Tiered Skirt

The tiered skirt can take a variety of forms.  Whether it is the literally tiered layered skirt featuring multiple layers of fabric or the latest trend with the peasant skirts to have them look layered when they are really one fabric gathered to create a layered look.  The peasant skirt has recently gained in popularity and is a wonderful casual option for a spring/summer skirt.  Peasant skirts can really take a variety of lengths ranging from roughly knee length to ankle length as the maxi dress length has recently increased in popularity.

If you like the maxi skirt length, you will see a host of skirts with long length in either the peasant skirt look or in actually layered fabrics.  Personally, I prefer the peasant skirt look as it is not as heavy and is easier to wear.  The peasant skirt is the perfect casual skirt that works well for weekends or casual events.  You can easily wear these skirts with flip flops.  The peasant skirt is naturally very comfortable and a great all around occasion skirt.

The tiered skirt featuring layers of fabric can come in many styles including multiple fabric patterns.  I’ve seen this done with a bohemian style look and I must admit, it is not my style as it seems to overdo the pattern.  The layered skirt is, however, something that I could easily see a Carrie Bradshaw from Sex and the City wearing and I think she did wear similar style skirts in various episodes of the show.  It is a bold and often dramatic statement and can range from casual to very dressy depending on the fabric, length and style.

Of course with these skirts there are a few rules of thumb when pairing them with tops.  As a rule of thumb generally it is never a good idea to tuck any shirts in with these flared bohemian style skirts.  Of course there may be an exception, but by and large it is not a good idea.  We like pairing these skirts with looser fitting tops such as the Zooey ¾ length sleeve V Neck top or the Zooey Ruffle Bib Top.  These tops are looser fits and have subtle details that balance out the flared skirt.  You would also want to stay clear of wearing tops that are too long as with the long length of the skirts long tops do not look flattering.

Whatever style of skirt and top suits your individual style, having at least one tiered skirt is a great addition to your closet.  If you are looking for just one such type of skirt then I would suggest that you go with a peasant style tiered skirt.  I love the Hilton skirt by Velvet by Graham and Spencer as a good middle of the road skirt that has a good length and just enough detail to be comfortable and stylish.  These skirts are a perfect casual summer go to skirt for so many occasions and really do balance the wearability with feminine style.

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Crochet Dress

A recently popular trend of crochet dresses has really brought crochet elements to the forefront and a variety of designers are bringing these great elements into a number of modern dresses.   First, we should clarify what we mean by a crochet dress or crochet elements.  Of course we are referring to knit detail that depending on the pattern may be loose resembling a lace or tight resembling ornate embellishments.  We are all about the details at Vintage Fringe and Crochet details are a great way to add detail and feminine style and inspiration to a top or dress.  Perhaps the best way to demonstrate these great features is to actually give you some examples.

First consider the Larina ¾ Sleeve Crochet dress by designer Velvet by Graham and Spencer.   Here the crochet detail is around the neckline featuring a great pattern to give this dress added distinction.  The Larina dress features a wide scoop neckline that cascades into a lightly pleated body on the dress.  We love the great colors of Mink (Charcoal Grey), Truffle (Taupe) or Pistachio (Green) as they each pair so well with either warm or cool shades and all can work well with either black or brown when pairing with accessories like belts, boots or necklaces.  The crochet detail is certainly the center of this dress, but it really doesn’t overpower it and brings just the right amount of detail to the style of this dress.

Next consider the Hollie Racerback Dress.  This dress features a looser crochet knit so it does look more like lace, but nonetheless, it is a great accent to this maxi dress.  This basic style dress is kicked up a notch by the empire waist bustline and accented by the racerback and the knit detail around the neckline.  This dress really does look stunning almost regal.  It reminds me of something I could see Audrey Hepburn wearing in a movie.

Finally, the Oma Cap Sleeve Dress also by Velvet features a crochet lace like embellishment around the bust and around the hem of the dress.  This crochet detail brings a great pattern and style to an elegant dress and style.  The flirty cap sleeve provides an added feminine flair to the dress and combined with the crochet detail around the neckline makes this dress a true statement piece.

As you can see crochet detail is becoming more pervasive and is a great way to really add subtle frills to a dress.  Of course the crochet detail is not only utilized in dresses, you can find it in tops and tanks too.  The Hollie Racerback Maxi dress has a sister Hollie Crew Neck top by designer Ella Moss that also utilizes the loose knit crochet detail around the neckline.  In any case you can easily work crochet elements into staple pieces in your closet if you look for them and best of all it is far easier to wear crochet details as incorporated into dresses as an accent or embellishment rather than as the entire dress where you are perpetually worried about trying not to snag the fully crocheted dress on something!

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Polka Dot Dresses

Polka dot patterns are one of our favorite modern vintage style trends.  The polka dot pattern really is a true classic that doesn’t go out of style.  Consider as an example that classic brown dress with white polka dots that Julia Roberts made famous in Pretty Woman.  That dress really did exude femininity and sophistication.  Polka dot patterns can be multi colored or basic white which is extremely common and of course you can find them primarily in dresses, tops, skirts.   Of course they can also come in a variety of different fabrics which can also add to their wearability.

My personal favorite example of a feminine polka dot dress is the Dita dress by designer Ella Moss.  This dress features a gorgeous ruffle accenting the v neckline.  With an empire waist and a flared skirt this tank dress looks elegant and stunning on.  This dress is made of a blend of supima cotton and modal. Complemented by the white polka dots on Shadow a smokey purple color fabric or light green polka dots on Pond, a teal green color, this dress is not your basic black and is certain to get you noticed.   I can totally see January Jones wearing this dress in an episode of Mad Men.

While the classic small  white polka dot pattern is classic, I really do love finding other unique polka dot pattern styles to mix it up and insert a little bit of added distinction into your wardrobe.  When shopping for Polka Dot dresses in particular you will see a variety of different dot patterns ranging from small dots to large dots.  Personally, I prefer the smaller dots to the large dot patterns.  You will also see polka dots mixed with other patterns as a great modern interpretation of the classic pattern.  One of my favorite examples of this trend is the Sweet Pea Cap Sleeve Ruched Top by designer Sweet Pea.  This top has a great contemporary polka dot pattern with polka dots in a variety of colors including red, white, pink and many other colors.

As you can see, another great polka dot trend are multi colored polka dot patterns.  Another multi color great polka dot example is the La Befana Polka Dot Tie tank.  This adorable tank top features a tie around the neckline and a variety of great colors for the polka dot pattern including blue, pink and a light green.

In short, polka dot patterns are totally in this season and are a great classic way to add a vintage fashion trend into your wardrobe.  Whatever type of polka dot pattern suits your individual style you can find these different polka dot styles in a wide variety of dresses, skirts, tops and tanks and in a variety of different fabrics. I suggest trying to step out and insert some added color and distinction to your polka dot patterns.  When shopping for your favorite polka dot dress I love weaving in added feminine touches like ruffles, lace or empire waists.  The polka dot pattern really does make any modern dress into a vintage statement piece.

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V Neck Dresses

We love v neck tops and dresses and this season there are a number of great v neck dresses in a variety of different styles and patterns.  If you’re looking for a frilly feminine dress then consider either the Abigail Dress or the Dita Ruffle dress or even the Aggie dress all by designer Ella Moss.  These dresses all feature v neck lines accented by ruffles around the neckline.  The Abigail dress features a silk fabric and is the dressiest of the three dresses.  With buttons down the center and a tie around the waist, this dress is an absolute show stopper.   The Dita and Aggie dresses are really sister dresses with one featuring polka dots and the other stripes.  They each feature a ruffle around the neckline and an empire waist.  Both the Dita and Aggie dresses are made of supima cotton and modal fabric and super soft and comfortable.

For more V Neck dress options consider a few alternatives from designer Velvet by Graham and Spencer.  Whether it is the patterned Chapel dress featuring a Spanish Tile pattern on a fitted knee length dress or the Berta wide V Neck with a tie around the waist Velvet has a variety of great V Neck Dresses.  One of the latest new arrivals that features a narrow v neck is the Sammy Long Sleeve Belted Dress.  This dress features a split v neck and a white and green pattern.  The Sammy dress is an adorable v neck dress that is the sister to the Rhonia V Neck Dress with a wide tank v neck and a flared skirt at the waist. If you are looking for something a touch more casual consider the Hunter Maldives Striped short sleeve v neck dress.  This dress can easily double as a tunic top with leggings and is the perfect summer shirt dress.  With a wide v neck and navy trim around the slightly off center neckline, this dress is one of our summer must haves.

To round out some of our favorite v neck dresses and show that literally just about every designer has great v neck dresses in their lines, consider the wrap dress by Sweet Pea by designer Stacy Frati.  The Wrap Dress is gathered at the waist and features a wide v neckline.  Available in basic black, this dress is really a classic and sophisticated look.

As you can see there are so many different varieties of v neck dresses.  The dresses we mentioned are really on the tip of the iceberg and depending on the occasion or reason for your search for a great v neck dress, you can easily find a great v neck dress for literally any occasion and they are not just in your basic jersey cottons.  While we always are on the lookout for dresses that are stylish and comfortable, you can also easily find dressier v neck dress options like the Abigail dress or many others as great options for that signature v neckline.

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Empire Waist Dresses

One of our favorite feminine styles are empire waist dresses.  They really have made a comeback in recent years and there are really so many great ways to bring empire waist dresses into your closet that it is hard to focus on just a few.  The empire waist dress really is a great style for women with a bit of a bust or with women who may want to hide or minimize their waist line. Personally, I love empire waist styles as to me the empire waist feels somewhat regal and really invokes prior vintage style eras of days gone by.

One of my all time favorite empire waist dresses which is a great piece for summer is the Martha dress by designer Velvet by Graham and Spencer.  This dress features a gathered empire waist bustline and a simple flared waist.  The dress hits just above the knee on most body types and is a great summer statement piece.  I love the Greenbean color as it really does stand out and really does draw you into this dress.

Another great statement piece empire waist dress is the Modal Jersey V Neck dress by Splendid.  Even in the basic black color, this dress does feature a wide v neck and a definite empire waistline which really does make this dress a classic statement piece.  It is also of course a fun, flirty summer dress that looks great with a pair of funky sandals and chunky, long necklaces.  This dress hits just above the knee.

The Odessa V Neck Maxi dress by designer Ella Moss is a completely different style dress that also features an empire waist.  This dress in a beautiful Waterfall color short sleeves and features a twist at the center of the waist to really set this dress apart.  Similarly, the Hollie Maxi dress by Ella Moss also features an empire waist, but here the neckline is accented by a lace knit around the neckline which gives this dress a sexy, flirty feminine touch around the top and still has a definite empire waistline.  The maxi dresses are great styles to work with empire waists with their longer length and are a great way to incorporate current fashion trends and distinctive styles.

Empire waist dresses are not necessarily for every body type, but if you have the right figure to pull off a great empire waist dress, they really are a great way to incorporate your feminine touches into your closet.  I love the fluid look of each of these dresses even if they have distinctive styles.  The connection of the empire waist naturally means that they have fluid skirts and a more flowing regal look to them.    In contrast to the fitted look of other dresses, the each of these empire waist dresses are a great summer style dress that really does work well with casual looks with just a pair of sandals or depending on the dress even feminine styled flip flops.

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Black and White Dresses

Black and white are great color complements when it comes to clothing and in particular dresses.  A big dress trend is a variety of distinctive patterns mixed with black and white.  You’ll find lots of special occasion dresses featuring black and white stripes, color blocking with simple black and white details, or a variety of other patterns contrasted with black and white.  The use of black and white as contrast colors really is an elegant, classy way to make a statement that draws attention, but doesn’t necessarily overdo it.

Consider the Chapel dress by designer Velvet by Graham and Spencer as an example of a classy yet bold statement dress featuring a black and white pattern.  Part of Velvet’s Spanish Tile collection, naturally this dress features a tile pattern and a gorgeous fitted style with a v neck and a subtle knot at the center of the v neck.  This dress hits just at or below the knee and features short sleeves. It is not only available in black and white, but also red and white.

Certainly you can find a variety of distinctive styles such as the Chapel dress from a host of different designers.  Personally, I am very picky with patterns and like to find patterns that are not overpowering.  It is easy to get carried away and I think that less is more.  As an example of simple, yet great patterns consider the fabulous use of color blocking that looks great with simple black and white.   The use of wide stripes in contrasting colors is another great example of simple, yet statement piece black and white dresses.

If you haven’t found that perfect patterned dress in black and white, consider the options of utilizing a solid black or solid white dress with contrasting white or black accessories.   I love the Freda dress by Velvet by Graham and Spencer in White with black accessories whether it be black boots, big black necklaces, or the right black belt to accent the gathered waist.    We love blending black and white and in particular love the look of wearing the black Lija skirt with the Nona Ruffle top both by Velvet.  This look paired with a wide black belt looks very put together and so polished.

As you can see, whatever look you prefer there are so many different ways to incorporate black and white dresses whether it be pairing a skirt and top or finding a patterned dress.  Black and white are really such great classic colors that work wonderfully independently, but work so well together for any occasion or any outfit.  Whether you are looking for a simple or outrageously bold look, black and white dresses are a great way to implement any look or style perfectly.  The black and white color combination is also far more accessible than many other patterns and is always so easy to insert into your wardrobe as everyone always has basic black or white accessories that enable you to dress up or down whatever dress or style you select.

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Summer Fashion

If you’re looking for great summer fashion it is important to know the latest trends in tank tops, summer dresses, and skirts as you shop for new must haves for your summer closet.   A few of our favorite trends are found in these great summer fashions as examples of ways to implement these styles or similar trends into your wardrobe.

First, maxi dresses are a summer must have.  These dresses look great on tall, slender body types and are great casual ways to mix up your summer dress wardrobe.  Surely you’ve seen the common maxi dress look with thin tank strap at the top and an empire or high waist line.  Consider the distinctive Rhetta dress that is a great example of a non-traditional maxi dress that really can be dressed up for special occasions.  The dress looks simple from the front, but with a plunging back this dress really does take the common maxi dress to another level.  We love the beautiful Malachite teal green/blue color or of course you can never go wrong with basic black.

Another must have for summer fashion is the peasant skirt.  A great casual skirt, the ruffled skirt is a big trend this summer and you will see these skirts ranging from extremely long to short in length.  The Hilton skirt as an example is a great middle of the road length with the casual, yet feminine look of the peasant skirt style.  We love the waistband that gives you added flexibility with the length allowing you to fold it over for a shorter look or wear it unfolded as  a way to increase the length of the skirt.

You would almost have to be hidden under a rock to miss out on the general fashion trend with ruffles and in summer fashions it is fairly easy to find great tanks, tops or dresses with ruffled accents.  We love the Mae Ruffle tank top featuring a simple ruffle around the neckline.  The ruffle is a simple, yet very feminine way to really elevate this tank top.  The neckline also features a tie at the base of the ruffle for added detail.  This tank is available in a great coral color that is also a summer fashion must have this season.

These are really on the tip of the iceberg for summer fashion trends, but you can find examples of others featuring ribbon embellishments or even lace like the Lucca Racerback dress or the Collective Concepts V Neck Tie Waist Tunic or great patterns like the Rhonia dress .  Hopefully in the few ideas we’ve mentioned, you at least have some new inspiration or a few new ideas for how you can weave some of these amazing summer fashion trends into your wardrobe.  Of course be sure to remain true to your own personal style, but don’t let yourself stay boxed into only using the same styles and colors you always do.  Some new styles won’t work for you, but we suggest that you always try and stretch your style with at least one trend that is out of your norm so that you can keep your closet fresh and always be working toward expanding your style with great statement pieces.

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Ruffled Dresses

Nothing exudes more femininity than a gorgeous ruffled dress.  Ruffles are everywhere this season and dresses are the perfect piece to showcase great feminine touches including things like lace, flowing skirts and of course ruffles.   Certainly, one of the most prominent ways to use ruffles are adorning the neckline and bust, but you can find ruffles around the hem or even as a statement accent with just one ruffle down the front of a top or diagonally across the body of the dress.  There are tons of different options for ways to wear ruffles or different styles of ruffled dresses.   Here are a couple of our favorites.

Ella Moss puts ruffles to good use with the Abigail Ruffle Front V Neck Dress which is an upscale dress featuring ruffles around the neckline.  Of course the details don’t stop there.  This dress also features buttons down the center of the ruffles and it also features a tie around the empire waist.  This dress is made of silk and does feature a tank dress lining in black as well.  It is a sophisticated, classy dress that is the perfect occasion dress.  With a similar style with a ruffle v neck, the Ella Moss Dita or Aggie Dress feature a modal jersey fabric blend with a deep v neck adorned with ruffles.  Both dresses also feature empire waists and great colors and patterns with diagonal stripes or polka dots depending on your style and preference.

Splendid features yet another use of ruffles in a distinctly styled dress that is elegant, stylish and versatile.  The Splendid Modal Jersey Scoop Neck Dress features ruffles around the scoop neckline and around the sleeves/shoulders.  This dress looks great with boots even in the summer and works wonderfully belted or just as is with cute sandals.  This flexibility really maximizes the versatility of this adorable ruffled dress. I love that the ruffles complement the dress, but doesn’t over power it and really adds a true feminine touch to a straightforward dress.

If you are looking for subtle ruffles consider the Oma Cap Sleeve Dress by designer Velvet by Graham and Spencer.  This dress features a number of details such as the lace around the hem and the bustline which really dresses up the style of this dress.  The cap sleeve features a loose ruffle around the sleeve giving it a subtle ruffle and a distinctive look to this dress.

As you can see there are a variety of great types of ruffled dresses depending on what style suits your personal preferences or occasions.  Of course you can find ruffles used in great tops, tanks and even in cardigans or wraps and not simply just dresses, but whatever your style and whatever way you prefer to wear ruffles be sure that you have at least one or two go to ruffled pieces.  The feminine touch of the ruffle is a great way to incorporate feminine details into your wardrobe staples and really can transform an ordinary piece into something spectacular.

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70’s Vintage Fashion

For many, the 70s were a fashion trend that people either love or hate.  One of the best things about modern trends is that the finding elements of decades past or vintage style elements in modern fashion is really much easier than you might think and in many cases bring retro styles back in improved ways that work in current styles.  When I think of 70s vintage fashion I think of short skirts, bold colors including lots of color blocking all with a certain edge of modernity or bohemian style. Consider a few of these great pieces as examples of how modern designers and styles incorporate vintage trends into wearable modern dresses, tops and sweaters.

As an example of modern designer pieces that are part of our current style, but still incorporate vintage style elements. Designer Sweet Pea  by Stacy Frati features the Mod Retro Tunic  which I think is a great example of new 70s vintage fashion.  This top screams vintage style.  Made by Sweet Pea by Stacy Frati, a designer that loves to work with patterns, this print is totally retro with bold colors and patterns.  In addition, the style of this tunic looks like it just walked out of the 70s and yet today would look so hot with tall boots to really bring a vintage style to the modern day.  The Retro Boatneck Dress in the same pattern is a more conservative style than the Retro Tunic, but is another great vintage style piece.

The Ella Moss Baja Tie Waist Sweater is another great example of 70s vintage style fashion.  This bohemian inspired piece pays homage to modern, yet retro styles and includes a white knit with a multi color stripe around the hem.  The loose tie waist can be styled however your individual style prefers.  True to retro style this top also features a Henley neckline or split v neckline.   The Baja Tie Waist Sweater is a great piece with a subtle look compared to the bold colors of the Mod Retro Tunic.

Another retro piece by designer Ella Moss is the Ella Moss Miley Striped Cardigan featuring bold, but colors.  This adorable cropped length cardigan features knit around the shoulders in three stripes with different colors contrasted by either a sold blue or candy apple red contrasting solid knit.  The bold colors and stripes invoke all sorts of retro styles and pieces and make this a great statement piece cardigan.

Each of these pieces is an excellent example of utilizing vintage styles in modern fashions and in distinctive ways and pieces.  As you can see vintage elements can be found in a variety of pieces from dresses or tunics to sweaters and in a variety of different styles and different designers.  I love the fact that each of these pieces has that retro flair, but yet still blends in perfectly in modern styles.   Even if these pieces aren’t for you, hopefully they will give you inspiration to find additional vintage style pieces that do suit your own individual style.

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Evening and Daytime Maxi Dresses

This season finding the perfect evening and daytime maxi dresses is actually not very difficult.  In fact maxi dresses have really become their own category and a fashion trend with staying power.  A number of designers have forayed into the maxi dress market giving shoppers a lot of selections of casual and sophisticated maxi dress styles.  Obviously the casual maxi dresses are more prevalent and it really is the fabric and somewhat the added details that distinguish the maxi casual maxi dress from the evening maxi dress.  Of course your evenings may be perfectly casual as well in which case the casual maxi dress will be a perfect fit.

One of our favorite casual style maxi dresses is the Rhetta Maxi Dress by designer Velvet by Graham and Spencer.  This jersey cotton maxi dress features a low cut back which gives this maxi dress a dressier even sexy evening look.  Best of all this dress is also versatile enough that you could easily wear it for casual or daytime events as well.  This maxi dress features a simple yet elegant fit and short sleeves.  Available in both black and malachite a teal blue color, this maxi dress is a must have for your summer wardrobe.

We also love the maxi dresses by designer Ella Moss.  The Odessa V Neck Maxi Dress feels so luxurious and regal when you wear it.  The Waterfall blue color is fabulous and the empire waist with the short sleeves gives the dress an elegant feminine touch.  This maxi dress really does look dressy enough to wear it for many evening or dressy functions. The empire waist on this maxi dress really does add to the dressy look and looks stunning with chunky necklaces or bold jewelry. The color is also very distinctive.

Another maxi dress by Ella Moss is the Hollie Racerback Maxi Dress in black.  The racerback lace detail around the shoulders is a great embellishment look.   This dress is another great blend of casual and dressy or evening and daytime as it really can be worn in either case.  This style of racerback maxi dress is also unique which adds to the statement piece quality of this dress.  Both the Hollie and Odessa maxi dresses are a rayon fabric which gives them a dressier, more luxurious feel which adds to their versatility for evening or dressy occasions.

Each of these maxi dresses is perfect for dressy occasions, that perfect warm day or your amazing Carribean vacation.  The versatility of the maxi dress of course adds to their appeal.  These dresses all can be dressed up or down as the occasion requires which really makes them a staple piece in your closet.  If you are still on the fence about adopting this fashion trend, consider just incorporating one maxi dress into your wardrobe as a way to test the waters.  Not to mention that the added versatility of the maxi dress that works in both evening and daytime really does help maximize the options for these dresses and of course the opportunities to wear them.

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