The Dichotomy of Dressing

March 6, 2009

Over the last few years, there has been a trend towards two completely opposite styles -- the structured look verse the amorphous look. Both have had their time in the spotlight, but this year it seems the designers have managed to meld the two into a look that is unique and daring.

They've taken the fluidity of ruffles and chiffon and structured them as pleats and origami-like constructions. The outcome is a style that oozes sophistication and will always make anyone wearing it chic -- bargain price or not.

Designer Look
Marchesa, Spring 2009 Ready-to-Wear
(Photo courtesy

Bargain Look
Kuro Brocade Dress,, $71.24

Wizard Wonder Dress, French Connection, $109.99

Plastic Island "Cocktail Dress"
(was $44.70 on sale -- no longer has dress available,
but it may still be available at Dillard's stores)

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