REASONS TO LOVE IT
What woman doesn't yearn for a little more romance in her life? Well, here it is, in the form of dresses with easy volume and nipped-in waists, covered in things we all love to receive (flowers! baubles!). These looks truly put the passion back into fashion.
HOW TO WORK IT
This style is pretty covered up-more Victorian than va-va-va-voom-so look for a conservative cut that doesn't expose a ton of skin. While the dresses may be feminine and fanciful, the footwear is surprisingly utilitarian. If little mary janes or ballet flats make you feel short and stout, opt for simple black heels or ankle booties. To enhance the glamour, hair should be swept off the face.
Photos: (left to right) Nina Ricci, Lanvin, Marchesa, Pamella Roland
Mark & James by Badgley Miischka Dress
Embellished polyester satin, $310; at select Neiman Marcus stores.
Cynthia Steffe Dress
Metallic jacquard, $248; lordandtaylor.com for stores.
Tracy Reese Dress
Nylon-viscose lace, $468; modcloth.com.
Orla Kiely Dress
Wool blend, $488; at Orla Kiely, 212-775-8340.
Jill Stuart Dress
Silk satin with velvet trim, $528; at Jill Stuart, 212-343-2300.