Welcome to our monthly installment of Signature Style. Each month Sarah and I chat up our feelings on a particular trend or item. This month our friend Kim from Northern Cal Style is joining us. Have you noticed that dresses are all over the place this year? After spending over a year in yoga pants and or jeans, the idea of wearing a dress is maybe not such a bad thing. Just as we are craving color and pattern in our home decor and the grand millennial style is gaining speed, we are craving something feminine and pretty for our bodies as well. Let’s take a look at Over 50 Fashion-Spring Dresses.
This years’ crop definitely has a look. Many are folk-inspired, or floral, many are tiered. I searched for a word to describe them. Kim calls them “Little House on the Prairie Dresses”. I have heard the dress trend called “House Dresses”. I personally do not think that is a good moniker. If you are my age that term harkens back images of “the elderly” ladies in the neighborhood that didn’t get dressed all day. Remember them? You would see them at the mailbox in what appeared to be their robe and slippers, often with a cigarette in hand.
Let’s take a look at the Prairie or the House Dress Trend. The question is can we wear them at our age? Sarah really knows how to rock the look. Every time I spot her in one I am tempted.
Mary Ann from Classic Casual home also looks darling in them.
I have always had a hard time with dresses. That’s why I normally wear skirts. I am long-waisted and have a smallish waist. Shirt waists normally hit me right under the boobs unless I buy a tall. If I buy a tall it is too long. The long flowy dresses accentuate the larger parts of my body, instead of the waist which makes me look one size LARGE. I am also not a big fan of florals in general. Although I love them on others. The folk-inspired dresses do fascinate me if only they were flattering on me. Another personal issue I have, ruffles, tiers, puff sleeves, and bows are not really my jam. Admittedly I was a tomboy in my youth, so adding any of the aforementioned accouterments feels and looks like I am trying to play dress. up and just didn’t quite get it right. I ordered this Target tiered dress. It is a great dress and is well made but it just doesn’t flatter me at all. I think for someone more straight up and down and flat-chested it would be darling.
I had planned to try out some of these dresses from Mango. They have some fun styles for great prices. However, since I am a little overwhelmed with moving it did not happen. I would try one of these if you would like to experiment. If you are going to embrace a trend that is probably not here to stay, try a less expensive option.
PRETTY DRESSES FROM MANGO
I also planned to rework the infamous Target Dress from last year that so many of you loved. Guess what my clothes that I brought home from the lake got packed. You can read the entire post Target LBD Five Ways here. J Crew has a dress that is almost identical that also comes in green and brown here.I am tempted to get the green, I love that Target dress so much.
SPRING DRESSES MY WAY
Working with what I own and wear, here are my options. Okay so I admit it, this isn’t technically a dress. Annie from Most Lovely Things said why don’t you just wear one of your skirts and a linen shirt and call it a dress (brilliant!). For the reasons mentioned above they just don’t look that great on me. Here I am wearing my favorite maxi (I know it is expensive) but there are some on ebay here. If you really want a maxi skirt just bite the bullet and pay. It is all about the cut of this skirt that is so flattering. It is also cool and comfortable in the summer. Trust me I am cheap as well, and to be honest, all of mine have come from eBay. This is my husband’s hat. It is unisex and very reasonable. I think I need my own. I am wearing the J Crew Barid McNutt Irish linen shirt, Mia Sandals (sold out but there are a few on ebay here), a jute belt, and eco-friendly water buffalo bone accessories. All items or similar are linked below the picture.
SHOP MY LOOK
I love a T-shirt dress especially in a longer length like this one from J Crew. I am wearing it with a jean jacket from Gap, flip flops (these are the most comfortable beach flip flops I have ever owned, a necklace from Paula Carvallo, and a Target beach bag.
SHOP MY CASUAL T-SHIRT DRESS LOOK
This is another “cheater” look. I don’t like to wear dresses that are above or at the knee. In the summer I will throw on a pair of Capri leggings under a “dress”. This dress is from CP Shades. I am wearing it with Artemis mules, the same Paula Carvalho necklace, etsy earrings and bone accessories.
SHOP MY CP SHADES LOOK
Last but not least I am wearing a linen dress from Linen Naive on Etsy. a necklace from IBU (you can read my post on this wonderful shop here), no longer available, but they many other great options. Artemis raffia mules no longer available in this color, there are a couple on Ebay here.
GET MY LINEN DRESS LOOK
Thank you so much for reading Over 50 Fashion Spring Dresses. I would love to hear if you are a dress gal or more of a skirt gal like me. Now pop over and visit the youngsters who can really rock this look. Wasn’t I brave to join these two? On Friday Jennifer and I will be styling summer jeans. Lots of fashion this week.