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Spring trend alert : The return of the proper dress

Posted on March 18 2011

Michelle Williams looks lady-like in a gorgeous lace Oscar de la Renta with a ribbon belt and black Mary Jane pumps

The maxi-dress has been a spring/summer staple for the past few seasons due mainly to its casual chic and comfort appeal. This spring however is pointing towards the return of the proper dress. Looks like the lady-like allure of the 50s style dress is hard to ignore. When you think of elegance, this dress style always comes to mind and thanks to designers like Oscar de la Renta, Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton, Dolce & Gabbana, Monique Lhuillier and Muiccia Prada, it’s no doubt ready to make a statement again this season.

Style Tip: It’s all about the cut when it comes to a 50s style dress. The focal points of this style are the cinched waist and full skirt. They’re also easy to wear in the day time and can be as fancy/glam as you want them to be for going out at night. For the daytime, go for fun colors like deep orange and fun prints like floral, tribal or polka dots. For fancy evenings, try metallic colors, black or lace.

Carey Mulligan in a belted Prada frock

Pixie haired Ginnifer Goodwin in Monique Lhuillier is reminiscent of old Hollywood glamour

What do you think of the return of the proper dress? Are you ready to let go of the maxi-dress in exchange for an elegant frock?


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