Building a fabulous wardrobe – THE ESSENTIALS (Part 4)

THE SWING DRESS

The swing dress makes it appearance in the hall of fabulous wardrobe fame by being a classic versatile little number that has dressed style icons from Audrey Hepburn to, more recently, Olivia Palermo, Adele and Carrie Bradshaw.

The swing dress started life in the dance halls of the 40s, for fun loving girls who wanted to swing and lindy hop on the dance floor whilst flashing a bit of leg when they swirled.

Good for slimmer figures to add curves and for fuller figures to add balance it can be worn with or without sleeves for both casual and formal occasions.

STYLES
Classic swing

The classic swing dress is usually a knee-length dress, fitted at the waist and flared so that it swings with the wearer. Sleeveless, cqp and ¾ sleeves all look great with this dress as do bateau, scoop and V slit necklines.

The dress is supremely versatile and can be worn in crepe, silk, cotton, leather, lace, taffeta etc.

The addition of a narrow belt to highlight the waist is essential.  Add a thicker belt to smooth the silhouette. Accessories should be kept to a minimum to avoid excess fuss.

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 Bustier swing

The strapless version of the swing…… dress shouts “I’m a laaaady”. It’s elegant, sophisticated and suitable for all body sizes.  Wear with killer heels and a statement necklace for glam nights out or with flats and a cardigan for a causal daytime look.

The swing dress – we salute you!

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