Akron Life - June 2011

Fashion Sense

Susan Luc 0000-00-00 00:00:00

Dressed for summer / Dresses are trending right now — with great styles to choose from, no matter what your body type. It starts with a First Communion or Easter dress, then there’s the prom dress and eventually for many, the wedding dress. And let’s not forget our first little black dress. Whether you love dresses or couldn’t wait to wear pants, the fact is, those “special” dresses we’ve worn throughout the years evoke memories (good and bad)! If you’ve gotten away from wearing dresses, now might be the time to rediscover them — since they’re a huge trend in fashion right now. They’re also a cool, comfortable option for summer. Below are some dress styles that are trending right now, along with some tips on how to wear them: Sheath Dress: Think Audrey Hepburn or Jackie O. This dress is great for most body types, since it gives you a nice hour-glass shape, hides flaws and shows off great legs.A sheath dress should skim the body and be sleeveless. Good tailoring is key here. Dress It Up: Pair it with a structured jacket for work, with some bold accessories and powerful pumps. For a wedding or special event, add some pearls or a pretty pashmina scarf. Dress It Down: Flat sandals, a large cuff bracelet and a straw handbag will make things easy and relaxed. Shirtdress: Think 1950s housewife with an updated silhouette.These dresses aren’t quite as full as your mother’s was, and they lend themselves to any great wardrobe, no matter your style. They can have a straight cut or be fuller on the bottom, with rolled-up sleeves And maybe even fancy buttons. Belting this dress at the waist also shows off a woman’s figure nicely. Dress It Up: Wear this dress with a wide patent leather belt, peep-toe pumps and a brooch. Dress It Down: Ballet flats and a cardigan tied around the shoulders is casual but preppy. Tunic Dress: This loose-fitting, above-theknee dress with wide, ¾-length sleeves is a wonderful way to look stylish and refreshingly comfortable. The tunic can be worn as a dress or a shirt. If your style leans toward being trendy, it looks great over skinny jeans. Dress It Up: Consider arm-loads of bangle bracelets and a strappy high heel sandal for a summer evening out. Dress It Down: Leather Flip Flops and a sun hat will take this dress from the beach to poolside! The Little Black Dress: Definitely iconic, the LBD needs to be in your closet 24/7 and should fit you like a glove. It can be any of the above-mentioned dresses, but remember, the key here is fit! Don’t let this dress be the one that you let fall by the wayside. Keep it in good condition and choose something that’s classic. A season-less style and fabric work best. It will be in your closet for years to come, so it needs to look timeless. Dress It Up: Pearls, cream-colored shawl and pumps will be pretty for a wedding or date night. Comments? E-mail them to editor Georgina K. Carson at gcarson@ bakermediagroup.com. style 911: send Us Your style Questions Don’t know what to wear or how to wear something? Send your questions to Susan and Betsy at susanbetsy@shop-yourcloset.Com. Dress It Down: Depending on the style, some pointy-toe flats and a casual summer tote will keep this dress simple on a hot summer day. These are just some examples of a few options to get you started.And remember to stick within your budget and to consider your body type and lifestyle.This will help you to choose the right dress for you. / Susan Luc and Betsy Tabatcher are co-owners of Shop Your Closet.They do style consulting, wardrobe planning and personal shopping.You can contact them at 330-322-3611.

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