Take note from the Spring 2012 runways and try on one of the most flattering trends to date, the fit-and-flared dress. From the golden knits at Azzedine Alaia to the bold tiers at Derek Lam, this season's dress demands presence, drama, and more particularly, form. Though reminiscent of Old Hollywood starlets, there is nothing antiquated about these full-formed dresses. Constructed in every type of fabric from bandage to lightweight knit, to styles that range from retro to even futuristic, there is a style for every type of girl. Embrace the female shape by hunting for this season's best fit-and-flared frock.
This darling kelly green cotton dress from the hard-to-find UK designer Emily and Fin boasts a pleated boat neckline, fitted waist, and full side-pleated skirt. The miniature boat print is adorable and feels super retro. To get a taste of how Old Hollywood stars dealt with so much glamour, don this dress with sparkling nude stockings, silver heels, and bold red lips. Don't be surprised if your look begins to inspire a whole new change to the way you view dressing up.
Embrace a nautical design in this vintage-inspired dress from ModCloth. This retro dress features stylish touches such as a foldover ascot style collar, silver-rimmed shiny black buttons, and front pockets. Its sleeveless black and white stripes are nautical chic and classic to the bone. This affordable dress proves its versatile stripes as you can wear it during both casual and formal occasions. Pair with sleek black pumps and a neutral cardigan to spice up your work-day wardrobe.
The Avant Garde
Prefer sleek and modern to retro-inspired designs? Check out this avant-garde full-formed dress from Dion Lee. Made from sparkling silk, this bright dress features inverted pleats that produce a dramatic flare. Front zippers split the neckline for a contemporary finish, while a cutout back panel lends a sultry finish. Wear with nude patent peep-toe pumps for a sexy, but not overdone, touch.
With details that include a square neckline, stitched panels to the shoulders and front, a cinched waist with a tonal skinny patent belt, and a full skirt with pleating, this modern-retro frock is meant to flatter all body types. Cut with a fit and flare shape, this seductive piece frames the female shape in the most alluring manner, making it an obvious choice for a hot date.
The Polka Flare
Give yourself the polka treatment in this whimsically dotted fit-and-flare dress from Adrianna Papell. Done in a subtly textured jacquard fabric, this retro looking frock boasts circular burn-out impressions that feel modern and fashion-forward. A skinny patent leather belt cinches the waist and further flatters the female shape. Wear this fun frock with red patent leather pumps for a full 50s look.
The Bandage Flare
Refresh your senses in this colorblock bandage dress from Herve Leger. Featuring a flattering fit-and-flare silhouette, this summery frock boasts orange, pink, and white bandage knit. The camisole neckline feels sexy and young, while the pleated skirt gives this dress a classic vibe that never gets old. Wear this stunning dress with nude patent sandals to further lengthen your legs and frame.
The Maxi Flare
Bet you never thought you'd see a full-formed Maxi dress? Well here it is, courtesy of Forever 21. This fit-and-flare maxi dress features a knit bodice and sheer chiffon skirt, the perfect combination for a cool summer night. Done in a basic black, you will find yourself wearing this versatile maxi more often than not. To spice things up, cinch it with a studded or leopard print belt. Monochrome black offers a blank palette for accessorizing, so have fun when donning this frock. Did I mention it costs under $20?