You've watched enough episodes of Mad Men
to recognize the kind of magic a shapely dress is capable of performing. Those sculptural, '50s-esque silhouettes manage to feel both modern and vintage at once - this due, no doubt, to the show's popularity and to the versatility of these dresses.
Despite the fact that they negotiate curves like nobody's business, dresses like these - with their nipped-in waists, often with blooming skirts, commonly in radiant hues - really speak to simplicity. There are no complicated details or embellishments to mess with the actual shape of the dress. For that alone, it's worth the attention. Here, a few inspired styles to see you into summer with va-va-va-voom verve:
The hallmark of a great silhouette is a cinched waist. It's quite profound on this east5th origami-top sun dress
($29.99, was $70). The print alone begs to be shown off at the next big summer shindig, but until then, revel in its effortless AM-to-PM capabilities. Throw on a light cardigan for work and swap for some glam accessories come evening.
If you're seeking a true work dress, this Calvin Klein ponte belted dress
($61.66) should do the job nicely. Faint pintucking along the skirt energizes the sleek silhouette without breaking its clean lines, while a slim, glossy belt feels properly retro at the high waist. Easy, classic chic is always a worthwhile investment!
Always a sure thing? A solid colored dress with a high neck and a belted waist. No, it's not quite the granny-chic style you're probably envisioning - in fact, quite the opposite, as this Merona Collection taffeta dress
($49.99) ably displays. Throw on a major statement necklace and killer heels to shake it all up, or play coyly with a demure cardigan and tights (a must come fall).
Talk about sexy! This Kiyonna Siren satin dress
($138) is certainly not for the timid, nor for those uncomfortable dealing with endless admiring glances. That's not just talk, either; this plus size dress is capable of stealing hearts and attention for miles. Possibly best saved for a night out, it's a gorgeous, retro-inspired piece that just exudes class.
If you're absolutely in love with old Hollywood glamour, it's time you became familiar with Stop Staring! The label is known for its incredible range of retro-chic dresses. The Priscilla dress
($142) is just plain fun, with a sleek column shape and a blooming print tinged by drops of soft rose.
Mad Men-inspired style:
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