Thursday, 22 August 2013

Hot On Ice: The Skater Dress

With the weather neither here nor there, I decided to feature the biggest ‘on the fence’ trend of the year – the Skater Dress. The trend isn't exactly new as it traces back to the 80s - inspired by ice skating costumes, where it derives its name. It saw a revival in the 90s as the babydoll dress, and now with the comeback of the Spice Girls decade, it is only natural that the skater dress would pop up again.

The dress has a trademark cut; fitted at the waistline, full circle skirt and skims over the hips and thighs. The length of the skirt is typically designed to fall mid-thigh.

The cut of the dress is perfect for any body shape. Apple-shaped and pear-shaped girls can easily rock this trend, and look good doing it. Hourglass-shaped gals will love this dress because the skater dress will hug you gently around your curves making you look ultra feminine (A La Kim Kardashian). Skater dresses give you the perfect A-Line silhouette. I wore mine to the 99FM and JamesonAutumn/Winter Fashion Show.

When it’s hot out, wear your skater dress on its own, accessorizing minimally. Skinny belts can be utilized to offer a little bit structure to your getup and give it a more polished look. My favourite add-on is a top hat and 90s rounded shades, to give that throwback chic vibe. Alternatively, layer it with a blazer or a cardigan when it’s chilly. The short skater dress can also be worn as a tunic top, so pair it up with your favourite leggings or skinny jeans.

Another beautiful thing about the skater dress is that it is very versatile. It can be worn on any occasion - whether to a party, to work, to church, on a random day when you just feel like being cute.  

The skater dress has never been as popular as it is right now, and could be considered the perfect dress.  It’s cute, flirty and will flatter all shapes and sizes while hiding any and all lower body “flaws”.  An added bonus if you love twirling around in a dress or skirt, is that the skater dress will be the ultimate twirl-inducing dress making you feel young and vibrant.

Check out my post, A Fashion Forecast, to see what other 90s trends are making a comeback this summer. 

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