The Dress Boutique: Our Favorite Mini Dresses

Striped Shift Dress

Striped Shift Dress

The Mini Dress is making a comeback in fashion trends and when combined with Tunic tops or dresses that have also made a comeback, there really hasn’t been a better time to add a few mini dresses to your wardrobe.  The Mini Dress works great for long leg body types and for those of us who may not want to show that much leg all the time, the mini dress also looks great paired with leggings.  Adding leggings to the mini dress also makes many of them more versatile for colder temperatures and a great way to maximize your wardrobe with multiple ways to wear them.  The classic look of a mini dress with tall boots is also another great way to blend current fashion trends. Certainly, there is no shortage of great mini dresses, but consider a few of these mini dresses as some of our favorite mini dresses this season.

The Striped Shift Dress by indie designer Sunday in Brooklyn is a great example of a classic retro style shift dress with modern fashion style and an example of a dress that looks great with boots, heels or leggings. This mini shift dress also features another classic fashion trend with the stripes.  The dress features a short sleeve, scoop neckline and a simple, yet sophisticated shift dress style.  The dress features contrasting zippers on both the left and right hem of the dress for added detail a touch that makes us love the dress even more.

Ikat Tie Neck Dress by Sweet Pea by Stacy Frati

Ikat Tie Neck Dress

Another Mini Dress is the Ikat Tie Neck Dress by Sweet Pea by Stacy Frati.  This dress also exudes that retro look and looks like a classic dress you would have seen with go go boots in the 60s/70s.  The dress features a tie collar at the neck that ties in back with a keyhole closure.  The dress features long sleeves which makes it a perfect fall/winter piece.  The pattern showcases a blend of pinks, browns, blues and greens which gives you lots of accessorizing options.  The body of the dress is a classic shift dress style as well and it hits mid-thigh as a true mini dress. Naturally, this dress also works well with leggings and boots.

Continuing with the pseudo-shift dress theme, we also love the Owl Mini Shift Dress by Tulle.  With a ruffle sleeve that is cap sleeve length and an adorable bird print that we think looks like owls on it this dress is flirty, playful and super stylish.  Each of these dresses while variations of shift dresses all have very different styles and give you a variety of different looks depending on what your style preference is.

Owl Mini Shift Dress by Tulle

Owl Mini Shift Dress

Last, but certainly not least we wanted to also mention a basic, but yet not boring Short Sleeve Mini Sweater Dress also by Tulle.  This dress features a black tank shell underneath a black fitted sweater with a loose knit pattern around the neckline and shoulders.  This mini dress has short sleeves and is the most fitted of all the mini dresses mentioned in this post.  As with the others, it looks great with tights, boots or leggings.

The Mini Dress trend really does have a lot of versatile options for a number of different styles and occasions whether they be completely casual or even dressy.  Of course these are just a few of our favorites and there are certainly lots of other mini dress alternatives depending on your individual style.  Which one of these mini dresses is your favorite?

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The Dress Boutique: A Few of Our Favorite Dresses – Our Favorite Maxi Dress

No matter what the season, dresses are always a fashion must have and honestly can be one of the hardest things to shop for.   Today we want to highlight a few of our favorite dresses that can hopefully help you in your quest to find your favorite dress!  We have created a Dress Boutique at Vintage Fringe that showcases a number of the designers we carry and their amazing dresses.  Dresses of course suit different purposes so you may be in the market for a maxi dress or a mini dress or something dressy or casual.  This week, we’ll be highlighting our favorite maxi dresses, our favorite mini dresses, our favorite party dresses, our favorite work dresses, and our favorite casual dresses.

Lattice Silk Maxi Dress by Charlie Jade

Lattice Silk Maxi Dress by Charlie Jade

Warm weather is right around the corner and having your go to maxi dress is a must have for summer.  Maxi dresses are great for summer parties or special occasions and some are even so comfortable that you can wear them around the house or for errands.  Here are a few of our favorites at Vintage Fringe.  If you are looking for a dressy maxi dress, our favorite is the Lattice Maxi Dress by designer Charlie Jade.  This dress is a total statement piece and looks stunning for that perfect evening affair.  This stylish maxi dress in black features a stunning lattice detail around the neckline with a cutout V at the base of the neckline which adds to the distinction of this dress.  True to Maxi dress style, this dress is ankle length and to give it a fitted look, the dress features a wide smocked elastic waistband at the natural waist to create the classic flowing maxi dress skirt style.  True to designer Charlie Jade’s style, this dress utilizes their signature silk fabric which just adds to the sophisticated style of this dress.

Dip Dye Maxi Dress

Dip Dye Maxi Dress

On the other hand, if you are looking for a maxi dress that is more of a traditional comfort piece or something that is a perfect wear anywhere piece, consider the Dip Dye Maxi Dress by designer Sunday in Brooklyn.  This indie designer showcases an amazing maxi dress that seriously feels so comfortable it sometimes feels like you are wearing pajamas.  Even people who have been reluctant to incorporate the maxi dress trend into their wardrobe have tried this dress and become maxi dress fans because it is such a great blend of comfortable and stylish.  The dress features a beautiful grey pattern contrasted with white and yellow.  The dress features an empire waist and a v neckline with cap sleeves.  The dress is a great stylish and modern piece with a luxurious feeling rayon/spandex fabric blend.

As you can see, you can find the full spectrum of versatility in maxi dresses.  You really can find maxi dresses to suit most occasions as these dresses demonstrate. Best of all both of these dresses are distinctive maxi dresses that you certainly won’t find everyone else wearing.  Despite this, the maxi dress trend is not a fit for everyone which is completely ok.  Stockier or shorter body types won’t find maxi dresses the most flattering way to accentuate their figure, but for taller women the maxi dress can be a very stunning dress that really can accentuate your figure and provide a stylish feminine look.  As you can see these are just a few of our favorites as we have fallen in love with the maxi dress trend.

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Designer Feature: Tulle Clothing

Tulle Polka Dot Long Sleeve Wrap Dress

Tulle Polka Dot Long Sleeve Wrap Dress

Tulle Clothing is a great reasonably priced clothing line that features adorable new vintage style or vintage inspired pieces.  They are perhaps best known for their dresses and jackets which are a great blend of vintage style and modern fashion trends. For those of you who are learning about Tulle for the first time, Tulle’s clothing line launched in 1999 with a focus on jackets and sweaters and a goal of designing vintage inspired modern clothing.  Tulle has now expanded into a wide selection of dresses, tops and even accessories.  Tulle describes their design formula as follows: “Our formula is simple: we soak up our love of vintage fashion, mix it up with vintage and modern silhouettes, and have fun playing with classic and contemporary prints to create a distinctive brand that is both feminine and sweet. Perfect for a day out on the town that can easily be carried into the evening.”  We recently posted about a few of our favorite Tulle Jackets, so today we are going to highlight a few of our favorite Tulle pieces other than jackets.

Tulle Cropped Floral Cardigan

Tulle Cropped Floral Cardigan

The Polka Dot Long Sleeve Wrap Dress is perfect for that special occasion and is a classic vintage style dress.  The dress features a v neckline with an accent ruffle on each side of the v around the neck.  The dress features an empire waist with a smocked elastic waistband.  The long sleeves are sheer giving it an added vintage style.  The pattern is an ivory color contrasted with black polka dots.  The skirt flares and hits several inches above the knee.  This dress looks great styled with heels or even with a pair of boots.

Spring is right around the corner and Tulle’s Cropped Floral Cardigan is the perfect spring cardigan with its adorable floral pattern contrasted by the ivory base color and black polka dots.  The cardigan features 3/4 length sleeves and a cropped length that hits a few inches above the waist and with accent pearl shaped black buttons down the front.  The cardigan is casual enough that it can certainly be worn with just a t shirt and jeans, but it also pairs well with high waist skirts/pants which are also a current fashion trend.  This cardigan also looks great over a solid black dress year round. We like to pair it with Tulle’s Knee Length Pencil Skirt in black as well.

Tulle Button Shirt Dress

Tulle Button Shirt Dress

Next consider the Button Shirt Dress by Tulle.  This dress in the perfect shade of red, features a faux tie waist that ties in front to give it an added feminine style touch.  The dress features a pocket for show on the lapel on one side of the dress and features matching buttons down the center of the dress and on the sleeves which are rolled up and secured with a loop on the sleeve.  This dress hits just above the knee and looks great with boots and leggings.  The 3/4 length sleeves when rolled up give it a great versatility year round.

As you can see, you can find great cardigans, dresses and jackets made by Tulle.  Their pieces all have great vintage style elements and adorable feminine style.  Best of all, Tulle’s pieces are all reasonably priced and feature great wearable fabrics.  It really is hard to go wrong with any of their great pieces.  This is just sampling of some of our favorite Tulle pieces.  What are some of yours?

 

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