A noticeable trend among designers this spring is the flirty, typically silk-chiffon dress or skirt with floral print or pastel coloring. This conveniently encompasses my personal taste if I had to sum it up in a single wardrobe piece, but unfortunately doesn't cross over from season to season very well. So as tempting as the high street buys below may be, take note of the fabrics and figures, and then seak a cheaper look-alike. A fairly casual garment wearable for only a few months isn't the most practical piece for which to splurge.
For more floral prints and ruffles, here is a link to designer Cynthia Steffe's website:
I just discovered her because a friend of mine is interning with her in New York this summer (envious beyond description) and her spring 2010 collection is full of great examples of this trend.
I really want to do something like these girls have done (or more likely had done for them) with their hair for my prom. It may be little crazy for the occasion but I have given up on censoring my fashion choices to meet the norms of my peers.
(Alberta Ferretti, Dior - Vogue shoot photographed by Steven Meisel)
(Vera Wang advertisement)
Movement is also a key factor when in the market for a dress like this. Obviously, this ad demonstrates the flowiness (not a word) of the fabric fantastically, but for real-life purposes try walking in a dress before you buy it, or dance and spin around a bit to see if you like the effect. It's also just fun to do in the dressing room when no one is looking.
(Alberta Ferretti advertisement)