Trend Alert: Below the Knee Dresses
Below the knee dresses are one of the key trends this year, and are a great way to make a stylish impression on a night out or at a party. Get this look right, and you’ll feel fabulously womanly, with a hint of the 50s retro chic that is so popular right now thanks to shows like The Hour and Mad Men. However, perfecting this look can prove slightly tricky – without the right accessories a below the knee dress can appear rather shapeless and unflattering. So to avoid a fashion disaster, simply follow our guide to getting the best out of this stunning style.
The most popular styles of calf-length dress are print dresses and jersey dresses. With print dresses in particular there is plenty of opportunity to seek out a fun, nostalgic design that really embraces the current vogue for all things 50s. This Prom Style Dress is beautifully eye-catching and a really daring choice. For a slightly more subtle choice that still lends a sense of old-fashioned fun to your outfit, this Embellished Strappy Dress in yellow is another big favourite.
If you try on a below the knee dress and find that it does absolutely nothing for your figure, don’t write it off too quickly! Try a tight fitting belt to cinch it at the waist. A good tip is to tie the belt rather than fastening it, as this is less constricting and makes your outfit look a little more relaxed.
When it comes to accessories, once again retro and feminine is the way to go. Heeled court shoes are a great way to emphasise your legs and stay true to the classic theme of the outfit. Keep your jewellery subtle and understated, and seek out a matching handbag for the perfect finishing touch. If you’re going to a party and want to really push the 50s angle, you could even consider some elbow-length gloves. Very old-school Hollywood!