Wednesday, August 25, 2010

2010: A Year of Romantic Fashion

Longing for a little romance, ladies?   Well, this is the year that every woman can bring romance back into her life. Whether it be rekindling that love with a special someone or simply bringing romance back into her wardrobe, for 2010 it's been all about the love - at least, for me it has been!

There's something about romantic fashion that makes you dream of days in Paris enjoying a walk in the park, kisses in the wind, and basking in the aura built on love...

Back in the early 1800's there was a time called the "Romantic Era" in fashion. The silhouette for women included a high waistline, full skirts, and a variety of sleeve styles. Nowadays fashion designers are bringing back that romantic era, but in a much different way, of course.

This past spring we saw floaty fabrics, lace, and feminine details on the runways. Add in pearls, a pair of gloves, peep-toe heels, and you’re ready to be whisked away into the world of romance. As with every spring or summer season, the pastels and bright colors made an appearance, but it was all about the soft and ultra-feminine. You can't help but connect with that inner princess when you're wearing ruffles and chiffon.

Spring/Summer collections from designers such as Christian Dior emphasized the woman’s body. The stunning details for Dior’s ready-to-wear collection were invoked with sophistication, elegance, and glamour.  

This romantic trend doesn’t stop at spring and summer, though. For fall 2010 designers continue the love fest. Alexander McQueen and Prada have added touches of lace and tulle to create a romantic, feminine look. Alexander McQueen’s final show was a testament to his romantic soul. This last collection actually brought back to mind a long forgotten era…Shakespeare, anyone?

When all is said and done, though, regardless of what year or season it is, you can always bring the romance into your style of dress. It doesn't have to be all gowns or evening dresses either. Below are a few flirty, romantic pieces that are casual for day wear. There are also a couple that can be worn for a fun night on the town. (Click on a dress for details.)

We may already be halfway done with 2010, but it’s never too late for love!
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  1. I absolutely love the glamorous styles that hark back to the silver screen days - or even further to the era of the Gibson Girl. The A-line dresses are flattering on pretty much everyone, but it takes a particular shape to pull off the pencil skirt and a particular height to rock a floor length gown. I am looking forward to adding more lace to my wardrobe - and some nice brocade (perhaps in a jacket rather than a dress).

    Daisy McCarty
    San Diego Plastic Surgery

  2. Wow what a amazing fashion, excellent dresses. Really very stylish collections. I am impressed.