Friday, August 31, 2012

Anatomy of a Skater Dress

I've been seeing these 'Skater' dresses popping up and I can't help but wonder if they mean Ice Skaters or like Skater Skaters (now I've said skater to much & it sounds funny). Any who, I think it can go either way depending on styling. I love that styling an outfit can take it in sooo many different directions. Dress it down for campus with some flat shoes (like Converse, Keds or Toms) or pump up the volume with some wedges or sandals (we'll talk a bit more about that in a sec). Being in college, I like to invest in pieces that are super versatile and these cute little numbers certainly fit the bill. There are so many variations on this style - it's unbelievable. I find myself wanting one in every shade/pattern & minor adaptation available. 

Anatomy: the Skater dress is basically a princess seam shift dress with any form of flared or gathered skirt that comes to the knees and up (but not to far). Also, more often than not it's sleeveless with a high neckline. Of course like any good style it has many, many mutations (if you will - Ecology & Evolution class on the brain).

You can find all of these Top Shop dresses here on the UK site (except for the neon one - it's sold out). Nasty Gal has some really awesome & edgy skater dresses here & Madewell (of course) has the playful, sporty ones (like this one / a must buy for me).

These cute & sporty dresses are the perfect opportunity to slap your hair up in a top knot (via Gwen Stefani in Harper's Bazaar's September Fall Fashion Issue). Some bright lipstick, like Chanel's Rouge Allure in Palpitante, Nars Lipstick in Roman Holiday or Schiap! Personally, I think a nice Parisian cat-eye would look great for this look. Get on that right MEOW!


Gwen / Winged Liner

On the other hand, if that is to girly for you - try a more natural look: thick & long eye lashes with a peachy nude lip or just some chapstick and rosy cheeks. Pair that with messy, natural hair and you can't lose.

Finally throw on your favorite flats and you're ready to hit the road!



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