Summer Dresses 2010
Here are some of the key trends from the catwalk this Spring Summer 2010:
Playful Texture - 3.1 Philip Lim, Carolina Herrera, Peter Som
A great mark of an expensive piece of clothing is the detail that has gone into its production - handstitched, embroidery, or
just a very clever mix of textures. The catwalks this season were all about playing with different textures, from string tops to
mosaic style corset tops. So when you are considering buying some new dresses for summer 2010, then head towards
those with a little detailing and mix of fabrics.
Nautical Stripes - Karen Walker, Alexander Wang
Make stripes this season big and bold, red and cream or blue and white dresses are the perfect item for a hot summer's
day. For extra glam factor, mix the stripes with some glitter, or layer it up for a ruffled skirt. Remember that the bigger your
bone structure/size the larger the stripe you can pull off, and vice versa, the smaller the stripe the more petite the person.
Keep this in mind when choosing a striped dress, and keep the fabric cool for summer, with cotton, linen or jersey.
Grecian Draping - Donna Karan, Burberry Prorsum, Amanda Wakeley
This trend seems to come round every season, as it is incredibly flattering to any female figure. The key is in where the
draping lies, as this can create the illusion of a more curvaceous figure - particularly excellent for petite woman or those
with no defined curves. Choose a chiffon fabric for the best draping effect, and keep the styles fairly body tight rather than
baggy to avoid looking unkempt. Cinch in your waist with a belt to keep your body looking like the perfect hourglass.
Mixing Prints - Anna Sui, Dolce and Gabbana, Marc by Marc Jacobs
Some of the most fresh and interesting looks on the catwalk this year were styles that mixed prints and patterns together
in one outfit. The key to mixing prints is to choose prints whose colors and fabrics mesh well together, for example a red
rose print satin skirt with a cream floral satin print top, or a blue and green checked cotton shirt with a pair of blue and
green striped cotton shorts. Don't be afraid to mix!
Updated Classics - Chanel, Max Mara, Moschino Cheap & Chic, Oscar de la Renta
One of the most wearable looks was the updated classic. Shirts and pencil skirts with little sandals and expensive
jewellery might just be the best combination you could take on holiday. It's simple and elegant, and very sexy if worn in the
right way. The classic shift dress in an unusual colour or with just one sleeve, is the only way to go for a formal party this
summer, and is perfect for a wedding dress. For a real update, add the latest shoe style and a fabulous hat.
Floral - Giorgio Armani, Luella, Ralph Lauren, Roberto Cavalli
From big bold prints to dainty vintage style florals, there are many different florals to find on the highstreet and in designer
stores. Pick big florals for evening occasions, make the dress length as short as you can manage, add ruffles and play
around with accessories. For a day look, pop into your local vintage clothes store to find well loved floral vintage dresses
made in pretty cottons and delicate colors.
Summer Dresses 2010Summer 2010 dresses are all about adapting runway looks to suit your own individual style, as well as keeping new
purchases classic and elegant. Think investment purchase rather than buying into a trend, as these will look more
expensive, well-thought-out and stunning.