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Jeans may be holding court in the fashion world, but a girl still wants to wear a pretty summer dress every now and then. There are several choices coming down the catwalks and magazine pages, but a must-have for the hot summer days and nights ahead is a bustier dress.
Now that things have really heated up, it makes perfect sense that bustier dresses are taking their turn in the spotlight. You can certainly say that bustier dresses are part of the ’80s moment we are experiencing, but because this style of dress has fashion roots that reach back much further that the ’80s, you can file it under the general retro category.
I do agree some of the current styles do look like they stepped right out of an ’80s movie or sitcom. Just like in the ’80s, we are seeing short lengths with detailing like ruffles around the hips, bust, and hemline. The fabrics that are being used also have an ’80s vibe, like denim, stretch fabrics, leather, and even polka dot prints. For a fun nighttime look, you can also choose from sequins, taffeta and gasp, polyester.
If you’re more partial to the longer lengths that are reminiscent of the ’40s and ’50s, and have a bit of old Hollywood glamour, you will find those styles as well. Simply take a few cues from your favorite celebrity fashionista, since this style often shows up on the red carpet. A bustier dress makes an excellent choice for a night on the town or when you just want to show off a bit of skin.
This style can be a bit tricky, and demands a good fit, but it’s usually flattering on most figures regardless of the size of your, um bustier. For those of you who feel like you will be too self- conscious and spend more time fidgeting with your dress, you can always opt for a bustier style with straps. Lengths run the gamut from above the knee to just above the ground. Have fun with the lengths; try wearing a long floral bustier dress doing the day and a short denim dress at night. Don’t forget to take advantage of the lack of neckline with a statement necklace that is either bold and oversized, or subtle and delicate.