For the upcoming 2011 spring fashion season, dresses are abundant. This year is all about pastel colors, feminine styles and unique patterns and all this can be found in a number of different sun dresses. You may be thinking that spring is a bit too chilly for sun dresses but the beauty of spring is the art of layering. You can break out your feminine dresses early in the year when you know how to layer up for those chilly days.
The maxi dress is a blast from the past for some women, for others it is a brand new trend that is a must have. The maxi dress is a definite staple in the world of casual clothing and fashion and contrary to popular belief; the maxi dress can be worn by women of all shapes and sizes. Because the maxi dress is a floor length style, many women automatically assume they can't pull off this look because they are shorter than the average woman. Short women can pull this look off very easily by accessorizing with some great wedge or platform sandals.
Because the maxi dress is a long and flowing style, a great idea for layering is a cropped jacket or sweater. Leather jackets are extremely popular this year and this may be a great style option if you're looking to take your maxi dress to a new level. Leather jackets today can be found in a number of different styles and colors; because of this you can be sure to match a great leather jacket to any maxi dress. Long cardigans are another option for layering your maxi dress. You want to choose a long cardigan that is open and flowing to match the style of maxi dress and you have a great outfit for any type of weather you encounter.
Next on the spring dress list is the classic halter dress. The halter dress has been a staple in spring and summer fashions for years. The difference this year is you will find bolder patterns and more unique colors to blend with the trends of 2011. These dresses can be layered as well and can be worn with leggings as well for those chilly days in the beginning of spring. Some of the halter dresses on the market today can be considered mini and therefore leggings can be the solution to cover up more skin and keep warm as well.
The top layer can be any of the options mentioned above as well as a wrap can be a great option. Wraps and scarves are not only for winter months of the year. You will find a wide variety of different patterns and colors to help you pair it with your favourite halter dress.
Although it's common for most women to equate fashion with designer brands, the truth is, you can develop impeccable style without having to spend a fortune. Whether you describe your sense of fashion as chic, bohemian or grungy, you need to make sure that you have all the fashion staples in your wardrobe. And since casual dresses have become all the rage in the fashion circle over the past couple of years, it's important that you invest in a couple of quality pieces. Want to know how you can make the most out of your expensive casual garb? Here are a few tips that will help you take your fashion sense up a notch.
1. Learn to mix and match outerwear
Since casual dresses are considered to be quite versatile, you can easily change the look of an outfit just by mixing and matching different kinds of outerwear. During casual days, you can wear your favourite dress with a short denim vest and a pair of fashionable flats. While on dressy occasions, you can accessorize that same dress with an exotic pashmina scarf and a pair of studded high heeled sandals.
2. Accentuate your waist with a belt
If you want to look slimmer in casual dresses, you might want to start treating the wide belts trend as your new best friend. Wearing a wide belt over a casual dress is not only an effective way to accentuate your womanly curves, but it can also give your outfit an interesting splash of colour. Don't be afraid to experiment with bolder colours such as cobalt blue and forest green this year.