Trend Report – LadyLike Fashion


What makes fashion so exciting is that it never stays in one place for long. Trends may carry over from one season to the next, but the difference in those seasons spares the trends from a copycat existence. The ladylike trend has been slowly introduced back into fashion and has hit a fever pitch this Fall/Winter 2011 ( and stayed for Spring/Summer 2012).
Just to be clear, we’re not talking dowdy or matronly, but more along the lines of feminine and soft while retaining a healthy dose of sex appeal. It takes more than fashion to make a women “ladylike”- I’ll never forget Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady repeating, “The rain in Spain falls mainly on the plane”, over and over again or learning to walk with books atop her head – yet there is nothing like the feeling of wearing a chiffon or lace dress to make you feel feminine and womanly.
Perhaps, Ken Downing, the senior vice president and fashion director at Neiman Marcus summed up the Ladylike trend best when he was quoted as saying, “Coming out of a challenged economy, designers have given great thought to what women want to wear. The clothes are ladylike, closer to the body and designers are really embracing color. Colored pants are everywhere in the market and everyone is doing a trench with trim. Feminine blouses with ruffles and lace are a continuation of dressed-up looks”.


Clockwise from top left: Juicy Couture Guipure Lace Dress $330.00 www.netaporter.com, Enzo Angiolini Cornell Pump www.dsw.com, Banana Republic Tie Neck Blouse $49.50 www.bananarepublic.com, Love 21 Knee Length Pencil Skirt $17.80 www.forever21.com, Nauticus Pleated Dress In Mocha $49.95 www.shoprouche.com J Crew Edie Purse $238.00 www.jcrew.com.

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