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Dresses… Some of the most memorable styles…

December 14, 2013

Past Fashions – Dress Trends

Have you ever looked back and wondered ‘what was I thinking when I wore that?’ We’ve all had that moment where we were sucked into a trend or perhaps a fashion cult or we tried to copy something we’d seen on the red carpet. I happen to love dresses; they are the last bit of femininity in our closets. If we look back at the history of dresses, or the history of a particular style, and which famous women wore them it’s interesting and amusing to put yourself back in the time when you wore one of these particular styles. I think we have all worn at least one of these memorable looks…

The Addicted to Love Dress…Robert Palmer in his 1986 video had women in long-sleeved, high necked, skin tight black mini-dresses, sheer stockings, stiletto heels, slicked back hair, dramatic smoky-eye makeup and shiny red lipstick, on models that didn’t crack a smile…and Yes, I did try this one, I threw myself into the role and pretended I was a backup singer for Robert Palmer…lol…I loved it!

The Baby Doll dress…Has a high waist and full short skirt and is often embellished with bows, lace trim or embroidery, especially at the waist. Sleeveless or spaghetti strap, with a deep scooped neck. The purpose of the Baby Doll dress is to look young and sexy, putting the focus on the chest and legs, while obscuring the waist. The baby doll exaggerates the length of the legs… worn by the famous faces of Twiggy, Kate Middleton etc… I wore these dresses in every color, pattern, and I always had my denim or leather jacket thrown over them…

The Bandage Dress. This was a staple in the 80’s and usually required a supermodels body to pull it off. This was made famous by Herve’ Leger and is a short, tight, form-fitting dress that is made of wide bands of elastic. The dress was primarily made to communicate these simple words “Look at my body”, it shows off sex appeal and the wearer of this dress has nothing to hide…or I should say couldn’t hide even if she wanted to… The bandage dress is not for the meak, weak or second-guessers. You are confident, strong, full of power and ready for the next A-list party…

The Flashdance…The off the shoulder, slouchy dress, usually worn above the knee, almost looks like a distressed sweatshirt, made famous by the 1983 movie Flashdance starring Jennifer Beals… The idea here was built upon a girl just finishing dance rehearsals and throwing on a cut-up sweatshirt over her leotard. This dress was once worn with leg warmers, headbands and neon jewelry… I was never a huge fan of this, but then again I wasn’t a dancer…

The Jersey Shore…. Ahhhh last but not least! My favorite… (NOT)  The Jersey shore dress is tight, bright and ready for a fight. It doesn’t wait for your attention; it comes up to you and nudges pokes or slaps you in the face. Worn with stilettos, a very dark tan, and big hoop earrings… There is one goal here:  to focus as much attention and eyes on you & always be ready for a major wardrobe malfunction here. It seems those that sport this look have on minimal undergarments or none at all… Made popular by MTV’s “Jersey Shore”, and became a uniform on the show.

There are so many styles that I didn’t get to mention, but there is one that we all can agree is a ace in the hole for every wardrobe and a reputation of going with all shapes and sizes of woman, adapting to every situation, and being timeless…one of my all time favorites…  the Little Black Dress aka LBD!

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  • Britt January 30, 2014 at 4:10 am

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