Spring 2012 Dresses: There Is Something For Everyone

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I really am a fall and winter fashion girl at heart.   Those rich fabrics and hues have a way of seducing me.  But I ultimately long for warm weather, and when March rolls around every year, I am ready and excited for the lighter styles of spring.  Just over one week ago  we enjoyed a string of 75+  degree afternoons here in Northern California.  Even though we took a winter-y detour over the past few days with some rain and cold, the recent sunshine was a welcome sign of things sure to come.   And the shopping bug has bit me.

I have always believed part of enjoying life is looking and feeling your best on your terms, and having your own ways of expressing yourself.  And one very easy way to show the world who you are is what you choose to wear.  The possibilities are endless, and this is good news for all of us.

I’ve spent the past few weeks perusing the pages of all my magazines: Allure, Vogue, Marie Claire, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar; I get them all.  Just like the arrival of the celebrated September issue of Vogue at the end of summer,  this time of year brings the same excitement when I go to my mailbox.  The magazines have that heaviness; all those extra pages of beautiful clothes and accessories.  Even my postal carrier has something to say about lugging all my heavy mail around.  But it is all in good fun, and has become somewhat of a joke between us.

I was pleased to see how dresses were the focus on the runways last fall, signaling what was to come.  And this spring does not disappoint.  There truly is something for everyone.  Heavenly, feminine materials.  Bold and beautiful prints.  Flowy maxi skirts and dresses.  Oh happy day!

I can’t say enough about my favorite thing:  lace!   This is something I could wear every season and year after year, regardless of what Fashion Week tells me.  So excited was I to find it so prevalent on the spring runways last fall.  While traditionally conveying a delicate and demure statement, this season it is all about flirtatious and very modern detailing.

The Genius Of Dolce & Gabbana

The Genius Of Dolce & Gabbana. Two Trends In One. Demure Pastel And Feminine Yet Structured Lace.

Spring Offering From Nanette Lepore

A Very Beautiful Spring Offering From Nanette Lepore, Which Can Be Had For About One Tenth The Cost Of The Dolce & Gabbana Number Above

Gabbana

Dolce & Gabbana Gets It Done Again, Brilliantly Combining The Lace Trend With A Bold Print.

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Detail On The Runway

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And Look How Beautiful The Back Is

 Bold Print

Dolce & Gabbana Does It Again, This Time With A Bold Print And Ultra Feminine Silhouette

I also love to see bold and beautiful prints.  While this may not be in next year, it will  come around again and again.  A wise move to find a classic style that flatters you.  You will surely enjoy it for many years to come, be it a sheath, cocktail, mini, wrap, daytime or nighttime, formal or casual.   The choices are endless.

Nanette Lepore

Bold And Beautiful, By Nanette Lepore.

And speaking of casual, now that brings me to the maxi dress (and skirt, too).  This style has been going strong for several years now, I was actually surprised to see it again for this year.  Pleasantly surprised!  There is just something about a dress that is so flowy.  And more important (for me) comfortable and forgiving, and all the while making me feel chic and beautiful.

Anthropologie

From Anthropologie

I associate the maxi style with a cool boho vibe, but it could also have a touch of elegance.  It just makes me think of a good time.  It reminds me of a breezy tropical vacay, or a casual, fun and relaxing weekend date with someone dreamy.   With this style, I think it’s important to let the dress be your statement.  I wouldn’t over accessorize.  And pairing a maxi skirt with a form fitting top would work for shapes short or tall, large or small.

I understand the maxi style can be overwhelming for my petite sisters out there.  I stand about 5′ 8″ with broad shoulders and a smallish waist, so I have a different concern.  The last thing I need is an empire waist style.  I am more inclined to select a form-fitting silhouette with my natural waist in mind.  Less volume and material makes me look a bit more slender.

The same goes for you petite ladies out there.   While you may not need a slimming effect, you don’t want a style to swamp you.  Go with less material and show off that bod!

Field Biology dress by Leifnotes, with crisp lace and a graduated hem.  What I love about this?  It’s just so different.  Some may think it’s busy.  I think it’s interesting.  Let the dress be the focus and keep accessories to a minimum.  Anthropologie dresses can be yours for under $300:

dress by Leifnotes

Anthropologie Blanched Crocus Maxi Skirt, Dream Daily by Rozae Nichols.  The solid and well fitted button down top is the perfect pairing for the busier pattern of the skirt:

Maxi Skirt

Oh my, so many pretty things to choose from.  I look forward to finding a great dress (or two), and maybe a few skirts.  After all, it is about time my husband takes me out and makes me feel special, and I need something new!

Happy shopping, everyone!

Photo Source, Royal Blue & White Shirtdress: www.bodenusa.com

Photo Source, Dolce & Gabbana Dress On Bridge w/Photographer (Conde Nast Traveler): www.cntraveler.com

Photo Source, Nanette Lepore Spring Runway: www.nanettelepore.com

Photo Source (Field Biology Dress, Blanched Crocus Maxi Skirt, & White Maxi Dress w/Cardigan): www.anthropologie.com

Photo Source, Dolce & Gabbana Dress (Blue Lace & Bold Print): www.neimanmarcus.com

Photo Source, Dolce & Gabbana Blue Lace & Bold Print Runway: http://andreajanke-accessory.blogspot.com/

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