Wednesday, January 31, 2007

How to Wear Spring's Minidresses

A couple days ago, Alex e-mailed me with a question about minidresses.

"I've been seeing them everywhere, but I haven't found many affordable (under or around $100) ones, and I'm not sure what to wear it with. Any recommendations?"

Minidresses are very hot for spring, but there is definitely a right and wrong way to wear them. First, because they're so short, you want a dress that isn't hit you over the head sexy. Avoid a low cut neckline, and go with something a little more modest on top. Empire waist dresses are great for this because they aren't too fitted on the body, but still show some shape. If the dress is a little too tent-like, you can cinch the waist with a wide leather belt to show off your curves, but try it with a belt in the store, as it'll lose an inch or two on the bottom once you cinch it.

The great thing about minidresses is that you can wear them year-round. Paired with opaque tights and a cardigan or shrug, or underneath a turtleneck, they're great for the colder months. This is especially good for women who wouldn't feel comfortable wearing bare legs with such a short skirt: full length and footless styles both look super cute with minidresses.

Brightly colored accessories are huge for spring, and a great way to lighten up a winter wardrobe, so don't be afraid to spice up an all-black outfit with a bright yellow purse or a pair of red pumps. And speaking of shoes, minidresses work best with flats and wedges, two very popular (and comfortable!) styles.

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