Monday, August 30, 2010

The Emmys - True Inspiration

I always look forward to Emmy night to get a sight of all the fabulous dresses that the stars scooped up from the runway on to the red carpet.

While everyone is chattering about the color navy this season, I felt like I was at a chess match surrounded by black and white!! Never the less it did the trick. My eyes were totally satisfied to say the least.

My favorite white dresses were worn by Kim Kardashian and Julie Benz. Kim looked like a goddess with her chiffon Marchesa gown topped off with amazing bangles,  and Julie like a clean angel with her ivory Pamella Roland gown worn with her hair pulled back in a high messy ponytail that rocked.

My favorite black dresses were worn by Kelly Osbourne and Eva Longoria Parker. Kelly looked so slim in her figure-hugging Tony Ward dress, the silhouette was the perfect fit for her body type and forget the Emmy's whoever chose this for her deserves some type of award! Eva Longoria Parker, looked so young and fresh in her Robert Rodriguez gown with amazing rosette detailing. She really topped the icing on the cake and added a pop of color with her pink Loren Jewels!

One thing I have to mention is the amazing Navy Oscar de la Renta gown worn by Lea Michele, that sweetheart neckline and the tulle bottom, are just some phenomenal details I couldn’t ignore. That girl knew how to work it, just see the pics for yourself.

What was your favorite Emmy red carpet look?

Monday, August 23, 2010

Retro Style Dresses For A Very Betty Look

Being vintage style clothing fans, here at Messes of Dresses, we can't get enough of the 1950s fashion of Mad Men. Don Draper is simply dashing in his well-cut gray suits, and his former wife Betty exudes impeccable style in her gorgeous, flattering dresses and fashion accessories.

Betty may be a fictional middle-class, conservative housewife, but her clothing is very hip, very mod, and very now - it works in 2010. Why? Betty exemplifies the rules of fashion that every woman should follow: she chooses dresses and skirts that flatter her figure and complexion and dresses them up with sexy fashion accessories like headbands, necklaces, earrings and leather handbags. It's simple, yet elegant.

The key to the Betty look is to choose dresses that sit high at the waist and flow at the hips to flatter the figure. Choose retro style dresses and fitted cardigans with sweet and feminine flourishes, like a sexy neckline, a floral pattern, or some frills. You can wear a plain, simple, well-cut navy blue dress and still look very Betty by adding a pretty brooch, some gloves, a silk scarf tied elegantly at the neck, or a string of pearls.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Choosing Trendy Dresses to Suit Your Body Shape

If you want to look good in retro style dresses, then it’s vital to choose a dress that suits your body shape.

Bottom-Heavy – If you’re heavy on the bottom, choose fuller skirts to streamline your bottom half, and go for strapless dresses to draw attention to your top half.

Large-Chested – Busty girls should go for dresses with V and square necklines and three-quarter length sleeves. Choose plain tops (loud patterns or embellishments will make your chest look weightier).

Small-Chested – Small-chested girls should choose dresses with ruffles or embellishments on the chest to make their busts look fuller.

Short with a Long Torso – Choose dresses that are busy on top to draw the eye upwards. Go for dresses with a high waist and steer clear of dresses with a dropped waist.

Tall with a Short Torso – To focus the attention on your legs, choose dresses with an interesting design on the skirt. Skirts that are straight or flare out work well for this body type.

Pear-Shaped – If you’re a thick-waisted girl, then trendy dresses with an empire waist, which falls just under the bust, are your best friend; they will emphasize the smallest part of your waist.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Bloggers we love: Lydia Abate from Chic-onthe-cheap!

Hey there MOD lovers, Its Sarah Paris here, and I'm so excited to introduce to you an adorable blogger i met while vintage shopping last week! The first thing that caught my eye  while scrambling over a stash of belts, was lace!! I love how she mixed up a few key pieces like her green vest, belt and adorable platformed sandals, which all really made the lace dress stand out as super trendy! Lydia was kind enough to share with us some of her fashion secrets!

Lydia Abate www.chic-onthe-cheap.blogspot.comName: Lydia Abate

Age: 24

Describe your style: Bold and quirky trying to be classic and chic.

What is your number one beauty product: I love to accentuate my lips and have more glosses and lipsticks than i can count.  At any given time I'll have at least three different shades in my bag.

If you were able to shop with a celebrity, who would it be and why: This may seem silly, but I'd like to go shopping with Stacy London and Clinton Kelly. Watching 'What Not To Wear' when I was a teenager was what got me to really start thinking about personal style and most importantly, making sure that when you leave the house, no matter where you are headed, you are looking your best.

Check out her blog:

Happy Shopping!

XOXO Sarah

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Our Favorite Strapless Summer Retro Style Dresses

Strapless retro style dresses are a summertime staple; they’re perfect for when it’s hot – you can keep cool AND bare your beautiful, sexy shoulders. Strapless dresses are all about femininity and simplicity, and there’s a style to suit every body type. This season’s dresses are all about keeping it light and flowy for maximum prettiness. Here are a few of our favorites.

Country Chambray Dress – This adorable pale blue print dress featuring yellow roses and dark blue vine leaves is 100% cotton, so it's the perfect dress for a picnic in the park or a BBQ. It has an elasticized back so it won’t gape and is perfect paired with a fedora, oversize sunglasses and barely-there sandals.

Ladylike Turf Dress – This floaty teal chiffon dress with a gathered bust is the perfect dress for a hot summery night out with friends. It features a gathered bust line and subtle drapes at the waist to add depth and fun. Team it with pumps and a sexy clutch, and step out in understated style.

Mocha Fireworks Dress – This pale brown strapless dress is fun and flirty with a high pleated waist line and drapes at the front. It ties up in a loose bow at the back and looks fab with ankle length boots or a cute headband. Vintage style clothing at its best.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Isn't it awesome to have Messes of Dresses Blog?!

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Now that you’re here, rest assured, you are in good hands. Everyone has days where they see someone on the street with the cutest, trendiest retro style dress, hesitant to ask where they got it. Well, have no fear—you’ve made it here! The Messes of Dresses Blog will provide you with trend alerts and direct you to your perfect little black dress or wildflower sundress.

Need to “wow” someone for a big date? Need a new dress for a special event? We'll keep your dress wardrobe as up to date as your social calendar. We’ll offer make-up tutorials to appropriately match with your dress, help you figure out which cut best suits your body type, and finally answer that age old question about dress length. When it comes to accessorizing those perfect indie clothing, we’ll discuss jewelry options, those tough clutch or handbag decisions, and so much more.

So before you go out and hit the shops, visit the Messes of Dresses Blog for weekly updates so you know what’s trendy, what’s not, and what works for you. Look and feel as great as that dress you envision yourself in! Bookmark us today!