Trapeze Dresses: Hot or Not?
July 16, 2007
Every week I get e-newsletters from in my inbox announcing the latest trends. The next time I happen to be in a store I inevitably pick up one or two of these hot, new stylesâ€”dying to be at the height of fashionâ€”and see how they look on me. Some things turn out to be a big hit and I wonder how I had ever lived without them before. Others, wellâ€¦ eh.
A few weeks ago the new Diane von Furstenberg arrivals cluttered up my email account with photos from Bloomieâ€™s and Neiman Marcus to Bergdorf and Barneyâ€™s â€”brightly printed trapeze dresses galore. How carefree and easy the dresses hung on the professionally styled models! I later found myself in Zara, my favorite Euro-chic, wallet-friendly retailer, and low and behold: racks full of trapeze styles for as far as the eye could see. I took a few to the dressing room, slipped one on and what can I sayâ€¦ I wanted to love it so bad. I wanted to be one of those effortlessly stylish girls strolling along in the summer heat with my perfectly airy dress flowing in the breeze. But I just felt like I was wearing a tent, a shapeless muumuu with yellow flowers on it.
The thing about the trapeze dress is it just doesnâ€™t seem to do anything for any body type, curvy or skinny. Just check out the photos below. The dressâ€™s lack of shape makes Mandy Moore look heavy, which we all know sheâ€™s not. Lily Allen looks short and squat. And Kirsten Dunst, well, she could have rolled out of bed in a sheet and looked better than that. It is just a needed reminder that not every new trend looks good on everyoneâ€”or looks good at all for that matter.
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