The title of this post may have been a bit of a misnomer. Ruched dresses are actually on good terms with pretty much everyone, but if you’re a curvier girl looking to step into the body-conscious dress arena, a ruched dress is the way to go. Whereas a straight-up fitted dress does little to disguise the mushier areas we all have, gathered pieces cleverly camouflage them with flattering folds of fabric, daring people to guess where the dress begins and you end. We love the dress at left, but it’s a little pricey. For a more affordable alternative, Topshop gets the job done. Keep reading »
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There are crushes, girl crushes, and clothing crushes, and all of them involve falling hard, whether the object of our affection is a coworker or a lovely lace dress. We’ve officially developed a clothing crush on this sweet Fred Flare dress. We’d wear it with ballet flats, dainty flat sandals, or a pair of pumps when we take it out on the town. What’s so wrong with wanting to spoil our new clothing companion?
We have a problem. Lately, I have purchased several skirts and dresses from your store. I love them. They are all adorable, fit perfectly, and have quickly become go-to items. However, they are all made of fabrics without much give and none of them have a detail that I think of as standard in such garments: a slit in the back. Normally, a lack of slit is not an issue. But in certain instances—for example, when presented with a flight of stairs—the lack of leg mobility becomes vexing. Yesterday, on the way to see a band, I encountered a hill of a medium incline. Comedy ensued as I had to take baby steps the entire way up it. And forget dancing. So I beg you, Topshop, please start stitching slits into your skirts and dresses. Slits keep us ladyfolk from doing the I-can’t-quite-move-in-my-skirt shuffle.
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You might not have the ducats of Victoria Beckham — or her severely serious demeanor — but that doesn’t mean her style is out of your reach. Victoria is a fan of sheath dresses; she wears them and designs them. While Victoria’s dresses have crazy attitude, most sheath dresses are sophisticated yet understated. They’re also extremely wearable, regardless of your shape, because they skim the body and draw attention to the waist. Plus, they’re easy to throw on when you’re late to work. Check out the affordable options we found. Keep reading »
Not to pull the “SATC” fashion card, but this Forever 21 dress is a classic Charlotte. With a business-chic construction, she’d strut it down Park Avenue in the daytime, but also be able to work it downtown after hours thanks to that sexy mesh collar and peek-a-boo back. What’s one more LBD in your closet? They’re always put to use somehow, whether you’re going for the girly or the girls’ night out.
Welcome to the season of outdoor events with a dress that’ll suit you up for all of them. We’re crushing on this French Connection number (hilariously named the “Wizard Wonder” dress) for its chic simplicity—pure white gets the high-fashion treatment with a structured body and sleek side ruffle. Good for garden get-togethers, patio parties, and even daytime weddings (we say: screw it, you can wear white, too). This style screams for a pair of awesome red pumps in the daytime; sky-high, noir stilettos at night.
You know those nights when you’re dancing and it’s hot and, all of a sudden, the t-shirt and bubble skirt you’re wearing start to feel like altogether too much clothing? This is a dress for such evenings. Screw layers and sleeves and embrace nearly naked. It’s a big switch after the wool we’ve been burying ourselves in all winter, but it’s a definite case of trading up. We’re into the off-kilter layering of sheer and opaque, but not as much as we’re loving the nice price tag. It’s not cheap, but this dress looks more Alexander Wang than $138 usually buys.
It’s not easy to find the perfect cocktail dress that a) isn’t black and b) isn’t something you’ve seen a million times before. A guaranteed “wow” piece that will doubtless bring all eyes on you—this draped gold lamé dress by Willow. Three reasons to love: The material has a unique terracotta texture, the blousy sleeves will flatter your body, and the exposed back will bring some extra sexy. With a slight vintage vibe, the look we’re thinking of is Betty Draper goes downtown. [$680, Net-A-Porter.com] Keep reading »
Every woman, no matter what her size or height is, needs a maxi dress in her closet. Most, like this Braided Strap Maxi Dress, have an empire waist or a similar effect. So, if you’ve got a little tummy, it will disappear under the dress. Even if you’re short, there’s no reason not to wear one: The all-over color creates a continuous line from shoulders to ankles, which will make you look taller. Plus, the maxi dress perfectly transitions from spring to summer because it’s a great foundation for layering. Oh, and did we mention this one shows off your back, shoulders, and collarbone, so you’ll look sexy, too?