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

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

The Trapeze Dress

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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

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Anna Sui Antique Lace Dress $345 at eDressme.com. 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

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

Beaded Neckline Dress

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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

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

The Shift

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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

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Stella McCartney Ruffled Trapeze Dress $1095 at BergdorfGoodman.com. 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

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

The Strapless (& Floral) Dress

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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

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See by Chloe Satin Bow Detail Dress $445 at Net-a-Porter.com. This look is eternally elegant.

Cap Sleeve Dress

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Little Joe Lace Princess Dress $434.72 at BrownsFashion.com. 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

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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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