Summer seems to have disappeared and the weather is getting noticeably cooler, and that can only mean one thing; autumn is here, and it won’t be long before the dark days set in and the snow starts to fall. In ladies clothing fashion terms, it can be a nightmare to know what to wear, especially on the dress front, so how do we stay stylish without freezing at the same time?
Here are 5 of the best styles of dresses for Autumn/Winter 2011 to help you look great but stay toasty at the same time.
1 The Maxi Dress
Yes, the maxi dress is here to stay and it’s no different for Autumn/Winter. Pack away your flimsy summer dresses and instead stick to maxi dresses in heavy materials, or those that have layered skirts for extra warmth. The tiered, ruffled styles we’ve been seeing recently are perfect for a nice meal out or meeting the girls for a few drinks. Plus, you can layer your maxi with tights and ankle boots for those really chilly days.
2 Skater Dresses
Skater dresses were a big hit this summer and it’s a great look to carry over into autumn too. Many styles come with longer sleeves and they tend to be in heavier knitted styles, so they’re perfect for casual days, paired with chunky, knitted tights and flat knee high boots.
3 Flapper Dresses
You’d be hard pressed to miss the retro revival that’s happening at the moment, and 20s style flapper dresses are a great way to take part in this trend. Because of their higher necklines and lower hemlines, they are a perfect winter dress and can be dressed up for a night on the town too – after all, those flapper girls knew how to have a good time.
With their beading, tassles and embroidery, the material is heavier and warmer and, back in the twenties, ladies wouldn’t think of going out without their stockings on, so you’re safe to wear them with tights and a pair of heels.
4 Lace Dresses
Lace has been a massive trend this year and it’s been given a makeover for the colder seasons. There’s no sheer material here, instead lace is overlaid over heavier materials and matched with full length arms of sheer lace to give an added air of ladylikeness. For an elegant look, wear yours with black tights and shoe boots for casual drinks or a meal, or with clear tights and peep-toe heels for a night on the town.
5 Peter Pan Collars
Peter pan collars are everywhere this season, especially on dresses, so for a funky, quirky look try one of these on for size. The high neckline means you can be demure and, more importantly, stay warm. Plus, many of these dresses come with long sleeves, so you don’t have to carry around loads of layers either.