unique style.

Vivienne Tam multi-colored, embroidered lace dress with laser cut patchwork details

Regardless of the fact that most people won’t be able to see your ensemble waist down, dressing up for yourself is always a good idea. Enjoy a milestone with family and friends and celebrate special days with extraordinary pieces from Rustan’s.

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