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Ultra-chic and stylish dresses just on keep coming down the runway. It’s definitely becoming more and more difficult to choose as the season progresses, but you just can’t beat a pretty dress for an easy fashion choice that lets you look fabulous in the warm weather.
It really isn’t anything new for retro looks to be in the spotlight as current fashion trends, but what I like about 2012 is that because so many different fashion eras are taking a turn, you can always be right in style, no matter what era is your favorite. It’s entirely possible for you to be a fan of completely contemporary styles or want to work two or more different eras together. You can come up with your own combos and still be right in step with what’s going on for fashion right now.
One of my favorite fashion eras is the ’50s. I don’t know if it’s because I have actually gotten to wear the more recent fashion eras the first time around, but I tend to lean towards the years that were before my time as far as fashion goes. I feel like I missed out on that era’s focus on femininity, and it’s nice to see it come back in style: the hourglass figure for body shape, all of the detailing and embellishments used in designs, and all of the fabulous handbags, accessories, and shoes. I am even a fan of wearing gloves in warmer weather.
Although they are a bit pricey, I like the fact that several big names have devoted entire lines to one era. This can be a little bit pricey, but it makes it easy to create looks by staying within one label, if that is your preference, or you can simply use them as a template to create similar looks from more affordable options. Prada and Dolce & Gabbana are two of my favorites this year; they are both out of my budget, but their ads are almost like old movie stills that you can use for fashion inspiration.
If you’re a fan of this era, here are a few key things to look for to work a ’50s vibe: floral fabrics, bare and form-fitted tops, full or fitted knee lengths for skirts, and fitted silhouettes for pants. Those of you on a budget can skip actual garments and create looks simply with accessories like stockings and shoes, feminine jewelry like pearls, charms, and cameos. One really easy way to create a lady like outfit with a ’50s vibe is to match a fabulous pair of shoes with an actual matching or equally fabulous handbag.