Dress to Impress

October 5, 2008 • Magazine

Dress to Impress

Dress to Impress

Sun, 2008-10-05 15:00

Jenn Scott

Plain is out; embellished is in.

The love affair that fashion and drama have always had is in full swing this Fall. After several seasons of classic, monochromatic, muted looks, bright colors and strong statements are the only way to go. Just because the air is chilly doesn’t mean that your look has to be. This season allows for plenty of ways to brighten up the dreary Fall and Winter days!

Staying feminine and flirty in florals is one way to stay warm, but make sure you stay away from pastels and embrace the new color palette! Reach for the darker, richer colors this Fall! The darker colors allow for a punch of vibrancy to an already stellar look.

This season will be happy to embrace pretty much any pattern — as long as the drama is there!

If you are a fan of plaid, then take advantage of it while you can. Stay with classic cuts to avoid looking too much like a school girl. Always remember to pair plaids with plan accessories. If not, you could end up with too much going on and take away from your look!

Interesting prints always make for an eye-catching look, as well as a great conversation piece. Even if you aren’t a fan of plaid, there are many other unique designs that are bound to be aesthetically pleasing to you! Take some time to track down the design you like best!

If you are a fan of solids, then just be sure you add some kind of embellishment. Bows, ruffles, lace, and belts are all great ways to ensure that you are getting the hottest look. By adding a feminine accessory, you can take your look from plain to dramatic in no time flat! It’s also a great idea if you have an old dress in the back of the closet that you’ve been dying to wear again. Belt it and be on your way!

No matter what color or style of dress you decide on, always be mindful of the ever-changing hemline. Depending on your body shape, you should always consider the length of your dress. Know the most flattering lengths for your shape, and stay with those. Also, if you want to opt for minis during the Fall, pair them with some patterned or bright tights for some flare!

1. Max & Cleo Print Strapless Dress $148
2. Merona Patterened Sweater Dress Art Nuveau Rose $39.99
3. Temperley London Fatale Silk Mini Dress $1195
4. Lauren by Ralph Lauren Taffeta Wrap Dress $240
5. Carmen Marc Valvo Ombré Cocktail Dress $555
6. Eliza J Ruffle Wrap Dress $158
7. Leifsdottir Ruffle Dress $278
8. 3.1 Phillip Lim Peek-a-Boo Rhinestone Ruffle Front Dress $725

Image Layout: Jessica Piraro

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