Style. With the Myriad of Dress Styles for Spring/Summer, What’s a Girl to Do? Second City Style Fashion Blog

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April 11, 2007 • Fashion

We agree. There is a lot going on with this whole dress craze and it can get damn confusing. Second City Style to the rescue, helping you break down the dress code. Here we will show examples of each of the sought-after styles for spring/summer.

Banded Hem Dress


Vera Wang Lavender Crinkle Chiffon Dress $395 at Net-a-Porter

The Trapeze Dress


Robert Rodriguez Vintage Eyelet Trapeze Dress $495 at eLUXURY. Be careful, this is not an easy style to wear well. As the name suggests, it’s an inverted triangle. Make sure that your chest is small and your limbs long and lythe.

The Empire Dress


Anna Sui Antique Lace Dress $345 at Again, one should have a smaller chest and ribcage to wear this style, although I have seen many a woman with fake boobage trying to regain their girlish manner. It doesn’t work. If you feel too young in this style, you probably are too old.

The Baby Doll Dress


Twinkle Silver Stripe Baby Doll Wrap Dress $383 at Ditto above, disaster ahead.

Beaded Neckline Dress


Derek Lam Beaded Cocktail Dress $2790 at Net-a-Porter. This is a hot new look for spring. It will draw attention to your chest. If that’s what you are looking for then this style is for you.

The Corset Dress


Dolce & Gabbana Corset Dress $2595 at Neiman Marcus. Bada bing! This is for the amazingly assured rockin’ bod.

The Shift


Milly ‘Giant Geo’ Shift Dress $295 at Nordstrom. Ah, this one is sure to make your Mom either smile in memory or recoil in horror.

Drop-Waist Dress


Stella McCartney Ruffled Trapeze Dress $1095 at For those of us who wore this style in the 80’s, it’s terrifying. Remember, drop waist means it also drops to the butt.

The Mini


Julie Haus Gatsby Mini Dress $363 at She’s got legs and she knows how to use them.

The Strapless (& Floral) Dress


Elissa Coleman Ace Strapless Hand Painted Dress $528 at Shopbop. Gotta love the strapless. Just make sure you have a good and comfortable strapless bra. 

The Bow Dress


See by Chloe Satin Bow Detail Dress $445 at This look is eternally elegant.

Cap Sleeve Dress


Little Joe Lace Princess Dress $434.72 at If you do not want to draw attention to your upper arms either start doing more curls or opt for a tank sleeve.

The Shirt Dress


Lewis Cho Shirt Dress $220 at Active Endeavors. This is the best casual dress style for most as it accentuates the good and covers the bad.

-Lauren Dimet (Mrs. Snarky von Snark)

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