Lady-like Dresses for Spring

It seems as of late, there has been a polarization of fashion lovers. Half have declared themselves free spirits, emblazoning themselves in Coachella-friendly garb. The funkier, the punkier the better. The other half have adopted the ideologies of their grandmothers and invested in a good handbag, a good coat and an expensive watch. You know the kind. They intently watch Mad Men or study vintage pictures. They love to bake from scratch for the novelty of it and take to heart the few etiquette lessons taught to them by their grandmothers. They are modern women winking at the past.

This post is dedicated to the latter.

I myself find that I flip-flop between the two sartorial circles, but nothing makes me feel like more of a put-together young lady (though I often feel the opposite), like a good kick pleat on a properly tailored pencil skirt.

By far, one of the meccas of such garments is Fever. Based out of London, Fever delivers on classicism, cut and femininity.They travel all around the world, to gain vintage inspiration in boutiques, thrift stores and flea markets. If you’re ever in London, a trip to their flagship store is in order. There you will find a mix of the Fever collection, Ruby Belle, vintage fashion, interior pieces from around the world and even an event space. The showroom and head office are also located under the same roof at 52 Eastcastle Street. London, W1W 8ED.

The Margo 3/4 Sleeve Dress Navy is one of my favourite pieces on the site. It’s graphic print borrows the feel of a traditional floral, but with a modern twist. The sleeve will hit you right around your elbow giving you ample space to pair with a glove. The defined waist band and strategically placed pleats would do any frame justice. This is a great dress for the season’s many upcoming garden parties, whether it be a bridal shower or a graduation party. This dress just needs to be outdoors.

I also loved the Clerkenwell Dress in Red when looking for a grown up look that is as sexy as it is sophisticated. The ruched detailing that curves along the bodice is not only suggestive in all the right places, but also conceals any possible tummy issues. What’s more is the fire engine red will turn heads wherever you go. It’s absolutely the picture of elegance. This is a great dress to wear to dinner with your boyfriend or a trip to the opera. It is also available in a charcoal, however I wish black there was a black option (what gives, design team?).

Now, maybe it’s because I love the namesake actress, but the Zeta Dress in Nude is probably my favourite look on the whole website. The v-neckline draws the eye toward the waist, while the slanted waist draws a smooth transition to the hips. The folded pleated detail adds interest, curves and that much more elegance to the dress. This dress if fabulous addition to your wardrobe that you can wear to work or pull out on special occasions. I’m in love!

Whether you’re a true lady, or just masquerading as one, I recommend that you quickly acquire a Fever this spring.
By shanice - 04.25.13

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