Romantic Dresses

Finding the perfect romantic dress can seem like a daunting task.  However, there really are a number of great options for romantic dresses that come in a variety of different styles for whatever romantic occasion you may have.   Today we are going to discuss a variety of different alternatives that would work great for that romantic occasion.

The first dress option, the Rhetta Maxi Dress by designer Velvet by Graham and Spencer is one of our favorite casual style maxi dresses.  This jersey cotton maxi dress is low cut in back which gives this maxi dress a dressier even sexy evening look.  This maxi dress features a simple yet elegant straight fit that gradually flares at the skirt.  This dress also features short sleeves and looks great with your favorite feminine styled belt.  Best of all this dress is also versatile enough that you could easily wear it for casual or daytime events as well.  The style of this dress really reminds us of a regal look and is simple, yet very distinctive.

Next up consider the Dita V Neck Ruffle Dress by designer Ella Moss.  This great dress has a romantic vintage style that always reminds us of something you might see January Jones wearing on the show Mad Men.  With ruffles accenting the deep v neck line and the dress flares at the waist, this dress is the ultimate feminine piece.  Naturally, we love the romantic vintage style polka dot pattern too.  A great dress for a number of occasions which will help make sure you get your money’s worth out of this dress.  This is the perfect dress to wear to the theatre, weddings and just about any other party.

One of our latest new arrivals, the Rhonia dress by Velvet by Graham and Spencer really typifies the romantic dress.  With a v neck tank at the top and a flared waist and tie belt around the waist in a grey contrasting color against the Flamingo pink pattern contrasted with white, this dress really is so feminine and really does exemplify a romantic dress.  This statement dress features a fitted look that accentuates your feminine curves along with a beautiful color and pattern.

Another maxi dress is the Hollie Racerback Maxi Dress in black by designer Ella Moss.  The lace racerback detail around the shoulders is a great embellishment to a basic black dress.  This style of racerback maxi dress is also unique which adds to the statement piece quality of this dress.  This style is also a great blend of casual and dressy or evening and daytime as it really can be worn for any occasion.

As you can see there are really numerous options for great romantic dresses that work perfectly for that special date night, anniversary, wedding or birthday occasion that you had in mind.  Each of these dresses are statement pieces that will be great additions to your wardrobe and wonderful occasion dresses.  They all typify the great blend of elegant and sophisticated with casual and wearable designs.

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Spring Trend: Boatneck Dresses

Every spring as the weather gets warmer dresses are at the forefront of our shopping searches.  This spring, one great trend that you may want to incorporate into your wardrobe are boatneck dresses.  The boatneck line is always such a classic, seemingly retro neckline that we see most predominantly in tops.   To be honest, when I think of boatneck tops, my first thoughts are tops with stripes that really draw you into a sailing motif.  That boatneck stereotype is blown out of the water with a few great examples of boatneck dresses.

First consider the Retro Boatneck Dress by designer Sweet Pea by Stacy Frati.  This dress in vibrant colors and a great retro pattern features black trim and a black tie around the waist.  The pattern of the dress features a mix of flowers in blues, pinks and purples. The style of the dress is a straight fit, but the tie around the waist helps make it more fitted.   This dress features a bolder look and really can be a statement piece for your wardrobe depending on your individual style.  We love the classy and elegant look of the boatneck and are glad to see it becoming a more prominent trend in dresses this season.

The Martha Boatneck Dress by designer Velvet by Graham and Spencer also features a boatneck line.  This dress has a gathered empire waist and a flared waist. It is a great spring summer dress and is made of baby jersey cotton so it is completely washable and comfortable to wear.   This dress in Greenbean is a great vibrant green color which works wonderfully for spring and summer.  We also love the look of the flared waist or skirt with this dress as it really does give a distinctive contrast to the boatneck at top.

Don’t forget to incorporate other great trends for this spring and summer like leggings which would pair perfectly with both of these dresses.  We’ve done previous posts on great ways to incorporate leggings so you can check that out for our tips on that fashion trend, but these dresses would be great complements with leggings.

If you are looking for other great ways to incorporate boatnecks into your spring and summer wardrobe consider pairing boatneck tops with pencil skirts or even flared skirts or A line skirts.   We love the Sintia skirt by Velvet by Graham and Spencer as a great must have for spring pencil skirts.  Don’t forget about the Lija flared skirt also by Velvet as another possible match for great spring / summer skirts.

Ultimately, you have to decide what styles and trends work best for you this season, but we love the trend of boatneck dresses and they will certainly be pieces you will want to be on the lookout for as you shop for spring and summer dresses.   The great classy look of the boatneck line is a great way to incorporate distinctive styles and trends into your wardrobe this season and looks classic enough that it won’t be out of style next season.

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Empire Waist Tops for Fall

Empire Waist Tops are the perfect style of top to help create that classy feminine look since they do accentuate your bust line. However, sometimes the empire waist look can be unflattering if the loose or flared waist line makes you look pregnant.  In the quest to find that perfect empire waist top while also looking figure flattering, here are a few of our ideas of a few good empire waist tops.

Velvet by Graham and Spencer Vevina Long Sleeve Empire Waist Top – A simple, yet classy empire waist top with a loose, but not flared waist.  This top won’t create that pregnant poof at the waist line and features a complementing feminine v neck accented by buttons at the base of the v neck and on the cuffs of the sleeves.  It is part of Velvet’s Baby Jersey collection and consequently made of baby jersey cotton which makes it very soft and comfortable.

Ella Moss Costa Puff Sleeve V Neck – Another great empire waist top that is figure flattering available in Soot, a smokey purple color that is so popular this season.  With pleats around the v neck, a cinched center and puff sleeves, this top is anything but ordinary.  The empire waist line is subtle, but gives this top an elegant look.  The waist below the empire waist line is only slightly flared avoiding the unflattering look.

AlixK Discharge Long Sleeve Turtleneck – An up-in-coming designer with a penchant for feminine touches and details to all of their tops, this collection by AlixK features their amazing silk cotton fabric blend which feels super luxurious (which we are so grateful is machine washable by the way).  Part of AlixK’s signature look is the great embroidery work which is hand-made.  The Discharge turtleneck is great because it is gathered so it doesn’t flop over or need readjusting throughout the day.  Again this empire waist top is distinctive, but isn’t overly flared to give it an unflattering look.

Velvet by Graham and Spencer Piree Ruched V Neck – Part of Velvet’s Gauzy Whisper collection, this lighter weight cotton fabric is another illustration of a flattering, subtle empire waist top.  With ruching around the bustline adding another element of femininity, this top features a wide v neck and a subtle flared waist.  We love the Magnolia purple color too.

In short, in the debate about whether empire waist tops are flattering or not, we side with flattering.  If you find the right empire waist top, the look can be very flattering and oh so feminine.  Understandably, they may not work for every body type, but our point is that you can find the right empire waist tops that don’t make you look pudgy or pregnant.  We love the fluid feminine look of loose empire waist tops too and you can also find many of them when you’re shopping, but for those of you who are searching for the flattering empire waist top, don’t despair, they do exist and they are great feminine pieces for your wardrobe.

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