Wednesday, October 10, 2012

get the look -- drop waist dresses.

 
ATTAINABLE: Gap Tweed Moto Jacket
www.gap.com; $118
I have a great love affair with motorcycle jackets.  There's something about them that's just so wrong that it's right.  This darling little tweed one from Gap is the perfect solution to midwestern fall days, where weather is ambiguous and appropriate dress is subjective.  I love the soft, smoky gray hue and the zipper details, and I'm convinced that this would be adorable tossed over my favorite fall dresses and perfect with jeans and boots. 

The drop waist dress is hardly a new idea: originating with the famed flappers in the 1920s, this silhouette has been adorning women with flouncy skirts for decades.  I couldn't be happier that the shape is hot for fall and can't wait to pick one up for myself.  Paired with tights, a blazer, and pumps, this look is chic for the office -- but slip out of the jacket and layer on a few long necklaces and you're ready for a fabulous evening out.  So let's take a cue from the Josephine Bakers and Zelda Fitzgeralds of the past and have a little fun.



DEAL: Hive & Honey Drop Waist Dress
www.piperlime.com; $59 
It doesn't get much more flirty and feminine than this darling little frock.  I love that it has a drop waist but still ties in a subtle hint of the peplum trend due to its ruffled layers.  I high neckline and simple bodice keep the look sleek, especially when paired with opaque tights and a killer pair of black booties.


Image 1 of Whistles Isabella Drop Waist Dress
EXTRAVAGANCE: Whistles Isabella Drop Waist Dress
www.asos.com; $219.88
There's so much to love about this dress: the simple silhouette, the slightly flouncy skirt, the ladylike 3/4-length sleeves and perfect notches at the ends, and, of course, the firey red shade that's not only perfect for autumn but sure to make you stand out in a crowd.  This would be so charming with bare legs and a pair of wedge desert booties but as days get cooler, would be fantastic with tights and a sleek pair of riding boots. 

 
DEAL: Dorothy Perkins Jacquard Drop Waist Dress
www.dorothyperkins.com; sale (now) $44 
Possibly my favorite of the bunch, this darling jacquard dress is also the least expensive -- which is always an excellent bonus.  I love that the fabric looks tweedy enough to be office-appropriate with a well-cut black blazer but up-close is shimmery enough to make for the perfect party dress -- just add a statement necklace and sleek, shimmery clutch.



EXTRAVAGANCE: Haute Hippie Drop Waist Motif Hem Dress
www.shopbop.com; $375
Yes, yes, yes.  This dress embodies everything that I love about Haute Hippie: it's easy, pretty, feminine, and vintage-inspired -- of course.  The gathered shoulders and lace hem are absolutely gorgeous, and I love the midnight-blue hue.  This would be amazing with a chunky cable-knit sweater, tights, and booties for a little textural contrast on a chilly day.


Are YOU wearing drop waists this fall?
xo Josie
Thanks to Gap, Piperlime, ASOS, Dorothy Perkins, and Shopbop for the photos.

22 comments:

C said...

OMG! these are my favorite kind of dresses! Victoria Beckham made a whole line a year ago and I totally felt in love with it! But of course, your suggestions are much more affordable! LOL!

Vanessa. said...

Pretty dresses, great choice!

xoxo

Erika said...

Swoon at the Haute Hippie! I seriously need that dress!! :)

Jen Hsieh said...

I adore drop waist dresses! I just got one recently that's white with green polka-dots. I love that they add length to your torso. :)

Rachel Jensen {Da Paura ♥} said...

Love the red one! Perfect for the holidays!

Izumi Bogen said...

I love the last one!

xx. Hybrid Hunter

Ashley said...

That Gap jacket has been on my wish list. It's perfect for fall!

Shermineh said...

I love the Haute Hippie dress!

xo,
Shermineh

www.postgradchic.blogspot.com

Jennifer Fabulous said...

I so wish I could pull off drop waist dresses but my figure won't allow it (or, at least that's what my mirror tells me, haha). I do love these though. I love the 1920s and any fragment of it that still exists in fashion today.

BeSugarandSpice said...

Los vestidos son muy bonitos, me encanta el de los volantes.
Besos

Rachel @ The Redhead Fashionista said...

I am beyond obsessed with that moto jacket. So perfect!
And I'm really loving the drop waist dresses. I think the Dorothy Perkins one is my favorite! :)

Neris / Fashion Fractions said...

i love grey and red together! amazing picks!

xoxo,

Fashion Fractions

meg said...

These are so lovely. Classic too. I always love your taste!

Gloria said...

I'm loving the Whistles Isabella dress - the color is just beautiful!

Jen @ redsolesandredwine said...

I love the drop waist dress trend - but so hard to find a reasonably priced one huh? I love the Whistles one- color and style but will have to wait for sale :)

Red Soles and Red Wine

Andrea Carol said...

I am also in love with the Dorothy Perkins dress, and almost bought it til I realized I still have bills to pay and should probably do that first, boo!

I stillc ant wait to stock up on some new dresses, boots, and sweaters. Fall and winter are my favorite!

FashionJazz said...

Awesome post :)

www.fashonjazz.co.za/blog/

Ali W. said...

Love drop-waist dresses! I wish I could find one that was long enough for me!

BonBon Rose Girls Kristin said...

Pretty sure that I need that jacket in my life!

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

I love that jacket! I think these dresses are cute, too!

Elizabeth said...

The Dorothy Perkins is definitely my favorite!

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Kisses Aren't Contracts said...

The DP dress is a great find!

xoxo Shauna

kissesandcontracts.blogspot.com

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